24 November 2017

Ecologies of Innovation: Ideas from European Forum Alpbach

A magazine published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences has brought out a new issue entitled “Ecologies of Innovation”–an interdisciplinary work inspired by discussions at the European Forum Alpbach 2016: New Enlightenment.

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Issue six of KIOES Opinions is dedicated to the topic of innovation. It addresses insights on innovation and its social conditions that can be gleaned from an unconventional, interdisciplinary viewpoint. To achieve an integral perspective, a wide variety of research areas are taken into consideration, ranging from complexity research and network analysis to cultural theory and the historical sciences.

"Ecologies of Innovation" was edited by Verena Winiwarter of the Alpen-Adria-Universität and emerged from discussions among participants of the European Forum Alpbach 2016, which focused on the topic of “New Enlightenment.” The publication contains contributions from IIASA-affiliated researchers Verena Winiwarter, Michael Thompson, and Brian Fath. Other contributions were made by Harald Katzmair, Stefano Brumat, and Gertrud Haidvogl.

KIOES Opinions

The issues of "KIOES Opinions" are published at irregular intervals by the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies (KIOES) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW). These open access publications provide a collection from informed opinions of KIOES members on current issues and serve to inspire and inform scientists, policy makers and the public.

Verena Winniwarter is a Professor of Environmental History at AAU Klagenfurt, Austria and member of the OEAW. She recently spent her sabbatical as a research scholar with the Risk and Resilience Program at IIASA to bridge the gap between environmental history and risk research.

Michael Thompson is a Fellow at the James Marin Institute for Science and Civilization at the University of Oxford, England and a Senior Researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is also engaged as a senior research scholar with the Risk and Resilience Program at IIASA.

Brian Fath is professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University Maryland, USA. Since 2002, he has been a summer research scholar with the Advanced Systems Analysis Program (ASA) at IIASA.

Harald Katzmair is the founder and director of FASresearch Vienna, Austria. FASresearch specializes in the application of social network science and resilience theory in decision making, leadership and business development.

Gertrud Haidvogl is a senior scientist at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria. She also serves as the deputy-coordinator of “Danube:Future" the flagship project of Priority Area 7 of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region. This project aims to provide "a  sustainable future for the Danube River Basin as a challenge for the interdisciplinary humanities.”

Stefano Brumat is the project administrator of “Danube:Future.” He specializes in development and the management of regional and transnational projects financed by the EU.

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Verena Winiwarter

Professor of Environmental History

AAU Klagenfurt, Institute of Social Ecology

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Brian Fath

YSSP Scientific Coordinator:Senior Research Scholar

Young Scientists Summer Program |Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group|Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit

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Issue 6 KIOES Opinion Papers

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