October 24, 2006
Luncheon: "Information Meeting on Programs for Cooperation in Higher Education and Research between the European Union and the United States of America"
The OST hosted a luncheon at the City University of New York (CUNY), following an information meeting on Programs for Cooperation in Higher Education and Research between the European Union (with a special focus on Austria) and the United States of America. During this meeting, Dr. Philipp Steger, the Austrian science attaché to the US and Canada, presented the Office of Science and Technology (OST) and its services to the attendees. Other representatives from Austria spoke about R&D opportunities within the EU Framework Program.
September 28, 2006
OECD Conference: "Women in Science, Engineering and Technology," Ottawa
In the course of the OECD conference "Women in Science, Engineering and Technology: Strategies For A Global Workforce" in Ottawa, the Office of Science & Technology (OST) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) organized a dinner reception for the participants at Ambassador Ditz's residence on September 28, 2006. For further information on this event, please visit the OECD Web site.
June 22, 2006
Panel Discussion: "The Building of Tomorrow"
In the United States, private and commercial buildings consume about 37 percent of all energy used. Little wonder therefore that in times of high energy prices and the specter of global warming the building and construction industry is the object of much scrutiny. "Green buildings," "high performance buildings," and "sustainable buildings" are just some of the energy efficient alternatives to traditional buildings. Hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation & Technology (BMVIT) and the Office of Science & Technology (OST) within the framework of the Austrian EU presidency, this event aimed to address some of the questions relating to policies, regulations, best practices and technologies favorable to energy-efficient homes and buildings. A comprehensive event report was published in bridges, the OST's online magazine on S&T policy.
May 30, 2006
EU Science, Technology, and Education Counselors Meeting: "Internationalization of Higher Education"
Gottfried Bacher, deputy director for EU-Higher Education Programs at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (BMWF), presented the harmonization efforts as guided by the Bologna Process in Europe during this event hosted by the OST within the framework of the Austrian EU Presidency. Jorge Klor de Alva, president of Latin American Operations and senior vice president of International Operations at the Apollo Group, Inc., gave insight into the challenges and opportunities existing for for-profit education in the internationalization of higher education. Nana Rinehart, vice president at the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), discussed the practical and idealistic goals of international student exchange. For further information view Dr. Bacher's presentation and the event report.
May 9, 2006
EU Science, Technology, and Education Counselors Meeting: "Innovative Approaches to Science Education"
Patricia O'Connell Ross, team leader for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program at the US Department of Education, presented US initiatives to advance science education at the Counselors Meeting within the framework of the Autrian EU Presidency. Robert Kuczkowski, program officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF), presented examples for the successful integration of research and education. Muriel Lederman, professor emerita of biology and women's studies at Virginia Tech, discussed the social and gender aspects of science education. John Chelen, president of the Hampshire Research Institute, presented the "World Mathematics Software Initiative" as an innovative approach to science education. To learn more about the speakers please view their CVs here.
March 9, 2006
EU Science, Technology, and Education Counselors Meeting: "Obesity as a Challenge for Public Health"
Van S. Hubbard, director of the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination at National Institues of Health (NIH) and special advisor on obesity to the secretary of Health and Human Services, gave a comprehensive overview of the increasing prevalence of overweight in the US and information about obesity-related activities of the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Canice Nolan, first counselor and head of Food Safety, Health, and Consumer Affairs Section at the European Union Delegation in Washington, DC, gave a brief overview of the European situation regarding obesity. Rogan Kersh, associate professor of political science and public administration at Syracuse University's Campbell Public Affairs Institute, addressed the public policy aspects. Please refer to bridges, the OST's online magazine on S&T policy, for more details about this event.
January 20, 2006
EU Science, Technology and Education Counselors Meeting: "Climate Change"
Robert Donkers from the EU Delegation briefed the participating EU counselors on the latest developments and shared some firsthand information from Brussels. Leen Hordijk, director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), presented IIASA's efforts in research on climate change. William Pizer, fellow at Resources for the Future and senior economist at the National Commission on Energy Policy, discussed the US position on climate change policy and the dynamics between state and federal efforts regarding climate change. For further information about the event click here.