Oliver Vitouch is the Rector of the University of Klagenfurt. He asks how all of us can contribute to discovering a path to a good future. He believes in the importance of learning, once again, how to think in utopian terms, renouncing despondency and indifference. What is it he wishes for? The renaissance of reason.
Sending e-mails, paying bills, or keeping up with friends on social media: Our daily communication behaviour is increasingly shifting into the realm of the Internet, giving rise to numerous questions of safety and risk. Acting as a translator between theory and real life, applied cryptography seeks to provide some of the answers.
For students, mobility has no limits. So much, at least, is true for Julia Jakobsson from Sweden. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in the English-language Media and Convergence Management programme, and her enthusiasm for studying away from home knows no bounds.
Paul Schweinzer, a micro-economist at the Department of Economics, is unable to say how happy the human species is and whether progress makes people happier. By focusing on the things that are most essential, however, he can calculate how to maximise the welfare of a society.
Patrik Schumacher studied architecture at London South Bank University and at the Technical University in Stuttgart. For his doctoral studies in philosophy he was drawn to the University of Klagenfurt. Today he is the sole partner of Zaha Hadid Architects in London and employs 400 architects working on over 950 projects in 55 countries.
There is room for improvement in the psychological and psychiatric care of children and adolescents, both in this country and elsewhere, as Wolfgang Wladika, chief physician at the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry of Childhood and Adolescence and Heather Foran, professor at the Department of Health Psychology, both agree.
For Stefan Lederer, the University of Klagenfurt is an alma mater in all its facets. Here, he generated knowledge and established many contacts and cooperation arrangements ready for the leap into self-employment, which he took jointly with Christopher Müller and Christian Timmerer. Together, they created bitmovin.
Bottom-up and top-down: Blending the methodological approaches of two scientific communities, Andrea Tonello and his team at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems are creating powerful new tools that will contribute to providing novel forms of communication in the future.