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.
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.
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.
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.