23. January 2014

Official Launch of Strategic Business and Research Programme for Upper Austria

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Minister Doris Hummer and Minister Michael Strugl say, “Upper Austria is acting ‛smart’ and promoting intelligent specialisation through five fields of action.”

On Wednesday, 22 January 2014 Upper Austria’s new strategic business and research programme “Innovatives Oberösterreich 2020” was launched. Talking to an audience of over 300 in the Ursulinenhof in Linz, education and research minister Doris Hummer and economy minister Dr Michael Strugl explained, “Our innovation scheme is ‛smart’ and promotes competitiveness, employment, growth, investment and prosperity.”

Photo: Economy minister Michael Strugl (left) and research minister Doris Hummer greeting the trend analyst Lars Thomsen in Linz at the kick-off event for the new strategic business and research programme “Innovatives Oberösterreich 2020”. ©Land OÖ/Kauder

“This year we are focusing on the area ‛production centre 2050’ and the main topics of industry 4.0 and production research, the Upper Austrian service initiative, SMEs and family businesses,” said the ministers, looking ahead to the near future. “We will also be making the topics of energy and medical technology in connection with the faculty of medicine in Linz a top priority.”

In two hours, the 64-page-long future strategy for Upper Austria with its coordinates of location development, industrial market leadership, internationalisation and future technologies was presented to the innovation community who attended in large numbers. During the presentation, particular attention was paid to the five fields of action: industrial production processes, energy, health/ageing society, food/diet and mobility/logistics. In a subsequent discussion with high-ranking representatives of the social partners, the Upper Austrian Council for Research and Technology and the Austrian Institute of Economic Research, the programme was reflected on and the opportunities it brings to the area identified.

Keynote speaker was Lars Thomsen, founder and Chief Futurist at future matters, the institute of innovation and future research. He spoke about 364 weeks of future, which corresponds exactly to the duration of the 2020 programme, and also spoke at length about the new programme’s Content.

Programme implementation & info

  • The programme was commissioned by the ministers Doris Hummer and Dr Michael Strugl. Responsible for overall project coordination is Dr Werner Schiffner, MBA, head of the Economy Department of the Upper Austrian government. Bruno Lindorfer, head of technology in Upper Austria and CEO of TMG, has been appointed project manager.
  • The total budget for the programme’s duration from 2014 to 2020 amounts to at least EUR 1.35 thousand million. The province of Upper Austria has tripled the budget of the new programme (!). This means the budget amounts to the total of all three previous programmes put together.
  • The programme will be carried out as part of existing partnerships with, for instance, Austria Wirtschaftsservice Ges.m.b.H. (AWS), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), in accordance with existing or new national and European guidelines or by commissioning intermediaries and service organisations. In addition, calls for selected topics will be possible for which the Upper Austrian innovation community can submit project proposals. For more information, contact Bettina Gladysz-Haller of TMG at ooe2020@tmg.at or www.ooe2020.at.

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