Science meets: Applied Academia


On 16 November 2017 the first joint VDS mathematics and physics ‘Science’ meets took place in the Schrödinger Lecture Hall at the ESI, boltzmanngasse 9.

The following speakers were present for the panel discussion:

  • Prof. Franz Rammerstorfer
    Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (ILSB), Vienna University of Technology (TU).
  • Prof. Krzysztof Pietrzak
    Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria
  • Dr. Andrey Krasovskii
    International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Moderated by VDS fellows Axel Böhm and Katharina Werbach, an interesting and interactive discussion about applied science and fundamental research took place. We heard from each of the speakers about their experiences and the advantages and disadvantages of a life dedicated to either one of those sectors. Professor Pietrzak and Dr. Krasovskii, who work on cryptography and mathematical modeling, respectively, shared that they are able to maintain the freedom to set their own scientific goals in their fields of applied research. From Professor Rammerstorfer we learnt more about the Christian Doppler Laboratories and how they bridge the gap between academia and industry.

Bringing together both mathematical and physics experts resulted in a successful and fruitful exchange. 

Local organizers: 
Florian Aigner (VDS-M), Axel Böhm (VDS-M), Yaakov Fein (VDS-P), Daniel Scherl (VDS-M) and Katharina Werbach (VDS-P).