Summa Summarum 2011

Sum­ma Sum­marum, the annu­al report of ACADEMIA SUPERIOR is out. It gives an insight into the events and top­ics of 2011 and pro­vides an out­look on how issues are con­tin­ued to be pur­sued in the com­ing year.

ACADEMIA SUPERIOR looks back on an excit­ing and suc­cess­ful first year. We are hap­py to send you a copy of the print­ed ver­sion of SUMMA SUMMARUM (in Ger­man only).

From the summary:


The first year of ACADEMIA SUPERIOR was char­ac­ter­ized by high-pro­file events, most notably the SURPRISE FACTORS SYMPOSIUM with inter­na­tion­al experts. In three DIALOG events, Markus Hengstschläger had ani­mat­ed con­ver­sa­tions with guests on the top­ics Chi­na, hap­pi­ness, and art. The top­ics of busi­ness loca­tions, chal­lenges for lead­ing com­pa­nies, and knowl­edge-inten­sive ser­vices were dis­cussed in con­fer­ences and work­shops. More­over, the ener­gy-tri­a­log was suc­cess­ful­ly start­ed. Oth­er meet­ings, such as the TWALKs (talk and walk) and dis­cus­sions with mem­bers of the Advi­so­ry Board, pro­vid­ed impor­tant input and ideas for new approaches.


ACADEMIA SUPERIOR devel­ops cours­es for action on topics.

Inno­va­tion: The capac­i­ty for inno­va­tion of a region con­sists of the abil­i­ty of peo­ple and busi­ness­es to cre­ate new items, to devel­op them and to turn them into mar­ketable prod­ucts. In order to ana­lyze the inno­va­tion capac­i­ty of Upper Aus­tria, a study was com­mis­sioned, which pro­vides a trans­par­ent rank­ing in com­par­i­son with oth­er Euro­pean regions.

Ener­gy: Because of the strong indus­try and the high share of man­u­fac­tur­ing ener­gy pol­i­cy is of the utmost impor­tance for Upper Aus­tria. The issue is treat­ed in two steps: in the study on „Ener­gy pol­i­cy in Upper Aus­tria” in coop­er­a­tion with the Indus­tri­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Upper Aus­tria and in the Upper Aus­tria Ener­gy Tri­a­log, which will cul­mi­nate in a con­cept paper in 2012.

Econ­o­my: Upper Aus­tria is faced with intense com­pe­ti­tion for busi­ness­es, invest­ments and the best per­son­nel. The five themes of region­al eco­nom­ic pol­i­cy, knowl­edge-inten­sive ser­vices, human resources, lead­ing com­pa­nies, and start-ups are thor­ough­ly ana­lyzed. A com­pre­hen­sive con­clu­sion will include rec­om­men­da­tions for the pro­tec­tion and improve­ment of the eco­nom­ic region of Upper Austria.

Health: A healthy diet con­tributes sig­nif­i­cant­ly to the healthy lifestyle of the pop­u­la­tion. A study will present the health con­di­tion in Upper Aus­tria in com­bi­na­tion with or as a func­tion of nutri­tion­al para­me­ters, such as dietary habits and nutri­tion­al sta­tus. Rec­om­men­da­tions as to how spe­cif­ic mea­sures can enhance health in Upper Aus­tria will be formulated.

Young peo­ple: As „pas­sive democ­rats” young peo­ple sup­port demo­c­ra­t­ic val­ues but are dis­grun­tled by politic(ian)s and only par­tic­i­pate to a small extent active­ly in socio-polit­i­cal events. A mod­el describes how both young peo­ple and soci­ety can ben­e­fit from par­tic­i­pa­tion and com­mu­ni­ty initiatives.