Turmoil in the Middle East – Consequences for Europe
Keynote Address, Thursday 11 October 2018 from 11:30 – 13:00 hrs at Convention Hall I
Even 2500 years ago, the Middle East – being the region between Europe and Asia – was the most important region in the world, according to the Greek historian Herodot. At the same time, he was fascinated by its great diversity.
Today, the region is in the limelight yet again, especially for Europe, its neighboring continent. Refugee flows, chaos and terror show how the Middle East and the entire world order up to now collapses before our very eyes. But a new order is already being created. Antonia Rados has known this important region for 3 decades. She has seen developments on site that hardly make the headlines.
She describes her impressions, analyses the situation and explains the role the Middle East has for the future of Europe.
Antonia Rados is one of the most popular foreign correspondents in German television. She has received international recognition and prestigious awards for her coverage on trouble spots all over the world, especially for her war reporting on the Iraq war in 2003.
Amongst others, she was awarded with the Hanns-Joachim-Friedrichs Media Award for television journalism as well as the German Television Award. Her documentary „My friend Saddam“ of 2003 was given the principle Austrian Media Award „Romy”.
Antonia Rados studied political sciences in Paris and Salzburg as well as at the Johns Hopkins University for International Relations in Bologna. She began her career in journalism with the ORF (Austrian broadcasting company). Since 1978, she has been working as a foreign correspondent for several television networks and accompanied numerous missions as special correspondent.
Science in Space – Impressions for Earth and Climate
Keynote Address, Thursday 19 October 2017 from 11:30 – 13:00 hrs at Convention Hall I
Dr. Ulf Merbold is a physicist and a former astronaut. He took part in 1983 in the maiden voyage of the European Space Lab and together with his five colleagues absolved a number of experiments on board. His second voyage into space took place nine years later on board the space shuttle Discovery. In 1994, as crew member on spaceship Sojus TM-20, Merbold took off to space for the third time and was ESA’s (European Space Agency) first astronaut to visit the Russian space station Mir. Merbold was the only German to have been in space three times. In the mid-1990s, he was put in charge of the astronauts‘ department of the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. Today, Ulf Merbold acts as an advisor to the ESA. In his lecture, he reports on science in space. He recently said in an interview that one of the most important tasks of mankind in the 21st century should be a manned flight to Mars.
Body Language – Non-Verbal Indicators of Illusion
Marketing Lecture, Thursday 19 October 2017 from 14:30 – 15:30 hrs at Convention Hall I
Our body language subtly shows our emotions, expectations and our intended actions. The way we dress can be understood as a communication signal. In her lecture, Antoinette Anderegg shows how we can interpret non-verbal signals and put them to use in our daily lives, be it in a team, during a sale or in negotiations. Antoinette Anderegg initially studied arts. After spending some time abroad, namely the USA, South America and Australia, she studied communication psychology and physical expression. She also learnt from a mime and a communication researcher how to interpret the so-called micro expressions which are very brief facial expressions, lasting only a fraction of a second. Ms. Anderegg is the owner of apriori image & communication, who are consultants to large corporations, SMEs and private individuals.