We are very happy to present Philipp Marxgut to our Ascina Alumni members. Philipp is not a typical Ascina student or scholar who did part of his studies in North America, but was accredited as Austria's Attaché for Science & Technology in Washington D.C. to both the USA and Canada from July 2007 – June 2015. He served at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the Directorate for Innovation, where he mainly dealt with European and International R&D Policy. Many of us have known him during these years as a very active and supportive person, be it in the D.C. area itself or at events like ARIT. We are therefore very pleased to announce that Philipp was awarded the honorary Ascina membership in October 2016 in Vienna.

Philipp is originally from Dornbirn, Vorarlberg. He studied law and political science at the University of Innsbruck and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, earned a Master at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and complemented his studies with courses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Moscow. Before his appointment in D.C., Philipp worked in the Office of the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe and the European Commission in Brussels, was a Research Assistant at the University of Innsbruck and an Intern in the Office of the Austrian Foreign Trade Commissioner in Casablanca.

He is now back to Austria and has settled in Vienna, where he holds the position of Secretary General of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna since December 2015. This very new facility is currently still being born in the heart of Vienna with the goal to facilitate handling, interpreting, and making sense of complex systems. For those who are more interested in complex systems and big data handling, please check

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