ASciNA Champions Award

Dr. Günter Lepperdinger

Guenter LepperdingerDr. Günter Lepperdinger ist Mitbegründer und Kassier von ASciNA. Bei ihm laufen die Fäden des österreichischen ASciNA Chapters zusammen. Zudem kümmert er sich um die Ausschreibung und Abwicklung des ASciNA Awards. Für seinen jahrelangen und unermüdlichen Einsatz wurde er im Rahmen der 10-Jahres-Feier von ASciNA, die er übrigens organisiert hat, mit dem Champions Award ausgezeichnet. Günter Lepperdinger - Molekularbiologe und Embryologe - ist Leiter einer Forschungsgruppe am Institut für Biomedizinische Altersforschung in Innsbruck.

ASciNA Honorary Members

Mag. Philipp Marxgut

Philipp MarxgutPhilipp Marxgut 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.

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.

Gertraud Oberzaucher, MAS

Gertraud OberzaucherStudy of Business Education at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. After completion of a two-year university course for public relations at the University of Vienna, receiving a MAS Master of Advanced Science. Entered The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in 1995. Head of Unit HR-Programs. Further development and support of programs promoting human resources in Research & Technology. Moved to AustriaTech in January 2011, responsible for “Talents in Mobility”, dealing with issues like the next generation of ITS experts and women in ITS and mobility.

Gertraud Oberzaucher has supported ASCINA from the very beginning and has been one of the driving forces in the organization and implementation of the Austrian Science Talks.

Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer

Friedrich FaulhammerFaulhammer focused his work on the fields of European developments in higher education, legal matters in higher education, and new forms of university governance. He studied law in Vienna, and worked at the Department of history of law and at the Legal Department of University Directorate at the University of Vienna from 1985 until 1990. He has been working at the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research since 1990, and held diverse leadership functions in the section of higher education since 1993. In 2001 Faulhammer was named head of the department of Universities of Applied Sciences, which partook substantially in the creation of the success story of the Universities of Applied Sciences, Universities of Applied Sciences development plan III. From 2003 until 2005 he held the position of Deputy Director General in the ambit of legal matters, and has since then been actively involved in the implementation of the University Act 2002 (e.g. Bologna-Process, performance agreements). Faulhammer has been delegate in the supreme council of the European Institute in Florence since 1996 (presidency in 2004), and held the position of Director General of Section I at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research from 2005 until July 2013 as well as the position of Secretary General of the Ministry from 2009 to July 2013. In 2012 he was named an honorary member of AScINA. Since August 2013 Faulhamme holds the position of Rector of the Danube University Krems.

Mag. Ingolf Schädler

Ingolf SchaedlerSince March 2003, Ingolf Schaedler is serving as Deputy Director General for Innovation at the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). In this function he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Ministry’s technology policy, its strategic technology programmes and the related R & D infrastructure. On the level of the European Union Ingolf Schaedler is representing Austria in various high level committees related to Research and Technology Policy, Satellite Navigation and Space Policy. In December 2010 Ingolf Schaedler has been elected as chairman of the governing board of the EU-Joint Programming Initiative "Urban Europe" and was representing the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology as the national host of the World Congress on "Intelligent Transport Systems" (ITS) in Vienna in October 2012. Ingolf Schaedler studied Economics at the University Vienna and International Law and Politics at Johns Hopkins University, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna, Italy.

Mag. Dr. Philipp Steger

Mag. Dr. Philipp Steger war als Attaché für Wissenschaft und Technologie an der österreichischen Botschaft in Washington DC tätig. Er hat dort von 2000 bis 2007 als Leiter für das Office of Science and Technology (OST), das in Kooperation mit den für Wissenschaft und Technologie zuständigen Bundesministerien entstanden ist, fungiert. Er hat die Grundsteinlegung von ASciNA mitermöglicht und wurde aus diesem Grund mit der Ehrenmitgliedschaft ausgezeichnet. Philipp Steger ist freischaffender Autor und lebt in Maine.