PROGRAM

19th VIENNA CONGRESS COM·SULT 2022

„Save the Future“ – Strategies for a sustainable upswing

30th & 31st January 2022, Vienna
(Hybrid Congress)

Top-class international, European and Austrian decision-makers from business, science and
politics discuss concrete scenarios in key fields of action of our future.

REVIEW | LIVESTREAM 2022

Sunday, 30th January 2022

Moderation during the Day

Eveline Beer, Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Opening of the first day 19. Vienna Congress com·sult 2022

Welcoming and Opening Words

10:00 – 10:05

Opening words | Dan Shechtman, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Vice-Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress

10:05 – 10:10

Opening words | Alfred Harl, Chairman of the Professional Association of Management Consultancy, Accounting and IT, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

10:10 – 10:15

Opening words | Thomas Szekeres, President of the Austrian Medical Association and the Medical Association of Vienna

10:15 – 10:20

Opening words | David Ungar-Klein, Initiator, Vienna Congress com·sult

Focus Topic: Science

More future needs more science

The corona pandemic has made the importance of science for social problem solving clear to the general public. Science and research are generally becoming more important for our future. They create the basis for profound decisions in society, business and politics. In which areas is scientific knowledge becoming even more important? How does successful science “work”? How do we improve the framework conditions for science – and thus for our future?

Introduction | Eva Kondorosi, Recipient of the Balzan Prize 2018 for Chemical Ecology; Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the European Commission

10:20 – 11:05

Keynote Speech | Harald zur Hausen, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Introduction | Eva Kondorosi, Recipient of the Balzan Prize 2018 for Chemical Ecology; Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the European Commission

11:05 – 11:35

Keynote Speech | Katalin Karikó, Senior Vice President, BioNTech SE; Professor, University of Szeged; Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

11:35 – 11:50

Introductory note | Dan Shechtman, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Vice-Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress

11:50 – 12:05

Introductory note | Stefan Hell, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

12:05 – 13:05

Panel | Between scientism and anti-scientific worldview

Science and its achievements are becoming more and more important. But they are anything but controversial today. How can we overcome anti-scientific worldview? How is science given the status in society that it deserves in the future interests of all us?

Moderation: Sierd Cloetingh Distinguished Professor Utrecht University; former President of the Academia Europaea

Panelists:
Stefan Hell – Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Katalin Karikó – Senior Vice President, BioNTech SE; Professor, University of Szeged; Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Eva Kondorosi – Recipient of the Balzan Prize 2018 for Chemical Ecology; Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the European Commission
Dan Shechtman – Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Vice-Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress

13:05 – 13:20

Break

„Golden Arrow“ Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 Ceremony
The Lifetime Achievement Award „Golden Arrow“ is annually granted to people for realizing extraordinary visionary ideas in an exceptional manner, for making the impossible possible.

13:25 – 13:30

The jury decision | David Ungar-Klein, Initiator, Vienna Congress com·sult

13:30 – 13:35

Laudatory speech | Dan Shechtman, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Vice-Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress

13:35 – 13:40

Laudatory speech | Thomas Szekeres, President of the Austrian Medical Association and the Medical Association of Vienna

13:40 – 13:45

Laudatory speech | Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Republic of Austria

13:45 – 13:50

Laudatory speech | Katharina Reich, Chief Medical Officer, Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Republic of Austria

13:50 – 14:00

Laudatory speech | Eva Kondorosi, Recipient of the Balzan Prize 2018 for Chemical Ecology; Member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors of the European Commission

14:00 – 14:15

Presentation of the Golden Arrow 2022 winner



„Special Golden Arrow“ Award 2022 Ceremony
The Award „Special Golden Arrow“ is traditionally granted to Austrians whose achievements have drawn international attention to Austria.



14:15 – 14:20

The jury decision | Katharina Reinwald, Secretary-General of the Vienna Congress



14:20 – 14:25

Laudatory speech | Dan Shechtman, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Vice-Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress



14:25 – 14:30

Laudatory speech | Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Republic of Austria


14:30 – 14:35

Laudatory speech | Werner Kuhn, Director Business Development at SK Rapid


14:35 – 14:40

Laudatory speech | Emmanuel Glenck, Head of Department for Thematic Programmes, Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)


14:40 – 14:55

Presentation of the Special Golden Arrow 2022 winner


14:55 – 15:20

Break

Focus Topic: Health

Together against the virus 

The corona crisis continues to pose dramatic challenges to healthcare systems around the world. In spite of all the imponderables, vaccination is the game changer for sustainably overcoming the crisis. What global challenges related to the pandemic need to be resolved? What is the current status of vaccination technologies and their effects? How will Corona continue?

15:20 – 15:25

Video Message | Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

15:25 – 15:40

Introductory note | Heidi Stensmyren, President of the World Medical Association, Chief of Womens Health and Health Allied Professionals at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden

15:40 – 15:55

Introductory note | Leonid Eidelman, former President of the World Medical Association and of the Israeli Medical Association 

15:55 – 16:05

Introductory note | Otmar Kloiber, Secretary-General of the World Medical Association 

16:05 – 16:20

Introductory note | Stephan Ludwig, Institute of Virology, Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation, University of Münster 

16:20 – 16:30

Introductory note | Alexander Biach, Location-Lawyer of Vienna, Deputy Director of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce 

16:30 – 16:45

Introductory note | Thomas C. Südhof, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 

16:45 – 18:00

Panel | Lessons learned from Covid-19?

What consequences do we have to draw from Covid in terms of health policy? Which instruments have proven their worth – which ones have not? What does a mandatory vaccination bring from a health policy point of view?

Moderation: Thomas SzekeresPresident of the Austrian Medical Association and the Medical Association of Vienna

Panelists:
Alexander BiachLocation-Lawyer of Vienna, Deputy Director of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce
Leonid Eidelmanformer President of the World Medical Association and of the Israeli Medical Association
Otmar KloiberSecretary-General of the World Medical Association
Stephan LudwigInstitute of Virology, Center for Molecular Biology of Inflammation, University of Münster
Heidi StensmyrenPresident of the World Medical Association, Chief of Womens Health and Health Allied Professionals at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden
Thomas C. Südhof – Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Kurt Wüthrich – Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

Monday, 31. January 2022

Moderation during the Day

Eveline Beer, Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business

09:00 – 09:20

Opening of the second day 19. Vienna Congress com·sult 2022
Welcoming and Opening Words

Opening words | Kasia Greco, Vice-President, Vienna Chamber of Commerce

Opening words | Matthias Loebich, Chairman, European Federation of Management Consultancies Associations (FEACO)

Opening words | David Ungar-Klein, Initiator, Vienna Congress com·sult

Focus Topic: Upswing

Sustainable digital success

The forecasts for economic development are positive despite the corona setbacks. But how can health policy and economic goals really be reconciled in the future? What are the challenges facing the state, citizens and business? What homework do Europe and Austria have to do for successful digitization? Which location policy strategies enable a secure future of growth and prosperity? How can climate and growth policy be reduced to a common denominator? What growth impulses does the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry promise?

09:20 – 09:25

Introductory note | Magnus Brunner, Federal Minister of Finance of the Republic of Austria

09:25 – 09:45

Introductory note | Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science

09:45 – 10:40

Panel | Growing better into the future

Digital and ecological transformation require innovative strength and new paths in economic policy. What economic opportunities lie in climate technologies? Where must the location and climate policy priorities lie in the next few years? Which location-political factors are decisive for the upswing and the future? What challenges does international competition bring?

Moderation: Maximilian ScherrPartner, Practice Leader Strategy, Organization & Innovation, Arthur D. Little Austria

Panelists:

Iain BeggProfessorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
Phillip BlondFounder and Director of ResPublica
Bernhard Feldererformer President of the Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council
Sebastian Kummer Head of the Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Günther OfnerMember of the Management Board of the Vienna International Airport

10:40 – 10:55

Break

Focus Topic: Paths to the Top

Paths to the top – what sport and science have in common

Overcoming previous performance limits and breaking new ground into the future – this is what connects scientists with athletes. For the future generation in particular, it is important to approach the future with curiosity and commitment. What makes young people fit for the future? What can we learn from sports and science? How do we, as a society, strengthen our resilience and increase our future viability for digital transformation, for example?

10:55 – 11:55

Panel | Paths to the top – what sport and science have in common

Moderation: Oskar MencerCEO Maxeler Technologies, Guest Lecturer at Stanford University and Visiting Professor at Medical University of Graz

Panelists:
Susan FranciaAssociate Director of Business Development at TriLink Biotechnologies; two-time Olympic Champion & five-time World Champion in Rowing
Anna KiesenhoferMathematician and Olympic-Champion in Cycling
Werner KuhnDirector Business Development at SK Rapid
Dan Shechtman –  Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Vice-Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress

11:55 – 12:10

Break

Focus Topic: Democracy

The virus and the state

The Covid-19 pandemic is also a challenge for democracy and the constitutional state. The division of society is a reality in many countries. Which constitutional standards are on the test bench concerning fighting pandemics? What does Covid and the fight against it mean for the future of a liberal democracy? How can you convince anti-vaxxers in the long term – or is it really only the mandatory vaccination that helps? 

12:10 – 12:40

Introductory note | Irene Polinskaya, Reader in Ancient History, Pro-Vice Dean in Research Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London

12:40 – 12:50

Introductory note | Norbert Hofer, third President of the National Council, Republic of Austria

12:50 – 13:00

Introductory note | Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament

13:00 – 13:15

Introductory note | Phillip Blond, Founder and Director of ResPublica

13:15 – 13:35

Introductory note | Atifete Jahjaga, former President of the Republic of Kosovo

13:35 – 13:55

Introductory note | Tzipi Livni, former Deputy Prime Minister; former Minister of Justice; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel

13:55 – 14:15

Introductory note | Václav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic; Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress

14:15 – 14:30

Introductory note | Ron Prosor, Head of the Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC); former Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

14:30 – 15:30

Panel | Vaccinating between right and duty

In Austria, a mandatory vaccination should become effective in February. Other European countries are discussing it. The resistance to covid measures and mandatory vaccination has shifted to the streets. What does this mean for the future of social coexistence and democratic discourse? Are the rights and obligations of citizens changing in other areas as well? Where does the right to personal freedom end – and where does the duty to solidarity begin?

Moderation: Phillip BlondFounder and Director of ResPublica

Panelists:
Erhard Busek Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe; former Vice-Chancellor, Republic of Austria; Vice-Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress
Václav Klausformer President of the Czech Republic; Chair of Advisory Board of the Vienna Congress
Lukas MandlMember of the European Parliament
Irene Polinskaya Reader in Ancient History, Pro-Vice Dean in Research Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London
Ron ProsorHead of the Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC); former Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations
Tibor Szanyi former Member of European Parliament

15:30 – 15:45

Break

Focus Topic: Regions

Strength from below

Regions are often underestimated key players in Europe for value creation and growth. Regional, often cross-border areas of strength are becoming more and more important in international competition. How can regional development be best supported? Where do we need more fair play between urban and rural regions? How must the digital broadband infrastructures in the regions be designed so that the regions are attractive for companies, jobs and investments?

15:45 – 15:55

Introductory note | Andreas Reichhardt, Head of Directorate General IV – Telecommunication, Postal Service und Mining, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Republic of Austria

15:55 – 16:05

Introductory note | Jan Sechter, Deputy Minister for EU & International Relations, Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic

16:05 – 16:15

Introductory note | Karim Taga, Managing Partner Austria, Global Practice Leader, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media & Electronics (TIME), Arthur D. Little Austria

16:15 – 16:25

Introductory note | Ophir Frieder, Professor, Georgetown University; Chief Scientific Officer, Invaryant; Lead Science & Technology Advisor, Aurora Forge

16:25 – 17:25

Panel | Growing digitally

Digitization is an important game changer for the entire economic landscape. How can digital growth be better promoted? What are the value chains of the future? In which areas does the digital transformation open up completely new possibilities?

Moderation: Hedvig MorvaiDirector, Strategy and Europe at ERSTE Foundation;
former Executive Director at European Fund for the Balkans

Panelists:
Ophir FriederProfessor, Georgetown University; Chief Scientific Officer, Invaryant; Lead Science & Technology Advisor, Aurora Forge
Oskar MencerCEO Maxeler Technologies, Guest Lecturer at Stanford University and Visiting Professor at Medical University of Graz
Jan SechterDeputy Minister for EU & International Relations, Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic
Karim TagaManaging Partner Austria, Global Practice Leader, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media & Electronics (TIME), Arthur D. Little Austria

17:25 – 17:40

Break

Focus Topic: Consulting

Consulting – quo vadis?

In order to successfully shape the future, one thing, above all, is required in a wide variety of areas due to the complexity of challenges and tasks: profound consulting. The spectrum of consulting topics ranges from the digital transformation of companies to the international positioning of locations. What is the advisory quality? How is the consulting industry developing? What are the topics where consulting professionals make the difference?

17:40 – 18:40

Panel | Consulting – quo vadis?

Moderation: Agatha KalandraPartner at PwC Austria

Panelists:

Robert Bodenstein Chairman, International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI)
Peter Csakvari President, Association of Management Consultants (VTMSZ), Hungary 
Manuel Giralt Herrero President, Asociación Española de Empresas de Consultoría (AEC), Spain, EY Advisory Partner at EY Spain
Matthias LoebichChairman, European Federation of Management Consultancies Associations (FEACO)
David MahéPresident of the branch “Strategy & Management Consulting” of Syntec Conseil, Founder and President of the consultancy Human & Work
Borut PotočnikPresident Association of Management Consulting (AMCOS), Slovenia 
Sarah SpiekermannFaculty Member, Information Processing and Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business

18:40 – 18:45

Closing Remarks