7. Future talk of the Christian Doppler Research Association

Between doubts and facts: The foundations of progress.

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May 15th 2024

  • 17:30 – 19:00 CEST
  • APA-Pressezentrum
  • 1060 Vienna, Laimgrubengasse 8-10
  • This is a hybrid event.
    See description for details.


Between doubts and facts: The foundations of progress

Scientists see themselves as questioning and committed to the state of knowledge. They often counter fundamental rejection with attempts to explain their knowledge even better. However, the skepticism about science that we know today is not only due to a lack of understanding; it has various ideological foundations and its spread also has to do with social media and political attitudes. So what can be done? What can science, business and politics do to strengthen trust in scientific discourse and the scientific method?


  • Alexander Bogner, sociologist at the Institute for Technology Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and President of the Austrian Sociological Association // What is scientific skepticism, where does it come from and what solutions are there?
  • Julia Neidhardt, CAIML Board Member, Head of the CD Laboratory for the further development of state-of-the-art recommender systems in several domains and Co-Head of the UNESCO Chair for Digital Humanism at TU Wien // Filter bubbles, troll factories & co: the influence of social media
  • Eva Maria Binder, Managing Director of DSM Austria and Biomin Holding GmbH // Research-friendly environment for research-based companies
  • Guido Wollmann, Head of the CD Laboratory for Viral Immunotherapy of Cancer // Science IS skeptical: Scientific discourse and public debate
  • Martin Kocher, Federal Minister of Labor and Economy // Possible strategies and goals of politics

Moderation: Martin Kugler, science journalist


Registration for the on-site event and program can be found at www.cdg.ac.at.

Please note that due to the limited number of participants, participation is only possible after confirmed registration. Please also note that registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Hybrid Event

The livestream is available at streaming.at/cdg-20240515.