Symposium “Digital Transformation”

The Centre for Informatics and Society (CIS) of the Faculty of Informatics at the TU Wien invites you to the symposium “Digital Transformation”.

Smart Cities, Industrie 4.0, Social Media and Fake News – digital transformation affects nearly all aspects of our daily lives. Future developments can no longer be examined through any single academic discipline: only a broad, interdisciplinary approach will allow us to develop solutions and answers to the challenges posed by the increasing digitalisation of society.

Following the Vienna University of Technology credo ‘Technology for People’, the Centre for Informatics and Society investigates developments within the intersection of society and informatics, supports research efforts across academic disciplines and facilitates an open discourse through workshops, talks and public events. 

International expert academics from a diverse number of fields – including social informatics, sociology, communication sciences, industry and production management, education / media pedagogy and economy – give insights into aspects of digital transformation within their disciplines. Their talks elucidate the status quo of digital transformation in their fields and provide an outlook on the challenges and opportunities for academic research and higher education, politics and society at large in the coming years.

We are particularly delighted to welcome the Austrian State Secretary for Administration and Public Service, Diversity and Digitalization, Mag. Muna Duzdar, as keynote speaker. 


“Health, Technology, and Automation: Connecting Personal Health, the Health Sector, and Society”
Prof. Eric T. Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute, UK
Eric Meyer is Professor for Social Informatics and the Oxford Internet Institute. His research is focused on the changing nature of knowledge creation in science, medicine, social science, arts, and humanities as technology is embedded in everyday practices. 

“Democracy in a Networked Society” 
Prof. Jan van Dijk, University of Twente, Netherlands
Jan van Dijk is Professor for Sociology and Communication Sciences and the chair of the Centre for eGovernment Studies at the University of Twente. He investigates aspects of the information society in regards to communication, democracy and technology. 

“Manufacturing Work of the Future” 
Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Schlund, Fraunhofer IAO, Stuttgart, Germany
Sebastian Schlund is the Head of the Competency Centre for Production Management at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering in Stuttgart, Germany. His areas of interest include practical research into production methods of the future, Industry 4.0, integrated planning and optimisation of industrial production and logistics as well as age-appropriate workplace systems. 

“Transforming the Digital by Media Education” 
Prof. Christian Swertz, University of Vienna
Christian Swertz is Professor for Media Pedagogy at the University of Vienna. He investigates aspects of education theory and media competency, technology-enhanced learning / eLearning as well as the relationship between digital media and education. 

“Digital Transformation in Political Economy” (tbd) 
Prof. Gerhard Hanappi, TU Wien

Gerhard Hanappi is Professor at the TU Wien and the ad personam Jean Monnet Chair for Political Economy of European Integration. His research includes the topics macro-economics, simulations, game theory and electronic commerce.


As announced at the Symposium, the presentation slides are available for download:

Van Dijk – Digital Democracy in a Network Society

Meyer – Health, Technology and Automation

Schlund – Manufacturing Work of the Future

Swertz – Transforming the Digital by Media Education

Hanappi – Digital Transformation and Political Economy


Event Details

Date:  Monday, 24th of April, 2017, 09:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Location: TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna, BA Building, 11th floor
Free Entry 

Following the talks, a moderated panel of our speakers will explore differences and commonalities across the fields, and give the audience the opportunity to actively engage the panelists through questions. 

The day’s program will be accompanied by a business lunch, coffee breaks as well as a warm buffet and drinks with the panelists for an opportunity for informal talks after the panel. 

The event will be held in English. 

Due to limited space we would appreciate a short note if you plan on attending via email to


April 24, 2017