Join us at the Global Innovation Summit 2021

Silicon Alps @ the Global Innovation Summit 2021

We are very happy to announce that we are taking part in the Global Innovation Summit (GIS) this year.

The Global Innovation Summit with its focus on Green Transition, Digital Transformation, and Post COVID developments provides an international meeting place for businesses, innovators, researchers, and funding experts to network, share knowledge and develop new business ideas. Attendees can also learn about world-wide business collaboration and funding opportunities in Eureka and Horizon Europe (


Exploring New Perspectives

18 – 20 May, 2021

live from Graz, Austria

Silicon Alps will host two sessions on May 18, 2021, which will be “Explainable and Trustworthy AI meets Cybersecurity in the Quantum Age” and “Enabling European Industrial Sovereignty: Technologies for Higher Resilience, Efficiency, and Trustworthiness”. Both sessions feature high-level speakers from renowned companies in our network:

Explainable and Trustworthy AI meets Cybersecurity in the Quantum Age

Deep learning models have recently demonstrated remarkable results in diverse tasks, such as image classification or machine translation. They are increasingly applied where mispredictions might have severe consequences – ranging from industrial predictive maintenance, to heartbeat anomaly detection and stock market forecasts. However, one caveat of deep learning is that a model’s behavior cannot be understood by inspecting its internals. This is where interpretability and explanation methods (XAI) come into play to highlight the contributing factors of a model’s prediction in an understandable human form. The speakers will give an overview of the opportunities and basic ideas of XAI and highlight how they form an essential building block towards trustworthy AI. Furthermore, the speakers will build a bridge towards quantum computers, which promise to solve some of the most complex mathematical problems more efficiently than ever. However, their computing power also puts information security at risk, so threat scenarios and how to protect oneself will also be examined.


Enabling European Industrial Sovereignty: Technologies for Higher Resilience, Efficiency, and Trustworthiness

Looking at Industry 4.0 as a two-dimensional approach, with automation activities on the one hand and advances in digital transformation on the other, one can see the multiple possible impacts on modern production technologies. The speakers will examine the management of complexity, quality requirements of lot size one, global supply chains, predictive maintenance and the optimised use of invested assets, illustrated by practical examples from the new 300mm power semiconductor Fab of Infineon in Villach. Furthermore, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and complementary technologies like NFC (Near Field Communication) and UWB (Ultra-Wide Band) and how they support efficient and secure implementations of industrial IoT will be discussed. The speakers will also highlight opportunities provided by these technologies and address key ingredients for effective and secure implementation.
Finally, the speakers will consider the question: what comes after Industry 4.0?


14:30 Introduction by  Andreas Starzacher (Silicon Alps Cluster) 16:00 Introduction by  Andreas Starzacher (Silicon Alps Cluster),  Elisabeth Steimetz (EPoSS), Helmut S. Röck (AT Styria)
14:40 Keynote 1 by Andreas Trügler (Know-Center) Ceremonial signing of the contract by EPoSS Chairman Stefan Finkbeiner
14:55 Keynote 2 by Jörg-Peter Elbers (CELTIC-NEXT) 16:20 Keynote 1 by Josef Moser (Infineon)
15:15 Panel Discussion with 16:35 Keynote 2 by Michael Jerne (NXP)
Andreas Trügler (Know-Center) 16:50 Panel Discussion with
Jörg-Peter Elbers (CELTIC-NEXT) Josef Moser (Infineon)
András Montvay (Silicon Austria Labs) Michael Jerne (NXP)
Charles Dietz (Sclable) Sandra Slavinec (charismaTec, AT Styria)
Andreas Sibrai (Sibrai Electronics) Christian Knollmayer (Magna Steyr, AT Styria)
15:45 End Przemyslaw Jakub Gromala (Robert Bosch GmbH, EPoSS)
17:15 End
Moderator: tba Moderator: Dominik Berger


To participate, please register at:

Participation is free of charge!


About the Global Innovation Summit 2021


Green Transition

The Green Deal as an economic, ecological and social transformation process is one of the centre pieces of political discourse at both international and national levels. One objective of the summit is to support the innovative developments towards green transition and the associated importance of the role of research and innovation programmes.


The reconstruction of the economy and international cooperation after the Corona crisis will play an important role in 2021. The summit’s goal is to take stock of the situation one year after the outbreak of the Corona crisis and to reflect on the resulting consequences for the European and international economic and RTI system.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation and its impact is another priority of this year’s summit. Here we seek to promote networking among international SMEs and global companies from the Eureka network during a structured exchange of innovative ideas with regard to digital and sustainable development goals.


Currently under Austrian Chairmanship, Eureka is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, present in over 45 countries. Since 1985, we have funded and supported the R&D and innovation of thousands of breakthrough commercialised products, processes or services that have positively impacted society and helped economies grow.


Top Keynoter: Bertrand Piccard
It is in Bertrand Piccard’s DNA to go beyond the obvious and achieve the impossible. From a legendary lineage of explorers who conquered the stratosphere and the abysses, he made history by accomplishing two aeronautical firsts, around the world non-stop in a balloon, and more recently in a solar plane without fuel. A pioneer in his way to consider ecology through the lens of profitability, he began working in the early 2000s to promote renewable energies and clean technologies. SolarImpulse was born to carry this message around the world.

Speaker: Gabriel Felbermayr

Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr is President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He concurrently holds a chair in Economics and Economic Policy at Kiel University. His research and advisory activities focus on questions of economic global governance, European economic integration and German economic policy. He has published a large number of papers in international scientific journals, in policy briefs and newspapers. His research has been recognised with various awards.

Speaker: Sabine Herlitschka

Sabine Herlitschka’s professional career includes industrial biotechnology research, international cooperation and financing in technology and innovation, internships at leading organisations in the USA, periods as Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, as well as her role of founding Vice-Rector for Research Management and International Cooperation at the Medical University of Graz/Austria. Before joining Infineon Technologies Austria, Herlitschka was Director of European & International Programmes in the Austrian Research Promotion Agency. For almost 25 years she has been frequently involved in European research as an advisor, project coordinator, evaluator and Chairperson in strategic European and international expert groups. Currently, she is Governing Board Chairperson of the €5bn European Public Private Partnership ECSEL-Electronics Components and Systems for Electronic Leadership.

Speaker: Dorothee Ritz

As General Manager of Microsoft Austria, Dorothee Ritz is committed to helping shape the digital transformation in Austria. She has been part of the company since 2004 occupying different leading positions, including heading the “Microsoft International Business Strategy” for the President of Microsoft International. One of her greatest achievements at Microsoft is the implementation of a mobile first, cloud first – strategy. Ritz is also a board member of the non-profit children’s aid organisation Plan International Germany.

Afternoon Sessions

A variety of speakers from diverse fields of expertise will hold lectures in the afternoons. These afternoon sessions build a bridge between the main topics and the B2B networking, which all participants are strongly encouraged to explore.


Graz – Austria’s second largest city is a young and academic one and it is a meeting place of innovation, culture, art and history. Known as the gateway to the south-east, this European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Site and City of Design offers more than you might expect…

In the fields of renewable energy and recycling or technological innovation and research – ideas are born and raised in green Styria and their success can be witnessed in both local entrepreneurship and the flourishing start-up scene.


B2B meetings during #GIS2021 provide the ideal setting to interact and find the right contacts. They are a great chance to have a private 15-minute web meeting with another participant to discuss joint projects, ideas and plans. They allow for a personal networking experience in a virtual event setting!

B2B meetings during #GIS2021 can also be a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners in virtual face-2-face talks.

Business, research or cooperation profile and Marketplace Opportunities

This is an opportunity to introduce yourself and your company/research institution by publishing a clear profile with detailed information. The more detail (such as organisation background, business offers, research project ideas and interests) you provide, the more you will benefit from the B2B meetings.

#GIS2021 B2B meetings are brought to you by the Enterprise Europe Network. This means wherever you are from, there will be an Enterprise Europe Network hub near you that will support you in preparing for your meetings and following up on the outcomes of those meetings after the event.