Prof. Dr. Robert Braun
Prof. Dr. Pablo Collazzo
Prof. (FH) Dr. Elisabeth Kübler
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Erasmus staff mobility (SMT)
October 8-9, 2015

The Fifth Ljubljana Forum on the Future of Cities hosted academics, public decision-makers and entrepreneurs to expose the newest trends in sustainable and inclusive smart cities. The conference entitled Smart City: Empowering Cities & People shifted the attention to the benefits of smart technologies for the people you work, create, dwell and live in smart urban spaces. Under the auspices of EU Commissioner for Transportation Violeta Bulc and Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar, paper-givers from Central Europe, the Balkans and also from overseas shared their insights on industry solutions, smart city policies, and civic engagement.

As part of its activities in the Harvard Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) Network and the Institute of Competitiveness (IoC) at LBS, Lauder Business School is particularly interested in the competitiveness prospects within a smart city. Consequently, Professor Pablo Collazzo delivered an invited talk on the Financial Instruments & Business Models panel, in which he addressed the question of building competitiveness within a smart city. LBS faculty member Professor Robert Braun discussed his latest research on autonomous vehicles, in which he innovatively combines socio-economic, philosophical and business angles on the introduction of driverless cars.

The sojourn to Ljubljana also marked an additional step in strengthening the bonds between LBS and the Ljubljana-based GoForeSight Institute and its director Blaž Golob. Mr. Golob and Professor Elisabeth Kübler, who heads both LBS’s International Relations and the Institute of Competitiveness, are currently joining forces on a conference workshop on Smart Cities – Urban competitiveness & challenges of participation to take place in Budapest in May 2016.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2019

On June 28 we were pleased to welcome numerous families and friends to the Lauder Business School campus for a graduation celebration. In his welcome address our Executive Director Alexander Zirkler congratulated the graduates and introduced our Guest of Honor, the US Ambassador to Austria – his Excellency Trevor D. Traina.

Fireplace Talk with the CEO of Austrian Airlines

On June 19 we were delighted to host the CEO of Austrian Airlines, Dr. Alexis von Hoensbroech, in the Lauder Business School ball room. He delivered an inspiring fireplace talk about his career path, the aviation industry in general, and the Austrian Airlines company structure and strategy.

Cooperation Agreement with the City of Vienna

Lauder Business School signed a cooperation agreement with the City of Vienna together with 22 other Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences located in Vienna. On May 14, 2019, Mayor Michael Ludwig signed a cooperation agreement with the Viennese higher education institutions in the City Hall, together with rectors, directors and board members of 23 universities, colleges and universities of applied sciences.

Researching Innovation in Austria

Christian Reiner, senior researcher at LBS, has co-authored the “Austrian Research and Technology Report 2019”. This annual report has been published by three Austrian ministries and written by external experts from applied research institutes and universities. Given the importance of the report for the wider public, it is an honour to contribute to this official publication.