Programm zum 
Dies Academicus am Freitag, 01. Juli 2016, 10:00 Uhr

Programm Ehrung

10:00 Uhr Feierlicher Einzug in die Aula


Best Student Paper Awards 2016

Karl Franz Pichler, Bozen/Italien

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Esther Fritsch, Innsbruck/Österreich
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, MBA, Villach/Österreich
KR Dr. Reinhard Schretter, Vils/Österreich

Ehrendoktorat der Naturwissenschaften
Dr. Norbert W. Bischofberger, Foster City/USA

Ehrendoktorat der Philosophie
Prof. Dr. H. Craig Melchert, Carrboro/USA

Dankesworte im Namen der Geehrten
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Herlitschka, MBA

Rektor Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Tilmann Märk

Feierlicher Auszug


Musikalische Umrahmung:
Kammermusikensemble der Universität Mozarteum (Klasse Maximilian Bauer)

Wir freuen uns auf eine gemeinsame Feier bei einem Buffet im Anschluss an den

Programm Vorträge

Die Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck lädt Sie in Kooperation mit dem Deutschen Freundeskreis der Universitäten Innsbruck

zur Vergabe der Studienförderungspreise


zu Vorträgen der Ehrendoktoren
Dr. Norbert W. Bischofberger und
Prof. Dr. H. Craig Melchert

um 14:30 Uhr in die Aula des Universitätshauptgebäudes ein.

The Conquest of Viral Diseases
Dr. Norbert W. Bischofberger, Foster City/USA

Approximately 135 disease causing viruses are known to infect humans and new viruses constantly emerge, posing a threat to human health. Over the last 20 years we have made great progress in the conquest of viral diseases. HIV infection used to be a death sentence and can now be treated with safe and very effective therapies. HCV infections can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and need for liver transplantation. We now have treatments which cure the infection with one pill once daily in as a little as 8-12 weeks. We are also making progress in identifying treatments for emerging infections like Ebola and Zika viruses.

Humanities in the University of the 21st Century
Prof. Dr. H. Craig Melchert, Carrboro/USA

There have been widespread reports in all media in recent years that the humanities are in crisis. Many of these are exaggerated, but it would be foolish to deny that many humanistic disciplines face serious challenges. It is a truism that the key to not merely survival but to continued productivity is a judicious embracing of the changes thrust upon us. The difficulty lies in the actual implementation of this prescription. What concrete steps can faculty and administrators take to address the problems and take advantage of the opportunities that current realities present?

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