Speakers

Heinz Fischer

Federal President of Austria

Born in 1938, he studied law and political science at the University of Vienna and earned his doctorate in law (Dr. iur.) in 1961. From 1963 to 1975, he was the Secretary of the Social Democratic Group in the Austrian National Council. In 1971, Dr. Fischer was elected to the Austrian National Council, serving as a member until 2004 except for one four-year period. From 1975 to 1983 and 1987 to 1990, he was the Chairman of the Social Democratic Group in the National Council. In 1978, he became an associate professor of political science at the University of Innsbruck and was appointed as a full professor in 1994. From 1983 to 1987, Dr. Fischer served as the Federal Minister of Science and Research. From 1990 to 2002, he was the President of the Austrian National Council and acted as the Second President between 2002 and 2004. In April 2004, he was elected as Austria’s Federal President, and was re-elected on 25 April 2010 with 79.3% of the valid votes for a second term in office (to 2016). In addition, Dr. Heinz Fischer was a member of several other important bodies, such as the National Security Council and the Foreign Affairs Council of the Republic of Austria. From 1995 to 2002, he was the President of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism. Dr. Fischer also served in many other functions, including as Vice-Chairman of the Austrian Convention, long-term President of the Austrian Friends of Nature and President of the Association of Austrian Adult Education Centres.

Dr. Fischer is the author of numerous books and publications in the fields of law and political science, such as “Das politische System Österreichs” (The Austrian Political System), “Die Kreisky-Jahre” (The Kreisky Era), “Reflexionen” (Reflections, an autobiography), “Wende Zeiten: Ein österreichischer Zwischenbefund” (Times of Change: An Austrian Interim Report) and „Überzeugungen – Eine politische Biografie“ (My Convictions – A Political Biography).
He also holds honorary doctorates from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tel Aviv (2008) and from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (2009).

Sessions

Official Opening Begin: Wednesday, 27.02.2013 10:00 am