Site Visits

During the first day of the conference delegates arriving early can participate in Professional Site Visits. Site Visits are planned according to the overall programme and focus on digitisation and alpine challenges and feature our main topics: Entrepreneurship, Connectivity and Science & Research.

Three Site Visits have been arranged:

  • Werkstätte Wattens
  • Brenner Base Tunnel
  • IQOQI Institute für Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in a non-urban region
Werkstätte Wattens

Werkstätte Wattens is an international business and creative centre for founders, startups, movers & shakers and service providers at various stages of development with focus on technology, innovation, and the creation of regional value and sustainable growth.

In addition to a Co-Working Space, Team Offices, and Production & Workshop units, it also offer a Fablab for individual use at our 3,800-m² facilities. Partnership contacts in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and services and programmes for both business and prototype development are paired with professional support to offer space and opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and co-creation.

The tour will give you an impression of Werkstätte Wattens, insight into their work with start-ups and the Fablab. It will also inform you how and why Werkstätte Wattens was created and what its impacts are on the regional innovation scene and the innovation ecosystem in Tirol.


Quantums and Mountains:
Enhancing human understanding of nature and its laws

IQOQI /University of Innsbruck

The Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences dedicates its work to theoretical and experimental basic research in the areas of quantum optics and quantum information science. Research topics range from the foundations of quantum physics to their applications, for example for metrology, sensor technology and quantum information processing. Internationality, worldwide networking and highly actual research topics characterize the institute's work which aims at conducting independent top-notch research.

The institute's personnel and infrastructure is closely connected with the University of Innsbruck and contributes strongly to the education of doctoral and master students. A particular concern of the institute is the sustainable advancement of young academics, and together with the University of Innsbruck, their integration into the research and teaching program.

The tour will lead you into the world of quantum optics and quantum information in Innsbruck.

Mobility and infrastructure as a key issue in Alpine Regions
Brenner Base Tunnel

The Brenner Base Tunnel is a horizontal railway line running through the Alps; a railway line for the future. The Brenner Base Tunnel is the main element of the new Brenner railway from Munich to Verona. At 64 km, it is the longest underground railway connection in the world, a pioneering work of engineering and it will markedly improve passenger travel and freight transport through the heart of Europe.

The Brenner Base Tunnel is the heart of the Scandinavia-Mediterranean TEN Corridor from Helsinki to La Valletta, Malta. The European Union is promoting the expansion of this transnational multimodal corridor and considers this work to be high-priority. The Brenner Base Corridor, as a cross-border project linking Austria and Italy, is particularly important.

The tour will take you into the heart of the mountain and show you the work being done on the tunnels from up close. The tour consists of a short introduction to the Brenner Base Tunnel project and will then lead you into the building site.

Be advised that pregnant women and persons with pacemakers may not take part in the guided tours into the tunnel for safety reasons. Participants should be fit as the tour involves a considerable amount of walking.