Closing remarks and Outlook

Friday, 14. September 2012 | 12:30 Uhr


Klaus Hug


President of the Foundation


From the interesting and intensive conference days, Dr. Klaus Hug, President of the Academia Engelberg Foundation, takes home the fact that cities are built for people. Also in the future, cities shall not be the work of planners and architects. Everybody contributes his or her share – be it women, families or the society in general. In order to reach sustainability and improve quality of life, there are still numerous obstacles where politics play a vital role. The Future City Laboratory Singapore showed that the issues of the past days are forward-looking and urban planning strategies go into the right direction.

Next year, the conference will again address people and countries. The 12th Dialogue on Science will deal with the sense of the welfare state, the European reality of intergenerational justice, family pol-icy, youth unemployment and the challenge to maintain or increase the current welfare. Population growth leads to economic, political, societal and ethical problems. The financial crisis and the debt overload of many countries threaten the welfare system. What needs to be done to guarantee jus-tice, solidarity, social peace and personal responsibility? The twelfth Dialog of Science of Academia Engelberg Foundation on this topic will be held from October 15 until October 17 in the monastery village of Engelberg.

Klaus Hug

Klaus Hug was born in 1940. After receiving his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the department of law in Zurich in 1970, he was granted the right to practise law in 1971. Between 1972 and 1976 (and also 1980 and 1984) he was Secretary of the Central Swiss Association of Employers in Zurich. Between 1976 and 1979 he was personal secretary to MP Kurt Furgler, and from 1984 to 1991 he was Director of the Department of Industry, Trade and Employment (BIGA).

Since summer 1991 has worked as a lawyer and economic consultant in Berne and Zurich. As of 1992 he is the Executive President of the Swiss Association for Department Stores, known today as the Swiss Retail Federation; diverse government commissions; a member of the Federal Commission for Competition; consultant to the legal practice of Bär & Karrer in Zurich.

Since 1992, he has held the office of President of the Swiss Technology Assessment Committee (for the Swiss Department of Science and Technology). Klaus Hug is also President of the governing board of the Institute of Intellectual Ownership (IGE) in Berne.

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