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LIT Lab for Digital Transformation and Law at the Johannes Kepler University Linz

Opening Ceremony

Digital transformation includes and affects each and every area of society. The tremendous technological strides that come with digitization not only have the potential to make monumental changes to the economy, but will change society as a whole, including our legal system. Both the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT) and the Lab for Digital Transformation & Law pursue a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. Researchers are currently working on ways to steer its legal direction as well as focusing on the legal issues and visions that come with digital transformation.

Celebrate with us!

Join us as we officially open the LIT Lab for Digital Transformation and Law! During the course of the opening event we will learn more about the legal challenges surrounding digital transformation as well as the Lab's research areas.

  • In which direction does the law have to steer the transformation process?
  • How does the law contend with innovations in technology and business?
  • What kind of legal parameters do emerging technologies and business models need? Data protection law and tax law to liability and insurance law.

Opening Program Details

  • Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz
  • Building: Uni Center
  • Event & Ceremony Room


Opening Remarks

  • Rector Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinhard Lukas

"Aus Schlagwörtern wird Wirklichkeit"
Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger in discussions with

  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Sepp Hochreiter, LIT Lab for Artificial Intelligence
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. René Mayrhofer, Institute of Networks and Security at the JKU, Google USA
  • Primar Univ. Prof. Dr. Jens Meier, Dean of Research at the JKU's Faculty of Medicine

Speeches and Statements

  • Deputy Governor Dr. Michael Strugl, MBA
  • Vice-President Mag. Angelika Sery-Froschauer, Economic Chamber of Upper Austria
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Katharina Pabel, Dean of the JKU's Faculty of Law

"Das Recht der neuen digitalen Welt"
Facts and Figures about the LIT Lab for Digital Transformation and Law

  • Univ. Prof. DDr. Georg Kofler, Professor of Tax Law, JKU
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Mayrhofer, Professor of Public Law, JKU

The following experts will discuss the legal framework and challenges of digital transformation:

“New Technologies, New Law?“
Univ.Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger in discussion with

  • Mag. Pauline Seidermann, Financial Director of voestalpine Stahl GmbH
  • DI Stefan Pierer, CEO, KTM Industries AG
  • Hon. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bergthaler, Attorney and Partner, Haslinger / Nagele & Partner Attorneys
  • Dr. Wolfgang Lauss, Attorney and Partner, SCWP Schindhelm
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefan Perner, Professor of Civil Law, JKU

New Business, New Law?
Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Hengstschläger in discussion with

  • DI Dr. Kurt Hofstädter, MBA, Head of Digital Factory CEE, Siemens AG Austria
  • Dr. Heinrich Schaller, General Director, Raiffeisenlandesbank Upper Austria
  • Prof. KR Ing. DDr. Werner Steinecker MBA, General Director, Energie AG Upper Austria
  • Mag. Gert Weidinger, Tax Consultant and Partner, KPMG Austria
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Michael Tumpel, Professor of Tax Management, JKU

Following the opening ceremony, please join us for a reception (beginning at 5:00 PM).


Kindly register in advance by January 10, 2018, send an e-mail or call:

  • T 0732 2468 1860

The JKU and cooperation partners from the LIT Lab für Digital Transformation & Law look forward to welcoming you!