University of Applied Arts Vienna
Dr. Gerald Bast (*1955) is rector of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria since 2000. He is member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, member at the pool of experts for the Institutional Evaluation Programme of the European University Association, and editor-in-chief of the book series ”Art, Research, Innovation and Society”.
His main fields of interest and activities are higher education policy, innovation strategies and the role of cultural knowledge for societal development. As university president, Gerald Bast, initiated various new programs focusing on cross-disciplinary teaching and research, like “Social Design.Arts as Urban Innovation”, “TransArts“, “Art and Science” and a PhD programme in art-based research. He founded the “Angewandte Innovation Lab” at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, accentuating the role of the arts in innovation processes by facilitating cross-disciplinary intellectual and aesthetic intercommunication and he initiated an annual 2-million-€ grant program for artistic research at the Austrian Science Fund.
Gerald Bast published in the fields of university law, university management as well as educational and cultural policy and he held various invited lectures on the role of art, creativity, innovation and higher education, among them at Columbia University New York, Johns Hopkins University Washington D.C., Tsing Hua University Beijing, Tong Ji University Shanghai, University of Auckland, Dunedin School of Arts, City University Hong Kong, University of the Arts Utrecht (NL), Lakit Kala Akademi New Delhi, European Culture Forum Brussels, Joint Research Center of the European Commission and at the ELIA Biennial Conference in Vienna.