Gerald Bast, born 1955, has been rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2000. After his studies in law and economics at Johannes Kepler University Linz, where he earned a doctorate in law, he worked at the Federal Ministry of Higher Education and at Ludwig Boltzmann Research Society. He is a member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, and editor-in-chief of the book series “Edition Angewandte” and ”Art, Research, Innovation and Society”.
As university president, Gerald Bast has initiated various new programs focusing on transdisciplinarity and the interrelation between the arts and society. He founded the “Angewandte Innovation Lab”, accentuating the role of the arts in innovation processes by facilitating intercommunication between art, science and technology, and economics and politics.
Gerald Bast has published in the fields of university law and university management, as well as educational and cultural policy, and he has been invited to lecture on the role of art, creativity, innovation and higher education at various institutions, including Johns Hopkins University Washington D.C., Columbia University New York, Tsing Hua University Beijing, Tong Ji University Shanghai, City University Hong Kong, University of Auckland, Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi, University of Porto, NTU Singapore, European Forum Alpbach and the European Culture Forum Brussels.