The world these days is a competitive place where success is the only currency that counts. Failure, which is usually considered the opposite of success, or even an obstacle on the road to it, is seen as something to be avoided at all costs. But are our failures always such disasters? Not necessarily – and it may well be time to review our opinions about failure as a concept. Contrary to popular belief, failure actually isn’t the opposite of success, but rather a necessary part of it. Failure doesn’t need to be avoided. Instead, it should be embraced, because we can learn from it and become stronger in the future as a result. 

What to expect:

We will spend the first half of our day shining lights on positive and negative aspects of failure in our scientific lives. How much failure is a good amount and how do we cope with failure? We will learn why failure can be a good thing. We will see why failure is an opportunity, what it can teach you and how you can overcome it. Learning to fail today will help you be successful tomorrow!
In the afternoon session, the speakers will present aspects of boredom in our daily lives in order to broaden our perspective on matters. We will show whether boredom is exclusively bad or not. How can we avoid it eventually? Isn't sometimes the life of a researcher boring? We have to write reports and read papers; It is inevitable to repeat experiments and reproduce results... When we start a project it is very exciting, but after time passes by the fascination often fades. Also what is very interesting to one person might be rather boring to another. Our interest in a subject has everything to do with how we approach it. So, anything could be interesting :) 
So, we will look at the mundane and overlooked phenomena in research which often viewed useless and unnecessary, but when analyzed more precisely unveil themselves to be genuinely captivating. 

Failed & Bored provides a positive perspective on failure and boredom in science and business. This conference draws on MCAA fellows success stories and literary anecdotes to explain the importance of failure & ordinary subjects in research, the advantages of embracing it and the power of leveraging your mistakes to stimulate personal growth.


No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

-Anthony Robbins

Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

-Thomas Edison

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09:00-10:00 Registrations & Coffee

10:00-11:15 Failure Session A

Can't failure be avoided?

How failure opens up new opportunities?

11:15-11:30 Coffee

11:30-12:30 Failure Session B

Turning failure into success

Stories of failure that inspire you.

12:30-14:00 Lunch and Networking

14:00-15:30 Bored Session

Do you like listening to MCAA researchers you don’t know talking about things you don’t care about? If yes, then this session is the right place for you. You will not learn anything by attending this session. It is a waste of time and money :)

16:00-18:00 Innsbruck City Tour

18:00-21:00 Social Event



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If you want to become a speaker in one of our sessions, get in touch with us by E-Mail.







University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck (German: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck; Latin: Universitas Leopoldino Franciscea) is a public university in Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol, founded in 1669.

It is currently the largest education facility in the Austrian Bundesland of Tirol, the third largest in Austria behind Vienna University and the University of Graz and according to The Times Higher Education Supplement World Ranking 2010 Austria's leading university. Significant contributions have been made in many branches, most of all in the physics department. Further, regarding the number of Web of Science-listed publications, it occupies the third rank worldwide in the area of mountain research.



The conference will be held at Kaiser-Leopold-Saal of Theology Faculty of the University of Innsbruck. In 1776, the buildings of today's Theological Faculty were opened as the first building of the University of Innsbruck. The historic and partly state-protected staterooms and exhibition areas offer a very stylish ambiance.

Address: Karl-Rahner-Platz 3, 6020 Innsbruck



Getting to Innsbruck

Innsbruck, capital of Austria’s western state of Tyrol, is a city in the Alps that's long been a destination for winter sports. Innsbruck is also known for its Imperial and modern architecture. The Nordkette funicular, with futuristic stations designed by architect Zaha Hadid, climbs up to 2,256m from the city center for skiing in winter and hiking or mountaineering in warmer months.

Click here to find more info on how to get to Innsbruck.


Getting into and around Innsbruck

Tyrol is a western Austrian state in the Alps that’s known for its ski resorts, historic sites, and folk traditions. The capital city, Innsbruck, surrounded by mountains, is home to Habsburg Empire landmarks like baroque-style Hofburg Palace and Gothic Hofkirche Church. The city’s symbol is the 15th-century Goldenes Dachl, a loggia topped with gleaming copper tiles commissioned by Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I.

Click here to find more info on how to get into and around Innsbruck.

Social Event

We have organized an evening social event and would very much like you to join it.

This event is an ideal opportunity to network, connect and continue conversations under a more 'relaxed' atmosphere, so please come along and extend your experience.

  • When: 28.09.2019 19:00-24:00
  • Where: Stiftskeller, Stiftgasse 1 6020 Innsbruck www.stiftskeller.eu

The Stiftskeller is a restaurant and beer bar in the center of the old town of Innsbruck. Centrally located on Franziskanerplatz, we will not only enjoy traditional Tyrolean specialties from the kitchen (a full-course menu) but also a great selection of wines.




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Organizing Committee

 Most people don’t reach their dream, not because of failure but because they GIVE UP. 

Dr. Mohammad Rezaei


 Failing is an inevitable part of trying to get better. 

Patrick Quoika