European Forum Alpbach
The European Forum Alpbach is an annual event that takes place in August in the Tyrolean village of Alpbach, Austria. Politicians, academics, students, and decision makers from all areas come together to discuss and brainstorm new ideas and solutions to European and global problems. The forum was founded in 1945 by Otto Molden, who had been active in the Austrian resistance movement. More than 3,000 people from over 50 countries accept the invitation to participate in the European Forum Alpbach each year. Participation is open to all interested parties. The events are held in German and in English.
The program is divided into three main parts
Up to 14 seminars are devoted to various scientific disciplines. Scientists gather for six half-day meetings. The seminar week provides an interdisciplinary conversation and offers the possibility of intensive discussions among experts. Plenary sessions on scientific, political and economic issues round out the program.
These two-to three-day conferences deal with the themes of architecture, technology, politics, economy and health. In addition, special workshops are for banking, film and EU networking. There is also a "Tyrol Day" that celebrates work at universities and technical schools.
Alpbach Summer School Courses
Summer school courses dedicated to the topics of "European Law and European Integration" are provided for advanced students and recent graduates.
Accompanying the program of the European Forum Alpbach throughout is a comprehensive schedule of arts and culture. In exhibitions, concerts and lectures, young artists in particular are offered the opportunity to present their work to the public. There are also the spontaneously organized "fireside chats" in which sensitive issues can be openly discussed with well-known personalities.
Alpbach Initiative Groups and Clubs
Former participants of the European Forum Alpbach founded initiative groups and clubs in more than 20 European countries (mostly in CEE) in order to work together for the constant advancement of the forum. These groups and clubs promote the 'spirit of Alpbach' in their home countries and universities and organise interdisciplinary events and lectures. They are considered to be sister organisations of the forum and most of them are giving out annual scholarships for students to attend the European Forum Alpbach.
Currently, there are initiative groups in Albania (Tirana), Austria (Graz, Linz and Vienna), Belgium (Brussels), Bosnia-Herzegovina (Sarajevo), Bulgaria (Sofia), France (Paris), Germany (Berlin and Cologne), Hungary (Budapest), Kosovo (Pristina), Macedonia (Skopje), Moldova (Chişinău), Montenegro (Podgorica), Poland (Warsaw), Serbia (Belgrade), Romania (Brașov), Ukraine (Kiev, Lviv) and Austria/Italy/Slovenia (Senza Confini). Clubs exist in Austria (Alpbachtal, Burgenland, Lower Austria, Styria, Tyrol and Vorarlberg), Croatia (Zagreb), Italy (South Tyrol), Russia (Moscow), Switzerland (Geneva) and Turkey (Istanbul). There is also a specific Club Alpbach Medica for students of medicine.
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