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02: Common Challenges to the European and African Union – Climate, Demography, Migration

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Contemporary migration dynamics represent a multidimensional phenomenon which can be explored from many different angles in order to identify both the causes (push and pull factors) and the impacts of migration. This applies to both African and European perspectives as the potential gains to one side inevitably mean losses to the other.

The issues to be tackled in the seminar relate to changing demographic dynamics, climate change, as well as conflict as a major driver of forced migration. Further migration will be viewed in a comprehensive and holistic manner and the discussions will include topics relating to the possible [un]intended impacts of migration on urbanisation.

Above all, these lectures and discussions will explore important overlapping causalities and look at possibilities for co-operation and collaboration between European and African institutions by presenting examples from both the European and African Union.


Researcher, National Defence Academy, Vienna Chair

Dr. Gerald HAINZL

Researcher, National Defence Academy, Vienna

 Studium Afrikanistik, Politikwissenschaften und Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Universität Wien
 Doktoratstudium Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Universität Wien
seit 1996 BMLV (Bundesheer)
seit 2004 Institut für Friedenssicherung und Konfliktmanagement, Landesverteidigungsakademie, Wien

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2016Plenary
17:30 - 18:00Opening SpeechesPlenary
18:00 - 18:30A Midsummer Night's Dream - a TeaserCulture
19:00 - 20:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: Beyond MapsSeminar
Seminar 02: Common Challenges to the European and African Union - Climate, Demography, MigrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Religion and PowerSeminar
Seminar 04: World Water Resources and Human Well-Being at Risk - Trends, Data and GovernanceSeminar
Seminar 05: Scientific Excellence and Social Responsibility - How do they go together?Seminar
Seminar 06: The European Union and Its Eastern NeighboursSeminar
Seminar 07: (Economic-)Policy for Progress - The Return of the "Magic Polygon"Seminar
Seminar 08: Biological or Synthetic Evolution?Seminar
Teach For Austria Summer School: Changemaker Lab - Sapere aude!Seminar
Seminar 09: Rule of Law in China and EuropeSeminar
Seminar 10: Utility of Force in the 21st CenturySeminar
Seminar 11: The European Ethos and the SacredSeminar
Seminar 12: Towards a Sustainable Global Carbon LoopSeminar
Seminar 13: Gender Issues in Complex SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 14: Art as Enlightenment in Post-Enlightenment Times?Seminar
Seminar 15: Smart Factory: Social Effects - Prospects for Employment - Impacts on Work and OrganisationSeminar
Seminar 16: Understanding Big DataSeminar
Theatre Workshop with Students of the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA), LondonSeminar


09:00 - 15:00Alpbach Open SpaceBreakout