Alpbach Seminars

We invite you to actively share your perspective, opinion, your ideas and co-create with other participants.

Welcome Scholarship Holders

Every year, the European Forum Alpbach awards scholarships to hundreds of outstanding young talents from all around the world. Our scholarship programme enables students, young professionals and changemakers to come to Alpbach and attend a unique programme consisting of scientific and artistic seminars, a high-level conference programme and a variety of social and cultural activities.

Details on the 2022 Seminar Programme will be provided in due time. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please read our FAQs below or send an e-mail to

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Seminar Chairs

We value gender, sex and race diversity.


Jan Hein Nielsen

Managing Director and Senior Consultant

Hein&Nielsen Sprl.


Thomas Hutle

Project and Change Manager

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment


Julius Jenkins


Maria Theresian Military Academy


Johann Rupert Füller

CEO / Professor

HYVE AG / University of Innsbruck


Elis Borde

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais Brazil


Ana Paula Rojas

Head of the Academy of Politics and Public Leadership

Alma Civica Organization


Alexander Hochörtler


Maria Theresian Military Academy


Jana Ganzmann

Social Entrepreneur

Impact Hub Tirol


Srdjan Cvijić

Senior Policy Analyst

Open Society Foundations


Olgui Caballero

Executive Director

Alma Civica Organization


Kimberly McArthur

Chief Operating Officer

Apolitical Foundation


Jasmina Lukacevic

Human Resources and Organizational Development

HRPRO Croatia


Verena Struckmann

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Health Care Management, Technical University Berlin


Sage Gregory

Creative Writing Student

Bath Spa University


Anne-Laure Romanet

Freelance Consultant and Facilitator for Social Organisations



Maria Craffonara



Raphael Zimmermann


Maria Theresian Military Academy


Wojciech Przybylski

Political Analyst

Visegard Insight


Adèle Yaroulina

European Project Manager

European Startup Network


Robert Prosser

Writer / Performance Artist



Ana Schnabl



Mascha Dabic

Translator / Interpreter / Writer

University of Vienna


Kerstin Gottl


Maria Theresian Military Academy


Benjamin Steiner


Maria Theresian Military Academy


Maja Kurilic

Project Manager

The CIVIS Innovation Hub


Charly Kleissner

Impact Investor

ImpactAssets, Board Chair


Anne-Karen Hüske

Postdoc in Social Entrepreneurship Education

Copenhagen Business School


Christopher Weilguni


Maria Theresian Military Academy


Robert Konrad Schimpf

Head of InnCubator / Associate Dean of Study for the Supplementary Programme Entrepreneurship

InnCubator / University of Innsbruck


Katja Schechtner

Urban Scientist / Research Affiliate MIT Senseable City Lab and MIT LCAU

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Nadia Abdalla

Chief Administrative Secretary

Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Kenia


Christian Friedl

Associate Professor for Entrepreneurship

FH Johanneum - University of Applied Sciences Graz


Alex Putzer

UN Harmony with Nature Expert / Rights of Nature Scholar at SSSA Pisa and MIT LCAU

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa


Minja Maria Mertanen

Dancer / Teacher / Dance and Movement Therapist


1. Do I need a visa?

Nationals of EU member states, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not require a visa for entering the Republic of Austria. All other nationals require a visa in order to enter the Schengen Area or the Austrian territory. As a general rule, the passport must be valid at least three months beyond the planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Please check the visa requirements for your country here:

2. Do I need to be vaccinated against Covid?

As of 22 February 2022, all persons travelling to Austria need to possess a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative test. Please check the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry for further information or updates:

3. How can I arrange my accommodation in Alpbach?

Accommodation in Alpbach will be booked by the European Forum Alpbach.

4. Will you be able to support my visa application?

The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs supports us and will inform the nearest Austrian consulate or a consulate with representation for Austria of your visa application. Every Austrian consulate will issue your visa free of charge. However, we can only assure that this is the case when applying at Austrian consulates directly. If you are applying at the consulate of another member of the Schengen area, we cannot guarantee that your files are handled free of charge.

5. Will you contract health and accident insurance?

No, please do so yourself for the period of your stay in Alpbach with two additional days for travelling between your hometown and Alpbach.

6. How do I get to Alpbach

Coming to Alpbach by public transport is easy. There are bus services from the train stations Wörgl, Jenbach and Brixlegg to Alpbach. The closest airports to Alpbach are in Munich, Innsbruck and Vienna. From there, you can easily take a train to one of the above-mentioned stations. Please visit the Austrian National Railway Service to find your connection: Note that all relevant information about public transport will be updated shortly before the start of the European Forum Alpbach.

7. Which Seminars will I be able to attend?

All scholarship holders will attend a scientific and an artistic/practical seminar of their choice. Further information on the seminars at the EFA22 will be shared with selected applicants in due time.

8. What should I bring with me to Alpbach? Is there a dress code?

Alpbach is a mountain village where the weather is very changeable even in the summer. Do not forget to bring warm clothes and especially weatherproof footwear and rain jackets with you! Please bear in mind that the roads in Alpbach are steep, so flat-heeled shoes are advisable. The dress code ranges from casual to smart casual. If you are unsure about how to dress, have a look at the photos of past events.
If you consider participating in one of the hikes offered, please bring warm clothes and appropriate shoes for hiking (trekking shoes or at least adequate sneakers). Participation is at your own risk.

As the European Forum Alpbach is a Green Meeting, we strongly encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle. You will need it in particular during the Alpbach Seminars.

For the Alpbach Seminars, please bring your own laptop.

Make sure to bring enough money for the first week in Alpbach! Should you have been awarded a full scholarship, you will only receive the board allowance after a few days in Alpbach. Please make sure to have enough cash (or a debit card that allows you to withdraw cash in Austria) on you to be able to pay for any expenses you might encounter in the first week.

9. Where can I eat?

Alpbach has many restaurants and places to eat. In some hotels and restaurants, special student meals are offered. You will find detailed information on this in Alpbach. There is a supermarket on the left-hand side of the main street as you enter the village, where you can buy products of daily necessity. In some cases, your accommodation also includes breakfast.

10. Which requirements with regards to COVID-19 apply to enter Austria?

As of 22 February 2022, all persons travelling to Austria need to possess a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative test. Please check the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry for further information or updates:

11. Which prevention measures against the Coronavirus do you take?

Further information on the safety and prevention concept of the EFA22 will be posted here in due course.

12. Why is it important to hand in a feedback report after my participation at the European Forum Alpbach?

Your feedback matters! We want to make the European Forum Alpbach better every year and to adjust it to your needs and requirements. This is why we would like to receive your feedback.

Moreover, our scholarship programme would not be possible without the generous support of organisations and private persons. By providing sufficient funds, they make your participation in the European Forum Alpbach possible. To be able to convey your experiences and impressions to our sponsors and to attest the meaning of their financial contribution, your feedback reports are crucial for us.

13. How do scholarship holders stay in touch after the European Forum Alpbach?

There are plenty of ways to stay connected after the European Forum Alpbach. The Forum Alpbach Network and the Africa Alpbach Network, the two alumni organisations of the European Forum Alpbach, organise a lot of activities during the year and will bring you closer together. Find a Club or an Initiative Group in your region, or become an Ambassador!

Schedule for Alpbach Seminars 2022