Alpbach in Motion

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23 Mar, 2023


The EFA Leadership Lab: As part of the European Forum Alpbach, Alpbach in Motion (AIM) is a Lab for up to 40 outstanding professionals between the ages 30 to 40, who are willing to shape and transform Europe.


Each year, the most committed young business leaders, changemakers, policymakers, scientists, artists, activists, and more, commit to a one-of-a-kind leadership experience. By stimulating peer-to-peer learning and out-of-the-box solutions, Alpbach in Motion creates a space for the emergence of reflection and action. In line with the European Forum Alpbach mission to shape a stronger Europe for the good of all, Alpbach in Motion takes place from 24 to 27 August 2023 and encourages its professionals to facilitate change in their industries, ecosystems and the broader social context.

Who can apply?

  • Outstanding professionals between the ages 30 to 40
  • Talents who have great potential to develop and to play an active role in shaping Europe’s future
  • Fluency in English is a must.
  • At EFA, we are committed to building a diverse, integenerational, and interdisciplinary community to drive ideas for a strong and democratic Europe. When scouting for our programmes, we look to achieve diversity in the candidate pool and actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups. If you identify as belonging to one of these groups, you may indicate this in your motivational statement. We will take it into consideration in our jury assessment.

What to expect?

Alpbach in Motion (24 August and 27 August 2023) is a Lab led by an experienced leadership mentor who guides through varied and unexpected hours. The name reflects the programme, meaning that the group is in motion most of the time, on slow-paced hikes or at sessions that activate the mind and body. One AIM alumnus describes it as The settings were shifting between joint discussions, smaller group works, and solitary contemplation. Hiking was used as a very suitable format for transmuting internal reflection to external dialogue and vice versa. All these process steps gave us the opportunity not only to connect the dots, but also to get to know ourselves and each other better – and how to use this for shaping our personal impact.” Read more in the blog post here

If you are ready to go on an individual and collective leadership journey where your personal learning emerges through the experience and competence of the group, then we look forward to your application!

When to apply?

The Alpbach in Motion application deadline is closed for 2023.

Programme Benefits

  • Deep dive into new ways of leadership to facilitate change in Europe and beyond
  • Benefit from an experienced mentor empowering leaders to think in new categories
  • Learn from and network with 40 outstanding professionals from a wide range of sectors
  • Meet and connect with internationally renowned experts at eye level
  • Benefit from exclusive access to the EFA Lab Days and Europe in the World Days to participate in high-level plenary discussions, interactive labs, inspirational hikes, networking events and transformational encounters with unlikely actors.
  • Join the AIM Alumni Club which offers a year-round programme and networking opportunities with like-minded professionals from the previous ten cohorts. Members of the AIM Alumni Club also benefit from a special discount on their future EFA participation.

Programme Schedule

July 2023: virtual onboarding and welcome session incl. preparatory material

24 – 27 August 2023 on-site EFA Leadership Lab journey at EFA Lab Days

  • 24 August 2023, early afternoon: AIM kick-off session
  • 25 – 27 August 2023: Mornings: AIM hikes and sessions, incl. joint lunches | Afternoons: participation at EFA main programme | Joint dinners at selected evenings

27 – 30 August 2023: option to prolong stay to EFA Europe in the World Days

September 2023: virtual debrief with the group mentor and cohort

Participation Fee

Ticket costs: EUR 2.500,-

Scholarships: Alpbach in Motion offers a very limited number of sponsored tickets for outstanding professionals e.g., from cultural institutions, academia, social service providers or early-stage start-ups. The candidate applying for a sponsored ticket must indicate their qualification for the ticket category.


  • AIM participation
  • exclusive access to Lab Days (worth EUR 1.000.-)
  • option to prolong stay to the Europe in the World Days (worth EUR 1.000.-)
  • catering during AIM (joint lunches and selected dinners)
  • room booking assistance
  • invitation to join the AIM Alumni Club, including all-year engagement opportunities and a special discount for future EFA participations

Not included: costs for travel and accommodation

Application and Selection Process

Application timeline

  • Call for nominations and applications: 30 March 2023
  • Application deadline: 28 April 2023
  • Selection results: 26 May 2023 (at the very latest)

Application documents to be sent to

  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • Candidate’s motivational letter, only covering the following three facts: 1) The one main reason why you want to participate 2) The one main reason why we should accept your application 3) One (fun) fact about you that we won’t read in your CV
  • A letter of recommendation from a senior member of the candidate’s organisation, a mentor (self-employed) or a an Alpbach in Motion alumnus. 

Additional requirements

  • Please send all documents in one PDF
  • Should you apply for a sponsored ticket, you must indicate your qualification for the ticket category.
  • Please indicate whether you plan to prolong your stay for the Europe in the World Days (27 to 30 August 2023) in addition to your AIM participation (24 to 27 August 2023). Should you wish to extend your stay in Alpbach to the Europe in the World Days, kindly note that it may be necessary to change hotels for the extended period. All accommodation offers are connected to the EFA venues via our mobility concept.

Your EFA Contact

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Bettina Nahajowski

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