Who we are
The European Forum Alpbach is a non-profit association based in Vienna, Austria. Founded in 1945 as ‘International Summer Seminars’, it is independent of ideological, religious or political worldviews.
The Forum is made possible by the collaboration of many committed people. With the exception of the full-time organising team, they are all volunteers. They work in various programming boards, making sure that our standards of relevance and high quality are met. Moreover, they ensure that all our activities follow the ‘spirit of Alpbach’, i.e. our guiding principles.
The European Forum Alpbach operates under the leadership of its Executive Board (President and Vice-Presidents). The Scientific Advisory Board and the Advisory Committees are responsible for programming our events. The Organising Team ensures that all events and the scholarship programme are well coordinated. The Council and the General Assembly determine guidlines for the activities of the Association and for programming. The Steering Committee is involved in the daily work of the Forum, particularly in relation to our event in the summer. The voice of our many independent Alpbach Alumni Associations is present in all EFA bodies via a team of elected representatives.
We are financed by participation fees, contributions by sponsors and, to a smaller extent, by public funds. Our not-for-profit foundation supports the scholarship programme. With the help of private donors, it provides an opportunity for young individuals from all over the world to participate in the European Forum Alpbach every year.
70 years European Forum Alpbach
On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the European Forum Alpbach has commissioned a scientific monograph. The historian Maria Wirth documents the development of the European Forum Alpbach in her book “A Door to the World. Download the abstract in English (PDF).