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Several expert bodies advise and support the European Forum Alpbach in the programming of its symposia and events.

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is one of the central bodies of the European Forum Alpbach with regards to content programming: It proposes the general themes for the annual main event, prepares the Seminar week and provides the Council and the Steering Committee with advice and recommendations regarding the programme content. The Scientific Advisory Board consists of 30 renowned scientists and eminent representatives of the cultural sector, who choose one chairperson from among themselves.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Brigitte Bach, Salzburg AG
  • Matthias Beck, Department of Systematic Theology and Ethics, University of Vienna
  • Anna Durnová, Institute for Advanced Studies – IHS
  • Martin H. Gerzabek, Christian Doppler Forschungsgesellschaft (CDG)
  • Markus Hengstschläger, Institute of Medical Genetics, Medical University of Vienna
  • Barbara Horejs, OREA – Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Maximilian Jösch, Neuroethology, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
  • Sylvia Knapp, Laboratory of Infection Biology, Medical University Vienna
  • Katja Mayer, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna
  • Josef Mitterer, Department of Philosophy, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt
  • Hanns-Christoph Nägerl, Innsbruck Physics – Research Center, University of Innsbruck
  • Manfred Nowak, Founder, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights
  • Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna
  • Daniela Pollak, Department of Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology, Medical University Vienna
  • Barbara Prainsack, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
  • Peter Purgathofer, Institute of Visual Computing and Human-Centered Technology, Vienna University of Technology
  • Margit Schratzenstaller-Altzinger, Austrian Institute of Economic Research – WIFO
  • Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff, Institute for Information Systems and Society, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Saskia Stachowitsch, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
  • Alma Steger, Lawyer
  • Harald Stelzer, Institute for Political Philosophy, University of Graz
  • Kristina Stöckl, Department of Sociology, University of Innsbruck
  • Ulrike Tappeiner, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen
  • Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
  • Miriam Unterlass, Institute of Materials Chemistry, Technical University of Vienna
  • Michael Wagner, Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna
  • Andreas Wimmer, LEC – Large Engines Competence Center, Graz University of Technology
  • Rudolf Zechner, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz

Corresponding members of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Jeremias Adams-Prassl, Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford
  • Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University
  • Petar Bojanic, CAS – Centre for Advanced Studies – South Eastern Europe
  • Johann Frank, Security Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence
  • Irene Giner-Reichl, Ambassador, Austrian Embassy Brasilia
  • Maja Göpel, The New Institute
  • Hermann Hauser, Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd.
  • Michael Ignatieff, Central European University
  • Sabine Junginger, Competence Center for Design and Management, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • Hedwig Josefine Kaiser, National and International Cooperation, University of Basel
  • Lisa Kaltenegger, Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University
  • Peter G. Kirchschläger, Institute of Social Ethics ISE, University of Lucerne
  • Wilhelm Krull, The New Institute
  • Dominik Markl, Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Thomas Mayr-Harting, European Forum Alpbach
  • Gero Miesenböck, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, University of Oxford
  • Jürgen Mlynek, Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH
  • Berthold Molden, Department of History, University of Vienna
  • Friedrich B. Prinz, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • Michael Reiterer, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Korea
  • Dirk RUPNOW, Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Innsbruck
  • Anya Schiffrin, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs
  • Tobias Schumacher, European Interdisciplinary Studies Department, College of Europe
  • Nona Shepphard, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Otmar D. Wiestler, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers
  • Howard Williamson, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
  • Ruth Wodak, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University

Advisory Committees

The advisory committees are responsible for programming the annual European Forum Alpbach as well as numerous events taking place during the year. The committees consist of scientists and practitioners as well as representatives of the European Forum Alpbach.


Advisory Committee Health Symposium

  • Michaela Fritz, Medical University of Vienna; European Forum Alpbach
  • Michael Heinisch, Vinzenz Gruppe Krankenhausbeteiligungs- und Management GmbH
  • Alexander Herzog, Pharmig – Austrian Pharmacists Association
  • Hedwig Kaiser, National and International Cooperation, University of Basel
  • Bernhard Küenburg, MorphoMed GmbH
  • Lena Lepuschütz, Austrian Public Health Institute
  • Philippe Narval, European Forum Alpbach
  • Sigrid Pilz, Vienna Nursing and Patient Advocate
  • Sofia Ribeiro, EUPHA – European Public Health Association
  • Kerstin Schallaböck, Doctor
  • Andreas Sönnichsen, Department of General Practice and Family Medicine, Medical University of Vienna
  • Giulio Superti-Furga, CeMM – Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Thomas Wochele-Thoma, Caritas Vienna
  • Sabine Wolf, Vienna General Hospital
  • Hedwig Wölfl, die möwe – Centers for Child Protection

Advisory Committee Political Symposium

  • Erhard Busek, Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe
  • Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, HARVARD Kennedy School
  • Franz Fischler, European Forum Alpbach
  • Franz-Stefan Gady, EastWest Institute; IISS – The International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Maja Göpel, WBGU – German Advisory Council on Climate Change
  • Gerald Knaus, ESI – European Stability Initiative
  • Thomas Mayr-Harting, European Forum Alpbach
  • Katharina Natter, University of Leiden
  • Claudine Nierth, Mehr Demokratie e.V.
  • Sonja Puntscher Riekmann, Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies; European Forum Alpbach
  • Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Department for East Asian Studies, University of Vienna

Advisory Committee Legal Symposium

  • Sonja Barnreiter, Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH
  • Tamara Ehs, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
  • Michael Enzinger, Austrian Bar Association
  • Michael Lysander Fremuth, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights
  • Michael Holoubek, WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Brigitte Loderbauer, Public Prosecution Office Innsbruck
  • Elisabeth Lovrek, Austrian Supreme Court of Justice
  • Sophie Martinetz, Seinfeld Professionals Infrastruktur GmbH & Co KG
  • Dieter Natlacen, Taylor Wessing Austria
  • Katarzyna Nowicka, Forum Alpbach Network
  • Klaus Poier, Department of Public Law and Political Science, University of Graz
  • Neda Savic, Forum Alpbach Network
  • Oliver Scheiber, District Court Meidling
  • Alexander Somek, Department of Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna
  • Alma Steger, Independent lawyer
  • Michael Umfahrer, Austrian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries

Advisory Committee Economic Symposium

  • Silvia Angelo, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG
  • Gerald Bast, University of Applied Arts Vienna
  • Ulrike Famira-Mühlberger, WIFO – Austrian Institute of Economic Research
  • Gabriel Felbermayr, Kiel Institute for the World Economy – IfW
  • Nikolaus Griller, Gebauer & Griller
  • Karen Horn, University of Erfurt; Freelance Researcher and Publicist
  • Georg Kopetz, TTTech Computertechnik AG
  • Heike Mensi-Klarbach, Raiffeisen Bank International
  • Philippe Narval, European Forum Alpbach
  • Claus Raidl, European Forum Alpbach
  • Martin R. Stuchtey, Innovation Lab for Sustainability, University Of Innsbruck
  • Sofie Waltl, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research; Research Institute Economics of Inequality, WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business

Advisory Committee Financial Market Symposium

  • Magdalena Biereder, Allen & Overy
  • Sonja Jöchtl, European Forum Alpbach Foundation
  • Bernhard MarckHgott, Raiffeisen Landesbank Oberösterreich
  • Christian Niedermüller, Hamburg Commercial Bank
  • Jeffrey Owens, Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Shermin Voshmgir, Research Institute for Crypto Economics, WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Claus Raidl, European Forum Alpbach
  • Natalie Staniewicz, WSBI-ESBG – Global Savings and Retail Banking Association
  • Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, WIFO – Austrian Institute for Economic Research

The Alpbach Technology Symposium is curated by the Austrian Institute of Technology in cooperation with Radio Ö1.


International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board unites outstanding international personalities who know Alpbach and have already prominently participated in its activities as well as new board members, who are co-opted following the advice of the existing members. Central tasks of the board are consultations regarding the selection of topics and speakers but also the support of the Forum in expanding its international network. The board, founded in 2019, is chaired by Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting.

Members of the International Advisory Board

  • Catherine Ashton, Frmr. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Frmr. Vice-President of the European Commission, London
  • Franz Fischler, Frmr. President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna; Frmr. European Comissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
  • Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia, EEAS – European Union External Action Service, Brussels
  • Arancha González Laya, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, Madrid
  • Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxemburg; President, Commission of the Bishop‘s Conferences of the European Union, Brussels
  • Miroslav Lajčák, EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues, Brussels
  • Pascal Lamy, Frmr. Director General, WTO; Chair, Paris Peace Forum; Vice-President, Europe Jacques Delors, Brussels
  • Alois von und zu Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince and Regent of Liechtenstein
  • Thomas Mayr-Harting, Chair, International Advisory Board, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna; Ambassador of Austria, Vienna
  • Philippe Narval, Frmr. General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Professor of Economics; Leader in Sustainable Development; Senior UN Advisor; Syndicated Columnist, Bestselling Author, New York
  • Karel Schwarzenberg, Frmr. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague
  • Martin Selmayr, Head, Representation of the European Commission in Austria, Vienna
  • Bruno Stagno-Ugarte,  Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy, Human Rights Watch; Frmr. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica, Paris
  • Cédric Villani, Mathematician, Fields Medal 2010, Member of French Parliament, Paris
  • Margot Wallström, Frmr. Vice-President, European Commission, Brussels; Frmr. Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm
  • Thomas Wieser Non-Resident Fellow, Bruegel, Brussels