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Alpbach in Motion

Alpbach in Motion will take place from 30 August to 01 September, 2020. Applications for this year’s programme are closed.

In case the programme is postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, selected candidates can automatically participate in 2021.


3-Day Summit of Emerging Leaders

Rethinking Leadership of the 21st Century

You can’t make the economy of tomorrow work with the tools of the past. That’s why the European Forum Alpbach has launched a summit for the next generation of business leaders.

Connecting the next generation of decision-makers

Alpbach in Motion connects committed people from various business backgrounds – from start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, social enterprises and the creative industries- to share knowledge of structural problems and to spark new ideas in solution-focused dialogues. As an incubator for new leadership, Alpbach in Motion aims to encourage young leaders to bring change and new ways of acting into their industries, networks and within a broader social context.

Embedded in the European Forum Alpbach

A combination of thematic input from internationally renowned speakers with managerial excellence is mixed with an innovative collaborative reflection concept. Alpbach in Motion dares to ask “big questions“.  The group members bring new insights back into their fields of work and a diverse network of trustworthy contacts to seek advice from.

The group is led by facilitators who guide through 25 varied and unanticipated hours of group work enriched with inputs from experts offering personal and professional insights. The meaningful exchange between the experts and the group is a key ingredient for inspiration. Our high-level professionals dare listeners to enter discussions and/or rethink their current views.

Tomáš Sedlácek, Jeffrey Sachs, Charles Handy and Bernie Roth among others, have stimulated the minds of Alpbach in Motion so far.

The intellectually challenging work of the group is interspersed by pleasant hikes through the beautiful landscape of the Alps. The walks help to decelerate and invite participants to strengthen connections between each other. They also serve for breakouts into work sessions along the trail.

Get inspired and watch the video from the Alpbach in Motion edition from 2016 with the philosopher Charles Handy.


Each year, the European Forum Alpbach invites its partner network of trusted businesses and organisations to nominate one or more candidates to apply for Alpbach in Motion. Additionally we ask members of the Alpbach in Motion network (all former participants of the programme) to recommend potential participants. We are generally open to all applicants who meet the criteria below.

The benefits for participants

  • work intensely on macro-economic topics
  • meet experts on an eye-to-eye level
  • network with engaged decision makers with international backgrounds and expertise from all scales of businesses (NPO, corporate, arts and entrepreneurs)
  • interact with highly interesting people who are doers and get insights on other tactics and business approaches – experience controversy and mutuality
  • be surprised by meaningful conversations and the potential of the peers
  • get involved and start to shape and create change
  • be inspired by the exceptional landscape
  • benefit from free access to the Alpbach Economic Symposium

Who are we looking for?

  • participants between the age of 30 and 40 years (Date of birth from 01.01.1980 – 31.12.1990)
  • participants with potential for development and interested in interdisciplinary exchange and in challenges for Europe
  • participants with several years of experience in the working field in mid and upper management level or who are self employed
  • fluency in English is a must

What are the costs?

  • there is a programme fee of € 1,900 incl. VAT
  • the acceptance to the programme includes free access to the Alpbach Economic Symposium, catering and the room booking service
  • we do not cover accommodation or travel expenses

Barter deals:
We offer a limited number of barter deals for young leaders from cultural institutions or social service providers (NPOs) and start-ups to join the programme for free. Let us know in your cover letter why you qualify for a free participation and what you could offer in return (e.g. offer a workshop to staff members, help with a software, share knowledge…)

What documents do we need for the application process?

  • cover letter, English, max 1 page
  • CV, English or German, max 2 pages
  • letter of recommendation by employer/recommender/former Aim participant, English or German, max 1 page
Cover letter:
In your cover letter, tell us the three most significant challenges – political, social or organisational – that you believe will affect managers and entrepreneurs over the rest of your working lifetime. Please include how you heard from us and what you expect to gain from your participation. Founders, self-employed, or executive level candidates should indicate their level of experience in the cover letter.


  • all three documents must be sent in one PDF to by April 5th, 2020
  • only the combination of the three documents qualifies for the selection process
  • applicants are chosen by a selection committee of former Alpbach in Motion participants
  • all applicants are notified by May 3rd, 2020

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Insights from past editions: