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Countdown: European Forum Alpbach 2022


First off: We are confident and trust that after two years of online and hybrid conferences we will all be able to meet again in person in Alpbach this August! With our new concept we want to do justice to the founding principle of the European Forum Alpbach: to come together in an intergenerational effort to further strengthen Europe.

The dates are set: While the Tyrol Day on 21 August marks the regional prelude to the event, the official opening is on Monday, 22 August. The closing takes place on Friday, 2 September 2022.

This year the programme structure of the event will be changed: Where previously the programme was split up into separate parts, e.g. business/politics/health symposia, the programme now will include discussions on Europe’s great challenges across sectors and disciplines every day, spread evenly across the entire programme – along the thematic tracks The Climate Opportunity, Securing Europe’s Future in a Globalised WorldThe Financing of Europe’s Future and this year’s new track The Future of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe.



The two weeks of the European Forum Alpbach, 21 August to 2 September, will differ as follows: During the first one, the so-called Conference Week, there will be a varied range of compact formats, such as lectures, plenary events, workshops and hikes, but also, of course, lots of opportunities for networking and sharing ideas. The focus on agenda setting and business networking will be particularly appealing to people from German-speaking countries (DACH region). While the conference language is English, individual formats may also be held in German. Insider tip: Those who appreciate such a wide range of activities will find that the period from Monday (22 August) to Thursday (25 August) will best suit their preferences. Tech fans will get their money’s worth from Thursday to Saturday, during which time there will be a special focus on technology.

During the second week, the Lab Week, we will be exploring matters in further depth. In small groups composed of international participants, innovative formats will be employed in which we will delve into the key questions raised during the first week. In the context of retreats lasting several days, we will be working with international stakeholders on selected topics, and developing ideas and solutions for Europe’s future. Open, creative formats provide the opportunity to share ideas; plenary events round off the day’s schedule. Recommendation: Plan a three-day stay! (Sunday to Tuesday or Wednesday to Friday)

In order to better integrate scholarship holders and their views into the overall programme, the Alpbach Seminars (previously referred to as Seminar Week) will be incorporated into the programme of the entire 14-day event. This, too, is in line with the Forum’s founding principle: to strengthen Europe by engaging in cross-generational dialogue.