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EFA20 | Covid-19

Dear friends of the European Forum Alpbach!

Containing the Coronavirus pandemic is currently the greatest challenge to Austria and other nations. This requires special measures which also affect the European Forum Alpbach.

We are aware of the restrictions by the Austrian Federal Government that apply to large events throughout the summer of 2020 and certainly adhere to these important measures.

Given the uncertainty awaiting us and the rest of the world after Corona we believe, it is crucial to be the forum for scientific analysis, big ideas and an open space for reflection and debate.

We continue to assume that the European Forum Alpbach will take place as expected, from August 23rd until September 3rd, 2020. The Financial Market Symposium is not cut but will take place at the same time as the Economic Symposium. We will update you here and through all our channels on any restrictions and changes that affect the Alpbach Forum. Ensuring the wellbeing of our participants, staff and volunteers is our foremost priority.

Our team is currently working on a European Forum Alpbach consisting of a vastly reduced event in Alpbach and a strong digital component.

The official presentation of this year’s programme launch will take place on July 7, 2020. You will receive detailed information on the opportunity to participate in this year’s forum digitally and you can buy your ticket for the online conference on from this day on.

Because of the COVID-19 situation considerable restrictions regarding the number of people who can be present in Alpbach this year are necessary.

The event will be held under all required security and health measures. All rules regarding social distancing and hygiene as put in place by the Austrian Federal Government will be followed. Moreover, we are working closely with the Municipality of Alpbach and the local health care providers.

The Higher Education Forum cannot take place this year.

After expert consultation, we decided that in regards to the Scholarship Programme, a participation of scholarship holders living outside of Austria would be very difficult to realise.
Hence, the Seminar Week and the Scholarship Programme will not take place in the way we used to know it. Instead, we are going to make use of the opportunity to offer a variety of digitally accessible events which will take place all over the world and will be organised by the international Forum Alpbach Network.

Scholarship confirmations can be transferred to 2021.

We cannot imagine a forum without young voices and also the presence, perspectives and ideas of our international scholarship holders will be missed painfully. We are looking forward to meeting successful applicants, who are prevented from joining us this year, in 2021.
If you applied for a scholarship you will be informed about the success of your application as soon as possible. For further questions regarding scholarships, please contact scholarships@alpbach.org.

In spite of the current challenges, Alpbach shall remain a „window into the world“. Therefore, we are looking into ways to make Alpbach come to life for you wherever you are.

In order to find joint solutions to current challenges, we must build on the fundamentals of democracy, European unity, solidarity and dialogue. These fundamentals have guided the activities of the European Forum Alpbach for the past 75 years. We thank you for your patience and your trust. Let us stay strong together, help those in need and show the world what the Village of Thinkers is made of. The European Forum Alpbach is not “just” a conference. Alpbach is, wherever you are and wherever you act in the spirit of a united Europe and a solidary world.

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