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Health Symposium


The health of individuals says a lot about the health of the society they live in. Healthcare systems need to take the diversity of the population into account in order to be resilient. But are our health services - as they stand today - ready to tackle the challenges of the future? Changes in Europe’s demographics and their implications for care and treatment are forcing us to rethink the prevailing healthcare system. To be mindful of the diversity of patients means to devise a new way of interacting with individuals in healthcare altogether. The programme of the Health Symposium will examine the macro- as well as the micro-levels and address issues such as the following: What structural framework do healthcare professionals need and how do healthcare curricula need to change? How resilient are we if we make our happiness conditional on our health, beauty, productivity and success? Should we not make peace with our shortcomings?

Health Symposium

show timetable


17:00 - 17:30OpeningPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Diversity and resilience in healthcarePlenary
20:00 - 22:00Evening receptionSocial


08:30 - 09:30Morning BriefingPartner
09:30 - 11:00Transsexuality - medical possibilities and social attitudesPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Care and dementia - how will we shape the future?Plenary
14:30 - 16:00Alpbach debate: Human enhancement - yes or no?Plenary
17:00 - 20:00Reception on the hillSocial


04:30 - 08:00Sunrise hike to GratlspitzSocial
09:00 - 10:30Paradigm shifts in the medical fieldPlenary
11:00 - 12:30The future of primary carePlenary
14:00 - 15:30Partner Session 01Partner
14:00 - 15:30Partner Session 02Partner
14:00 - 15:30Partner Session 03Partner
16:00 - 17:30Partner Session 04Partner
16:00 - 17:30Partner Session 05Partner
16:00 - 17:30Partner Session 06: Trauma and resiliencePartner