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Political Symposium


Complexity is on the rise, divisions are widening, and political conflicts are intensifying - on national, European, and global levels. Leaders of authoritarian and populist movements are offering deceptive answers to the problems faced by open democracies. But the fight for the future of democracy and human rights, of the state and society, has only just begun: politics is back. More and more people are getting involved and fighting for new forms of political participation. This is no coincidence, as a lot is at stake: Europe, multilateralism, peace, security, and a sustainable future.

The Political Symposium is dedicated to these central challenges and to presenting innovative ideas for politics and policy-making in the 21st century. More than 20 partner organisations from Austria, Europe, and the USA contribute their expertise and knowledge. In the warm-up programme, interactive workshops will offer sound insights into diplomacy and international politics behind the scenes.

Political Symposium

show timetable


Professional Programme "Our World's Future"Partner
Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner


15:00 - 18:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner


09:00 - 12:00Devil's diplomacyPartner
10:00 - 12:00The 2016 US Election behind the scenesPlenary
14:00 - 16:30OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 18:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary


08:30 - 09:30Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 12: Security 4.0Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe's next narrativeBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 16: Policy-making: from the ministerial cabinet to the administrationBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: conflict and cooperationBreakout
14:00 - 16:30Breakout Session 21: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
17:30 - 19:00The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary
19:30 - 20:30Green innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


09:00 - 12:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary


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General Partner European Forum Alpbach 2017

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