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Seminar Week


The Enlightenment heralded the start of the so-called modern era and shaped history far beyond the borders of Europe. Since then, scientific discipline has been determined by the rule of reason. However, the intellectual apparatus of the Enlightenment, with the tool of reason to the fore, no longer appears to be adequate to cope with the challenges of the contemporary world. Are we on the threshold of a New Enlightenment? What changes within science are necessary? How might we begin to model the discourse of the future?

The Seminar Week is the scientific heart of the European Forum Alpbach. Through 16 week-long interdisciplinary seminars we explore the general topic of a "New Enlightenment" from a full range of academic perspectives. In each seminar, two renowned scientists accompany the participants. They present the very latest theoretical and practical findings in order to create a space for exchange and discourse beyond the conventional research environment.

The seminars are programmed by the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Forum Alpbach, under the leadership of Caspar Einem.

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2016Plenary
15:30 - 16:00Opening SpeechesPlenary
16:00 - 16:30A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a TeaserCulture
17:00 - 18:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
18:30 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: Beyond MapsSeminar
Seminar 02: Common Challenges to the European and African Union – Climate, Demography, MigrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Religion and PowerSeminar
Seminar 04: World Water Resources and Human Well-Being at Risk – Trends, Data and GovernanceSeminar
Seminar 05: Scientific Excellence and Social Responsibility – How do they go together?Seminar
Seminar 06: The European Union and Its Eastern NeighboursSeminar
Seminar 07: (Economic-)Policy for Progress – The Return of the “Magic Polygon”Seminar
Seminar 08: Biological or Synthetic Evolution?Seminar
Teach For Austria Summer School: Changemaker Lab – Sapere aude!Seminar
Seminar 09: Rule of Law in China and EuropeSeminar
Seminar 10: Utility of Force in the 21st CenturySeminar
Seminar 11: The European Ethos and the SacredSeminar
Seminar 12: Towards a Sustainable Global Carbon LoopSeminar
Seminar 13: Gender Issues in Complex SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 14: Art as Enlightenment in Post-Enlightenment Times?Seminar
Seminar 15: Smart Factory: Social Effects – Prospects for Employment – Impacts on Work and OrganisationSeminar
Seminar 16: Understanding Big DataSeminar
Theatre Workshop with Students of the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA), LondonSeminar


07:00 - 13:00Alpbach Open SpaceBreakout

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