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Seminar Week


The Seminar Week is the academic centrepiece of the European Forum Alpbach. This event consists of 20 seminars conceptualised and facilitated by internationally-renowned academics. Its inter-disciplinary atmosphere allows room for interesting debates. This year, the programme will see evolutionary biologists getting to the bottom of cooperation; information scientists highlighting the ethics surrounding artificial intelligence; theologians discussing the morality of economics. The latest theoretical and practical insights are a defining characteristic throughout all seminars.

The programme is curated by the academic advisory committee of the European Forum Alpbach, with Caspar Einem taking the lead.

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017Plenary
17:30 - 18:00Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:30 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global contextSeminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politicsSeminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commonsSeminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economySeminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe?Seminar
Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environmentSeminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South AfricaSeminar
Seminar 08: HandsOn: the arts and cultureSeminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorderSeminar
Seminar 10: Don’t mess with our education! Creating new Utopias!Seminar
Seminar 11: Theatre workshopSeminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in actionSeminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products - responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumerSeminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamicsSeminar
Seminar 15: Cooperation in evolutionSeminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflictsSeminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldSeminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots levelSeminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroadsSeminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of lineSeminar


19:00 - 20:30Turkey at the crossroadsPlenary


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