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Seminar Week


The Seminar Week is the academic centrepiece of the European Forum Alpbach. This event consists of 18 seminars conceptualised and facilitated by internationally-renowned academics. Its inter-disciplinary atmosphere allows room for interesting debates. This year, the programme will see scientists getting to the bottom of the climate change; 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 board of the European Forum Alpbach, with Caspar Einem taking the lead.

The seminars 1 - 10 will take place daily from 9:30 - 12:30 in the morning.

The seminars 11 - 20 will take place daily from 14:00 - 17:00 in the afternoon.

The seminars will take place on Sunday from 11:00 - 14:00 and 15:00 - 18:00.

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:45 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017 Plenary
15:45 - 16:30 Opening Speeches Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bread and Wine Social


Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environment Seminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commons Seminar
Seminar 10: Don’t mess with our education! Creating new Utopias! Seminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economy Seminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe? Seminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorder Seminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politics Seminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South Africa Seminar
Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global context Seminar
Seminar 08: Art – in conflict Seminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroads Seminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflicts Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in Action Seminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products – responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumer Seminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots level Seminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New World Seminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamics Seminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of line Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play? Seminar


17:00 - 18:30 Turkey at the crossroads Plenary


17:00 - 20:00 Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperation Breakout


17:00 - 19:30 The RenAIssance: Brave New World Breakout


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