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Seminar Week


The Seminar Week is the academic centrepiece of the European Forum Alpbach. The programme comprises 21 seminars devised and taught by internationally renowned academics. Its emphasis an open debate and its interdisciplinary atmosphere set the Seminar Week apart. This year, for example, we invite you to join forces with natural scientists and explore ways out of the climate crisis, to analyse the complex relationship between resilience and multilingualism under the guidance of anthropologists, or to team up with economists to examine the repercussions of the Eurozone crisis. The programme will also include four seminars with a focus on artistic skill and personal development.

The Seminar Week has been curated by the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Forum Alpbach under chairman Caspar Einem.

Detailed seminar descriptions continue to be published as the programme evolves.

Seminars 1 through 10 take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Seminars 11 through 21 take place from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Seminar 21 will be held twice, both in the morning and in the afternoon.

On Sunday, the seminars take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., respectively.

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:30Opening speechPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Imminent climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: How resilient to disturbances are ecosystem services?Seminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to the humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: What can religions contribute to social justice?Seminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship - Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar
Seminar 23: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 24: European Neighbourhood Policy PhD Summer SchoolSeminar


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: A guest lecture on investigative journalismPlenary


19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial


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