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Seminar Week


The Seminar Week is the academic heart of the European Forum Alpbach and is characterised by the space it gives to discussion, its interdisciplinary atmosphere and intergenerational dialogue. For a week, Alpbach becomes a hive of innovative knowledge transfer: academic seminars in the mornings (Seminars 1-15), artistic and practical seminars in the afternoons (Seminars 16-28). The interplay between these two types of seminar allows knowledge and active participation to be combined in a new way. Find some reflections by our Secretary General Philippe Narval on the Seminar Week here.

The Alpbach Learning Missions (ALM) are a new addition for this year. Following on from the academic discussions during the first week, they offer participants the opportunity to work together in tackling a concrete question in depth – with help from experts – and ideally to put forward some concrete results.

Specialist knowledge is not necessary for participation in the seminars. Seminars 1-15 will take place from 16.08.2019 to 21.08.2019 from 9:30 to 12:30. Seminars 16-29 will take place from 15.08.2019 to 20.08.2019 from 15:00 to 18:00. On Sunday, the 18th of August 2019, the seminars will take place from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00.

After the Seminar Week, five Seminars turn into Alpbach Learning Missions (ALM).

Please note that the programme is subject to change and will be updated continuously. If you have questions regarding the programme, please contact

During the Seminar Week there will also take place the opening ceremony of the European Forum Alpbach 2019:

In front and even on top of the installation „Under Construction: Conditio Humana“ by Lois Anvidalfarei, the R.E.T. Brass Band will premiere the commissioned work “Framework” by Christof Dienz. Briefly before her sudden death, Ágnes Heller wrote the opening speech, which will be delivered by the philosopher Josef Mitterer.

Sunday, August 18, 10.30-12.00 am in front of and inside the Congress Centrum Alpbach
Free admission to the Opening Ceremony, we are looking forward to welcoming you!

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 17:30Treasure HuntSocial
18:00 - 19:30WelcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Bread and WineSocial


09:30 - 13:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Special Lecture: Global MuckrakingPlenary


Seminar 16: Participatory Leadership – a Practice of Leading by Dialogue and Co-CreationSeminar
Seminar 17: LEADfit – the Art of LeadershipSeminar
Seminar 18: Human-Centered Design: New Design Approaches for Open and Sustainable SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 19: Life is (Not) a Game – Critical Game DesignSeminar
Seminar 20: How Mindfulness Increases ResilienceSeminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 22: Who are You? Spoken Word Poetry: How to Express Yourself in Front of PeopleSeminar
Seminar 23: “It does matter where” – Sensing and Questioning SpaceSeminar
Seminar 24: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 25: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 26: Dramatic Thinking: Using Art to Communicate Your Ideas More PowerfullySeminar
Seminar 27: Sing – Listen – Create – LeadSeminar
Seminar 28: Music – a Social Utopia?!Seminar
Seminar 29: All the World’s a StageSeminar


Seminar 01: Innovation in Plant Breeding – Opportunity or Threat for Our Food Security?Seminar
Seminar 02: Europe and the Challenge of DisintegrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Liberty and Security in Africa: Evidence and Voices from the Continent and BeyondSeminar
Seminar 04: Promises and Challenges of UrbanisationSeminar
Seminar 05: Liberty and Security in the Context of Women’s RightsSeminar
Seminar 06: The Global Economic BattlegroundSeminar
Seminar 07: Visual Culture: Images of Power and Power of ImageSeminar
Seminar 08: Politics and Religion: Spaces and Boundaries of FreedomSeminar
Seminar 09: Quantum Technologies – a New Era of InnovationSeminar
Seminar 10: The EU and its Neighbours – EU Foreign Policy Between Ambition and PragmatismSeminar
Seminar 11: Water Security for People and Nature – Present to 2050 (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 12: Noncommunicable Diseases – How to Control and Prevent Them (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 13: How Can the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society Work? (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 14: Intellectual Self-Defence (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 15: Digital Democracy Lab (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar


15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


10:30 - 12:00Ceremonial Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2019Plenary
12:00 - 14:00Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 17:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar
20:15 - 21:45International EveningPlenary


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar

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