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Seminar Week


The social changes of the previous decades have left many people disoriented; their confusion has been even further intensified by the EU s crisis. Which values will be important for shaping our future in a reasonable way? This question not only has implications for politics, business and new ways of life, but also for the way in which we interact with the environment and use natural resources.

The seminar week is the scientific centrepiece of the European Forum Alpbach. 16 interdisciplinary one-week seminars approach the general topic from different scientific perspectives. Each seminar is accompanied by two renowned experts. They introduce the participants to the latest findings from theory and practice in their respective fields of expertise and create room for interdisciplinary exchange and intensive discussion, outside the established research institutions.

The seminars are organised by the EFA s Scientific Advisory Board which is chaired by Peter C. Aichelburg.

Seminars 01-08 take place from 9.00 am to 12.00 am

(Except for Sunday, August 18, 11.00 am to 2.00 pm)

Seminars 09-16 take place from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm

(Except for Sunday, August 18, 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm)

Seminar Week

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Kategorie: all Plenary Seminar


15:00 - 15:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2013Plenary
15:15 - 15:30Opening Concert Part I: Premiere of “The Light of Experience”Plenary
15:30 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 17:30Opening Concert Part IIPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary


Seminar 01: New Approaches to Security – Cooperation, Concentration and IntegrationSeminar
Seminar 02: Open Data, Open Government, Open Society?Seminar
Seminar 03: Democratic Interventionism or Responsibility to Protect?Seminar
Seminar 04: Motivation – A Biological and Social BaseSeminar
Seminar 05: Values in ScienceSeminar
Seminar 06: Exploring the Universe: Competition or Cooperation?Seminar
Seminar 07: Between Faith and Atheism – Values and the Variety of Spiritual ExperiencesSeminar
Seminar 08: The Evil in ArtSeminar
Seminar 09: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Protecting and Developing an Open SocietySeminar
Seminar 10: Power and CyberspaceSeminar
Seminar 11: What Kind of Foreign Policy – Value-Based or Realpolitik?Seminar
Seminar 12: Human Appropriation of Natural Resources  Challenges, Constraints and Ethical AspectsSeminar
Seminar 13: Synthetic Biology: Social and Ethical ImplicationsSeminar
Seminar 14: Roots of European ValuesSeminar
Seminar 15: Irrational Behaviour of Individuals: Implications for Economic PolicySeminar
Seminar 16: Experiences in Migration and Integration: A Cultural ApproachSeminar


18:00 - 20:00International EveningCulture


BarCamp: TransformationsSeminar


16:00 - 17:30Authors in Conversation: The Revolt Against the West and its ValuesCulture