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Seminar Week


2014 is a year of commemorations: it marks the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We use these events as an opportunity to initiate a future-oriented discourse that takes into account the lessons learned from our past. Now as then, Europe is at a crossroads, and we have to take a series of fundamental decisions on where to go and how to continue. In which direction do we want to develop as a society? What are our ideas for an economically, politically and socially stable future, and how much are we ready to pay for it?

The seminar week is the scientific centrepiece of the European Forum Alpbach. 16 interdisciplinary one-week seminars approach the general topic "At the Crossroads" from different scientific perspectives. Two renowned experts lead each seminar. 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 EFA's Scientific Advisory Board chaired by Peter C. Aichelburg organises the seminars.


Seminars 01-08 take place from 9.00 to 12.00
(Except for Sunday, August 17, 11.00 to 14.00)
Seminars 09-16 take place from 14.00 to 17.00
(Except for Sunday, August 17, 15.00 to 18.00)

Program SEM (PDF)

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
15:15 - 15:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
15:30 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
17:30 - 19:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
19:00 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


01 Sustainable Peace and Security – Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 – 1914 – 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours – EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory – Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics – The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human – Machine – RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar


16:00 - 17:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture


17:00 - 18:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture


16:00 - 17:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture


17:30 - 18:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


17:00 - 20:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary