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FAQs 2020

Questions regarding Scholarships

Here you can find the FAQs regarding the Scholarship Programme.


Forum 2020 and Corona

Will the European Forum Alpbach take place this year?

The European Forum Alpbach took place for the first time only months after the end of World War II under even more challenging circumstances. Therefore, if possible, the EFA will not be defeated by the Corona crisis. Especially in times of great uncertainty there is an increased need for discussion about how to restart our lives after the pandemic. The Forum would like to meet this need again this year.

However, the Forum 2020 is breaking new ground. Therefore, on-site in Alpbach, there will merely be a greatly reduced number of persons present, consisting exclusively of people who are contributing to activities of the Forum or are media representatives and have been expressly invited. The EFA will certainly comply with all official regulations. The main focus for us is our online conference, which will be even more international this year. Discussions will be streamed via our conference tool from hubs around the world as EFA events. Tickets will be available in July at 2020.alpbach.org.

Why is the EFA2020 not postponed until autumn?

One possible option was to postpone the EFA for individual days, if, for example, the number of legally possible participants would be fundamentally larger in September than in August. However, a greater postponement to later autumn or winter is not considered at the moment, simply because of the complexity of planning such an event.

How can security and health at the European Forum Alpbach 2020 be guaranteed?

The security and health of all contributors at the Forum Alpbach have absolute priority. We are aware of the decisions of the Austrian Government regarding big events in the summer of 2020 and will strictly comply with these regulations. On site, the event will take place with necessary security measures with a greatly reduced number of attendees. Otherwise, the Forum will take place as an online conference. Our focus will be to ensure distance and hygienic regulations and to not take any unnecessary risks. The Forum Alpbach is in constant exchange with the community of Alpbach and the local health institutions.

How will young people be included in this year's programme? How can I get in touch with them?

Alumni Clubs around the world will contribute to the Forum this year via digitally accessible events organized by them. We deeply regret that we had to cancel the scholarship programme for 2020. Since we cannot imagine a Forum without the voices of the youth, we have decided to take the opportunity to give it a bigger stage. More information about the above events will be available at the programme presentation on July 7, 2020.

What is a hub and how can I find out about hub events in my area?

What we label hubs are members of the Forum Alpbach Network (FAN), i.e. alumni organisations all over the world on the one hand, as well as selected partners who contribute events to our online conference from various places on the other hand. You can participate in these events online as soon as you have purchased a ticket. The events are streamed as part of the EFA program. For the regulations that apply to participating in these events locally, wherever they take place, please contact your local Alumni Club or Alpbach Ambassador. Participation in the events taking place at the Alpbach Hub, i.e. in the Congress Centrum Alpbach, unfortunately is not possible this year. This year, only people who contribute to the EFA can attend on site in Alpbach.

Will the Forum survive the Corona time financially?

Similar to many others it is a financially and otherwise very challenging time. We do everything in our power to lead the Forum through these complicated times and to make responsible budgetary decisions. We acknowledge and appreciate those who remain connected to the Forum and offer their financial support. The Forum Alpbach is not any event, it is a mutual commitment to a better world and a better life for all. We feel assured that most of our partners share this vision, even in times of Corona.

Which representatives of the government will attend Alpbach 2020?

Representatives of the governing parties are invited to the Forum just like in any other year. We kindly ask for your understanding that it is too early to confirm any participation, as the federal government is faced with extraordinary challenges – not only in terms of planning schedules – in these difficult times. Further information will be provided at the program presentation on July 7, 2020.

How many people will attend the European Forum Alpbach 2020?

The European Forum Alpbach is breaking new ground in 2020. Therefore, we have a greatly reduced number of attendees on site in Alpbach, which exclusively entails people who contribute to the Forum or are media representatives. This year, the main focus lies on the online conference. For the online conference, we aim to reach a number of several thousand participations all around the world. Tickets will be available at 2020.alpbach.org.

Where and when can I find the entire programme?

The entire programme including all speakers will be published on July 7, 2020 at 2020.alpbach.org.

can I get my ticket, what does it cost and what is included?

Tickets for our online conference with our top-class speakers are available from July 2020 on at 2020.alpbach.org. On this day you will receive details about the price and the registration process. Because of the Corona situation, which also challenges the EFA economically, discounts are not possible this year.

Does the Forum 2020 have events that are free of charge?

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, which challenges the Forum Alpbach financially, it is not possible for us to offer events with free admission this year. This is also connected to the fact that regular participation in the Forum is only possibly within the framework of our online conference this year. Tickets for our online conference will be available at 2020.alpbach.org.

How can I get access to the online conference of the European Forum Alpbach 2020?

In order to participate in the online conference with top-class speakers, you have to purchase a ticket. This will be possible at 2020.alpbach.org. In the course of the ticket purchase and registration process you will receive an access link to the online conference.

Is there a possibility that I can attend the conference as one of the few people on site in Alpbach?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to acquire a participation on site in Alpbach. This year, due to the security measures, only contributors to the Forum that are specifically invited, such as speakers, moderators, selected media representatives and sponsors, will be in Alpbach.

I am the organizer of a social event which occurs each year in Alpbach. What will happen with my event?

Due to the Corona situation, social events of any kind (reception, happy hour, party, soccer match) will not take place this year. If you have ideas for an alternative of your event which is compatible with the Corona regulations, please get in touch with us.

In which languages will the discussions of the online conference take place? Which events will have translations? Which language translations will be made?

The European Forum Alpbach 2020 will mostly take place in English. Only a few events within the scope of our online conference will be held in German. These will be marked as German language events. This year, translations will not be available.

The time indications are adjusted to which time zone?

All program dates are adjusted to the Central European Time (CET).

Will it be possible to hold breakout/partner sessions this year? If yes, what will that look like?

The health of our participants, staff and voluntary staff has the utmost priority. Breakout sessions on a small scale, which are either streamed as part of the online conference held by the EFA in 2020 or recorded for later purposes in Alpbach are possible. For detailed information on our partner offers for the EFA2020 please contact forum@alpbach.org.

The networking part of EFA is very important to me as a partner and my target audience. How can networking at the digital Forum Alpbach work?

The conference tool we have chosen for our online conference offers various possibilities for interaction with specific groups of participants or between participants. There is, for example, a separate networking area, so-called lounges, which offer various possibilities for video presentation and the possibility of direct video calls. For details about these offers, please contact us.

I am specifically invited to the Forum, because I am a speaker, moderator or media representative etc. and would like to take my children along. Will there be child care possibilities?

Unfortunately, in 2020 we cannot provide child care or a children’s programme in Alpbach. Children can come to Alpbach on the responsibility of their parents.

I am specifically invited to the Forum, because I am a speaker, moderator or media representative etc. and would like to have a room at the Böglerhof or the Alpbacherhof.

We gladly take your preferences into consideration and will try our best to fulfil your wish. We place great value in our loyal partners of the Tyrolian hotels, and want to see them going through this crisis the best way possible, in order to ensure to be able to serve you the following years. Out of solidarity to the small businesses in Alpbach, which heavily rely on congress tourism, the Forum has made advance reservations at almost all hotels and guesthouses in Alpbach this year so that no one goes away empty-handed. We ask for your understanding and can promise you in any case that you will get a room in Alpbach within walking distance of the Congress Centrum.


Journalists and media representatives

Is it possible for journalists to get an accreditation for the Forum 2020 (on site or digitally)?

Yes, this is possible. Please write an email to presse@alpbach.org. Our communications team will get back to you as soon as possible.


General questions about the EFA

Alpbach 2019 in figures

4,849 participants

818 speakers

38% of the speakers were women (including moderators)

95 nationalities were represented

665 scholarship holders

What is the European Forum Alpbach and what is its purpose?

The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Since 1945, we have dedicated ourselves to addressing the relevant socio-political issues of our time within the framework of the annual Forum in Alpbach and other events throughout the year.

We bring together international decision-makers from various backgrounds, an interested audience, and dedicated young people. We create a platform for a dialogue which is intergenerational, ideological and moves across borders.

We are committed to a sustainable, democratic society and to stimulate impulses for the further development of European integration with our events.

Who is the target audience of the European Forum Alpbach? Who is participating as a speaker and on which topics? / The Forum is an inflated elite event that is only for the rich and party officials.

Every year the Forum Alpbach brings together a broad mixture of attendees. Politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and opinion leaders of all kinds get in touch with scholarship holders from around 100 different countries. The Forum is constantly striving for increasing internationalisation and diversification of its participants. The European Forum Alpbach is intended to be a place for all of those who, once a year, want to take a healthy dose of hope for the fight for a more peaceful and sustainable world.

The “Village of Thinkers” is the meeting place for those who enjoy contemplating, founding and planning how we can achieve a better life for everyone. Those do all of this together, every year, surrounded by the impressive Tyrolean mountain landscape – making the Forum much more than a conference. In Alpbach, acquaintances and friendships are made, sometimes for life. For the Forum Alpbach there is nothing more valuable than to make a small contribution to the development of great ideas and endeavors.

Who stands behind the European Forum Alpbach and makes the decisions?

The European Forum Alpbach is a non-profit association based in Vienna, Austria. Our association is made up of numerous personalities who, with the exception of the organising team, work for the Forum Alpbach on a voluntary basis. They are involved in various committees and are committed to ensuring that our activities and events are of high quality, of relevance, and programmed in line with our mission statement.

The EFA is managed by the Executive Board. The Scientific Advisory Board and the Advisory Committees are responsible for programming our events. The organising team ensures that all events and the scholarship programme are well coordinated. The Council and the General Assembly determine guidelines for the activities of the association and the programme design. The Steering Committee monitors the running activities, especially the preparation of the summer event in Alpbach. The voice of the numerous independent Alpbach alumni associations is represented via an elected coordination team in all committees of the European Forum Alpbach.

How is the Forum Alpbach financed and where can I find information on financial transparency?

We are financed by participation fees, contributions by sponsors and, to a smaller extent, by public funds. Our non-profit private foundation is responsible for the scholarship programme which – with the help of private supporters – enables young people from all over the world to participate in the European Forum Alpbach each year.

Information on our finances can be found in the respective annual report of the Forum. Find the Annual Report 2019 here.

What does the Forum Alpbach do against sexual harassment during the Forum?

Professional and appropriate behaviour is expected of staff, members and participants of the Forum at all times and places during the Forum events. The EFA has drawn up a Code of Conduct in this respect, which applies to all Forum members and participants. Furthermore, there is a separate ombudsperson whose purpose is to mediate in the event of violations.

More information here: Code of Conduct 

What is the Forum doing for climate protection and the environment?

Green Meeting Alpbach is a project of the European Forum Alpbach and the Congress Centrum Alpbach. The aim is to make our event more sustainable and ecologically responsible. In July 2010, the European Forum Alpbach and the Congress Centrum Alpbach were the first events to be awarded the Austrian eco-label for Green Meetings.

Some of our measures

  • Environmentally friendly prints (eco-label certified)
  • Recycled office paper
  • Direct free shuttle service to Wörgl train station and back with connection to the long-distance train service. Details can be found here. (Due to the corona situation this service cannot be provided in 2020)
  • Evening free shuttle service from Alpbach to the accommodations (Due to the corona situation this service cannot be provided in 2020)
  • Use and recommendation of rail and climate-neutral travel
  • E-vehicles and hybrid models as vehicles
  • Electric bike rental for our participants
  • Catering with products from regional and organic production and fair-trade products
  • Energy-efficient IT
  • Waste separation

More information here: Green Meeting Alpbach

Does the event offer barrier-free access?

The honest answer is: The Forum Alpbach takes place in a mountain village with steep roads and will never be completely accessible for people with impaired mobility. The EFA is constantly striving to make improvements in terms of accessibility and to meet the needs of people with any disabilities as best as possible so that everyone can enjoy the Forum and take part in all events. For example, there is a pick-up service from the accommodation for physically handicapped persons. We are always open to suggestions in this regard.

I represent a company and would like to become a partner of the Forum, where do I go?

We are very pleased about your interest in a cooperation. Please send your enquiry to office@alpbach.org.

Has it already been decided who will be the next president of the European Forum Alpbach?

The current situation asks for especially thoughtful and sustainable decisions in many areas. A personality which represents the Forum Alpbach can only be someone who is dedicated to a unified and democratic Europe, a well working international cooperation and a sustainable economy and society. In May 2020 Andreas Treichl was suggested by the General Assembly of the EFA as a candidate for the succession of Franz Fischler. At the same time, Andreas Treichl was elected Vice-president of the EFA. At the General Assembly in May 2021, Andreas Treichl will stand for election to become President of the EFA.

Who is Andreas Treichl and why was he chosen?

Andreas Treichl is an Austrian manager who led the Erste Group for over two decades. Treichl is a visionary thinker and acts in a European spirit. He has been a member and supporter of the EFA for years and knows Alpbach as a participant and speaker. His decision to stand for election as a President of the Forum Alpbach also shows the importance of our platform for scientific discourse and international exchange.