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Alpbach Learning Missions

The Seminar Week is the academic heart of the European Forum Alpbach. The ‘Alpbach Learning Missions’ (ALM) are a new addition to the regular seminars for this year.

This seminar format is made up of two different parts. The first week (August 14 – 21) consits of an academic seminar, in the second part (August 22 – 30), participants have the chance to form small groups and work independently on one of several predetermined questions. The questions will be presented in the first week.

The ‘Alpbach Learning Missions’ (ALM) tackle questions that are global in scope – producing a meaningful outcome will require interdisciplinary approaches from a range of perspectives. The European Forum Alpbach therefore invites participants to discuss problems, existing findings and solutions with experts and decision-makers in a direct and informal way and make an active and visible contribution to these problems. The findings will be channelled into the different Alpbach Symposia and presumably presented on August 28 in Alpbach. In addition, after the European Forum Alpbach, the findings will be taken up by the academic partners of the Alpbach Learning Missions and developed further within their networks.

The small groups will enjoy the best possible supervision through the allocation of one expert and two trainers to each Learning Mission.

In 2019 we are offering five ‘Alpbach Learning Missions’:

Water footprint - From Today to 2050

The overall objective of this Alpbach Learning Mission is the examination of perspectives on the alleged ‘free’ and ‘guaranteed’ access to water. The water footprint is an indicator that displays the direct and indirect fresh water consumption of consumers or producers. Thus, how will the global water footprint change until 2050 and what effects will the predicted world population of 10 billion people have on water consumption and water supply? Addressing such challenges requires climatological, demographic, economic, and ecological model calculations. Participants and experts will explore how direct and indirect use of water will change in the near future. Particular emphasis will be put on the role of water availability and water use in the European Alpine space.

curated with WasserCluster Lunz

Noncommunicable Diseases: How to Control and Prevent Them

The so-called Noncommunicable Diseases or NCDs (such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes) have reached the status of a global epidemic. 41 million deaths per year bring hardship to rich and poor nations alike. Through multidisciplinary and multifaceted approaches, this Alpbach Learning Mission will focus on laws, regulations and the engagement of the private sector in order to control and prevent NCDs.

curated with MCI Management Center Innsbruck

How Can the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society Work?

Coping with climate change requires the cooperation of all stakeholders. Together with natural scientists, economists, philosophers and lawyers, the participants of the Alpbach Learning Mission will discuss possible paths of transition to a sustainable and low-carbon society.

curated with University of Graz

Intellectual Self-Defence

In times of fake news and information overkill, of extreme contradictions between rhetorics and reality, we require techniques for intellectual self-defence against dogma and manipulation to safeguard our individual freedom as knowledgeable and critical citizens. This seminar aims to provide such techniques.

with Ilija Trojanow

Writer and Publisher

Digital Democracy Lab

Working in teams, participants in the Digital Democracy Lab will investigate why anti-democratic, authoritarian movements are thriving online in Europe and around the world. They will attempt to launch online creative communities that champion democracy with equal energy and, most importantly, also fun. Participants will bring creativity, passion, facts and humor to the conversation, empowered and amplified by graphic designers and experienced digital strategists.

with Zack Exley

Author, Co-Founder at the New Consensus

August 14 – 30, 2019
Part 1 (August 14 – 21): 3 hours per day, as a scientific seminar during the Seminar Week
Part 2 (August 22 – 30): Selforganisation in small groups, around 3 hours per day

Registration and costs
a) Scholarship holders can register at the presentation of the seminars in Alpbach. Limited places are available for Part 2 of the Alpbach Learning Missions. A selection will be made during the Forum, if necessary by lottery.

b) As a paying participant, please register for the whole Forum and state in the comments section which Alpbach Learning Mission you would like to take part in. Limited places are available for Part 2 of the Alpbach Learning Missions.

The Alpbach Learning Missions are part of the Seminar Week.