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FAQs

How many people participate at the European Forum Alpbach

We expect a total number of 5,000 people who engage on the topic of “Liberty and Security”  between August 14 and August 30, 2019 in Alpbach.

What is this years programme?


The programme is announced in late April and can then be found under www.alpbach.org/2019.

How can I follow the acitivites of the European Forum Alpbach online?

Follow us on Twitter (@forumalpbach, #efa19, #myeurope) and Facebook (facebook.com/forumalpbach) for highlights in our programme. Follow a selection of debates on a live webstream from August on www.alpbach.org/live.

Which events are free of admission?

The participation in the Tyrol Days are free of charge. Additionally, all lectures, concerts, performanes, exhibitions and readings that are embedded in ART DAILY and ART NON STOP are free of charge. Find out more www.alpbach.art

What are the main parts fo the programme?

Alpbach Symposia
The Symposia are organised as self-contained conferences of two to three days’ duration which take place consecutively during the course of the European Forum Alpbach. They each focus on a different subject area: In addition to the Health, the Political and the Economic Symposia and the Technology Forum, the programme today offers the Law Symposium, the Financial Market Symposium and Artists in Discourse. Arts & Culture from a vita, ingetragted part of the European Forum Alpbach. The programmes are designed by separate advisory boards which join together experts from the fields in question. Numerous evening receptions round off the Symposia.

Seminar Week
The Alpbach Seminar Week constitutes the traditional academic part of the European Forum Alpbach. It is programmed according to the annual general topic by the Advisory Board, an interdisciplinary body of eminent scholars. The topics of the seminars range from biology, chemistry and medicine to political science, sociology and economics as well as literature and art history. Current issues are analysed theoretically, theories are elucidated through practical examples.

Alpbach Campus
Under the guidance of renowned experts, participants have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in different fields and advance their professional skills.

FANC
The Forum Alpbach Network Committee (FANC) is a group of scholarshop alumni that supports all scholarship holders on site. Additionally, the FANC organises a diverse supporting programme on site that is specifically targeted at scholarship holders such as excursions, fire side chats, clubbings, sporting events.

The Forum Alpbach Network Committee (FANC) is a group of scholarshop alumni that supports all scholarship holders on site. Additionally, the FANC organises a diverse supporting programme on site that is specifically targeted at scholarship holders such as excursions, fire side chats, clubbings, sporting events.

More information on the location and event:

The European Forum Alpbach endeavours to continuously improve its security measures. Please note the following:

  • Only participants with valid participant badges are allowed to enter the Congress Centre Alpbach and the Hauptschule.
  • If you haven’t yet collected your badge from the reception in the Congress Centre Alpbach, please do so at least 30 minutes before the start of the event you plan to attend.
  • Please bring a valid official identification document with you in case you need to prove your identity.
  • For security reasons, you are not allowed to bring the following items into the event building:
    • large items that could cause an obstruction such as suitcases, bags or rucksacks. You can leave small items such as jackets, umbrellas or briefcases in the cloak rooms of the Congress Centre Alpbach and the Hauptschule.
    • items that are pointed or sharp or otherwise dangerous are not allowed.

Alpbach APP

The European Forum Alpbach in cooperation with Superevent offers a Programme-App for Smartphones (Android and iPhone) which allows you to receive all programme information and updates on your mobile phone from August on.

Accomodation

Please notice that accommodation or board is not included in the participation fee.

Kindly note, that you can only request a room after you have registered as a participant at the European Forum Alpbach. Together with your confirmation of registration we will send you a link to the reservation platform, which had been set up with our partners from the local incoming travel agencies for the guests of the European Forum Alpbach.

Kindly understand that during the political symposium and economic symposium rooms in the village of Alpbach are predominantly reserved for our partnering institutions and our speakers who yearly join us unremunerated. The reservation platform uses room offers from the entire Alpbachtal and Seenland region. Our transprotation offers run along the locations of your accomodation.

Arrival in Alpbach

Upon arriving in Alpbach, please make your way to the Congress Centre Alpbach and register there. At our reception, which is open daily from 9am to 7pm, you will receive your access badge as well your conference folder containing the current programme and all information material.

Conference Badge

The access badge received at registration entitles you to participate in the events of the European Forum Alpbach during the indicated period. The badge has to be carried visibly and is not transferable. The badge is enabled with a chip that allows you to print and photocopy documents at the publicly accessible printers. See Mobile Printing.

Raiffeisenbank Alpbach, Nr. 177, Tel.: +43 5336 5225, Mon – Fri 8:00 – 12:15, 14:00 – 17:00. Sat closed.
Sparkasse Alpbach, Nr. 172, Tel.: +43 50100 76430, Mon – Fri 8:00 – 12:00, 14:00 – 16:30. Sat closed.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Fire Brigade 122
Police 133
Mountain Rescue 140
Ambulance 144
European Emergency Telephone Number 112

Green Meeting

Green Meeting Alpbach is a project run by the European Forum Alpbach and the Congress Centre. It aims to make our event more sustainable and ecologically responsible. In July 2010, the Congress Centre and the European Forum Alpbach were awarded the “Umweltzeichen” for Green Meetings, the public certification from the Austrian Government.

Some of our measures
  • Environment-friendly print-products

  • Recycled office paper only

  • Free direct shuutle service to Wörgl station and back for easy access to the national train service. See our travel page for details.

  • Free evening shuttle service from Alpbach to accommodations.

  • Use and encouragement of train travel and carbon-offsetting

  • Fuel efficient car fleet

  • E-Bike rental service for our participants

  • Energy-efficient IT

  • Waste separation

How you can contribute

To ensure that the European Forum Alpbach will be an ecologically responsible event, we depend on your participation and co-operation. To help us, please:

  • Use the waste separation system provided in the Congress Centre

  • Return your plastic badge holders at the reception before you leave

  • Use the (evening) shuttle service we provide rather than cars

  • Travel to Alpbach by train rather than by plane or car

Thank you for helping us keep Alpbach Green!

Internet Access

A free internet café can be found on the ground floor of the Primary School building (Volksschule). It is equipped with computers (web access) and printers. Opening hours: 09:00 – 19:00.

In addition, free wireless lan is available in the Congress Centre Alpbach, Primary School and Secondary School.

Children in Alpbach

We provide a special programme for children from the age of 2 years during the European Forum Alpbach. More information on the offers will be online from June on and can be found under www.alpbach.org/2019

The conference languages are German and English. The seminars and breakout sessions will be held in either German or English. Please find further details in the programme.

The plenary meetings taking place in the Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal, Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal and the Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal are translated simultaneously into English and German. Earphones and receivers can be lent at the door – please hand them back after the plenary meetings. Please note that most events in other venues are held in German or English without translation. For details, please see the inside of the programme.

Our special thanks goes to the interpreters who are kindly volunteering their service.

Mail and Fax service

At the reception on the ground floor of the Congress Centre incoming mail as well as fax messages can be collected.

Please contact our staff at the reception. Have mail sent to your name c/o Europäisches Forum Alpbach, Nr. 246, 6236 Alpbach, Austria; fax messages to +43 (5336) 600 501.

Medical Assistance

Dr. Bruno Bletzacher, No 744, Tel.: +43 5336 20044

The pharmacy is located in the doctor’s practice. Opening hours as above.

Mobile Printing

In cooperation with Xerox Austria GmbH, the European Forum Alpbach provides a mobile printing service. Printers for free use (up to 100 pages per participant) can be found in the Congress Centre, in the internet café and in the Secondary School (Hauptschule). E-mail the message or document (attachment) you want to print to print@xerox4you.at. You will receive a PIN. To collect the printout, go to any of the printers, hold your access badge to the card reader and enter your PIN. The printers can also be used for photocopying, scanning and e-mailing documents.

Postoffice

Postpartner, Nr. 785 (in the Spar supermarket), Tel.: +43 577 67 76 236, Fax: +43 577 67 86 236
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sat closed.

Venues

All Plenary Sessions take place in the Alpbach Congress Centre. It is the main contact point for all inquiries related to the events taking place during the Forum. In the Congress Centre, you will find the reception, the office of the European Forum Alpbach, the press centre, the office of the tourist association, as well as a snack bar. Other important locations hosting our events are:

  • Secondary School (Hauptschule Alpbach): hosts the Seminar Week and some of the breakout sessions
  • Elementary School (Volksschule Alpbach): hosts the Alpbach Learning Missions, the child care programme; free access to the internet for all participants is provided in the rooms on the ground floor
  • Neighbouring hotels: host individual working sessions, social events and most of the activities organised by the Forum Alpbach Network Committee (FANC)

Here you can find a map of the main locations in Alpbach. Our website and the printed version of the programme provide you with further important information. Unforeseen changes to the programme or venues will be posted on our website as well as on the bulletin boards.