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Improving Europe’s conflict culture
The European Forum Alpbach 2017 ends with today’s Built Environment and Financial Market Symposia. More than 5,700 people from over 100 nations came to the Alpine village of Alpbach to discuss questions facing the future of research, politics and economics. Public interest in the Alpbach Symposia shows no sign of abating, even in the event’s 73rd year. The organisers sold ten percent more tickets than last year.

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President Alexander Van der Bellen opens the Political Symposium at Alpbach

Young Europeans’ concerns and visions are at the heart of the Political Symposium, which was opened on Sunday afternoon by prominent guests. “The race to create a bright future for coming generations has entered a decisive phase. The European Forum Alpbach wants to contribute to winning this race,” remarked Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach, in his opening speech.

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Alpbach Health Symposium: Call for more collaboration

“The goal is clear, but the strategies to achieve it vary,” is Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth’s summary of the situation faced by the Health Symposium, which opened on Sunday. The Vice President of the European Forum Alpbach is setting a task for the participants of the coming seminars and discussions on the theme of “Conflict & Cooperation”, which will be taking place until 22 August.  She wants the interdisciplinary and international dialogue in Alpbach to help identify shared patterns and challenges in healthcare systems and to find sustainable solutions. The premises underlying all approaches must be: “Healthcare is not a commodity but a human right. If we lose our health, we have nothing left to lose.” For Schmidt-Erfurth, the Alpbach Symposium should be about getting people to take responsibility.

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European Forum Alpbach 2017: Programme, Speakers, Updates

From August 16 to September 1, 2017, hundreds of people from the worlds of science, politics, business, culture and civil society will gather at the European Forum Alpbach to debate “Conflict & Cooperation” and the zone of tension between these two poles.
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European Forum Alpbach awards 700 scholarships
The European Forum Alpbach invites ambitious people from all over the world to apply for a scholarship by March 31, 2017. The offer is aimed at people under the age of 30 who would like to pack their bags with fresh ideas for research and society and head to Alpbach.

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Underlying Mood of the Symposia: Pro Europe
Over 5,000 participants from 102 nations laid down the tracks for a new Enlightenment in Alpbach. The general topic for 2017 is “Conflict & Cooperation” and will draw on the insights gained at this year’s Symposia.

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European Forum Alpbach 2016: Preview on the programme & speakers

From 17 August to 2 September, 5,000 people from academia, politics, economics and culture, including 700 young scholarship holders, will enter uncharted waters at the European Forum Alpbach. Under the general heading of “New Enlightenment”, national and international speakers will open up constructive approaches for the 21st century.

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