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Opening of the Political Symposium

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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German and English language

Performance artists Marta Navaridas and Alexander Deutinger present “Your Majesties”, a choreographic version of Barack Obama’s legendary Nobel Lecture. A fascinating performance about war, peace, hope, and loss of control.

Their performance will be joined by Carlo Strenger’s philosophical reflections on “Liberty: A Constant Adventure” and opening words by Austrian and international decision-makers.

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Welcome
Scholarship Holder, European Forum Alpbach; Student of Political Science, CEU - Central European University, Budapest / Vienna Welcome
Performance Artist and Choreographer, Graz Art
Performance Artist and Choreographer, Graz Art
Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv Introduction
Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna Key Note
President, United Nations General Assembly for the 73rd Session, New York Key Note
Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna Key Note
Scholarship Holder, IG Vienna / European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Matej VODA

Scholarship Holder, European Forum Alpbach; Student of Political Science, CEU - Central European University, Budapest / Vienna

BA Mag. Alexander DEUTINGER

Performance Artist and Choreographer, Graz

 MA in Translation and Interpreting, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Institute for Theoretical and Applied Translation Studies, Graz
 BA in Contemporary Dance, Anton-Bruckner-University Linz, Institute for Dance Arts, Linz
since 2007 Working internationally, freelance contemporary dancer, performer and choreographer
since 2008 Artistic Co-Director, Navaridas & Deutinger
since 2009 Founding Member, The Loose Collective

BA Mag. Marta NAVARIDAS

Performance Artist and Choreographer, Graz

 MA in Translation, Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
 BA in Choreography at ArtEZ Arnhem and Mime, HKA Theaterschool of Amsterdam
 
since 2007 Working internationally as a freelance contemporary dancer, performer and choreographer
since 2008 Artistic Co-Director of Navaridas & Deutinger (AT/ES)
since 2009 Founding member of the The Loose Collective (AT/ES/NL/ PL/SE)

Carlo STRENGER

Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

 Carlo Strenger is an existential psychoanalyst, philosopher and public intellectual who serves as Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas and the School of Psychological Sciences
 Strenger has published numerous papers and books. His work has been reported on, and he has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time Magazine as well as hundreds of newspapers and websites in more than twenty languages.
 As a publicist he writes primarily on Israeli politics and the Middle Eastern conflict and cultural issues. He is a columnist at Israel’s leading Newspaper Haaretz, and at Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and occasionally writes in The New York Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy..

Dr. Brigitte BIERLEIN

Federal Chancellor, Republic of Austria, Vienna

1971 Awarded JD at the University of Vienna
1972-1975 Judicial preparatory service; qualification to exercise the function of a judge
1975 Judge at civil and criminal district courts in Vienna
1977 Public Prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor's Office, Vienna
1986 Assignment to the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, Vienna
1987 Assignment to the Ministry of Justice, subsequently Chief Public Prosecutor at the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, Vienna
1990 Solicitor General at the Procurator General’ Office with the Austrian Supreme Court of Justice
1995 Member of the board of the Austrian Association of Public Prosecutors
2001-2003 President of the Austrian Association of Public Prosecutors; Member of the Executive Committee of the IAP (International Association of Prosecutors)
2003-2018 Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Austria
2018-2019 President of the Constitutional Court of Austria
since 2019 Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria

Maria Fernanda ESPINOSA GARCES

President, United Nations General Assembly for the 73rd Session, New York

 Her Excellency Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés was elected to serve as President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on 5 June 2018. She is the fourth woman - and first woman from Latin America - to hold this position. Ms Espinosa Garcés has over 20 years of multilateral experience in peace and security, human rights, sustainable development and environmental issues. She has served Ecuador as Minister of Foreign Affairs (twice), Minister of National Defence, and Coordinating Minister of Natural and Cultural Heritage; and was Ecuador’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. Ms. Espinosa Garcés also worked in academia, including as Associate Professor and Researcher at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Ecuador.

Dr. Alexander VAN DER BELLEN

Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna

1962-1970 Studies of Economics, University of Innsbruck
1966 Diploma, Economics, University of Innsbruck
1970 PhD, Economics, University of Innsbruck
1968-1975 Scientific Assistant, Department of Public Finance, University of Innsbruck
1972-1974 Research Fellow, WZB - Berlin Social Science Center
1975 Habilitation, University of Innsbruck
1976-1980 Non-Tenured Professor, University of Innsbruck
1977-1980 Federal Administration Acadamy, Vienna
1980-2009 Tenured Professor of Economics, University of Vienna
1990-1994 Dean, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, University of Vienna
1994-2012 Deputy, National Council, Vienna
1997-2008 Federal Spokesman, The Austrian Greens, Vienna
1999-2008 Chairman, National Council, Vienna
2012-2015 Deputy of State Parliament, Member of Municipal Council, Vienna
since 2017 Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna

MSc, MA Damita PRESSL

Scholarship Holder, IG Vienna / European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

 Damita Pressl is a news anchor, journalist and event host based in Vienna, Austria.
 She currently hosts the news show on kroneTV and krone.at, as well as talks with a range of politicians, officials and experts. She has previously worked at ATV and has written, among other outlets, for Kronen Zeitung, Die Presse, and VICE.
 Damita holds Masters degrees in Psychology from UCL and Journalism from FH Wien. She is fluent in English, French and German as well as proficient in Spanish and Romanian. She was recently chosen as a "30 under 30" journalist by the Austrian magazine "Der Journalist".

Political and Legal Symposia

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24.08.2019

17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

25.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary

26.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary

27.08.2019

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary