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Opening: values and visions of a united Europe

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
Plenary / Future of the EU
German and English language

August 27 will be the second anniversary of the tragedy in Parndorf, Austria, when 71 refugees died in the back of a truck. Director Peter Wagner erects an artistic memorial for the refugees with the play “71, or The Curse of the Prime Number” – with texts by 21 authors. The European Forum Alpbach invited him to create a paraphrase of the play for the opening of the Political Symposium.
After the performance, get various insights into the visions & values of a united Europe at the opening of this year’s Political Sympsium and find out what Europeans of different origins think about the future of their continent.

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Actor; Artist, Klagenfurt
Actor; Teacher, Drama School Krauss, Vienna
Musician; Composer, Neusiedl am See
Actor; Lecturer, Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna
Actor, Feld am See
Actor, Vienna
Author; Director, Oberwart
Author, Lecturer & Broadcaster, Vienna
Author, Blogger, Human Rights Activist, Berlin
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Business Riot, Vienna
Founder & President, Momentum Mozgalom, Budapest
Founder, Supa, London
Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna
Television Journalist; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy, Berlin

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

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

Array Bella BAN

Actor; Artist, Klagenfurt

Studium der Bildhauerei, Akademie für bildende Kunst in Wien Mitarbeit an der Frankfurter Oper mehrere längere Aufenthalte in Berlin Romstipendium des Bundesministerium für Unterricht und Kunst NeuSehLand, Musikforum Viktring A Tribute to John Cage, Raj/Sehbühne, Klagenfurt Eckdate, Theatercafe Klagenfurt Kostüm und Bühnenbild bei der Inszenierung von Ernst Jandls "Scheissen Tag", Ensemble Klagenfurt Galerie Vorspann/Galerija Vprega, Bad Eisenkappel Galerie Magnetm, Wien Galerie Magnet, Palais Fugger, Klagenfurt (T)RAUM - ein Raumbild Installation und Performance, Burgkapelle im Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt I love you, Gestaltung und Zusammenstellung der Gedenkausstellung Viktor Rogy, Stattheater Klagenfurt 71 oder der Fluch der Primzahl, Ausstattung und Bühnenmitwirkung, Parndorf zeichnungen und so..., SeHbühne_Badgasse, Klagenfurt Ausstattung Karl Valentin Abend, Klagenfurter Ensemble Unter dem Milchwald_Dylon Thomas, Theaterinstallation, Klagenfurter Ensemble Performance in der Grazer Innenstadt, Kunstwirtschaft Stille im Dramolettenwald, Antonio Fian, Theaterhalle 11,Klagenfurter Ensemble Gert Jonke Installation, EvangelischeKirche, Klagenfurt ich bin ein büro, Alpen Adria Galerie Stadthaus Klagenfurt
1977-1982
1983
1985-1988
 
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
1986
2012
2012
2012
2011
2010
2009
2009
2007-2008
 
 Group exhibitions (selection)
2007
2017
2016
2016
2015
2014
2014
2014
2014

Array Tania GOLDEN

Actor; Teacher, Drama School Krauss, Vienna

Ausbildung inOper, Operette, Jazz und Chanson Ausbildung in Film-Schauspiel an der Filmschule Köln und HAW in Los Angeles Master of Advanced Studies, Institut für Kulturmanagment Wien
1985-1994
2000
2006

Array Ferry JANOSKA

Musician; Composer, Neusiedl am See

Studies in music theory (Prof. Reinhold Portisch), Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna
1987-1991

BA Georg LESKOVICH

Actor; Lecturer, Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna

Array Gernot PIFF

Actor, Feld am See

Array Petra STADUAN

Actor, Vienna

Max Reinhardt Seminar, Vienna Vocal training (classic, pop) Filmacting, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg
2003-2007
2007-2017
2008

Array Peter WAGNER

Author; Director, Oberwart

März. Der 24 - Das Massaker von Rechnitz. Theater am Ort im Offenen Haus Oberwart Die Eiserne Grenze (Spielfilm) PFLÖCKE/Korridor. Das Anschlussdenkmal von Oberschützen 70 Jahre danach Die Kardinälin. Eine Ohnmacht. Klagenfurter Ensemble Wächter über Oberwart. Die sechs Friedhöfe und drei Totengedenkstätten als kosmopolitische Erzählung der Provinz, Offenes Haus Oberwart; Bank Austria Kunstpreis 2014
 Projects (selection):
1995
2003
2008
2010
2013

Dr. Philipp BLOM

Author, Lecturer & Broadcaster, Vienna

 Philipp Blom was born in 1970 in Hamburg and grew up in Detmold, in Germany. After university studies in Vienna and Oxford, he obtained a D.Phil in Modern History. He started writing at Oxford and published a novel as well as occasional journalism. After university, he worked in London as an editor, translator, writer and freelance journalist, contributing to newspapers, magazines and radio programmes in Great Britain, the US, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and France. In 2001, Philipp Blom moved to Paris to concentrate on his books. In 2007 he settled in Vienna, where he continues to write historical nonfiction as well as fiction, and journalism. He presents a cultural discussion programme on Austrian national radio and has lectured on philosophy and cultural history in Europe, the US, and South America.

Array Farah ABDI

Author, Blogger, Human Rights Activist, Berlin

 Farah Abdi is a Somali refugee and award-winning blogger. Farah arrived in Malta from Libya by boat in 2012, fleeing fear of persecution. Farah is author of the autobiography 'Never Arrive' and a human rights activist. Farah is also the recipient of the International Bremen Peace Award by the German NGO Stiftung die Schwelle and the Queen of England award for young leaders. Farah says: "I have been told many times by family, friends, colleagues and strangers that I am a black, African, refugee, Muslim, trans woman; that I am outside the norms accepted by society. That my dreams are a reflection of my upbringing in a decadent amoral society that has corrupted who I really am. As a young trans African, I have been conditioned from an early age to consider my gender identity a dangerous deviation from my true heritage as a Somali by close kin and friends. As a young trans African coming of age in Malta, there was another whiplash of cultural confusion that I had to recover from again and again: that accepting my gender identity doesn't necessarily mean that the wider Maltese community, with its own preconceived notions of what constitutes a 'valid' identity, will embrace me any more welcomingly than my own prejudiced kinsfolk do."

Mag.a BA MA Katharina BRANDL

Co-Founder & Co-Director, Business Riot, Vienna

Diploma Programme in Political Science, University of Vienna Assistant to the Head of the Research Focus "Empirical Visual Aesthetics", Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna BA in Art History, University of Vienna Scientific Administrator, Cognitive Science Research Platform, University of Vienna Researcher, Austrian Contribution to the Architectural Biennale 2014, Venice Tutor & Teaching Assistant, Department of Art History, University of Vienna Project Manager for studio das weisse haus, , Vienna Co-Founder & Chairwoman, Sorority, Vienna Freelance curator and writer in contemporary art Co-Founder & Executive, Business Riot, Vienna Managing editor, online magazine of Irmgard Griss' campaign for the Austrian Presidential Election 2016, Vienna Co-Founder & Executive, kathe Konzeptbüro GesbR., Vienna PhD Program in Art History, University of Basel
2004-2011
2009-2011
2010-2014
2011-2014
2014
2014-2015
2014-2015
2014-2017
since 2015
since 2015
2016
since 2016
since 2016

Array Andras FEKETE-GYOR

Founder & President, Momentum Mozgalom, Budapest

Erasmus Scholarship, Law Faculty, Heidelberg University Juris Doctor Degree, Law Faculty, ELTE - Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest Traineeship, Nagy és Trócsányi Law Firm, Budapest Internship, International Court of Arbitration, ICC - International Chamber of Commerce, Paris Account Receivable Specialist, GE, Working Capital Solutions, Budapest Schuman Traineeship, Committee on Legal Affairss, European Parliament, Brussels Parliamentary Assistant, Office of MP Hans-Peter Friedrich, German Bundestag, Berlin President, Momentum Mozgalom Political Party & MOMENTUM Association, Budapest
2011-2012
2008-2015
2013
2014
2015
2015-2016
2016
since 2016

Array Bejay MULENGA

Founder, Supa, London

Founder, Supa Tuck Freelance Youth Marketing & Strategy Consultant Co-Founder, Supa Academy Patron, Digital Futures
since 2009
since 2011
since 2014
since 2016

Dr. Alexander VAN DER BELLEN

Federal President, Republic of Austria, Vienna

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

Array Anke PLÄTTNER

Television Journalist; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy, Berlin

Volunteer, Aktion Sühnezeichen, World Information on Energy, Amsterdam School voor de Journalistiek, Utrecht Correspondent for Dutch media (Avro Radio en Persdienst GPD), Cologne Trainee program TV en radio, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Cologne Editor in Charge, Anchor, several positions, WDR (news, documentaries) Arthur Burns Fellowship, NBC, Denver Political Correspondent, Phoenix, Berlin Anchor daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde", Berlin Political TV correspondent, WDR, Berlin Self-employed anchor (WDR; ARD Morgenmagazin) Consultant, MeinesHolla&Partners, The Hague
1982-1984
1984-1987
1987-1989
1989-1990
1990-2002
1993
2002-2004
2004-2010
2010-2013
since 2013
since 2013

Political Symposium

show timetable

26.08.2017

12:00 - 16:00 Professional Programme “Our World’s Future” Partner
13:00 - 16:00 Professional Programme on Strategies of Influence Partner
13:00 - 16:00 Generational perspectives on security policy Partner

27.08.2017

07:00 - 10:00 Devil’s diplomacy Partner
07:00 - 10:00 Professional Programme on Strategies of Influence Partner
08:00 - 10:00 The 2016 US election behind the scenes Plenary
08:00 - 09:30 Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and power Partner
12:00 - 14:30 Opening: values and visions of a united Europe Plenary
15:00 - 16:30 Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international system Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring? Plenary

28.08.2017

06:30 - 07:30 Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefing Plenary
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challenges Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in Europe Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risks Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesion Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovation Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migration Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertainty Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside out Breakout
10:30 - 12:00 Lunch reception Breakout
10:30 - 11:30 Fireside Talk with Talia Sasson Partner
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practice Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in Austria Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social Media Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way? Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe’s next narrative Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth? Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territory Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policies Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way out Breakout
12:00 - 14:30 Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations? Breakout
15:30 - 17:00 Security and liberty in the digital future Plenary
17:30 - 19:00 Green Innovation: urgent & important at once Plenary

29.08.2017

07:00 - 10:30 Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviour Plenary