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My Europe – My Story

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Hauptschule
Partner / Future of the EU
in englischer Sprache

The scholarship holders of the European Forum Alpbach have a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and broaden their horizons. But do they also have the courage to leave their bubble and challenge others to a discussion about Europe outside of Alpbach?

How to tell the story?
Together with the European Parliament, the European Forum Alpbach is hosting a storytelling workshop to help young Europeans sharpen their tools for discussing European issues they are passionate about – be it climate change, working abroad, or borderless travel. On the eve of the 2019 European Parliament elections, the goal is for them to return home full of ideas and enthuse others with the European idea.

Director General for Communication, European Parliament, Brussels Welcome
Political Editor, POLITICO, Brussels
Stakeholder engagement & communication, FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfonds, Vienna
Managing Editor, Alpbach Media Academy; Freelance Consultant, Digital Media and Project Management, Vienna
Correspondent, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, London
Business, communication and public diplomacy consultancy, Aberlour
Professor of European Youth Policy, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales, Pontypridd
Consultant and founder, learning-architecture design, intercultural communication, multimedia outreach, Vienna
General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Chair
Chairwoman, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna Chair
Board Member, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna Conclusion

Stephen CLARK

Director General for Communication, European Parliament, Brussels

 Stephen Clark is the Director General for Communications at the European Parliament. Since his time at the European Parliament, he has been involved in parliamentary committees, specialisation in budgetary and anti-fraud fields; subsequently in the top management team, with an emphasis on parliamentary and organisational reform. For five years he has been the Head of Web communications, with a specialisation in online communication, he has been pushing the EU institutional communications field to its forefront, helping to make the European Parliament a leader in the field of political/institutional communications. He is the Co- Author of Europe’s Parliament: People, Places, Politics released in May 2012, and has studied Languages at the University of Oxford.

Ryan HEATH

Political Editor, POLITICO, Brussels

1999-2014 Principal, Public speaking, writing and consultancy
2004-2007 Policy advisor, UK Cabinet Office
2007 National Political Campaigning, Kevin Rudd 2007 campaign for Prime Minister, Australia
2008-2011 Speechwriter to European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, European Commission, Brussels
2010-2015 Founder, The Gay Marriage Blog
2011 Speechwriter to President José Manuel Durão Barroso, European Commission, Brussels
2011-2014 Spokesperson for Vice President Neelie Kroes, European Commission, Brussels
2015 International Senior Advisor, Edelman
since 2015 Senior EU Correspondent, writer of the morning Playbook column, POLITICO, Brussels
since 2018 Political Editor, POLITICO, Brussels
Coordinating POLITICO's 2019 EU election coverage

Mag. MAS Stefan KRANEWITTER

Stakeholder engagement & communication, FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfonds, Vienna

2006-2008 Public Relations, Österreichische Jugendvertretung, Vienna
2007-2008 Lecturer, University of Vienna
2003-2008 Public Relations, die jungs kommunikation, Vienna
2008-2010 Corporate Communications, FH Technikum Wien, Vienna
2010-2014 Consultant, MEDIA CONSULT Story Development, Vienna
since 2014 Communications Manager, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2018 Stakeholder engagement & communication, FWF - Der Wissenschaftsfonds, Vienna

Mag. Stefan POLLACH

Managing Editor, Alpbach Media Academy; Freelance Consultant, Digital Media and Project Management, Vienna

 Stefan Pollach has more than 20 years experience in communications: First as radio reporter and managing editor of Austria’s bilingual radio station FM4. At the same time he was part of the first wave of web developers at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and studied Political Science. Since 2008 he works as a consultant advising organisations on digital media issues and coaching people in matters of their public appearance. During Eurovision 2015 in Vienna he was responsible for the online presence of the event. He holds teaching assignments for journalism and project management at Austrian universities.

Mag. Cornelia PRIMOSCH

Correspondent, ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, London

1998-2005 Journalist, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation Studio Carinthia, Klagenfurt
2005-2006 Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Paris
2006-2010 Journalist, Domestic and EU Policy Department, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Vienna
Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Brussels
2010-2017 EU Correspondent, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, Brussels
since 2017 Correspondent, UK and Ireland, ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation, London

Angus ROBERTSON

Business, communication and public diplomacy consultancy, Aberlour

1991-1999 News Editor, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF). Vienna Correspondent, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
2001-2017 Member of Parliament, UK House of Commons
2007-2017 Westminster SNP Leader
2016-2018 Deputy Leader, Scottish National Party (SNP)

B.Sc. Ph.D Howard WILLIAMSON

Professor of European Youth Policy, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales, Pontypridd

 Dr Howard Williamson is Professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. Previously he worked at the Universities of Oxford, Cardiff and Copenhagen and has held visiting positions at universities and research institutes in Hong Kong, Malta, Croatia, China, France, Australia and Iran. He is a qualified youth worker and ran a youth centre for 25 years in parallel with his academic research. He has advised many levels of governance on youth policy issues, from the Welsh and UK governments, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. He co-ordinated the Council of Europe’s international reviews of national youth policy and wrote three volumes on ‘Supporting Young People in Europe’ drawing lessons from the 21 country reviews. He is a trustee of Grassroots - the Cardiff City Centre Youth Project, the European Forum Alpbach Foundation, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People. Since 2002, he has been Organisational Secretary of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 34. In 2002, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and, in 2016, a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).

MA Heather WOKUSCH

Consultant and founder, learning-architecture design, intercultural communication, multimedia outreach, Vienna

 A firm believer in the democratization of knowledge, Heather Wokusch consults on topics connected to organizational development, digitalization, intercultural communication, and innovative learning architectures. She is an expert in eLearning, authored two books reaching Amazon’s top ten for political activism, and has hosted an award-winning US public access television series covering nuclear issues.

M.Sc. Philippe NARVAL

General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1994-1996 Scholarship holder/Student, Lester B. Pearson United World College, Victoria
1996-1997 National Service/Gedenkdienst, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem
1997-1998 Community Service Coordinator, American International School, Cochabamba
1998-2003 BA, King's College, London
2000-2001 Exchange Year, Universidade de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte
2003-2004 Exhibition Coordinator, Künstlerhaus Wien
2004-2005 Programme Manager, Concordia, Chisinau
2005-2010 Programme Officer, Light for the World, Vienna
2010-2011 MSc, University of Oxford
since 2012 General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

BA, MA Lisa Charlotte SONNBERGER

Chairwoman, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna

2006-2009 Goldsmithing Academy, Vienna; Apprentice Schmuckwerkstatt Skrein, Vienna
since 2009 Goldsmith and Assistant of Management, Golschmiede Ernestine Navratil, Vienna
2012 Apprentice Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2013 Apprentice Art Department, Deutsche Bank, FFM
Alchimia School for Contemporary Jewelery, Florence
2014-2015 Co-Curator with Cornelie Holzach, 200 years K&K Jeweler Köchert, Vienna
2009-2014 Student, B.A. Art History, University Vienna.
since 2014 Student, M.A. Art History, University of Vienna,
2016-2017 Head of Standing Committee European Forum Alpbach
since 2017 Chairwoman, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna

Mag. MA Benjamin MONSORNO

Board Member, Forum Alpbach Network, Vienna

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30My Europe – My StoryPartner
15:00 - 16:30OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 18:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in educationPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
13:00 - 14:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
15:00 - 16:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
16:30 - 18:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
16:30 - 18:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
16:45 - 18:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
18:00 - 20:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
18:15 - 19:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politicsPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
11:00 - 12:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
12:30 - 13:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
14:15 - 15:45European Union – Russia: What to do?Plenary
16:15 - 17:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in businessPartner
07:30 - 08:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary