EFA24 Programme

These are some of the highlights of the EFA24. The programme and list of contributors will be updated continuously. We look forward to seeing you in Alpbach!

Speakers Selection

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Pope Francis

Head of the Catholic Church

(via Livestream)

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Carl Bildt

Co-Chair

European Council on Foreign Relations

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Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Co-President

The Club of Rome

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Adam Bodnar

Minister of Justice

Republic of Poland

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Michael Kofman

Senior Fellow

Carnegie Endowment

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Werner Stengg

Cabinet Expert

European Commission

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Arancha González Laya

Dean Paris School of International Affairs

Sciences Po

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Anna Lührmann

Minister of State for Europe and Climate

Federal Republic of Germany

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Alma Zadić

Federal Minister of Justice

Republic of Austria

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José Manuel Barroso

Former President of the European Commission

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Karoline Edtstadler

Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution

Republic of Austria

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Werner Kogler

Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport

Republic of Austria

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Anja Meierkord

Labour Market Expert

OECD

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Jakov Milatović

President

Republic of Montenegro

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Maria Demertzis

Professor EUI, Senior Fellow Bruegel

EUI, Bruegel

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Stefan Dörfler

CFO

Erste Group Bank AG

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Joschka Fischer

Former Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs

Federal Republic of Germany

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Beate Meinl-Reisinger

Party Leader

NEOS - Das Neue Österreich und Liberale Forum

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Rafael Grossi

Director General

International Atomic Energy Agency

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Norbert Totschnig

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management

Republic of Austria

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Nipun Mehta

Founder

ServiceSpace

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Ivan Krastev

Permanent fellow

Institute for Human Sciences IWM Vienna

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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Economist, Public Policy Analyst and Professor

Columbia University

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Othmar Karas

First Vice-President

European Parliament

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Alexander Schallenberg

Federal Minister for European and International Affairs

Republic of Austria

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Luisa Neubauer

Climate Activist & Author

Fridays for Future

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Enrico Letta

Former Prime Minister of Italy

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Cristina Gherasimov

Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration

Republic of Moldova

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Andreas Babler

Federal Party Chairman

SPÖ - Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs

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Pascal Lamy

Chairman

Climate Overshoot Commission

Programme 2024

Monday, 19. August

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Tuesday, 20. August

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Wednesday, 21. August

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Thursday, 22. August

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Friday, 23. August

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Saturday, 24. August

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Noon
Connecting Women*
120

As part of the EFA World of Women* initiative, EFA is taking extra efforts to encourage female* contributors, both in programming and participation. Every day, from the Europe in the World Days to the Austria in Europe Days, one dedicated hour will be hosted by women* engaged in EFA’s broader network, which offers the opportunity to connect, reflect, and take action.

 

// INFO: To ensure a focused and engaging experience, we won't be providing any catering. Participants are, however, free to order lunch and beverages at their own cost. //

 

 

Gasthaus Jakober , Gasthaus Jakober - Speisesaal
12:00 - 14:00 Connecting Women*
EFA Connects: Get to Know each Other over Lunch
120

If you don’t feel like having lunch by yourself or if you are interested in meeting fellow EFA participants, take a seat at one of the EFA Connects tables around lunchtime. We look forward to seeing you make connections. EFA Connects tables are located in Erste Lounge at CCA, and at the restaurants Jakober and Berghof. The tables are marked by little EFA flags. 

 

12:00 - 14:00 EFA Connects: Get to Know each Other over Lunch

Sunday, 25. August

Starting times
Morning
Let’s Talk to Each Other: Impulses in a Speechless World
English 180

In a world of rapid change, fragmentation and polarisation mark society and politics. Although contemporary challenges require close international cooperation, the willingness and ability to engage in dialogue are dwindling. Democracy is under pressure, alternatives are appearing and Europe has to explain itself. How can defence policy support a stable space for discussions?

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Terrasse
09:00 - 12:00 Let’s Talk to Each Other: Impulses in a Speechless World
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Is Economic Inequality Inevitable?
English 90

Since the 1980s, wealth and income inequality has started to rise again in many countries. While some, such as the US, have seen a significant increase in inequality, others, such as Sweden, have maintained relatively stable levels. Explore the reasons for these divergent trends: What are the roots of inequality and which policies can make a real difference?

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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09:00 - 10:30 Is Economic Inequality Inevitable?
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Winds of Radical Change in European Politics?
English 180

European politics is witnessing unprecedented shifts, challenging established structures and giving rise to new movements. This two-part debate will initially investigate whether a radical change in the European political landscape has in fact occurred, dissecting election results and the driving forces behind them. We will then discuss the broader implications, whether there will be a radical change in the trajectory of Europe and Europe's role in the world.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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09:00 - 12:00 Winds of Radical Change in European Politics?
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Risky Business: Europe's Economic (In-)Security
English 180

The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have shown Europe’s dependencies in critical areas. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about “de-risking”: mitigating risks and limiting strategic dependencies. However, it’s still not clear what this would mean for Europe. How much de-risking is necessary to safeguard Europe’s economic security and when does de-risking itself become a risk to the economy? //INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water.

 

Ort Alpbach , Buswendeplatz
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09:00 - 12:00 Risky Business: Europe's Economic (In-)Security
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The Geopolitics of Enlargement: A Way to Safeguard the European Space
English 90

The EU Enlargement is increasingly seen as an effective foreign policy tool to diminish the influence of external powers in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans. Reframing European integration as a strategy to provide security for the neighbourhoods, as well as make EU Member States safer, will certainly strengthen the EU’s standing as a geopolitical actor - for example through a sustainable peace settlement for Ukraine and sound security arrangements for Moldova.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
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09:00 - 10:30 The Geopolitics of Enlargement: A Way to Safeguard the European Space
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No Nature, No Business
English 180

All human economic activities rely on natural resources and ecosystems. Yet, the state of nature and biodiversity is critical all around the globe. Hear different concepts and strategies about how businesses can integrate nature and biodiversity goals into corporate strategies. It is explored how to achieve long-term prosperity and economic resilience, by becoming not only climate-neutral but climate-positive. //INFO: Bring hiking shoes and sufficient water.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Vorplatz
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09:00 - 12:00 No Nature, No Business
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The Elephant in the Room: Goodbye, Cognitive Dissonance
180

It is an intellectual contradiction, an unbearable gap between personal aspirations and reality: Cognitive dissonance confronts us with the discrepancy between what we know and how we behave as we face major crises. The transformative potential of artistic and psychological approaches will help you find new ways to move beyond feelings of powerlessness and discomfort, and allow for utopian thinking. 

 

 

Schulhäusl , Schulhäusl
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09:00 - 12:00 The Elephant in the Room: Goodbye, Cognitive Dissonance
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Noon
Connecting Women*
120

As part of the EFA World of Women* initiative, EFA is taking extra efforts to encourage female* contributors, both in programming and participation. Every day, from the Europe in the World Days to the Austria in Europe Days, one dedicated hour will be hosted by women* engaged in EFA’s broader network, which offers the opportunity to connect, reflect, and take action.

 

// INFO: To ensure a focused and engaging experience, we won't be providing any catering. Participants are, however, free to order lunch and beverages at their own cost. //

 

 

Gasthaus Jakober , Gasthaus Jakober - Speisesaal
12:00 - 14:00 Connecting Women*
EFA Connects: Get to Know each Other over Lunch
120

If you don’t feel like having lunch by yourself or if you are interested in meeting fellow EFA participants, take a seat at one of the EFA Connects tables around lunchtime. We look forward to seeing you make connections. EFA Connects tables are located in Erste Lounge at CCA, and at the restaurants Jakober and Berghof. The tables are marked by little EFA flags. 

 

12:00 - 14:00 EFA Connects: Get to Know each Other over Lunch
Brown Bag Lunch - Media Partner
English 60

Join and discuss with us current and most important topics.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Flora-Heiss-Rogger Saal
12:30 - 13:30 Brown Bag Lunch - Media Partner
Alpbach IDEAS Infopoint
English 60

Welcome to the Alpbach IDEAS Infopoint, a dedicated space during the lunch break, where potential participants of the Alpbach IDEAS programme can gather information and engage in conversations on ideas for a more democratic and sustainable Europe. This daily event offers the opportunity to learn more about the Alpbach IDEAS programme and process, and exchange ideas with experts on specific topics.  

 

Volksschule , Volksschule Erdgeschoß Turnsaal
12:30 - 13:30 Alpbach IDEAS Infopoint
Afternoon
Harnessing AI in the Service of Democracy
English 150

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, there is growing interest in leveraging its capabilities to enhance democratic processes and governance. We aim to nurture a nuanced understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with harnessing AI in the service of democracy and of its potential for improving democratic engagement. Join the dialogue on best practices, ethical considerations and policy implications.

//INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Vorplatz
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14:00 - 16:30 Harnessing AI in the Service of Democracy
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Making Pension Systems Fit for the Future
English 150

Global demographic changes, such as declining birth rates and increasing life expectancy, are challenging the sustainability of many European pension systems. Explore how successful pension models can provide valuable lessons. It is critical to act now and implement policies that ensure a secure future for all, preventing old-age poverty for future generations. //INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water.

 

Ort Alpbach , Buswendeplatz
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14:00 - 16:30 Making Pension Systems Fit for the Future
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The Future of Multilateralism
English 90

The world is far from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Extreme poverty and hunger are increasing, violent conflicts are multiplying and global emissions are at their highest levels ever. In September, the UN will convene a “Summit of the Future” to reinvigorate multilateralism. How should the system be adapted to better meet current challenges? Hear perspectives from different countries, and share your ideas for the future of multilateralism. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Flora-Heiss-Rogger Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 The Future of Multilateralism
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Engaging the Private Sector for the Social Good
English 90

Businesses are pivotal to Europe’s social contract, driving growth and innovation while impacting societal well-being. Despite public mistrust of their profit-led motives, their capacity for rapid, scalable innovation is undeniable. Explore how governments and the EU can harness this potential for the social good, rethinking interactions between the private sector, public institutions, and citizens to forge a new relationship.

Ort Alpbach , Feuerwehrhaus
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14:00 - 15:30 Engaging the Private Sector for the Social Good
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New African-European Ambition: Ways Forward in Energy, Climate and Tech
90

Africa and Europe have the unique opportunity to work together in the context of emerging tools and technologies and to co-create climate and energy policy solutions. Those have to be just and effective for both sides on the path towards climate neutrality. Leading policy makers, activists and experts discuss the ambitions, potentials and hurdles the African-European partnership is facing. 

Hotel Post , Hotel Post - Seminarraum
14:00 - 15:30 New African-European Ambition: Ways Forward in Energy, Climate and Tech
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The End of the World as We Know It: Big Oil’s Final Countdown
English 90

If the global community is to be true to its commitments, carbon emissions need to be reduced by at least 45 % globally and by at least 55 % EU-wide by 2030. Fossil fuel use and production need to be scaled down, yet the industry remains heavily subsidised. It is time to explore the most effective ways of bringing movement into the stuck system of ‘big oil’ power. What can (shareholder) activism, (financial) regulation, investment stewardship, or other actors achieve? 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 The End of the World as We Know It: Big Oil’s Final Countdown
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“Hip Hope” – Reimagining the Future in the Balkans
90

The Western Balkans continues to find itself mired in a stagnant status quo, trapped in traditional diplomatic discourse, without ideas to forge a path forward. This deadlock necessitates a fresh infusion of perspectives, essential for breaking through the barriers that obstruct regional advancement. These perspectives exist and must be brought to light; they need to free the Balkans from the despair and inertia that have held it captive for far too long. 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
14:00 - 15:30 “Hip Hope” – Reimagining the Future in the Balkans
Dem
Sparking Connections: a Network Format
60

This networking format is for those who want to make new acquaintances. Regardless of whether you are attending the EFA for the first time or have been a participant for years: Our moderators will skilfully break the ice and ensure that connections spark.  

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Europa Foyer
16:00 - 17:00 Sparking Connections: a Network Format
Finding Common Ground in a Polarised World
English 60

Against the backdrop of growing polarisation, the complexity of national identities, diverse cultures and opposing ideologies, ways must be found for meaningful dialogue and common ground. How can we bridge divides in politics and society? Can shared values or goals serve as a foundation?

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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17:00 - 18:00 Finding Common Ground in a Polarised World
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Financing the Green Transition: Who Is Going to Pay the Bill?
English 60

The transition that lies ahead is unprecedented. Achieving a climate-neutral economy requires political commitment as well as substantial investment and rapid action. It is vital to ensure a just and equitable transition for all stakeholders, leaving no one behind. Explore how to unlock the necessary investment, both from the EU and national public sectors, and from the private sector.

 

//INFO: The session will begin with the short film Afterlives (Michael Heindl, AT 2022, 3:27 min), offering an artistic perspective on the topic of discussion.

 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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17:00 - 18:00 Financing the Green Transition: Who Is Going to Pay the Bill?
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Evening
Into the Silence: Evening Ritual
30

A place of calm: Spiritual impulses from various religious and philosophical backgrounds invite you to contemplate and reflect. Inspiring initiators tell their stories, take you on a journey of the mind and initiate moments of genuine stillness. 

 

Ort Alpbach , Kirche
18:30 - 19:00 Into the Silence: Evening Ritual
Talent Forum
90

Get inspired for your future career or maybe secure your next job at an exciting company. Talent Forum offers all attendees holders the opportunity to get in touch and network with leading companies from Austria and Europe in an uncomplicated way. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and find your new professional challenge.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
18:30 - 20:00 Talent Forum
To Grow or Not to Grow: The Path Towards a Climate-Positive Economy
English 60

The negative social, emotional and environmental consequences of our current model of economic growth are becoming ever more evident. Planetary resources are finite and emissions from production and consumption steadily increase. What model works best to achieve economic, social and planetary wellbeing? Hear three visions and challenge the speakers with your questions. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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18:30 - 19:30 To Grow or Not to Grow: The Path Towards a Climate-Positive Economy
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DIVES / Tonica Hunter
210

Dancing in the parking garage - join us for an unforgettable evening with a concert and DJ set: 

The Viennese band DIVES met at a music camp for women, inter and trans people in 2015. They have since perfected their brand of stirring multivocal indiepop with DYI vibes, characterised by lyrics about everyday sexism and self care, friendship and summer nights.

 

As a DJ Tonica Hunter has founded collectives and events and DJ'd at many festivals and cultural spaces. Hunter describes their sound as a merger of their Jamaican roots, their London upbringing and their ties to Africa as a member of the Diaspora - as well as the navigation of those identities.


DOORS: 19:30 
DIVES: 20:00
TONICA HUNTER: 21:00 
 

Spar Markt , Spar Tiefgarage
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19:30 - 23:00 DIVES / Tonica Hunter
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Art
The 18th Annual Speakers Night at the European Forum Alpbach
105

Speakers Night is the popular public speaking contest; a platform for scholarship holders to showcase their oratorical skills on the big stage. The format offers a select group of bright young minds the ideal opportunity to share their ideas and perspectives on a pre-determined topic with a larger audience, all while receiving valuable feedback from a distinguished panel. 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
20:15 - 22:00 The 18th Annual Speakers Night at the European Forum Alpbach

Monday, 26. August

Starting times
Early morning
Sunrise Hike: Gratlspitz
300

Rise and shine: Enjoy the first rays of sunshine on the top of Alpbach. Experience this special atmosphere and start your day energised! 
 
 //INFO: The hike is not recommended for beginners! Attention: 900 metres in elevation gain!
Please wear hiking boots, bring water and possibly a small snack. If you have a head torch available, please bring it with you. Participation at your own risk! 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Vorplatz
04:00 - 09:00 Sunrise Hike: Gratlspitz
Morning Sports: Functional Fitness
60

Start the day with a boost of energy! The trainers of the Austrian Armed Forces will get you sweating with military functional fitness on the forecourt of the CCA - an ideal way to recover from stress and prevent burnout or illness. 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Vorplatz
07:00 - 08:00 Morning Sports: Functional Fitness
Into the Silence: Morning Ritual
30

A place of calm: Spiritual impulses from various religious and philosophical backgrounds invite you to contemplate and reflect. Inspiring initiators tell their stories, take you on a journey of the mind and initiate moments of genuine stillness. 

Ort Alpbach , Kirche
08:00 - 08:30 Into the Silence: Morning Ritual
Morning Briefing
English 50

Start your Alpbach day well-informed: our Morning Briefings give you a daily overview of EFA24’s most important news and insights. Listen to exciting interviews and meet with inspirational speakers and panelists!

Schulhäusl , Schulhäusl
08:00 - 08:50 Morning Briefing
Morning
EU Enlargement: A New Chapter or Old Wine in New Bottles?
English 90

The war in Ukraine has brought a new sense of urgency to the EU enlargement process. The European Council opened accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova. Now comes the hard part, as the candidate countries in the Western Balkans know only too well. We will discuss what Ukraine and Moldova can learn from their experiences and what impact the new momentum driven by Ukraine has on the enlargement process in the Western Balkans and in general. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Flora-Heiss-Rogger Saal
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09:00 - 10:30 EU Enlargement: A New Chapter or Old Wine in New Bottles?
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Rethinking Work in the Age of AI & Automation
English 180

Digital technologies have fundamentally changed the way businesses operate and people interact. While many jobs will be lost along the way, many more will be created and almost all will be transformed. What will the future of work look like? Discuss how policy makers, companies and societies can ensure that workers acquire the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing labour market. //INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water.

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Vorplatz
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09:00 - 12:00 Rethinking Work in the Age of AI & Automation
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Youth as Catalysts for Change
English 180

Young people are increasingly powerful agents of change, driving innovative solutions and advocating for progressive policies on a global scale. We aim to illuminate the pivotal role of youth in shaping policies worldwide, exploring their diverse contributions – such as involving first-time voters or training other young change-makers – and charting pathways for meaningful youth engagement in decision-making processes.

//INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water.

Ort Alpbach , Buswendeplatz
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09:00 - 12:00 Youth as Catalysts for Change
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Resilience Against a Backlash: Maintaining Momentum for Climate Action
English 180

There will either be a just transition or no transition at all – This is a statement that is often heard. Particularly in times of (anticipated) backsliding on climate action, it is crucial that a) the transition is designed by taking everyone’s needs and interests into account, and b) polarising voices do not dominate the discourse. In this workshop you will explore arguments and policies that really work in addressing the trilemma of social justice, democratic participation and climate action holistically and that support society in unearthing aspiration from grievances.

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
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09:00 - 12:00 Resilience Against a Backlash: Maintaining Momentum for Climate Action
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Energy Beyond Borders: Industry Partnerships for a Sustainable Future
180

Envision a future where sustainable energy powers Europe’s industry. Explore how partnerships between industry, green energy producers, and public stakeholders are tackling climate challenges and enhance economies along with innovations such as cross-border Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Join us to shape Europe’s energy future and drive collective action towards a greener future. 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Terrasse
09:00 - 12:00 Energy Beyond Borders: Industry Partnerships for a Sustainable Future
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Let's Call a Spade a Spade: What the EU Needs to Do to Get Things Right.
90

Which role does Europe play globally? What does the continent's future potential consist of? Do the EU's values (still) have a role in the age of BigTech and AI? How do we address the megatrends that shape our times: demographics, climate change, inequality, and globalization? This panel offers diverse range of views, but with one common denominator: the belief that Europe's best days are yet to come!

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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09:00 - 10:30 Let's Call a Spade a Spade: What the EU Needs to Do to Get Things Right.
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Instigated Contact
180

New, unusual encounters are made possible through surprising methods and dynamic interactions in changing locations. You’ll dare to ask questions, give compliments and cause conditions to dance. The open exchange with each other, which is used as a key tool for practising democracy, encourages sustainable connections. 

 

Schulhäusl , Schulhäusl
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09:00 - 12:00 Instigated Contact
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Noon
Connecting Women*
120

As part of the EFA World of Women* initiative, EFA is taking extra efforts to encourage female* contributors, both in programming and participation. Every day, from the Europe in the World Days to the Austria in Europe Days, one dedicated hour will be hosted by women* engaged in EFA’s broader network, which offers the opportunity to connect, reflect, and take action.

 

// INFO: To ensure a focused and engaging experience, we won't be providing any catering. Participants are, however, free to order lunch and beverages at their own cost. //

 

 

Gasthaus Jakober , Gasthaus Jakober - Speisesaal
12:00 - 14:00