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Chats on the Schedule 2023

Sunday, 25. August

Starting times
Afternoon
“Hip Hope” – Reimagining the Future in the Balkans
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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
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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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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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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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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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Monday, 26. August

Starting times
Afternoon
The Geopolitics of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)
90

Central Banks around the globe are developing Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). This could challenge the current dollar-based system. A single CBDC may have an enormous standard-setting effect. If the digital euro becomes the standard-setter on its promise of privacy, Europe could regain ownership of its financial infrastructure, increase competitiveness and change geopolitical positions.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
14:00 - 15:30 The Geopolitics of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)
Imagining Green, Sustainable and Regenerative Cities
90

The session will visualise greener urban landscapes, focusing on transforming urban spaces globally to ensure a sustainable and livable future. The discussion delves into the practical realisation of these concepts, aiming to create environmentally sustainable urban environments that are well-prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 Imagining Green, Sustainable and Regenerative Cities
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State-Sponsored Disinformation and the Dangers to Electoral Integrity
English 90

In this historic election year, we are confronted with the multifaceted challenges posed by state-sponsored disinformation more than ever before. This includes voter manipulation and defamation campaigns. Explore the learnings we can draw from these attacks on electoral integrity and identify strategies to best protect the democratic electoral process of the future.

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 State-Sponsored Disinformation and the Dangers to Electoral Integrity
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US vs. EU Green Tech Race: How to Work Together?
English 90

The US and the EU are both pushing their green industries, but they are taking different approaches. The recent US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) sent a clear message that green technology is a profitable industry. This has raised concerns in Europe that companies will choose to invest in the US rather than in Europe. What can Europe learn from the US to unlock private investment in clean technologies and which opportunities for cooperation exist?

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 US vs. EU Green Tech Race: How to Work Together?
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Unpacking the Role of Packaging & Circularity Towards a Climate Neutral Europe
90

Consumers encounter packaging every day. Packaging plays a major role in preserving the valuable content inside but also for the ecological perception by consumers. A transformation towards more circularity and less environmental impact is necessary. The discussion will explore how packaging design has already changed and will have to change over the next half decade to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals, especially in the context of policy regulation. 

Hotel Böglerhof , Böglerhof - Fichtensaal
14:00 - 15:30 Unpacking the Role of Packaging & Circularity Towards a Climate Neutral Europe
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Joining Forces for 1.5 Degrees
English 60

The more the global community delays its climate actions, the more drastic they will have to be. At the same time, disasters and looming crises unite individuals and organisations to achieve the previously unthinkable. What are moonshot moments of transformation that will bring global climate goals on track in the imminent future? How can we redesign our social and economic systems to prioritise sustainability, regeneration, and resilience in face of the risk of missing the 1.5-degree target? 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Flora-Heiss-Rogger Saal
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17:00 - 18:00 Joining Forces for 1.5 Degrees
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Tuesday, 27. August

Starting times
Morning
(Re-)Creating Affordable Housing in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
90

While affordable housing models thrive in Austria, they have almost ceased to exist in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where the vast majority of the population lives in their own dwelling. Following a recent surge in real estate prices, flats in the region’s major cities have become the most expensive in the European Union, posing a real challenge, especially for the younger generation. We’ll delve into the strategies to leverage Austria’s experience in creating new ways towards affordable housing in CEE. 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
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10:00 - 11:30 (Re-)Creating Affordable Housing in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
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Alpbach Talks
90

Talking brings people together. The pursuit of a “moment of truth” demands lively discussions, contrasting views, and an exchange of ideas. Bold perspectives are encouraged! By answering five questions, you are matched with a thought-provoking discussion partner and engage in a spirited one-to-one discussion aimed at providing both participants with new insights. Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover that you and your discussion partner have more in common than you’d initially thought? At the very least, you’ll leave with new perspectives.

 

// Please arrive on time to avoid missing the “matching” of participants, as this only occurs once. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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10:30 - 12:00 Alpbach Talks
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Wednesday, 28. August

Starting times
Morning
Aging Europe: Ensuring Prosperity, Advancing Innovation
English 90

The demographic shift affects all of Europe. As the population ages rapidly, the number of people in the working-age group decreases. The challenge lies in maintaining prosperity, financing social systems, and promoting innovation. Representatives from politics, business, and academia discuss solutions and explore how migration can be beneficial for both sides. 

Hotel Böglerhof , Böglerhof - Fichtensaal
09:00 - 10:30 Aging Europe: Ensuring Prosperity, Advancing Innovation
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Europe, Believe in Yourself! Ideas to Advance Society
English 90

We have the European Parliament elections behind us and Austria’s national elections ahead. Now’s the time for a realistic analysis of the status quo. If we want to ensure our continued prosperity, we need a competitive business environment within a strong Europe. Prioritizing industrial policies and fostering a robust capital market must no longer be seen as alien concepts. What concrete ideas can move us forward as a society?

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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09:00 - 10:30 Europe, Believe in Yourself! Ideas to Advance Society
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Back on Track: Democratic Backsliding and the Challenge of Re-Democratisation
English 90
With democratic norms in a worldwide decline, the consequences of this erosion have to be recognised and democratic success stories, such as the case of Poland, have to be appreciated and learnings adopted. We build an understanding of the signs and steps of democratic backsliding, and examine the challenge of re-democratisation, most notably restoring checks and balances and media freedom. 
Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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09:00 - 10:30 Back on Track: Democratic Backsliding and the Challenge of Re-Democratisation
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What will the EU get from the accession of Ukraine?
90

What will the EU get from the accession of Ukraine? Discuss the benefits  from Ukraine’s accession despite the cost incurred. Current estimates suggest that Ukraine’s membership will be bearable for the EU budget, even given the war uncertainty. Ukraine will enhance the EU in the fields of military, energy, agriculture, pharmacy, and IT. 

Hotel Post , Hotel Post - Seminarraum
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10:00 - 11:30 What will the EU get from the accession of Ukraine?
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Afternoon
Digital Bridges: Reaching the Marginalized
90

Marginalisation is multidimensional. It includes poverty but also entails a lack of capacity to participate in vital parts of social, economic and cultural life. To reconnect and include this group of people, as society we must innovate our approaches to communication and information, as well as redesign social services. How can we centre our efforts around the needs of marginalised groups? Can digitalisation bridge these divides and foster true inclusion?

Ort Alpbach , Feuerwehrhaus
14:00 - 15:30 Digital Bridges: Reaching the Marginalized
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Stories Of Transformation – How We Cope With Fundamental Change
90

Artificial intelligence, climate change: Fundamental changes are forcing us to learn and to adapt – at work, in business and in shaping our society. The experiences of our speakers and guests help us to better understand: How do they deal with fundamental change? Which transformations push them to their limits? Which ones do they see as opportunities? 

Hotel Post , Hotel Post - Seminarraum
14:00 - 15:30 Stories Of Transformation – How We Cope With Fundamental Change
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Demographic Change and Affordable Pensions: Challenges and Prospects
90

The birth rate is falling, the proportion of older people is rising: Europe and Austria are facing enormous demographic change. These developments are accompanied by new trends and ever-increasing employee mobility. Against this backdrop, the following questions arise: Are European pension systems fit for the future? Are they able to maintain their promise of benefits? Are the social systems keeping pace here? This is a discussion on necessary measures and how politicians can drive forward bold changes despite concerns about votes. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
14:00 - 15:30 Demographic Change and Affordable Pensions: Challenges and Prospects
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Green Transformation: Role of Banks, Asset Managers & Businesses
90

The green transformation requires joint efforts of banks, asset managers, businesses, and the public sector to redesign our economy. Central aspects include identifying prerequisites, determining actions from stakeholders and understanding financing and the associated costs. The discussion will revolve around the role of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and around the circular economy.

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 Green Transformation: Role of Banks, Asset Managers & Businesses
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Regenerative Agriculture: Debunking an Imaginary Conflict
English 90

Productivity and sustainability are often played off against each other, and so are the interests of the agricultural production system and the natural ecosystem. Hear from actors from the agri-food value chain who have come together across their individual industry silos to transform the system towards a regenerative agriculture. Find out which systemic shifts generate a shared vision among initially unlikely allies.

INFO: Join us for an optional hike after the session to exchange ideas on how you can transfer learnings from the session to your own field of action. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Flora-Heiss-Rogger Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 Regenerative Agriculture: Debunking an Imaginary Conflict
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How Trust runs the World
90

Trust in business, politics and media is the basis for our coexistence in a society. Trust is necessary to maintain international relations, to strengthen democracy and to enable companies to operate successfully. In times of loss of trust, the following question arises: How can trust be (re)established? 

Hotel Böglerhof , Böglerhof - Fichtensaal
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14:00 - 15:30 How Trust runs the World
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Let Others Wage War For You, Thou, Happy Austria, Stay Neutral?
English 90

According to a poll, 72 % of Austrians expect other EU members to defend them in case of a military attack, but only 14 % say that Austria should support other EU members with armed troops. This attitude is also reflected in statements from government officials and could lead to Austria’s isolation. Time for an honest discussion about the tension between neutrality and solidarity and the consequences for Austrian security policy.

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Herz-Kremenak-Saal
14:00 - 15:30 Let Others Wage War For You, Thou, Happy Austria, Stay Neutral?
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European Defence: Investing More, Better and European
English 60

In the ongoing war of attrition, Ukraine’s ability to defend itself against Russia’s attacks depends on Western military assistance. However, US support is stalling and could be further reduced after the elections. This gap has to be filled by European countries which also have to replenish their own arsenals. How can Europe make better use of the potential of its defence industry and deliver what is needed? 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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17:00 - 18:00 European Defence: Investing More, Better and European
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Thursday, 29. August

Starting times
Afternoon
How to Govern AI in Austria
90

Securing prosperity, seizing opportunities, shaping the future – What is the Austrian strategy for a regulatory framework and successful implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in business, society and administration?

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
14:00 - 15:30 How to Govern AI in Austria
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The Incoming European Commission's Agenda on Delivering the Green Transition
English 90

Quantum computing promises to disrupt industries and unleash breakthroughs at an unprecedented speed. It is believed to tackle problems beyond imagination – from secure communications to new levels of computing that could bring us life-saving drugs in record time, improved AI performance, and optimised financial markets. But with great power comes great responsibility. Will quantum computing be the key to solving humanity’s greatest challenges, and what could be the unforeseen consequences? 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Flora-Heiss-Rogger Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 The Incoming European Commission's Agenda on Delivering the Green Transition
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Confronting Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Europe
English 90

In recent years, Europe has witnessed a concerning resurgence of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, threatening the fabric of pluralistic societies and undermining the principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The origins, proliferation and impact on society at large and on communities across the continent are explored, seeking effective methods to confront these forms of stereotyping, prejudices and hatred.

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Liechtenstein-Hayek-Saal
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14:00 - 15:30 Confronting Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Europe
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Quantum Computing: The Next Superpower?
English 60

As Europe moves towards climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission needs to support EU Member States in implementing reforms that support the green transition and contribute to the achievement of the Green Deal. What are the key priorities and potential stumbling blocks for the new Commission? Find out how citizens, businesses and stakeholders can contribute to the success of the green transition. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Schrödinger-Saal
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17:00 - 18:00 Quantum Computing: The Next Superpower?
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