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Explore ideas on the go. Walk, listen and debate in inspirational surroundings which stimulate both mind and senses.


Hikes on the Schedule 2023

Sunday, 25. August

Starting times
Morning
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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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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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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Cli
Fin

Monday, 26. August

Starting times
Morning
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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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
Cli

Wednesday, 28. August

Starting times
Morning
Disunited in Diversity: What Role for the EU in the Middle East?
English 180

Unlike in the case of the war in Ukraine, the EU has not been able to speak with one voice regarding the war in Gaza. Member states have been criticised for applying double standards regarding the two conflicts. How does this affect Europe’s credibility in the Middle East and beyond and what role can the EU play in fostering a sustainable peace? //INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water. 

Ort Alpbach , Buswendeplatz
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09:00 - 12:00 Disunited in Diversity: What Role for the EU in the Middle East?
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Shifting Paradigms: Use the Power of Your Personal Climate Handprint
English 180

The escalating climate crisis demands urgent action from as many people as possible. However, when it comes to climate action, many people feel powerless, overwhelmed, and frustrated. Framings that individualise responsibility, along with finger-pointing and blame-games, lead to guilt, repression, and inactivity. We will explore how the term “carbon footprint” has contributed to provoking this situation and how each of us can contribute to positive change effectively by applying the climate handprint concept. //INFO: Bring hiking shoes and sufficient water. 

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Vorplatz
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09:00 - 12:00 Shifting Paradigms: Use the Power of Your Personal Climate Handprint
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Cli
Vienna New Deal - Prospects for a Climate-Friendly Future
English 180

The climate crisis affects us in many ways and leads to dystopian visions of the future. The Vienna New Deal aims to counteract this and show prospects for a socio-ecological transformation. To this end, strategies for change will be developed that focus on the common good and climate protection and blueprint for a climate-friendly future, in which all people can lead a good life within the planetary boundaries. 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Terrasse
09:00 - 12:00 Vienna New Deal - Prospects for a Climate-Friendly Future
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Afternoon
Understand Forces of Nature, Experience Disaster Prevention
150

Torrent and avalanche control ensures the sustainable fulfilment of protection against natural hazards in rural regions. During this practical excursion, participants will gain an insight into the implementation of disaster prevention in Austria and neighbouring countries, visit protective structures and experience how natural disasters are dealt with in a simulation game example. 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Terrasse
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14:00 - 16:30 Understand Forces of Nature, Experience Disaster Prevention
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Stop, Look and Listen: Sensing Nature
English 150

Conserving biodiversity and our ecosystem for the future requires respect for and a deeper understanding of the natural world – and it all starts with listening and looking intently. Learn to reconnect more deeply with your environment and your fellow beings by experimenting with sound and found material. Immerse yourself in the sensory environment of the local forest. 
 
//INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water. 

Schulhäusl , Schulhäusl
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14:00 - 16:30 Stop, Look and Listen: Sensing Nature
Art
Cli
Europe’s Scale-Up Challenge: How to Grow Up in Europe?
English 150

European innovation thrives at the start-up level, yet many promising ventures often stumble at the scale-up stage compared to their US and Scandinavian counterparts. Join an interactive discussion on the financing bottlenecks that European entrepreneurs face when trying to scale up their businesses and find ways to foster a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that unlocks Europe’s investment potential. //INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water.

 

Congress Centrum Alpbach , CCA Vorplatz
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14:00 - 16:30 Europe’s Scale-Up Challenge: How to Grow Up in Europe?
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Fin
Addressing the Paradox: Demographic Trends vs. Migration Fears
English 150

Europe's population is ageing, labour markets are evolving and the demand for immigrant labour grows accordingly. Yet concerns and anxieties about migration persist. Join us as we navigate this paradox and examine how societies and governments can strike a balance between tackling demographic imperatives and addressing fears about immigration.

 

//INFO: Bring hiking shoes and water.

Ort Alpbach , Buswendeplatz
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14:00 - 16:30 Addressing the Paradox: Demographic Trends vs. Migration Fears
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Thursday, 29. August

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