WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN FORUM ALPBACH, AND WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
The European Forum Alpbach brings together young people from Europe and from all over the world, leading scholars, thinkers, scientists, policy makers, business people and civil society actors to engage and contribute to this mission of shaping a stronger Europe for the good of all.
WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE OF THE EUROPEAN FORUM ALPBACH?
Alpbach is a place for those who want to change Europe for the better, and for those who can do it.
Our aim is to create inspirational experiences by connecting Europe’s next generation of leadership with the most innovative minds, decision-makers and experts from politics, economy, science, culture and civil society.
The various groups of attendees consist of invited contributors such as speakers and artists, partners, employees and volunteers of the organisational team, scholarship holders and ordinary participants.
WHO STANDS BEHIND THE EUROPEAN FORUM ALPBACH AND MAKES THE DECISIONS?
The European Forum Alpbach is a non-profit association based in Vienna, Austria. Our association is made up of numerous personalities who, with the exception of the organising team, work for the Forum Alpbach on a voluntary basis. They are involved in various committees and are committed to ensuring that our activities and events are of high quality and relevance as well as programmed in line with our mission statement.
The EFA is managed by the Executive Board. The organising team works on the programme and additionally ensures that all events and the scholarship programme are well coordinated. The Scientific Advisory as well as the International Advisory Board support programming our events. The Council and the General Assembly determine guidelines for the activities of the association and the programme design. The voice of the numerous independent Alpbach alumni associations is represented by an elected coordination team in all committees of the European Forum Alpbach.
HOW IS THE FORUM ALPBACH FINANCED?
We are financed by participation and member fees, contributions by sponsors and by public funds. Our non-profit private foundation is responsible for the scholarship programme which – with the help of private supporters – enables young people from all over the world to participate in the European Forum Alpbach each year.
Information on our finances can be found in the respective annual report of the Forum.
WHAT IS THE FORUM DOING FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT?
Green Meeting Alpbach is a project of the European Forum Alpbach and the Congress Centrum Alpbach. The aim is to make our event more sustainable and ecologically responsible. In July 2010, the European Forum Alpbach and the Congress Centrum Alpbach were the first events to be awarded the Austrian eco-label for Green Meetings.
Some of our measures are:
environmentally friendly prints (eco-label certified)
recycled office paper
use and recommendation of public transport and climate-neutral travel
direct free shuttle service to Wörgl train station and back with connection to the long-distance train service
evening free shuttle service from Alpbach to the accommodations
e-vehicles and hybrid models as vehicles
electric bike rental for our participants
catering with products from regional and organic production and fair-trade products
IS THE EVENT BARRIER-FREE?
The main venue - Congress Centrum Alpbach - is barrier-free. As the European Forum Alpbach takes place in a mountain village with steep
roads, we are constantly striving to meet all accessibility requirements in the
village and at all other venues. Most of our venues offer a high level of
accessibility and provide appropriate conditions for wheelchair users and
people with reduced mobility. However, the Hike format may be challenging
and/or infeasible in some areas for wheelchair users or people with mobility
impairments. Blind and visually impaired people, hearing impaired people and
people with any other accessibility requirements or questions are kindly
requested to contact our team to clarify appropriate accommodation and other facilities
beforehand to enable the most barrier-free access possible to the events they
would like to attend.
DOES THIS WEBSITE COMPLY WITH SCREEN READERS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE?
This website is built to help impaired people understand its content. This includes the use of high contrasts, understandable language and screen readability. The measures undertaken correspond to an AA certification. However, as the ticketshop is newly developed you may need assistance. We apologise for any technical challenges regarding the ticketshop. We are constantly working on improvements and therefore are pleased to receive your comments.
I REPRESENT A COMPANY AND WOULD LIKE TO BECOME A PARTNER OF THE FORUM: WHERE DO I GO?
We are very pleased about your interest in a cooperation. Please send your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN CASE OF HARASSMENT OR CONFLICTS, HOW DOES THE EFA REACT?
All participants of the EFA (including partners, scholarship holders, staff) agree to the EFA Code of Conduct. Professional and appropriate behaviour is expected of everyone at all times and places during the EFA. During the EFA, an ombudsperson (with no affiliation to EFA) is present and available to mediate in the event of any violations or conflicts. You can reach the EFA ombudsperson during the event via e-mail: email@example.com