The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business, and culture. Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach and our events throughout the year address the relevant socio-political questions of our time.

The European Forum Alpbach’s events and its network of scholarship holders create an interdisciplinary platform for effective socio-political dialogue. Through its work, the European Forum Alpbach also functions as an interactive and open think tank and provides inspiration for societal debate.



Speakers and participants from all parts of the world, from science, economics and politics, experts, decision-makers and students, come together in Alpbach to discuss current issues and to formulate interdisciplinary solutions.


The open character of the events promotes a climate of tolerance for different opinions and contributes to overcoming national, ideological and disciplinary boundaries in a peaceful manner.

Now, more than 5,000 people from over 65 countries follow every year our invitation to participate in the European Forum Alpbach. The Forum is open to all those who are interested, and the events are held in German or in English.

The program of the European Forum Alpbach is divided into the following main parts:

Seminar Week

The Alpbach Seminar Week constitutes the traditional academic part of the European Forum Alpbach. The topics of the seminars range from biology, chemistry, and medicine to political science, sociology, and economics as well as literature and art history. Current issues are analyzed theoretically, theories are elucidated through practical examples.


Each seminar is taught by two renowned researchers who make sure to keep the lectures and discussions accessible to lay people. This way, physicists may discover their enthusiasm for English literature, economists can take on anthropology as a hobby, etc.

Alpbach Symposia

The Symposia are organized as self-contained conferences of two to three days’ duration which take place consecutively during the course of the European Forum Alpbach. They each focus on a different subject area: In addition to the Health, the Political and the Economic Symposia and the Technology Forum, the program today offers the Law Symposium, the Financial Market Symposium.

In addition to the symposia, the Forum offers shorter events of a similar format, such as the Tyrol Day, Artists in Discourse and a Higher Education Symposium.



The Forum Alpbach Network (FAN) was founded in Alpbach and commits itself to the same values as the European Forum Alpbach. Yet FAN is independent organizations, which are active in their societies throughout the year.

FAN is a network of over 30 independent Clubs in over 20 countries, which were founded by former participants of the Forum. All of these are run by students and young professionals and are acknowledged as associate members of the European Forum Alpbach. Each of the Clubs organizes independently its scholarship program and local activities throughout the year.

FAN also fosters regional and international dialogue and cooperation. They bring "Alpbach spirit" to people outside of Alpbach and stimulate public debate through various events and activities, such as workshops, world cafés, summer schools, conferences, panel discussions, lectures, etc.

Visit the website of the Forum Alpbach Network for more information.

Liberty and Security is the general topic of the European Alpbach Forum 2019.

To find more about the EFA's programs 2019 click here.

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