About the EFA
135 nationalities were represented
283 total numbers of sessions (63 hybrid, 160 online, 58 on-site)
145 pro bono programme curators
The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Since 1945, we have dedicated ourselves to addressing the relevant socio-political issues of our time within the framework of the annual Forum in Alpbach and other events throughout the year.
We bring together international decision-makers from various backgrounds, an interested audience, and dedicated young people. We create a platform for a dialogue which is intergenerational, ideological and moves across borders.
We are committed to a sustainable, democratic society and to stimulate impulses for the further development of European integration with our events.
Every year the Forum Alpbach brings together a broad mixture of attendees. Politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and opinion leaders of all kinds get in touch with scholarship holders from around 100 different countries. The Forum is constantly striving for increasing internationalisation and diversification of its participants. The European Forum Alpbach is intended to be a place for all people who, once a year, want to take a healthy dose of hope for a more peaceful and sustainable world.
The “Village of Thinkers” is the meeting place for those who enjoy contemplating, founding and planning about how we can achieve a better life for everyone. Visitors of Alpbach do all of this together, every year, surrounded by the impressive Tyrolean mountain landscape – making the Forum much more than a conference. In Alpbach, acquaintances and friendships are made, sometimes for life. For the Forum Alpbach there is nothing more valuable than to make a small contribution to the development of great ideas and endeavors.
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, of relevance, and programmed in line with our mission statement.
The EFA is managed by the Executive Board. The Scientific Advisory Board and the Advisory Committees are responsible for programming our events. The organising team ensures that all events and the scholarship programme are well coordinated. The Council and the General Assembly determine guidelines for the activities of the association and the programme design. The Steering Committee monitors the running activities, especially the preparation of the summer event in Alpbach. The voice of the numerous independent Alpbach alumni associations is represented via an elected coordination team in all committees of the European Forum Alpbach.
We are financed by participation fees, contributions by sponsors and, to a smaller extent, 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. Find the Annual Report 2020 here.
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
The honest answer is: The Forum Alpbach takes place in a mountain village with steep roads and will never be completely accessible for people with impaired mobility. The EFA is constantly striving to make improvements in terms of accessibility and to meet the needs of people with any disabilities as best as possible so that everyone can enjoy the Forum and take part in all events. For example, there is a pick-up service from the accommodation for physically handicapped persons. We are always open to suggestions in this regard.
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Professional and appropriate behaviour is expected of staff, members and participants of the Forum at all times and places during the Forum events. The EFA has drawn up a Code of Conduct in this respect, which applies to all Forum members and participants. Furthermore, there is a separate ombudsperson whose purpose is to mediate in the event of violations.
More information here: Code of Conduct
Forum 2021 and Corona
Another year has come around and the Corona crisis is still accompanying us ito the European Forum Alpbach 2021. In 2020 for the first time ever in European Forum Alpbach’s 76-year history we had to host a conference as an online event; only very few were granted the privilege to attend the event in person. Thankfully though, our online conference did help us reach a broad audience. Conitinuing in times of great uncertainty there is an increased need for discussion about how to restart our lives after the pandemic. The Forum would like to meet this need again this year. In 2021, the EFA will take place as a real hybrid conference, integrating the following formats:
In accordance with the currently applicable safety regulations, we are happy to announce that from 18 August to 3 September we will hopefully be welcoming up to 1,000 on-site participants a day, including speakers, scholarship holders and cooperation partners. As health and safety remain our topmost priority, we have decided to limit the number of tickets available. This allows us to duly comply with all regulations and requirements to ensure a safe procedure on site.
What we can assure you right now is unlimited access to our digital conference. The majority of our programme contents will be available in hybrid format.
The security and health of all contributors at the Forum Alpbach have absolute priority. We are aware of the decisions of the Austrian Government regarding big events in the summer of 2021 and will strictly comply with these regulations. On site, the event will take place with necessary security measures with a greatly reduced number of attendees. Otherwise, the Forum will take place as a digital conference. Our focus will be to ensure distance and hygienic regulations and to not take any unnecessary risks. The Forum Alpbach is in constant exchange with the community of Alpbach and the local health institutions.
Similar to many others it is a financially and otherwise very challenging time. We do everything in our power to lead the Forum through these complicated times and to make responsible budgetary decisions. We acknowledge and appreciate those who remain connected to the Forum and offer their financial support. The Forum Alpbach is not any event, it is a mutual commitment to a better world and a better life for all. We feel assured that most of our partners share this vision, even in times of Corona.
Representatives of the governing parties are invited to the Forum just like in any other year. We kindly ask for your understanding that the federal government is faced with extraordinary challenges - not only in terms of planning schedules - in these difficult times. Find the programme here.
In accordance with the currently applicable safety regulations, we are happy to announce that from 18 August to 3 September we will be welcoming up to 1,000 on-site participants a day, including speakers, scholarship holders and cooperation partners. As health and safety remain our topmost priority, we have decided to limit the number of tickets available. This allows us to duly comply with all regulations and requirements to ensure a safe procedure on site.
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, which challenges the Forum Alpbach financially, it is not possible for us to offer events with free admission this year. This is also connected to the fact that regular participation in the Forum is strictly regulated to greatly reduced number of attendees.
Social Events can only be hosted as part of a partnership with the European Forum Alpbach. As the main organiser, we have a responsibility to ensure that current legal regulations and our own security and prevention concept are implemented. As a result, the organisation of social events must be planned in close coordination with us. If you are interested in hosting a social event, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The participation at any social event during the Forum in Alpbach requires registration for the respective symposium, to ensure the correct implementation of the current legal regulations and our own security and prevention concept. For further information regarding the on-site participation please have a look at the FAQs of Ticketing and Registration.
Unfortunately, in 2021 we cannot provide child care or a children’s programme in Alpbach. Children can come to Alpbach on the responsibility of their parents.
We gladly take your preferences into consideration and will try our best to fulfil your wish. We place great value in our loyal partners of the Tyrolian hotels, and want to see them going through this crisis the best way possible, in order to ensure to be able to serve you the following years. Out of solidarity to the small businesses in Alpbach, which heavily rely on congress tourism, the Forum has made advance reservations at almost all hotels and guesthouses in Alpbach this year so that no one goes away empty-handed. We ask for your understanding and can promise you in any case that you will get a room in Alpbach within walking distance of the Congress Centrum.
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