European Forum Alpbach

The European Forum Alpbach (EFA) is an Austrian nonprofit organisation and foundation based in Vienna, Austria. It is best known for hosting the event of the same name in the village of Alpbach. It is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture with its mission cited as "connecting international decision-makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people".

European Forum Alpbach
Formation1945; 78 years ago (1945) (as International Summer Seminars)
FounderOtto Molden, Simon Moser
TypeNonprofit organisation and Foundation
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Official language
English, German
Andreas Treichl
Secretary General
Feri Thierry
Key people
  • Michaela Fritz
  • Florence Gaub
  • Katja Gentinetta
  • Katarzyna Pisarska
  • Marie Ringler


The forum was founded in 1945 as "International College Weeks" by Otto Molden, who had been active in the Austrian resistance movement, and Simon Moser.[1] Nowadays, more than 4,000 people from over 70 countries accept the invitation to participate in the European Forum Alpbach each year. Participation is open to all interested parties. The events are held in the small village of Alpbach.

Event ProgrammeEdit

The event in August is divided into several main parts. As of 2022 the programme is centred around the following four thematic tracks:

  • The Climate Opportunity
  • Securing Europe's Future in a Globalised World
  • The Financing of Europe’s Future
  • The Future of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe

The programme structure introduced in 2022 consists of two weeks: the Conference Week and the Lab Week. The Alpbach Seminars (formerly called Seminar Week) constitutes the core programme for scholarship holders and takes place during the whole event. Alpbach in Motion is a three-days summit, being held also within the framework of the European Forum Alpbach. The event offers different formats – from seminars to workshop, hikes, discussion etc.

Accompanying the programme of the European Forum Alpbach throughout is a comprehensive schedule of arts and culture. In exhibitions, concerts and lectures, young artists in particular are offered the opportunity to present their work to the public. There are also the spontaneously organised fireside chats in which sensitive issues can be openly discussed with well-known personalities.

In past years, the programme also included other formats like symposia, a seminar week, Alpbach summer school courses or an Alpbach media academy.



Forum Alpbach Network (FAN) - Initiative groups and clubsEdit

European Forum Alpbach at the Belgrade Law School (Serbia)

Former scholarship holders of the European Forum Alpbach founded initiative groups and clubs in more than 30 countries around the world (mostly in Central and Eastern Europe) in order to work together for the constant advancement of the forum. These groups and clubs promote the spirit of Alpbach in their home countries and universities and organise interdisciplinary events and lectures. They are considered to be sister organisations of the forum and most of them are giving out annual scholarships for students to attend the European Forum Alpbach.

Among others, there are initiative groups in Armenia (Yerevan), Albania (Tirana), Austria (Graz, Linz and Vienna), Belgium (Brussels), Bosnia-Herzegovina (Sarajevo), Bulgaria (Sofia), France (Paris), Germany (Berlin and Cologne), Hungary (Budapest), Kosovo (Pristina), Macedonia (Skopje), Moldova (Chişinău), Montenegro (Podgorica), Poland (Warsaw), Serbia (Belgrade), Romania (Bucharest) and Ukraine (Kyiv, Lviv). Clubs exist in Austria (Burgenland, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Upper Austria, Vienna and Vorarlberg), Austria (Klagenfurt) / Italy / Slovenia (Senza Confini), Bulgaria, Croatia (Zagreb), Czech Republic, Greece, Italy (South Tyrol and Trentino), Liechtenstein, Middle East, Russia (Moscow), Serbia (Belgrade) and UK (London).

African Alpbach Network (AAN)Edit

The African Alpbach Network was founded in 2019 and consists of more than 70 members from more than ten African countries.

Alpbach in Motion Alumni ClubEdit

Alpbach in Motion (AIM) is a three-day summit taking place during the European Forum Alpbach. The AIM programme connects up to 40 emerging leaders from various business backgrounds. It aims to encourage its participants to strengthen Europe by bringing change and new ways of acting into their industries and networks. Former participants of the programme founded an alumni club that exchanges and organises events on a regular basis.

Past speakersEdit


  1. ^ "About the European Forum Alpbach". Retrieved 21 March 2022.

External linksEdit

  Media related to European Forum Alpbach at Wikimedia Commons