The European Forum Alpbach

18th of August to 2nd of September 2023

The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary, international forum that has taken place annually in late summer in the small Tyrolean mountain village of Alpbach since 1945.

What makes the European Forum Alpbach special?
The people.

The molecular biologist meets the philosopher, the sociology student meets the banker, the researcher from Bucharest meets writers from Tokyo, the bartender meets the president. These encounters and the experience of how many new things people have to say to each other are what make Alpbach so special. What bridges the differences is unusual openness, broad interest, strong commitment.



Photo: Jannik Rakusa,  European Forum Alpbach

What makes the European Forum Alpbach special?
The interdisciplinary.

Talks on technology, environment and health, talks on the economic and financial market and policy making are some major headings of the forum. Contributions from the arts accompany the talks from the first to the last day: performances, readings, concerts, exhibitions. The aim is to bring together the fields of knowledge and to bring together different competencies, views and generations.



Photo: Maria Noisternig, European Forum Alpbach

What makes the European Forum Alpbach special?
The place.

In Alpbach there are a few steep roads, a proud traditional costume, some beautiful peaks, wonderful Kasnockn, questionable schnapps and an inn where everyone gets together in the evening. Everything is within walking distance, mountain and meadow are never far. Alpbach is an Austrian vacation village at its best, where an international congress of thinkers found itself. The closeness, the simplicity, the different: Alpbach helps thinking and meeting, it is the Tyrolean magic ingredient of the Forum.

Photo: Bogdan Baraghin, European Forum Alpbach

What makes the European Forum Alpbach special?
It’s history.

In 1945, young people from Austria, Germany, the USA, France and Switzerland gather and try to rethink Europe together. This is the birth of the European Forum Alpbach. This committed venture to approach others, against whose nations one’s own has just fought, is the legacy that the founders Otto Molden and Simon Moser have left to all scholarship holders and participants. It is motivation, inspiration, a reminder – for openness, for honesty, for real conversation.

Photo: Wolfgang Pfaundler, Archive, European-Forum-Alpbach 1951, Art Exhibition

The European Forum Alpbach 2023

The thematic tracks:

Securing Europe’s Future in a Globalised World

The future is uncertain, and so are those systems that have provided security to date. What kind of future do we want for Europe, what do we need to make it possible, and what obstacles do we expect along the way?


The Climate Opportunity

The climate crisis, a challenging reality, brings many opportunities. How can we seize these opportunities and actively design and develop solutions to sustainably improve the lives, health and well-being of people and nature?


The Financing of Europe’s Future

The economy as the engine of a green, digital and secure Europe. How can Europe’s economy become more internationally competitive and our capital markets significantly stronger to trigger a new wave of innovation for our future?

The Future of Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe

This area deals, among other things, with the rise of populism and authoritarian politics, the failure of promised social advancement to materialize, the loss of citizens’ trust in representative democracy, and a distrust of the established media, institutional science, and information channels.


Event period: 19th of August to 2nd September 2023

You can find more detailed information here.