About EFA

The European Forum Alpbach is an annual conference, taking place in Alpbach, Austria since 1945. Its founders built on the idea of an open exchange and interdisciplinary dialogue across borders, which should lead to a better understanding and cooperation at the European and international level. Meanwhile the European Forum Alpbach has welcomed a great number of personalities such as Sir Karl Popper, J├╝rgen Habermas, Theodor W. Adorno and more recently the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban ki-Moon and the President of the European Commission.

The European Forum Alpbach is a unique platform for an open exchange ideas and projects in fields such as economics, politics, health, natural and life sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences. Each year it welcomes more than 4000 participants, among them 700 scholarship holders from more than 40 countries.

The European Forum Alpbach consists of:

The Seminar Week – offers an academic approach to issues of European and global relevance and is facilitated by researchers and leading experts in the respective fields.

The Symposia Week – offers the public lively debates on a wide range of topics. A symposium lasts for 2 to 3 days, it follows a specific theme (i.e. economic, financial, political etc.) and high-ranking speakers from all disciplines come together to debate and reflect upon recent developments in the respective fields.

The various Summer Schools – offer students and young professionals the chance to advance their knowledge of European Integration, the Law of the European Union and European Health Care and Social Systems. For more information on the various Summer Schools and selection criteria please go HERE

The European Forum Alpbach offers a definite number of scholarships for students and young professionals who wish to take part in the Forum. For more information on the Scholarships offered directly by the European Forum Alpbach and application modalities please go HERE

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