Discussions around the role of nuclear energy for power production are becoming more relevant at the global and regional level, especially within Europe. “Clean Energy” is the 7th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), and it envisions “energy decarbonization with universal access” to bring cleaner energy to more people. In this context, nuclear energy could play a key role to help countries in the EU and in the world to stay on track with their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Countries are called to solve a pressing dilemma: on the one side, nuclear power plants using fission technology do not produce carbon emissions but, on the other side, they present health and security challenges. How shall EU countries proceed forward with nuclear energy? Leon Cizelj, Sigrid Stagl, and Roberto Adinolfi join us to discuss this matter.

In the past, video evidence has been a trustworthy witness of reality. But can you trust your eyes in the 21st-century world that is rapidly changed by AI-based deep fakes and altered videos? Our guest was Roderick Hodgson, an experienced AI entrepreneur who founded Amber, a Startup that uses Blockchain technology to counter the threat to the truthfulness of moving imagery.
We discussed with him the current abilities and use cases of deep fakes and its destructive and constructive potential.

At the end of 2019, the European Union brought up the Green Deal, that promised to make Europe the first climate-neutral plan by 2050. Soon after, the Covid-19 pandemic caused the global economy to belly-up and set a new global agenda: how to recover the economy.We explored the topic from three different perspectives: legislation, energy transition, and biodiversity. Our speakers were Marjan Peeters, professor of Environmental Policy and Law at MaastrichtUniversity, Theresia Vogel, Managing Director of Climate and Energy Fund and Federica Pesce, associate expert on biodiversity at UNEP.

This session focused on the cooperation between Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli-Venezia Giulia during the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis and the closure of borders have but to the test freedom and solidarity in the Region, but have also given an incentive to cooperate more. We discussed that with Peter Kaiser, Governor of Carinthia.

We discussed the topic of Minority rights in Europe with Maja Kocijančič, Member of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, and Petra Roter, professor and former president of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

After months of painful negotiation, the EU leaders agreed on the “New Generation EU”. But how did that come into being? How are the negotiations over the budget held? Is the budget a representation of the realpolitik of powerful European players or are small member states able to meaningfully influence the funding distribution? We discussed that with Join Mojmir Mrak, PhD, a leading expert on EU economic governance from the University of Ljubljana; and Leo Hoffman-Axthelm, the Transparency International Coordinator for transparency and democratic accountability of EU economic governance institutions.

📆29 August 2019, 08:30 – 10:00

📍Congress Centrum Alpbach, 6236 Alpbach (see it on Google Maps)


“Wir haben nur eine Erde. Österreich wird seinen Beitrag leisten, um sie zu schützen”.
Dieses Zitat stammt von Elisabeth Köstinger, ehemaligen Ministerin für Nachhaltigkeit & Tourismus sowie langjährige Europaabgeordnete (Schwerpunkt auf Landwirtschaft und Umweltfragen) und Vizepräsidentin des Österreichischen Bauernbundes.
Club Alpbach Salzburg, Club Alpbach Senza Confini und Club Alpbach Steiermark laden daher gemeinsam zu einem Kamingespräch mit der aus Kärnten stammenden Politikerin um über Österreichs Beitrag zum Klimaschutz und den damit verbundenen Themen nachhaltige Energie- und Landwirtschaft mit einem besonderen Fokus auf Regionalität zu sprechen.


Das Gespräch findet bei schönem Wetter bei der Loggia (Bällebad) statt. Bei Schlechtwetter wird eine allfällige Änderung der Location hier bekannt gegeben.

Wir freuen uns auf eine spannende Diskussion!

📆 26 August 2019, 10:30 – 11:30

📍 Meadow of the Thinkers, 6236 Alpbach

We have the pleasure to invite you to a fireside talk with Clemens Wasner on the latest developments of artificial intelligence (AI) and on the current situation in Europe with regard to AI.

Clemens Wasner is the CEO of EnliteAI, an Austrian enterprise specialized in concrete applications of AI to real-world business problems. AI is a revolutionary techonology which is deemed to change our lives and life style in the upcoming years. This talk with Mr. Wasner is the perfect opportunity to discuss the latest trends, as well as the difficulties and problems arising from the application of AI to our lives and businesses.

Don’t miss out, come and join us!

📆 25 August 2019, 17:00 – 18:00

📍 Volksschule, 6236 Alpbach

We have the pleasure to invite you to a fireside talk with Werner Wutscher on how to build innovative and competitive Startups and venture capital.

Werner Wutscher is a Member of the Board of respACT, the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has also been working as a consultant and business angel in the start-up area. This talk with Mr. Wutscher is the perfect opportunity to have enquiries on his professional life, to discuss the latest trends related to startups and venture capital, and to get insights and best practices from a high-level senior expert on these topics.

Don’t miss out, come and join us!

📆24 August 2019, 09:30 – 10:30

📍Loggia, 6236 Alpbach

With the Czech & Slovak Club Alpbach, we invite you to a Fireside Talk with Jeffrey Sachs on the topic: “Transition in the Eastern Europe, particularly the rise of populism, illiberalism and xenophobia after the end of communism”.

Bread and butter will be provided. Come and join us!