Seminar Week and Scholarship for Alpbach


The Seminar Week is the academic centrepiece of the European Forum
Alpbach. The programme comprises 20 seminars devised and taught by
internationally renowned academics. Its emphasis an open debate and its
interdisciplinary atmosphere set the Seminar Week apart. This year, for
example, we invite you to join forces with natural scientists and
explore ways out of the climate crisis, to analyse the complex
relationship between resilience and multilingualism under the guidance
of anthropologists, or to team up with economists to examine the
repercussions of the Eurozone crisis. The programme will also include
four seminars with a focus on artistic skill and personal development.

The Seminar Week has been curated by the Scientific Advisory Board of
the European Forum Alpbach under chairman Caspar Einem.

The detailed seminar descriptions are published bit by bit.

The website has lots of information including several videos, among
which this one that conveys best why it is worth spending a week in

The seminars will be held in English.

You can apply for the scholarship until March 30th!

All information about the application are online:

Seminars 1 through 10 take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Seminars 11 through 20 take place from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

On Sunday, the seminars take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from
3:00 to 6:00 p.m., respectively.

17:00 – 17:30
Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018

17:30 – 18:30
Opening Speeches

19:00 – 20:30
Presentation of the Seminars

Seminar 01: The EU and its neighbours: resilience as a strategic priority

Seminar 02: Digital transformation: opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilience

Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societies

Seminar 04: The approaching climate shocks – resilience and diversity in climate change

Seminar 05: Resilience and development policy

Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on our evolution

Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspective

Seminar 08: How resilient are ecosystem services to disturbances?

Seminar 09: (How) Do we decide?

Seminar 10: What can religions contribute to social justice?

Seminar 11: European Security – moving towards resilience?

Seminar 12: Urban resilience against environmental challenges

Seminar 13: Change through education

Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: a resource for individual and communal resilience

Seminar 15: Economic shocks

Seminar 16: The interaction of the evolution with our human microbiome

Seminar 17: Our work in our future

Seminar 18: Reproductive Rights

Seminar 19: Spoken word poetry: the power of language

Seminar 20: Why is it called a Play?

Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart – Dojo


Seminar English language
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The world is undergoing rapid and dramatic change. Digital communication
technologies, vast population movements and the decline of the settled
order of nation states raise critical questions about social cohesion,
identity, economic interests and human rights. How can more effective
communication among people of diverse linguacultural backgrounds be
fostered at micro, meso and macro levels to support resilience and
understanding? We will explore the communication consequences of our
world in flux and the place of linguistic resources such as
multilingualism and lingua francas.

Joseph Lo BIANCO
Professor of Language and Literacy Education, The University of Melbourne

Professor, Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna


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