We are happy to announce our partnership with A3PS!

A3PS is a multi-stakeholder organization which goal is to support the development and market launch of innovative vehicle technologies. These solutions are based on new energy carriers necessary to achieve a carbon-neutral future, which places A3PS at the forefront of eco-mobility.

A3PS decided to support Club Alpbach Senza Confini and provide us the opportunity to participate in their Eco-mobility conference 2021.

The conference will take place from 18 to 19 November 2021 in Vienna.

The “Paths to a Climate Neutral Mobility” conference will occur from 18 to 19 November in Vienna. It will bring together leading representatives from industry, R&D, and policy to discuss the actual development and market introduction of efficient propulsion concepts and sustainable energy carriers.

To get the ticket, you need to send board@senza-confini.com a short motivation letter on why you want to participate. The deadline is 28 October 2021!

25 September 2021

One month after the conclusion of the European Forum Alpbach, the Club Senza Confini met again in Klagenfurt for its annual General Assembly.

On Saturday, we held our session at the Alpen Adria University of Klagenfurt. Lukas Strießnig from the Land Carinthia honored us with his presence and met our scholarship holders.

The GA was an occasion to take stock of the past year, which has not been an easy one. Yet, despite the adversities, our team has delivered a fully-fledged scholarship program and organized several events. With a renewed team, we set new goals for the year ahead.

Of course, it would not have been a perfect Senza Confini gathering without a proper hike! On Sunday, we reached the top of Magdalensberg, from which we could enjoy a beautiful view of the Karavanke mountains – hopefully not a dividing barrier, but a node point for ideas and exchange.

📆 27 August 2021

During the Technology Symposium at the European Forum Alpbach, Club Alpbach Senza Confini and the KWF co-organised the “Green Entrepreneurship” Breakfast. On the morning of 27th August, our scholarship holders walked up to the Schafalm to meet with representatives from the business sector, funding bodies, and multistakeholder organizations.

The cosy alpine hut was the perfect setting for our 24 participants to engage in a lively chat about Green Entrepreneurship. Three speakers – Michael Nöst (CEO of A3PS), Michael Stibi (CEO and Founder of Purency), and Julian Jank (CEO and Founder of Aeroficial Intelligence GmbH) – introduced the topic and highlighted the numerous opportunities that the sustainable transformation can bring for young entrepreneurs and for new business ideas.

In the words of Jürgen Kopeinig, Head of Strategic Economic Development at KWF, “green entrepreneurship aims to develop and launch innovations that open up great future economic opportunities and make significant contributions to green and digital transformation, also in terms of the European Union’s Green Deal. Green technologies, business models, products and services lead to the founding of new companies and provide impulses in the value chains of existing companies.”

The Chat was followed by a delicious breakfast: our guests could leave with both stomachs and minds well filled! Many thanks to Ms. Duftner for organising the regional, slow food Breakfast which fitted perfectly into the frame of our debate.

We would like to warmly thank KWF for their sponsorship and support in organising this event!
Thank you also to all the participants to our discussion and breakfast!

 

Find out more on the Website of Land Carinthia!

📆 25 August 2021

On 25th August, Club Alpbach Senza Confini organised a fireside chat with Marie Ringler, member of the Global Leadership Group of Ashoka, which is the biggest network for Social Entrepreneurs worldwide. Since November 2020, she is also Vice-President and Board Member of the European Forum Alpbach.

In 2011, Marie founded Ashoka’s Austrian office and soon took over Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe. In 2018 she was appointed European Leader of Ashoka. Before her work with Ashoka, she had over ten years of experience working for Die Grünen (the Austrian Green Party) in Vienna.

In the Fireside Chat we talked about her life path, her work and role at Ashoka, and her experience in politics. A central theme of the chat was social entrepreneurship, especially how it works, how it can be measured, and how it can be financed and supported. Lastly, but not in order of importance, we also talked about her vision for and contribution to the present and future of the European Forum Alpbach.

Thank you very much Marie for our chat! We loved getting into a deep conversation with you in the beautiful Alpine setting of Alpbach!

 

Find out more about Marie Ringler on her website: marieringler.at

In 2021, things will remain different – both this year’s European Forum Alpbach and our scholarship program will need to adapt to the current circumstances. Therefore, we regret to announce that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the limited number of scholarship holders for EFA21, we are unable to accept new applications this year. Instead, we plan to send to EFA21 our scholarship holders from 2020, who could not attend the Forum on site.

We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause to you. We hope to receive many new applications next year, and to see you in our events throughout 2021!

Take care and stay safe,

The board of Club Alpbach Senza Confini

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.