? 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

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!