EFA Association

The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach and their events throughout the year address the relevant socio-political questions of our time.

The EFA connects international decision-makers from all sectors of society with an interested audience and committed young people. Their goal is to create a dialogue across the generational, ideological and other lines that divide us.

The European Forum Alpbach is a non-profit association based in Vienna, Austria. Founded in 1945 as ‘International Summer Seminars’, it is independent of ideological, religious or political worldviews.

The Forum is made possible by the collaboration of many committed people. With the exception of the full-time organising team, they are all volunteers. They work in various programming boards, making sure that our standards of relevance and high quality are met. Moreover, they ensure that all our activities follow the ‘spirit of Alpbach’, i.e. our guiding principles.

The European Forum Alpbach operates under the leadership of its Executive Board (President and Vice-Presidents). The Scientific Advisory Board and the Advisory Committees are responsible for programming our events. The Organising Team ensures that all events and the scholarship programme are well coordinated. The Council and the General Assembly determine guidlines for the activities of the Association and for programming. The Steering Committee is involved in the daily work of the Forum, particularly in relation to our event in the summer. The voice of our many independent Alpbach Alumni Associations is present in all EFA bodies via a team of elected representatives.

The European Forum Alpbach is financed by participation fees, contributions by sponsors and, to a smaller extent, by public funds. Their not-for-profit foundation supports the scholarship programme. With the help of private donors, it provides an opportunity for young individuals from all over the world to participate in the European Forum Alpbach every year.

To find out more about the history of the European Forum Alpbach, visit their website: www.alpbach.org/en/about-us.