Our international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational DIALOG.FORMAT.NIEDERÖSTERREICH spans over 1.5 days. It will offer possibilities to get in touch with experts from various fields, collect ideas and generate proposals on how we interact tomorrow in Europe.

The 15 year anniversary of the CEE enlargement of the EU motivates to reflect and act:
Which possibilities have opened up? What needs to be done? How can we shape our common future?

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

till 18.00 | Arrival & Check-in | Reception Althof, Retz

18.30 | Welcome | Big hall

18.45 – 20.20 | Food for thoughts for the IDEAS.LAB | Big hall

20.30 – 22.00 | Dinner | Restaurant
Table discussions with experts

Friday, May 17 th, 2019

08.30 – 17.00 | IDEAS.LAB | Seminar rooms

18.00 – 20.00 | IDEAS.GALA | Big hall
Reality-check by high-level representatives from politics & business
Award ceremony for the „European Forum Alpbach 2019“ scholarship holders of Club Alpbach Niederösterreich

20.00 – 22.00 | Dinner & Networking | Big hall


The IDEAS.LAB offers a unique framework to discuss „How do we interact tomorrow to overcome societal challenges?“. It will consist of six groups led by experts and moderators to structure the process of generating ideas. The topics are clustered as follows:

European Cultural heritage (values, identity, human rights)
Prof. Dr. MMag. Ingeborg Gabriel
Chair of Social Ethics, University of Vienna
Personal Representative of the OSCE CiO on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination also Focusing on Interolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions

Digital Economy and Innovation
Denisa Žiláková, MA
Director General of the Investments Management Section for the Slovakian Vice Prime Minister

Climate, Energy and Mobility
Dr. Angela Köppl
Vice-President Club of Rome (Austrian Chapter)
Austrian Institute of Economic Research

Demography, Migration and Labor Market
MMag. Gerhard Schlattl
Delegate of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ) Business Center Prag

Regional Diversity: Urban versus Rural Areas
Prof. Béla Greskovits, PhD
Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Central European University, Hungary

European Education Area
Mgr. Miriam Kolářová
Vice-Mayor of Brno, Czech Republic


The IDEAS.GALA will conclude the DIALOG.FORMAT.NIEDERÖSTERREICH. The results will be presented and discussed with representatives from politics, business and science.

Presentation: Rosa Lyon | ORF
Music: Ensemble ”Flutefun” | Musikschulverband Retzer Lan

>> Dr. Martin Eichtinger | International Affairs Lower Austria
>> Mag. Alexander Schallenberg | Director General of Federal Chancellery Austria

Download: Fact-Sheet