Debating Europe : What will our Republic look like in 100 years?


The Republic of Austria is celebrating its 100th birthday. The anniversary year 2018 should not only be dedicated to the memory of the founding of the democratic republic on 12 November 1918, but also to other profound breaks in the history of the country. How has Austria become what it is today? What future is it aviating having in mind the successes, but also catastrophes of the past century? Which political and social developments are emerging?

Discussion with the Austrian writer Anna Baar, the government commissioner for the commemorative year 2018, former Federal President Heinz Fischer, former Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and sociologist Harald Welzer (FUTURZWEI. Foundation for Sustainability)

Moderation: Lisa Nimmervoll

In German.

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Debating Europe
This series of public morning debates brings leading politicians, scientists and intellectuals on to the stage of Vienna’s Burgtheater to discuss topical issues of political and social relevance. This long-standing event is a collaborative production of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Burgtheater, ERSTE Foundation and Austrian daily Der Standard.
Media partners:  W24 and Ö1

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.