Europe’s Futures Conference

Generation Next


The Generation Next – Europe’s Futures conference is organized by Aspen Institute Romania (AIR), Aspen Institute Central Europe (AICE) and the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), with the support of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation. The conference will serve as the first in a series of Future of Europe Task Force meetings, planned to be held in Austria and Romania during their respective EU Presidency terms.

The conference will consist of two blocks. The first one (The Future of Europe: Is There a Common Way Forward?) will focus on the challenges that the EU is facing both politically and economically, seeking to provide concrete policy recommendations for improving EU governance, and the second one (Digital Europe: Is Digitalization Bringing More Unity or Disparity to the EU?) on digitalization and its risks, looking for solutions to avoid the digital divide threatening the EU both externally and internally, and for recommendations to boost competitiveness and connectivity across the EU, with a special focus on Central and South East Europe; and a roundtable discussion with members of the Aspen and IWM communities in South East and Central Europe.

For detailed information, programme and registration click here.

To attend the conference, please register by 21 September 2018.
The conference will be held in English.

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.