Forum with experts

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The one-day Forum, conducted in English, constitutes the third element of the ENGELBERG DIALOGUES.

The Forum aims to bring together roughly 100 individuals, including top academics, businesspeople and policymakers, to discuss new concepts and ideas with regard to trans-European migration. The attendees will consist of the 20 participants of the Autumn Academy and 40 participants of the Workshop along with 40 invited guests.

The Forum will open with a keynote talk by an internationally renowned researcher, which will be followed by a presentation of the findings and results from the Autumn Academy and Workshop.

Following that participants will form into discussion groups fashioned along the lines of an OpenSpace conference. There they will receive the opportunity to engage with one another, to share actively in the discussion und to offer new ideas. Discussion groups can be freely chosen and switched as desired.

After the discussion groups a panel of renowned academics, businesspeople and policymakers will share their visions in regard to migration. The event will conclude with a presentation of awards to the three best contributions to the Autumn Academy. At the end, there will be an opportunity to take part in an excursion to Mount Titlis.

Choice of Discussion Group Topics
Individuals interested in attending the Forum are invited to suggest a topic for one of the five 90-minute discussion groups in writing when registering. A written suggestion should not exceed 3’000 characters including spaces. A group of experts will then select the five most promising suggestions as themes for the discussion groups.

All submitted themes will appear on the Forum website and the chosen topics for the discussion groups announced roughly three weeks before the start of the ENGELBERG DIALOGUES. The authors of the selected topics will be expected to lead the discourse in their respective 90-minute-long discussion groups.

All proposed contributions should be submitted in English to Academia Engelberg as a pdf file at

Online Submission from 1 March to 1 August 2018.

Workshop - creative atmosphere for discussions

Tuesdasy, October 16, 2018

The half-day Workshop, conducted in English, constitutes the second element of the ENGELBERG DIALOGUES. The number of participants is limited to the 20 attendees of the Autumn Academy and to 40 separately invited academics, businesspeople and policymakers.

The Workshop will open with introductory presentations by experts from the sciences, business and the policy realm. Their presentations will focus on three major themes:

  • the cost and benefits of immigration,
  • the private gains of migration versus its social costs and
  • the social desirability of immigration versus its political feasibility.


Following these introductory presentations, the participants will collect in three discussion groups, or Thematic Cafés, to discuss the three topics in more depth. In a closing plenum, the results and findings of the discussion groups will be summarized for presentation as inputs in the following day’s Forum.

Dialogue is the central focus of the Workshop. Accordingly, it aims to offer a creative environment for discussion and contact among participants from different age groups and various walks of life.

The Autumn Academy for young researchers

Sunday 14th to Tuesday 16th October 2018

Call for Proposal
The Academia Engelberg is pleased to announce its Autumn Academy for young researchers. The Academy is a two-day event within the ENGELBERG DIALOGUES taking place in the Swiss alpine town of Engelberg located near Lucerne.

The aim of the Academy is to provide a platform for graduate students and post docs from all academic fields to present and to discuss papers related to broadly defined costs and/or benefits of intra-European migration and their policy implications.

Presentations could focus on such issues as private benefits vs. social costs, socially desirable vs. politically feasible policy solutions or other related topics of interest.

The Autumn Academy will be followed by a half-day Workshop and one-day Forum with a keynote lecture and a panel discussion. The aim of the Workshop and Forum is to bring together some 100 researchers, policy makers, business people and public administrators to discuss issues related to trans-European migration and to develop new policy proposals.

Participants of the Autumn Academy are expected to participate actively in both the Workshop and Forum as well.

Submission Details
Interested graduate students and post docs are invited to submit abstracts by no later than 28 February 2018. For details please have a look at the PDF.

The authors of the 20 best papers will then be invited by no later than 30 June 2018 to participate in the Autumn Academy. The three best papers in the view of the Scientific Committee will be awarded cash prizes ranging from 500 to 2000 Swiss francs.

Theoretical, empirical, as well as policy-oriented papers are welcome. These should be written so as to be understood by academics from fields outside the author’s area of specialization.

All abstracts and papers should be submitted in English to the Academia Engelberg via as a pdf file.

Travel costs, accommodations and meals of the 20 participants will be covered by the Academia Engelberg.

Public Evening

Monday, October 15, 2018

According to the Federal Statistical Office and the Swiss Association of Cities, population pressure in urban centres has increased since 2000. This was also a development of internal migration within Switzerland.

The public evening deals with internal migration, daily work paths such as Engelberg – Zurich – return and their consequences such as sleeping city, traffic chaos on streets and in train stations, etc.

Donators and Partners

Following a long period of fruitful cooperation, a close partnership was agreed on in June 2007. The Collegium Helveticum is an institution jointly borne by the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (‘ETH’), Zurich.

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ETH domain and assumes the supervision of its institutions. Its close relationship with the ETH Council has contributed to the successful continuation of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2000.

The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.

In 2014, Academia Engelberg Foundation formed a partnership with the University of Lund in Sweden. The University was founded in 1666 but general studies, predecessor of today’s University, already existed in 1425.

The focus of the Foundation is the promotion of organizations in the areas of culture and arts, architecture, design, music, sports, education, and science. It has been a partner of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2014.