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International Youth Forum “Future of Eurasian and European Integration: Foresight-2040”

04.12.2017 - 08.12.2017

IIASA (Laxenburg, Austria) hosts the International Youth Forum “Future of Eurasian and European Integration: Foresight-2040” as part of the IIASA Futures Initiative Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a wider European and Eurasian Space.

The event is co-organized and co-financed by IIASA together with the initiator of the Forum – the Institute for Economic Strategies (INES) of the Russian Academy of Sciences – with the financial support of the Russian Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.

As a part of IIASA’s science-diplomacy mandate, in the current time of a geopolitical crisis, we invite 40 talented young minds, together with senior experts and high-level policy makers from the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, East- and South-East Asia in a vibrant brainstorming on possible futures of the Greater Eurasian space in 2040 in economic, humanitarian and security dimensions. Demographic changes, digitalization of economy, emerging technologies such as block chains & 3D printing are all great challenges, which the next generations will have to face.

The Forum will inspire young people from different countries to come up with their vision of the future of Eurasian and European integration at the turn of 2040 and to reflect on what their own contribution might be. The foresight sessions will have a format of a dynamic strategic game, where young participants will be exposed to presentations by senior experts and high-level policy makers and take part in interactive seminars.

Young participants will have an opportunity to expand their scientific network, learn about latest developments of economic integration in the Greater Eurasian space from leading international scientists, contribute to and get experience in foresight exercises, debate with high-level policy makers from East and West. Best contributions will be distinguished by a certificate with honor enabling further opportunities of collaboration with IIASA (Laxenburg) and INES (Moscow).

Selected young participants of the Forum will have a chance to present the results of the foresight exercise to the OSCE Ministerial Council comprising all 57 delegations of OSCE countries. The event takes place in Vienna at Hofburg Palace as part of Austrian OSCE Chairmanship in 2017.

As a highlight of the Forum, young participants will bury a time capsule with an “Appeal to the Youth of 2040”, to be opened in 2040!


Application deadline for applicants from EU and those who do not need Schengen visa is extended until November, 3!

Applicants eligible to apply are students and early-career specialists who are interested in various aspects of the future development of the Greater Eurasian space.

Applicants must fill out the application form. The application form along with a personal photo and a scan of the first page of the travel passport must be sent to: cmps@inesnet.ru

by 30 September 2017 (applicants from outside EU who need Schengen visa)

by 3 November 2017 (applicants from EU or who do not need Schengen visa)

Due to a big interest to the event, the organizers decided to increase the total number of participants and extended the deadline for applications until November 3, 2017. Successful candidates will be informed not later than 6 November 2017.

Participation fee:

The Youth Forum is co-financed by IIASA, INES and the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, which covers all organizational and local costs. Travel costs and insurance must be covered by participants themselves.

Basic registration fee that includes accommodation, catering, transfers and social program is €150 and must be paid via a bank transfer not later than 5 days upon notification of acceptance by organizers.




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Laxenburg, Austria
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