Many alumni of the Salzburg Global Seminar are now working in leading positions in government agencies, large corporations, universities and banks.

The promotion of international understanding and tolerance were the goals that would achieve three Harvard students in 1947 with the founding of the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS). Clemens Heller, Richard Campbell and Scott Elledge put aspiring managers from all nations in Salzburg together for lectures and discussions from different fields. The concept proved to be extremely successful. In recent decades, was attended by some thousands of scientists, young politicians and businessmen from 150 countries in the activities of the U.S. educational institution. Many of them now work in senior positions in government agencies, large corporations, universities and banks. Austria’s Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer, who was the 60th anniversary of his former training center in Salzburg, has attended the seminar in the 70s. All graduates are part of an international, influential network. New participants will be engaged in only with a recommendation from two former seminarians.


The topics under discussion here are broad: “The Salzburg Global Seminar draws on topics that are of global importance and current. The mission of this institution is: “concern challenging present and future leaders to solve issues of global”. Expanding upon this, takes the Salzburg Global Seminar and the issue of environment and sustainability in its current world-wide problem again and again.
The SGS is in itself not a classical education or training center, but sees itself in his many years of tradition as a forum for dialogue: Here are executives and decision makers hence the relatively strong political involvement suggested to deal with global and current issues, cultural across all learning from each other and exchange ideas. In individual cases, it is also about the case of real political problems (strife in the Middle East) at a neutral location (lock Leopoldskron) to encourage the solution by the dialogue being promoted between the parties.

The most interesting points of discussion on climate change

#The environmental movement of the 20th Century is a discontinued model.
#We go into a CO2-restrictive, and the future opens up economic opportunities.
#Regional strategies work better than universal solutions
#The consumerism of the rich West charged global environment, the economy needs incentives to reduce these burdens.
#The private sector is an important engine of ecologically sustainable development.

The international elite Salzburg Global Seminar engages in its program to become too controversial environmental issues.”Making Green Pay The development of incentives for greater environmental protection” was about the motto of an event, which gathered 45 participants from 21 countries in Salzburg Experts from the world of business, representatives from NGOs, from the energy industry, research institutions and know of reputable institutions such as Yale University or Cambridge. Even experts from government environmental policy perspective, such as the former French Environment Minister Brice Lalonde argued with.