The Aspen Institute Central Europe’s activities focus mainly on leadership seminars, expert meetings, and public conferences, all of which are held in a neutral manner to encourage open debate. The Institute’s programs are divided into three areas: Leadership, Policy, and Public. In their implementation, the Institute focuses on issues that are critical for the future of the Central European region.


In reaction to recent societal fragmentation and declining trust in politics and civic engagement, the Aspen Institute CE is committed to creating new opportunities for the development of leadership skills. Leadership events are offered to young professionals – emerging experts and leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia – representing a broad range of professional fields, including politics and administration, business, non-profit, science, sports and culture. Seminars are designed to help participants reflect on what makes a good society, thereby deepening knowledge, broadening perspectives and enhancing their capacity to solve the problems at hand.


In keeping with our goal of having foresight, the Aspen Institute CE supports policy discussions on various levels among regional leaders and experts. Policy programs serve as nonpartisan forums for analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of issues. In order to have concentrated debates these discussions are organized without the attendance of general public and media.


Conferences and other large-scale events are open to the public with prior registration and provide a means for people to express and share new ideas. They serve as part of our organization’s larger effort to both inform and engage large numbers of active participants.

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