Österreichisches College - European Forum Alpbach, 1970s and 1980s

Hans Köchler with Prof. Adam Schaff, Alpbach, August 1980.

Hans Köchler served as Chairman of "College-Gemeinschaft Innsbruck" (Innsbruck University Branch of Österreichisches College / Austrian College Society), Member of the Board of Österreichisches College (Vienna), Member of the Program Committee for the European Forum Alpbach (EFA), Member of "Kreis für innere Formung" at the EFA, and was co-founder of the Innsbruck Branch of "Club Alpbach für europäische Kultur" (1976). On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of European Forum Alpbach (1981) he was awarded with the Honorary Medal of "Österreichisches College." Together with Gerard Radnitzky and Wittgenstein biographer William W. Bartley III, he served as Moderator of the Working Group on Evolutionary Epistemology at the 1985 session of the EFA ("Evolution and the Future of Mankind"). From 1968 onwards, he organized - on behalf of Österreichisches College - several series of lectures and symposia at the University of Innsbruck. In the years from 1970, he worked closely with the founder of European Forum Alpbach, Otto Molden, in his efforts at reforming Österreichisches College / Austrian College Society and on issues of European federalism. During the annual sessions of the European Forum Alpbach he met philosophers and authors such as Ernst Bloch, Karl Popper, Manès Sperber, Adam Schaff, and Arthur Koestler.

Workshop with Manès Sperber at Paula von Preradović House, Alpbach, August 1971

General theme: Wissenschaft - Gesellschaft - Politik / Science - Society - Politics

 Manès Sperber, right; second from left: Hans Köchler; third from left: Christine Welzenbacher.

Plenary Session at Alpbacher Hof. Hans Köchler, left, in conversation with Dr. Wilfried Gredler, Austrian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; far right: Ms. Koschka Hetzer, Austrian Television.

Plenary Session at Alpbacher Hof. First row, right: Dr. Bruno Kreisky, Federal Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Austria; first row, from left: Dr. Willibald Pahr, Director of the Constitutional Law Service, Federal Chancellery of Austria; Dr. Hans R. Klecatsky, former Minister of Justice of Austria; Dr. Hans Köchler, Member of the Board of Österreichisches College. Second row, from right: Mr. Alexander Auer, former President of Österreichisches College; Dr. Christine Eldib-Welzenbacher (third row), Austrian College Society at the University of Innsbruck; Dr. Ernst Topitsch, Professor of Philosophy, University of Graz, Austria; Mr. Fritz Molden, Co-founder of Österreichisches College; Dr. Hans Hass (third row), Austrian biologist and diving pioneer; Mr. Georg Zimmer-Lehmann, Director, Creditanstalt (Vienna), Member of the Board of Österreichisches College.

Plenary Session at Alpbacher Hof. From left: Mr. Wolfgang Pfaundler (third row); Dr. Hans R. Klecatsky (second row), former Minister of Justice of Austria; Cardinal Dr. Franz König, Archbishop of Vienna; Dr. Hans Köchler (second row), Member of the Board of Österreichisches College; Mr. Eduard Wallnöfer, Governor of the State of Tyrol; Mr. Otto Molden, Founder and President of Österreichisches College / European Forum Alpbach.

Hotel Böglerhof, Alpbach, August 1975. Austrian Minister of Finance, Dr. Hannes Androsch (center), with Dr. Hans Köchler (right), Member of the Board of Österreichisches College, and Dr. Christine Eldib-Welzenbacher (second from left) and Mr. Hans-Ulrich Evers (left), members of the Austrian College Society at the University of Innsbruck.

European Forum Alpbach 1973. From left: Prof. Hans R. Klecatsky, former Minister of Justice of Austria; Hans Köchler; Dr. Felix Ermacora, Member of Parliament, Professor of Constitutional Law (University of Vienna), member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.