Salzburg Global Seminar

About the Seminar

The Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) is an independent, non-governmental organization with a Board of Directors drawn from diverse regions, backgrounds and fields of expertise. It seeks in its faculty, fellows and staff, people of the highest intellectual and leadership capacity from around the world and from all sectors of society, and attempts to benefit from their breadth of experience and perspective across the full range of its work.

It convenes sessions with imaginative thinkers from different cultures and institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development, and engages opinion makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. View videos from the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Most Recent Session

In October of 2012, SGS and ETS convened a seminar titled Optimizing Talent — Closing Education and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide: Higher Education and Lifelong Learning. The purpose of this seminar was to identify where educational and social mobility gaps exist, what effect they have, why they persist and what can be done to eliminate them. This 2012 session focused on higher education and lifelong learning. It followed a 2011 session that focused on education up to age 18. Listen to audio clips from the 2012 session.

The seminar on higher education, convened 2–7 October 2012, was the third in the series. Sixty-five attendees — researchers, academics, representatives of philanthropic foundations, and experts in public policy — assembled to discuss gaps in higher education access and equity. Select participants presented papers describing the progress made by their own countries or regions and the challenges and impediments to further progress that remain. The formal presentations, as well as large- and small-group discussions, constituted the central activities of the seminar. For more information from the 2012 session please refer to the Policy Notes and Rapporteur Report.

Past Sessions

The following reports are published by ETS’s Policy Information Center:

The following newsletters are published by the Salzburg Global Seminar: