Salzburg Global Seminar has been convening outstanding talent across generations, cultures and sectors to inspire new thinking and action since 1947.

In those seven decades, the world has seen both progress and turmoil. Salzburg Global Seminar has been there through it all: convening leaders from around the world to bridge ideological divides, expand international collaboration, help rebuild post-conflict societies, and transform health care, education and financial systems. 

Our historic home of Schloss Leopoldskron is a place where people from around the world can come together in conditions of trust and openness to share ideas and form plans for a better future. 

In today’s turbulent times, the world needs the kind of leadership we inspire – now more than ever. 

From Local to Global

To transform systems and shape long-term change on the critical issues of our time, Salzburg Global designs and implements multi-year program series that inspire new thinking and action, connecting both local and international innovators with global resources.

Radical Reinvention

“Change fixes the past. Transformation creates the future.” With seven decades of experience to inform its leadership, Salzburg Global Seminar has the vision to inspire breakthroughs that can not only change but truly transform systems.

From Ideas to Impact

Collaborating with Salzburg Global Seminar provides people and institutions with opportunities to expand their work, launch new joint initiatives, and advance shared agendas. To foster lasting networks and partnerships, we are integrating a range of practical activities for impact into our program design. 

Combined Efforts, Maximum Effect

As American writer and social activist Helen Keller once said: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” To this end, Salzburg Global Seminar seeks to expand collaboration between its Fellows and institutional partners, fostering lasting networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change. 

From Students to Statesmen

Targeting people at the cutting edge of change — whether they are college students, artists, civil society activists or central bankers — our programs help bridge divides on the ground and in the mind. 

A Positive Space in a Polarizing World

The world is facing growing polarization not seen since the Cold War. Fissures erupt between differing political systems, cultures, religions and generations as understanding and respect for the “other” deteriorates. Bridging divides has been fundamental to Salzburg Global Seminar since our beginning and today remains central to our mission to shape a better world.

For the Love of Humankind

Since our earliest years, Salzburg Global Seminar has longbenefited from the generosity of our Fellows, board members and wider circle of friends in funding myriad initiatives from scholarships to renovations. This year, we are launching an ambitious fundraising campaign to increase our impact and to sustain our service for future generations.

From Scholarships to Schloss Renovations

Contributions to Inspiring Leadership: The Campaign for Salzburg Global Seminar will support three critical priorities or “pillars,” bolstering our efforts to bridge divides and break through barriers, supercharge innovation, and preserve and invest in key assets.

Salzburg Global President's Report 2018

The 2018 edition of the Salzburg Global President’s Report presents the renewed mission and strategic framework of the organization, announces an exciting new campaign, and reviews each of the last year’s programs