Conference Theme: Democracy Under Pressure?

Europe, America, Asia. Worldwide more and more politicians are dividing our society. Populism, tribalism politics, hatred and incitement against "the other" are increasing in many countries. What can we do to make democracy strong again?

Friday, November 8th, Passau

Shuttle service airport Munich to Passau

14.00-18.30 Check-in, Registration
16.00-18.00 IAPC Board Meeting I
18.30-19.30 Welcome Reception
• Welcome by IAPC – President Mehmet Ural, Turkey
• Melissa Cressey – Program Chair, USA/Sweden
• Sepp Hartinger – Conference Chair, Austria
19.30-21.30 Welcome Dinner
22.00 Boat Departure to Linz


Saturday, November 9th, Linz

07.30-09.00 Breakfast on the Boat
09.00-09.15 Opening 52nd IAPC World Conference

• Mehmet Ural, IAPC President, Turkey
• Melissa Cressey, Program Chair, Sweden/USA
• Sepp Hartinger, Conference Chair, Austria

09.15-10.00 Session 1: “Democracy under pressure?”

• Prof. Anton Pelinka, Central Europe University, Budapest
• Max Zirngast, Journalist, Austria
• Session Chair: Volker Riegger, Germany

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-11.30 Session 2: “Case Study Series – Democracy in Danger”

• The Russian Development – Ekaterina Egorova, Niccolo M, Russia
• Democracy in Latin America – Mauricio De Vengoechea, De Vengoechea & Associates, USA/Colombia
• Left and Right in Scandinavia – Torbjörn Sjöström, Novus, Sweden
• Session Chair: Faye Diamond, RBI Strategies, USA

11.30-12.30 Session 3: “Roundtable: The Rise of Women and the Challenges We Face!”

• Regula Bühlmann, Swiss Federation of Trade Unions, Switzerland
• Ondine Fortune, Fortune Media, USA
• Milica Katic, BŽG, Serbia
• Justine Gaspar, Malta
• Session Chair: Mina Jordeby, Muneris Konsult, Sweden

12.30-13.45 Lunch on the boat
13.45-14.00 Drive-by bus to Mauthausen Memorial
14.00-15.30 Visiting Mauthausen Memorial Concentration Camp WWII

• Visit with the Former Austrian President Heinz Fischer
• Introduction: Sepp Hartinger, Hartinger Consulting, Austria
• Welcome by Barbara Glück, Director of the Mauthausen Memorial

15.30-16.30 Session 4: “Democracy – Learning from the past”

• Heinz Fischer, Former Austrian President
• Session chair: Mehmet Ural, IAPC President, Turkey

16.30-16.45 Drive Back by Bus to the Boat
16.45-19.00 By the Boat Back to Linz
19.00-20.30 Dinner on the Boat
20.30-23.00 Individual Program in the City of Linz
23.00 Boat Departure to Krems

Sunday, November 10th, Krems

07.30-09.00 Breakfast on the Boat
09.00-09.10 Welcome Conference Day II
• Melissa Cressey, Program Chair, Sweden/USA
• Sepp Hartinger, Conference Chair, Austria
09.10-10.00 Session 5: “Europe under Pressure?”
• Lojze Peterle, Former Prime Minister of Slovenia, Slovenia
• Andreas Pfeifer, Austrian Broadcasting Company, Austria
• Gerda Füricht-Fiegl, Danube University Krems, Austria
• Session Chair: Susanne Hartinger, Hartinger Consulting, Austria
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
10.30-12.30 Session 6: New Trends in Campaigning
• Does Using Big Data Instead of Polling Work? –
Feyi Akindoyeni, Newgate Communications, Australia
• The Power of Images – Adam Hyland, EccaNova, USA
• New Fundraising Techniques – Aubrey Montgomery, Rittenhouse Political Partners, USA
• How to Turnout Voters Out in Off Year Elections – Matt Klink, USA
• Making Polling & Predictive Analytics Work Better – Brent Buchanan, Cygnal, USA
• Session Chair: Melissa Cressey, DSPolitical & IAPC Program Chair, Sweden/USA
12.30-13.45 Lunch on the Boat
13.45-14.00 Bus from the Boat to the Danube University
14.00-14.15 Short Presentation of the Danube University
14.15-15.30 Session 7: “Rehearsal for the Apocalypse – Global Lessons from Austria”
Presentation & discussion of national topics in an international context
• Katrin Praprotnik, Austrian Democracy Labs, Austria
• Judith Kohlenberger, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
• Tamara Ehs, Institute of Political Science, University Vienna, Austria
• Session Chair: Christoph Hofinger, SORA Institute, Austria
15.30-17.30 Wine tasting Nikolaihof, Mautern
17.30-19.00 IAPC Board Meeting II
19.00-20.30 Dinner on the Boat
20.30-22.00 Visit Krems Art Gallery by Night
Individual Program Krems
03.00 Boat Departure to Vienna


Monday, November 11th, Vienna

07.30-09.00 Breakfast on the Boat
09.00-09.10 Welcome Conference Day III
• Melissa Cressey, Program Chair, Sweden/USA
• Sepp Hartinger, Conference Chair, Austria
09.10-09.50 Session 8: “Has President Trump’s Politics Changed Democracy?”
• Keynote Speech: Jim Gilmore, US-Ambassador at the OSCE in Vienna
• Session Chair: Tom Edmonds, Edmonds Associates, USA
09.50-10.30 Session 9: “USA Election 2020”
• Becki Donatelli (R), Campaign Solutions, USA
• Doc Sweitzer (D), The Campaign group, USA
• Session Chair: David Catanese, Journalist, USA
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-12.30 Session 10: “Case Study Series – Elections Around the World”
• Canada, Marcel Wieder, Aurora Strategies, Canada
• Turkey, Necati Özkan, OYKU/Dialogue International, Turkey
• Denmark, Jan Juul Christensen, Socialdemokratiet, Denmark
• Nigeria, Bamigbetan Kehinde, Echonews, Nigeria
• Argentina, Marilu Brajer, Comunicacion Politica, Argentina
• Session Chair: Crystal Martin, MailPOW, USA
12.30-12.45 Session 11: IAPC Democracy Medal Award Ceremony
• Mehmet Ural, IAPC President, Turkey
• Sepp Hartinger, IAPC Democracy Medal Committee Chair, Austria
• Volker Rieger, Germany (Laudatio)
12.45-13.00 Next Conferences: IAPC, Europe, US, Latin America, Asia/Pacific, Africa
13.00 Closing the 52nd IAPC World Conference
13.00-14.00 Lunch on the Boat
14.00-15.30 IAPC Member Meeting
15.30-16.00 Drive-by bus to UN Centre Vienna
16.00-17.00 Guided tour UN Centre Vienna
17.00-17.30 Session 12: Visit UN Centre Vienna
• Keynote Speech Martin Nesirky,
Director of UNIS Vienna, ‘Multilateralism and the Role of the UN’
• Session Chair: Mauricio De Vengoechea, De Vengoechea & Associates, Colombia/USA
17.30-18.00 Drive-by bus back to the boat
18.00-19.30 Individual Program
19.30-20.00 Cocktail Reception
20.00 IAPC Gala Dinner Including IAPC Founders Award Ceremony


Book Together!

Thanks to the unique experiences being offered and the availability of two-bed cabins, the 52nd World Conference is an ideal opportunity to invite a guest along for the journey. A comprehensive additional programme included in the price is offered to accompanying guests who may not necessarily be interested in taking part in the conference.

Social Events

During the conference, the following supporting programme is planned for accompanying guests. Participation is free.

  • Friday, 8 November

    • 1 PM to 3 PM: City walk Passau
  • Saturday, 9 November

    • 10.30 AM to 12 PM: City walk Linz
  • Sunday, 10 November

    • 10 AM to 1 PM: Visit to Göttweig Abbey
  • Monday, 11 November

    • 9.30 AM to 1 PM: Short bus tour of Vienna
  • Tuesday, 12 November

    • Breakfast on board
    • Followed by check-out
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