The Aspen Institute Central Europe is a non-partisan platform for policy innovation and inclusive dialogue that facilitates the exchange of ideas, fosters open society and promotes values-based leadership.

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  • 25Sep

    Generation Next –
    Europe’s Futures Conference

    An international conference on political and economic challenges of the EU, with special focus on Central and South East Europe.

  • 26Sep

    Přijde práce za lidmi, nebo lidé za prací?

    Veřejná regionální debata v Zlíně na téma konkurenceschopnost regionů, která předjímá Výroční konferenci 2018.

  • 10Oct

    Proč e-government kulhá za byznysem?

    Veřejná regionální debata v Brně na téma digitalizace státní správy, která předjímá Výroční konferenci 2018.

read in this Aspen Review - 03/2018

The Face of Europe


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  • The Face of Europe – New Aspen.Review is out!

    We release the 3nd issue of 2018 Aspen.Review, now with the title The Face of Europe.

  • Pomůže nám vzdělávání obstát v konkurenci?

    Veřejná regionální debata na téma Vzdělávání, předcházející výroční konferenci Kam kráčíš, Česko?

  • Internship offer

    Aspen Institute Central Europe is looking for an active and highly-motivated university student for an internship.

  • Beyond the Human – Summer reading in new Aspen.Review!

    We release the 2nd issue of 2018 Aspen.Review, now with the title Beyond the Human.

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  • Japan
  • India
  • Kyiv
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France
  • Central Europe


Aspen Institute CE was established in 2012 in Prague as a public benefit company serving the whole region, but primarily operating in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. The Central European office is a partner of the global Aspen network, which was founded in 1950 in the United States, is headquartered in Washington and includes 10 offices around the world!

What they say about us

“I am honoured and proud of Aspen’s tremendous success by training new leaders, developing new ideas and forming new connections. Aspen CE is a true region-wide platform promoting civil discourse and informed discussion, something we so desperately need in this day and age. ”

Madeleine Albright

“When I was invited to join the Aspen network, it was one of the turning points of my life. I learned to know a lot of different kinds of people with very similar struggles, and I imagined better what I want to achieve in my life. ”

Yemi A.D.

“Participation in the Aspen Young Leaders Program surprisingly helped me to calm down. I gained perspective and learned to prioritize better. Thanks to that, I am more focused at my work and I feel stronger than before. ”

Mimi Hoang Lan Nguyen

“From the stimulation of the Ideas Festival, to the projects conceived at the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, to deep policy studies done at our roundtables, the Aspen Institute brings together people with different outlooks to search for common ground and make the world a better place. ”

Walter Isaacson

“Aspen is for me the possibility to meet people, who think in a similar, or absolute different way, than me. ”

Tamara Bobáková

“Aspen was always able to assemble differently minded people from various fields of activity: politicians, artists, athletes, scientists, innovators, volunteers and businessmen. I believe that this capability will also significantly contribute to the development of a liberal and democratic society not only in Europe. ”

Ivan Hodáč

President & Founder

“More than 60 years ago, American businessman and philanthropist, Walter Paepcke, founded what would become one of the most respected platforms in the world for truly non-partisan dialogue addressing critical issues facing civil society. ”

Pepper de Callier

Chair of Supervisory Board & Founder

“I strongly believe that ideas matter. I am glad that since 2012 the Aspen Institute – as a proven platform where ideas and people meet – has been active also in Central Europe. Aspen Institute Central Europe has created a visible footprint in formation of value-based leadership and promotion of innovative approach to policy making. ”

Jiří Schneider

Executive Director

We Are

The Aspen Institute Central Europe serves as an independent platform where political, business, and non-profit leaders, as well as leading personalities from art, sports and science, can meet and interact. The Institute facilitates interdisciplinary and regional cooperation, and supports young Central European leaders in their development. Read more about us!