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Fellowship programs are planned on a rolling basis and the program for upcoming events is therefore always in development. The points in the map above represent areas in which activities are being planned with local Fellows and partners in the region. As those plans become more concrete, additional information will be made available in the list below. If you would like to contribute to and/or attend any of these events, or if you would like to help gather Fellows near you, please register via the links below or write us at
Getting to Grips with Obesity
14 Jun - 17 Jun, 2013 Klingenthal, France
Obesity has been recognized in the last decade as a global epidemic. No longer confined to the developed world, it is a problem which affects almost every region, with only South and East Asia relatively unaffected. One billion adults are estimated to be overweight, with a further 475 million clinically obese. This is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most serious public health threats in the world today, as well as a number of other conditions including cardio-vascular disease and some cancers. Given the implications for food production and its ecological impact, obesity is also an issue for sustainable development. Whether with a view to individual well-being, population health, health care services being put under near intolerable strain, or environmental sustainability, it is urgent that the problem of obesity be tackled. Better nutrition and appropriate exercise are obviously critical. But obesity is what we call a 'wicked problem' - multi-dimensional, engaging diverse stakeholders and interest groups, and touching on tricky issues around personal liberty and state intervention. How can we best collaborate to get the policy priorities right? And who needs to be round the table? To address this question we will gather an international group of Salzburg Fellows, from the worlds of health and nutrition, government and politics, education, environment and development, sport, and the food industry - as well as lively critics of all sectors. This survey of the field will lay the groundwork for a possible future series at the Salzburg Global Seminar to explore different aspects of what is turning into a major challenge of the 21st century.

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Sustainability and the City: America and the Urban World
Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA)

26 Sep - 30 Sep, 2013 Salzburg, Austria
By the year 2060, 70% of the world's population will live in cities, cities where goods and ideas are exchanged, where the arts thrive and people from different races, backgrounds, religions and values mix. They are financial, business, political and cultural centers, places of expanding possibilities and the entry point of foreign influences. Yet they are also sites of dereliction, crime and political corruption. Today, while some cities are dynamic, attractive and transitioning, a number of cities are in a state of decay and decline. This 11th Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association Symposium will focus on the social, economic, and political role that cities play in the lives of their inhabitants, their culture and the world. It will draw on a range of disciplines to examine the future of the city in America, but will also target cities around the world. The focus will be on common issues, inter-related relationships and future trends, as participants examine the dynamics that constitute the social and cultural dimensions of the modern global city.

For more information and to register to attend, please click here.

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