Whitsun Dialogue 2021:
Hybrid event format

The continuing unprecedented situation and the measures required to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic mean that the Whitsun Dialogue cannot take place in the usual way as a purely face-to-face event. The 9th “Geist & Gegenwart” Whitsun Dialogue will therefore take place on 20 and 21 May 2021 with a slightly abbreviated programme and in a hybrid format.

This year the speakers will gather, in compliance with strict safety measures, at Seggau Castle, and the presentations, discussions and panel debates will be broadcast online as a free live stream on the Whitsun Dialogue website and through various media partnerships. So even this year there will be no shortage of exciting debate, inspiring input and the usual intellectual discourse!

Further information can be found at www.pfingstdialog-steiermark.at



Geist & Gegenwart – Dialogue Forum / Whitsun Dialogue

The Styrian Government launched the 'Geist & Gegenwart' dialogues in 2005 to create a formal platform for in-depth intellectual discourse on important questions of our time, something which has always been a major concern for Graz and Styria, which constitute a dynamic hub in the South-East of Europe.

‘Geist & Gegenwart’ is a platform for fruitful, interdisciplinary and international debates on basic principles in the Styrian border region situated at the intersection of four European cultures. Styria has always seen itself as a bridge to those South-Eastern regions, which have recently moved once again towards the centre of Europe.


'Geist & Gegenwart' is made up of two components: the Whitsun Dialogues and the Seiries of Dialogues

Whitsun Dialogue

The Whitsun Dialogues, which are held every two years in Seggauberg Castle, the former Bishop’s residence in southern Styria, close to the Slovenian, Croatian and Hungarian borders. The events took place in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Series of Dialogues

Series of dialogues launched in autumn 2007, which take place several times a year in Graz, where prominent experts contribute to intellectual discussions in lecture and discussion evenings.


“Geist & Gegenwart” is a series of events in the Austrian state of Styria which take place under the leadership of the Department of Science for the Styrian Government and the Regional Minister for Business, Tourism, Europe, Science and Research, Barbara Eibinger-Miedl. Organized in cooperation with Club Alpbach Styria, Styrian universities and the diocese of Graz-Seckau, the biennial Whitsun Dialogues and the quarterly “Geist & Gegenwart – Dialogue Events” held in the Main Hall of the Old University in Graz make a serious intellectual contribution to Styria’s development.