Wilderness Academy

The only Wilderness Conference focusing on Europe’s last Wilderness will be held May 27-29, 2019 in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburg Lungau.

In 2019 we honour 5 years of European Wilderness Society, 10 years of Wilderness in Europe and 55 years of the US Wilderness Act. Join us!


Pierre Ibisch, Director of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management and proud Wilderness advocate, will speak about the development of the Wilderness concept in Europe, and the future of European Wilderness.

Anniversary Celebration

Over the past five years the European Wilderness Society has grown to create a network of more than 40  Wilderness areas in 17+ European countries. Our work is based on the 10th anniversary of the European Parliament Wilderness resolution and 44 years after the passing of the US Wilderness act. 

Wilderness Film Festival

We will showcase two premieres focusing on Wilderness and Wolves on Tuesday evening. Join us for this unique night and enjoy a relaxing evening after an excursion into the wild areas of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lungau. 

Our Themes

Our speakers will cover a range of Wilderness topics, including Wilderness in the US and Europe, legal issues of European Wilderness, Wilderness outreach programmes.. and more!

For a full outline please refer to the schedule. 

We are still accepting applications for speakers. 


Our expert-led workshops will cover sustainable tourism in Wilderness, the European Wilderness Network, Beech Forests of Europe, and a summary workshop where together we develop a statement for the European Commission regarding the future of European Wilderness.

Additionally, on May 30th, we have extra workshops on cultural aspects of Wilderness, including Wilderness Writing and Leave No Trace.


Wilderness Excursions 

There will be a choice of three excursions, each based in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lungau. Options will be of varying intensities, and will include visiting the RAMSAR wetlands, Alpine lakes, high peaks and Nationalpark Hohe Tauern.  

Showcasing breathtaking Austrian landscapes, you can expect a healthy dose of fresh alpine air, and a memorable hike.

Wilderness Academy Days

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Early bird ticket sales are available until 31st March.


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UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau