Peter Rough about the U.S. and the Middle East

Peter Rough, Senior Fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute shared his expertise on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East at a packed Amerika Haus. The event was co-hosted by the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), whose director Velina Tchakarova moderated the Q&A. Rough, a native of Iowa, is a native German ... Read More»

Grand Opening of the Austrian-American Society

  “And this is what the Austro-American Society is all about: friendship at every level of society.” In his remarks at the grand opening of the Austrian-American Society refurbished club quarters in Vienna last night, Ambassador Traina pointed out the significance of bilateral relationships on the personal level, and the important role of the AAS: “The close ... Read More»

Zoohackathon – Coding to End Wildlife Trafficking

Teams of energetic programmers gathered in the Elephant House at Zoo Vienna Schönbrunn for a Zoohackathon organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs. This event was part of a global initiative by the U.S. Government. Ambassador Trevor Traina opened the event and pointed out the importance of tackling the pressing global ... Read More»

U.S. University Alumni Reception

Deputy Chief of Mission Robin Dunnigan invited alumni from American universities to a get-together. Ambassador Trevor Traina welcomed the attendees and talked about his own formative experiences as an international exchange student in Oxford. The evening was a lively meeting of alumni from many universities – Georgetown,Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Berkeley, Harvard, to name just a few ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina’s Trip to Tyrol

Ambassador Traina had a busy schedule for his trip to Tyrol. He had his inaugural visit with Governor Günther Platter . Topic of conversation were u.a. the economic relationships between the USA and Tirol. With more than 300,000 overnight stays guests from the U.S. play an important role in tourism. Ambassador Traina received a box of Tyrolean Schnapps ... Read More»

Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Online Influence

Nina Jankowicz studies the intersection of democracy and technology at the Wilson Center . She is a frequent commentator on disinformation and Russian and Eastern European affairs. Last week, while she stayed in Vienna, Mrs. Jankowicz talked to OSCE staff members at the Hofburg and gave an interview to Radio FM4. In a panel discussion with Alexander Schatten ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina visits Styria

During his trip to Styria last Week, Ambassador Traina visited the voestalpine site in Kindberg, where he stressed the importance of voestalpine as a highly valued investor in the US. Later that day, he congratulated Rector Martin Polaschek, Karl Franzens-University Graz , on his appointment and spoke with him about additional cooperation opportunities between the University and the US ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Demonstration on October 3, 2019

Location:  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Vienna: Central City Hall (Rathaus) Zwingli Kirche OeVP headquarters Event: On Thursday, October 3, 2019 from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., a political march and demonstration by the group “Wieder Donnerstag” is expected to take place and assemble near the OeVP ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina hosts Entrepreneurship Breakfast

A beautiful autumn day for entrepreneurship and coffee. Thanks to Google Austria, Country Director Christine Antlanger-Winter for joining us today at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast and sharing Google’s view of the Austrian digital economy. Hosted in cooperation with the Austrian Wirtschaftskammer at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Hietzing, the entrepreneurship breakfast is a great chance for all members ... Read More»

Fulbright Reception and Farewell to Dr. Lonnie Johnson

A welcome – and a goodbye: Ambassador Traina hosted a reception for incoming U.S. and returning Austrian Fulbright students & scholars and alumni & friends of Fulbright Austria . Every year, dozens of Austrians and Americans participate in Fulbright exchange program which includes the 4th largest Fulbright US scholar program in the world. As students, teachers, and ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina at Street Photography Exhibition

Ambassador Traina, an avid photography collector, spoke at the opening of the new exhibition on street photography at Kunst Haus Wien/ Museum Hundertwasser. In his remarks, the Ambassador also remembered the recently deceased Robert Frank. “Street. Life. Photography” showcases works by U.S. and international artists. Read More»

Ambassador Traina at Austrian Air Show Airpower 2019

Ambassador Traina visited the Austrian air show Airpower in Styria, which showcased several U.S. aircraft. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy participated in Airpower for the first time. The Ambassador met with U.S. military and Austrian Bundesheer members, including crews from a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon, a West Virginia Air Guard C-130, and a Bundesheer ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina at the European Forum Alpbach 2019

Ambassador Traina traveled to the European Forum Alpbach this week – his second visit to the Tyrolean village. His busy schedule included meetings with Austrian government officials, politicians, business leaders, and students. The Ambassador attended several networking events, gave interviews to Austrian media, hosted a group of Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation fellows for breakfast, and ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina at UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School

Last week, Ambassador Traina travelled to Innsbruck to engage with students and faculty at the 44th UNO-Innsbruck International Summer School. He joined the course “Game of Thrones: Habsburg History” (one of close to forty offered this year), and met with hundred students for “A Conversation with Ambassador Traina.” Afterwards he attended a reception hosted by ... Read More»

Cultural Icon Award for Helga Rabl-Stadler

Ambassador Traina presented Helga Rabl-Stadler, President of the Salzburg Festival, with the “Cultural Icon Award” at the International Salzburg Association-Gala, celebrating her significant contribution to U.S.-Austrian cultural relations. The Gala’s venue, Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, is the birthplace of the Salzburg Festival. Read More»

50th Anniversary of the first Moonlanding

Full house for our double bill event celebrating the 50th anniversary of  NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration ‘s Apollo 11 Moon landing! The audience was treated to a stellar performance by the Markus Gaudriot Trio and taken back to the exciting days 50 years ago with the display of postal items, images, and newspaper articles collected by Profil editor Otmar ... Read More»

Opening Ceremony of the 44th UNO-Innsbruck Summer School

Chargé d’Affaires Robin Dunnigan represented the U.S. Embassy Vienna at the opening ceremony of the 44th UNO-Innsbruck Summer School at Congress Innsbruck on June 30. The evening was kicked off with a video celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Universität Innsbruck in 2019. Rektor Tilmann Märk, in his remarks, reminiscing about his own exchange experience ... Read More»

Independence Day Celebration

Fantastic summer weather on June 26 at the Independence Day Party at Ambassador Traina’s residence in Vienna.Every year, the U.S. Embassy opens the doors to the Ambassador’s Residence in Hietzing to honored guests who help make the U.S.-Austrian relationship so strong. Thanks to our generous sponsors, guests enjoyed American beer, American and Austrian wine, burgers, ... Read More»

Forward to the Moon

Kenneth Bowersox, deputy associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA and a former astronaut, gave a talk at Vienna’s Natural History Museum, sharing experiences from his missions to low-Earth orbit, along with NASA and their partners‘ plans heading forward to the Moon once again – an exploration campaign that is ... Read More»

Cultural Icon Award for Elisabeth Gürtler

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina presented Elisabeth Gürtler with the Embassy’s Cultural Icon Award in acknowledgement of her impressive achievements and long friendship with the United States.   Ms. Gürtler, former director of Hotel Sacher, was also managing director of the Spanish Riding School for many years. Part of the history of this institution, a favorite sight ... Read More»

Austrian Delegation at SelectUSA Investment Summit

Ambassador Traina led the largest Austrian delegation ever to the Select USA Investment Summit, which took place this year from June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. More than 20 delegates, including representatives from multi-national companies with subsidiaries in the U.S., exporters, and dynamic tech startups, attended the most important FDI event in the United States. The ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina Promotes Entrepreneurship in Graz

Last Friday, the Ambassador was in Styria’s capital, promoting entrepreneurship. He attended an Entrepreneurship Breakfast, to which our co-host Austrian Economic Chambers had invited in Graz this time, and took the opportunity to meet with some of the participants of our Austria to Austin startup exchange program with 3 Day Startup. In a subsequent panel ... Read More»

A Spotlight on Visibility and Growth of LGBTQ Rights

Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gave a talk about the odds of LGBTQ politicians compared to their straight counterparts. While many politicians still hesitate to out themselves for fear of the effects such announcement might have on their career, others have come forward, promoting the cause for ... Read More»

Rushan Abbas about human rights violations against Uyghurs in China

In her presentation at the Amerika Haus, Rushan Abbas, Director of Campaign for Uyghur s , detailed various human rights violations against Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province.  Ms. Abbas, herself a Uyghur, came to Washington, D.C., to study, and started raising international awareness for this situation. Read More»

Diplomats for Equality support the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019

Embassies, Delegations and Permanent Missions support IDAHOBIT and EuroPride 2019, which will take place in Vienna. We, the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, The United Kingdom, The ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina speaks at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast at WKO

At the Entrepreneurship Breakfast – at the Wirtschaftskammer- headquarters with co-host Jürgen Roth – Ambassador Traina welcomed the participants, and announced that he will be leading the Austrian delegation, including eight innovative companies, to  The Global Entrepreneurship Summit  in The Hague on June 4 and 5. The Ambassador will also be leading the largest Austrian delegation on record to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina at Bilateral Military Exercise

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina visited Bundesheer’s ‘Schwarzenberg’ barracks in Salzburg in style, catching a ride on a Black Hawk! 100 Austrian & U.S. military police are participating in the bilateral military exercise “All In” to further cooperation during peacekeeping missions. “We are hoping to do an even larger military exercise next year together,” the Ambassador said ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina’s remarks at the “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism” Initiative

Ambassador Trevor Traina was honored to speak at an event celebrating Muslimische Jugend Österreich ‘s program against anti-Semitism. [As prepared] Hello.  It is an honor to be here today to recognize the Muslim Youth Austria for their initiative “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism.” First, let me start by wishing you all “Ramadan Kareem.” The holy month of Ramadan started this ... Read More»

Milton Wolf Seminar Reception

Chargé d’Affaires Robin Dunnigan hosted a reception for the participants of the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy at her residence last night. This year’s Seminar –  is jointly organized by University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication, The American Austrian Foundation (AAF), and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA) – explored the theme ... Read More»

Speaking of Feminism

Rachel F. Seidman, Director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 2018/19 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Turku, Finland, visited Austria on April 8 and 9, 2019 for a series of workshops and lectures on feminist activism in the U.S. Throughout her presentations in Vienna and Linz, Professor ... Read More»

Rededication Ceremony at Mauthausen Memorial

On May 5, 1945, the U.S. 11th Armored Division liberated the Mauthausen Concentration camp. The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the Mauthausen Committee Austria, rededicated 3 plaques honoring the U.S. military for liberating the camp, and laid a wreath in memory of those who perished at the site. Among the Americans murdered at Mauthausen, were ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina visits Vorarlberg

Ambassador Trevor Traina greatly enjoyed his first visit to Vorarlberg. In his meeting with Markus Linhart, Mayor of the province’s capital Bregenz, they discussed strengthening trade between Vorarlberg and the U.S. At Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Ambassador met with Director Thomas Trummer and visited Miriam Cahn’s upcoming exhibition. In Stadt Hohenems, Director Hanno Loewy welcomed the Ambassador ... Read More»

Kickoff Reception for Austria to Austin 4.0

At Amerika Haus, Ambassador Trevor Traina welcomed 20 new Austrian entrepreneurs into the Austria to Austin community. This summer, these entrepreneurs will spend two weeks in Austin, Texas for a series of intense entrepreneurship workshops with 3DayStartup. While in Austin, participants will not only work on starting their own businesses, but get an in-depth look ... Read More»

Richard Fontaine on the Transatlantic Partnership

The Embassy invited Richard Fontaine, CEO of the think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), to Austria for discussions of the transatlantic partnership in an era of great power competition. Mr. Fontaine gave interviews to Die Presse and Tiroler Tageszeitung and talked at the Management Center Innsbruck and the Amerika Haus in Vienna. ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina at the University of Vienna

Ambassador Traina visited the oldest university in the German-speaking world, the University of Vienna, to talk with American Studies students about American culture, politics, and foreign policy. In his introductory remarks the Ambassador emphasized the good relations between Austria and the United States. Afterwards he fielded questions from the students, covering a very wide range ... Read More»

Entrepreneurship Breakfast at the Residence

Ambassador Traina invited to another “Entrepreneurship Breakfast” in his residence and offered, in cooperation with the Wirtschaftskammer, Austrian Entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. The guests also learned about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and Select USA Summit , the Austria to Austin Student Startup Program of the Embassy, and the WKÖ Accelerator Program Go Silicon ... Read More»

Reception in Honor of the Mark Rothko Exhibition Opening

The exhibition “Mark Rothko” was opened at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna , showing for the first time in Austria a retrospective of the influential U.S. artist and representative of Abstract Expressionism. Afterwards Ambassador Traina invited the guests of the vernissage to a reception in his residence, with the guests of honor Christopher and Kate Rothko, the children of ... Read More»

Legion of Merit Award for Austrian Military Officer

Ambassador Traina presented the Legion of Merit award to Austrian Bundesheer’s Brigadier General Harald Göllinger, former Defense Attaché to the United States. The Legion of Merit is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. It is one of ... Read More»

Theodore R. Bromund about Transatlantic Relations

Expert speaker Theodore R. Bromund from The Heritage Foundation discussed changes and continuities in U.S. economic policy under the administration of President Trump. A few hours before he gave a joint interview for the Austria Presse Agentur and the newspaper Kurier. Read More»

Go Silicon Valley Departure Workshop 2019

The U.S. Embassy hosted the kick-off event for participants in this year’s GoSiliconValley accelerator program administered by the Wirtschaftskammer. In his welcome remarks Ambassador Trevor Traina emphasized the importance of networking. About 80 Austrian start-ups had applied for the program. The lucky 16 winners will get the opportunity to go to the U.S., work on ... Read More»

Team USA at Edelweiss Raid

For the first time ever, the United States sent a team to the famous Edelweiss Raid – a grueling two-day mountain warfare competition hosted by the  Bundesheer  in the Austrian Alps. This year the U.S. was represented by the Green Mountain Boys of the  Vermont National Guard . No team has ever finished the race in its first year, ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina visits Vienna Business School

Ambassador Traina visited the Vienna Business School this week and gave a talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur. Later the Ambassador met with the students in charge of the school’s practice company Arte Fakt. Ambassador Traina thanked the students for the demonstration of the functions and departments of the company. “I was very impressed ... Read More»

On the Appointment of Elan S. Carr as Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

Press Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019: “I am proud to announce the appointment of Elan S. Carr as the United States Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Special Envoy Carr is a former criminal prosecutor, and currently serves as a military officer. He has also served as an ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina visits Miba and voestalpine

Ambassador Traina traveled to the industrial powerhouse of Upper Austria to visit two of the largest Austrian investors in the United States, voestalpine and Miba. Together, voestalpine and Miba employ thousands of Americans in plants from Texas to Wisconsin to Georgia, investing over $1 billion in the U.S. economy, not only investing in American manufacturing, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

This latest update to the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution provides U.S. citizens with general information regarding terrorist activities, political violence and criminal activity that transpire abroad, as well as specific recommendations on how to prepare for possible contingencies, receive information on breaking security events and ensure that travelers can be contacted in an emergency. ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

Location:  Austrian Alpine Regions Event:  The Austrian Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report that the avalanche danger is high over widespread areas in the mountainous regions of Austria. Some parts of Austria have reached a level four warning on the European Avalanche Warning scale (high). Wind slabs can be released easily, even by a ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Vienna

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan in Vienna: He expressed the United States’ gratitude for Austria’s contributions to security cooperation in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans, and emphasized the need to counter Iranian and Russian malign activities. He met with Secretary General for Foreign Affairs Johannes  Peterlik  to discuss the continued bilateral cooperation. Read More»

FACT SHEET: Mahan Air’s Support for Terrorism

The United States designated Mahan Air for sanctions in 2011 for providing financial, material, and technological support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), which was designated by the United States in 2007 for providing material support to terrorism. The European Union designated the IRGC Qods Force in 2010, noting the group “is Tehran’s principal ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina at the Institute of Science and Technology

Ambassador Traina travelled to Klosterneuburg to visit the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, a research institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences. The Institute, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019, has grown from zero to an impressive 700 students, scholars and scientific and admin staff within less than ten years of ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina meets with Uni Management Club

Ambassador Traina met with members of the Uni Management Club Vienna, a network of business students, to talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur as well as Austrian-American relations. During the Q&A, the students were particularly interested in Ambassador Traina’s career as technology entrepreneur and philanthropist in San Francisco, as well as his ambitions to ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Vienna (December 3rd, 2018) 

Location:  Austria, countrywide Event: During the holiday season security measures in Austria remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. Actions ... Read More»

“Thank Fulbright – Thanksgiving” Dinner

The annual “Thank Fulbright – Thanksgiving” event took place at Glacis Beisl in Vienna’s 7th district on November 27, also known as “Giving Tuesday.”  More than 100 alumni, friends and associates of the Fulbright Program joined together to celebrate the idea of mutual understanding in the spirit of Senator J. William Fulbright, the founder and namesake ... Read More»

American Studies Annual Meeting on “American Im/Mobilities”

From November 16-18, the Austrian Association for American Studies held its 45th annual meeting on “American Im/Mobilities” at the University of Vienna, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Amerika Haus. The conference, which brought together more than 100 scholars of American Studies and related disciplines from Austria, other European countries, and the United States, set out to examine ... Read More»

Young Entrepreneurs of Vienna meeting with Ambassador Traina

Ambassador Trevor D. Traina was the featured guest speaker at the monthly meetup of the “Young Entrepreneurs of Vienna,” a network founded by the Austria to Austin  alumni Stefan Salcher and Florian Ott. The Ambassador shared his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, investor, and Silicon Valley insider, and encouraged the group to expand their ideas and think beyond the ... Read More»

Science Fundraising: The Role of the Alumni

Expert speaker Kevin Lobdell, Director of Alumni Engagement at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado Boulder, delivered a talk about “Science Fundraising: The Role of Alumni” at Amerika Haus on October 23. In his remarks, Lobdell underlined the importance of early relationship-building, in particular, when cultivating future donors. Read More»

Ambassador Traina visits the Austrian National Library

The Austrian National Library has partnered with Google to digitalize over 600,000 books in its State Hall collection. Ambassador Traina visited the 650 year old library to learn more about this project and the history of this Austrian institution. During the tour, Ambassador Traina also viewed some special rare pieces including a mid-16th century map ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina opens Helen Levitt Retrospective

The Albertina museum in Vienna shows a retrospective of the works of U.S. photographer Helen Levitt (1913-2009). She was famous for her “street photography” in and around New York City. Ambassador Trevor Traina said in his opening remarks: “Exhibits such as this are the perfect way for us to connect our two cultures and share our ... Read More»

Austria to Austin Reception at the Amerika Haus

This summer marked the third iteration of the Embassy-funded “Austria to Austin” entrepreneurship exchange program. This year’s group was bigger than ever with a total of 34 participants in two groups. They traveled to Austin to train with 3DayStartup, network with the Austin community, and receive mentorship from top entrepreneurs in the Austin ecosystem. However, ... Read More»

Fulbright Reception 2018

Ambassador Trevor Traina hosted a reception for the newly arrived American Fulbright grantees. The reception brought together American grantees with newly returned Austrian Fulbrighters and a host of alumni. Since 1950/51, Fulbright Austria has brought over 2,500 scholars and professors to Austria and 3,650 Austrians to the United States. Additionally, each year Fulbright manages 140 American teaching ... Read More»

Glitter and Be Gay: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, bridging the gap between classical music, Broadway musicals, jazz, and rock. Throughout his outstanding career, he composed popular symphonies, operas, and musicals; spearheaded prestigious orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and, as a guest conductor over a period of 24 ... Read More»

Ambassador visits Austrian Airlines and Vienna International Airport

Austrian Airlines plays a critical role in enhancing the economic and cultural ties between the United States and Austria. Each year hundreds of thousands of Americans pass through Vienna International Airport on business or tourism. Ambassador Traina visited with Austrian Airlines CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech and Vienna International Airport COO Julian Jäger to thank them for all they ... Read More»

Gala Dinner for Ambassador Traina

The American Chamber of Commerce in Austria hosted a gala dinner to welcome Ambassador Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis. In his remarks, Ambassador Traina emphasized the strong bilateral relations between Austria and the United States, particularly also regarding the economic sector. “I want to speak with people and entrepreneurs in Austria and listen to them and learn, how ... Read More»

Ambassador hosted Go Silicon Valley alumni

Ambassador Traina hosted a group of ‘Go Silicon Valley’ alumni at the residence for a discussion on mentorship and support for Austrian entrepreneurs, tips on breaking into the U.S. market, and his experience as a serial entrepreneur. Go Silicon Valley is an initiative run by Austrian Trade within the Austrian Economic Chambers and Open Austria. ... Read More»

Entrepreneurship Breakfast with Ambassador Traina

Ambassador Traina hosted his first entrepreneurship breakfast at his residence. These meetings are a cooperation with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. The goal is for Austrian entrepreneurs to have a chance to talk about their projects and to network. Ambassador Traina, himself an experienced entrepreneur, gave a talk about his own experiences, problematic situations and ... Read More»

Ambassador Trevor Traina at the European Forum Alpbach

Ambassador Trevor Traina met with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, hosted a working lunch for Federal Ministers Karin Kneissl & Margarete Schramböck, and others, chatted with Rainer Nowak, chief editor of Die Presse, spoke with Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, had coffee & conversation with Alpbach scholars and Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation-fellows, participated in the “Wien Trifft Tirol” Business Talk and gave interviews to ORF ZiB2 and to Tiroler ... Read More»

Ambassador hosts event with Marissa Mayer

Ambassador Traina hosted an exclusive group of Austrian entrepreneurs at his residence for a meet up with former Yahoo! CEO and Google icon, Marissa Mayer. The event was the first in a series of events initiated by Ambassador Traina, himself a successful tech entrepreneur, aimed at bringing top U.S. business, tech, and cultural personalities to ... Read More»

Ambassador Traina visited Salzburg

“Perhaps the most beautiful city in Europe!” That was Ambassador Traina’s comment to “Salzburger Nachrichten” during his visit to the Mozartstadt. In his first official visit outside Vienna, Ambassador Traina called upon Governor Haslauer to discuss increased cooperation between the United States and Land Salzburg. He also stopped by Schloss Mirabell to admire the unparalleled ... Read More»

Ambassador met Heinz Fischer

Ambassador Trevor Traina visited the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and discussed with the Centre’s Co-chairman and former President of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer ways to further develop the diplomatic relationship between the United States and Austria. Read More»

Separated Powers: The 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections

On June 19, Hans Noel gave a talk on the 2018 Mid-Term Elections at the Amerika Haus. Noel, Associate Professor at the Department of Government at Georgetown University discussed the strategies for the Republicans and the Democrats as well as the major themes and trends that will guide voting. He also touched on what can ... Read More»

Marshall Plan Video Contest Award Ceremony

On June 14, the three winners of the video contest on the occasion of “70 Years Marshall Plan in Austria” were awarded prizes by Ambassador Trevor Traina and Mag. Edeltraud Stiftinger from the Austria Wirtschaftsservice. These are the prize-winning videos: 1st prize – “70th Anniversary Marshall Plan in Austria” , submitted by students from the BRG Körösi in Graz ( report on the school’s ... Read More»

An American Historian´s View of the First Republic, 1918-1938

“Once a teacher, always a teacher” – Prof.emerit. Bruce Pauley, University of Central Florida, an expert on Austrian history, shared his views on the First Republic, 1918-1938 at Amerika Haus at the invitation of Fulbright Austrian and the U.S. Embassy.   He was introduced by Doz. Dr. Heidemarie Uhl, Austrian Academy of Sciences, who underlined the ... Read More»

Marshall Plan Foundation Fellowship Awards

This year’s Marshall Plan Fellows received their certificates on June 6 at Amerika Haus, with U.S. Ambassador Trevor Traina and Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, present. The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation supports academic exchange between students and researchers from Austria and the United States, with the goal to deepen relationships between both countries ... Read More»

LGBTI reception

U.S. Embassy Vienna joins celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month. On June 5, Ambassador Trevor Traina hosted a reception for Austrian LGBTI leaders and activists at his residence, highlighting the U.S. commitment to advancing human rights, including equality for LGBTI persons. Stonewall GmbH managing director Katharina Kacerovsky and HOSI ... Read More»

The Future of Journalism & Democracy in the Age of Disinformation

On May 23 and 24, renowned American journalism critic Tom Rosenstiel gave a series of lectures in Vienna, Salzburg, and Krems. The age of journalism as a gatekeeper between newsmakers and the public has ended. The economic model for journalism built around advertising is also broken. State-sponsored disinformation campaigns and Russian trolls are actively trying ... Read More»

Remarks upon Arrival in Vienna

As prepared Guten Morgen und Grüß Gott! It is both delightful and humbling to stand before you today as the United States Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Austria. And it is very personal. Austria is not just a country I know, it is a country for which I have great affection (love is a much ... Read More»

Masterpieces by American Women Composers – Piano recital & presentation

On May 17, Linda Holzer performed music by Margaret Bonds (1913-1972),  Missy Mazzolli (*1980), Florence Price (1887-1953) and Gwyneth Walker (*1947) at the Amerika Haus. Linda Holzer is a professor of piano at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. An advocate for contemporary music, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., including ... Read More»

Diplomats for Equality

We join 30 foreign missions in Vienna in support of today’s International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Around the world LGBTI persons too often face discrimination, violence, and even death. We recognize the advocates and allies raising awareness of LGBTI issues. We are also looking forward to joining Diplomats For Equaliy at Vienna Pride on June ... Read More»

Entrepreneurship Breakfast

As prepared Good morning, Welcome to the May 2018 Entrepreneurship Breakfast.  Thank you to our partners from the Wirtschaftskammer for hosting us.  It has been an absolute pleasure working with you on this.  We look forward to continuing this cooperation for many years to come. I want to thank Maximilian Tayenthal for taking the time ... Read More»

Mauthausen Memorial Ceremony

As prepared Proud to see so many Americans here today and to be here with Chargés, Colonel Knych, and Marines. A wise philosopher once urged us to “Remember the past to build the future.” Here at Mauthausen, where evil in its most horrifying form existed, we rededicate ourselves to ensuring we never forget the past. ... Read More»

“70 Years Marshall Plan” Exhibit at WKO Steiermark

The travelling exhibit „70 Years Marshall Plan in Austria,“ which focused on the United States’ exemplary recovery program for Europe, stopped in Graz where it opened at the Economic Chamber Styria on May 3. Following words of welcome by WKO-Director Dr. Karl-Heinz Dernoschek, who mentioned how important the Marshall Plan had been for the economic ... Read More»

Austria to Austin Roadshow Kick-off Event

On May 2 we celebrated at Amerika Haus with the participants of Austria2Austin 3.0 as well as our fantastic A2A alumni, and our friends from the Austrian startup community. Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young highlighted the success of Austria to Austin in providing nearly 80 young Austrian entrepreneurs with intensive skills training and mentorship in Austin, ... Read More»

Why Does Ukraine Matter to the U.S. – and What Is at Stake for Europe?

On April 19, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion with Nolan Peterson, Kyiv-based correspondent of the Daily Signal, moderated by Otmar Lahodynsky, president of the Association of European Journalists, European editor, profil-magazine Ukraine is increasingly at the intersection of Russian, American, European – and now Chinese geographical interests. Nolan Peterson discussed why the U.S. needs ... Read More»

“70 Years Marshall Plan” Exhibit at the Carinthian State Archive

“The Marshall Plan was second to none in promoting and securing peace and prosperity in Europe following World War Two,” said Embassy Counselor Stephen Hubler in his remarks at the opening of the Marshall Plan anniversary exhibit at the Carinthian State Archive on April 11.  Following words of welcome by State Archive Director Dr. Wilhelm ... Read More»

Reflecting on Race in America: Marking the 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr.’s Assassination

On April 5, Susan Strasser, distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, gave a talk at the Amerika Haus. The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. serves as a moment to reflect on what African American scholar Ibram X. Kendi calls “a dual and dueling history of racial progress and ... Read More»

Trevor D. Traina, Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Austria

Trevor D. Traina is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist based in San Francisco. He has founded or co-founded five companies and sold four of them (including to Microsoft and Intuit). He is presently Founder and CEO of IfOnly, a company that allows buyers to purchase unique life experiences with a portion of the proceeds ... Read More»

Donald Trump and the New Politics of Class

On March 12, Michael Lind, Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and co-founder of the think tank New America, gave a talk on The New Politics of Class in the U.S. Lind argued that the election of Donald Trump is an illustration of a ... Read More»

Go Silicon Valley Departure Workshop

The U.S. Embassy is a proud supporter of the GoSiliconValley program. Run by the Wirtschaftskammer and Aussenwirtschafts Service, the GoSilicon Valley program brings Austrian entrepreneurs to California, assisting them with placement into local incubators and accelerators, as well as linking them with the local venture capital and investment networks. On March 5, the Embassy hosted ... Read More»

“70 Years Marshall Plan” Exhibit at WKO Tirol

On March 1, the anniversary exhibit “70 Years Marshall Plan” opened at WKO Tirol. Dr. Karl Josef Ischia commended the United States for its foresightedness and generosity following the end of World War II. Mag. Barbara Traweger-Ravanelli mentioned the role of Tyrolean ERP inspector Dr. Walter Hörmann, whose daughter was also present at WKO, in ... Read More»

Fulbright Orientation

On February 23, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Steve Hubler briefed 16 incoming U.S. Fulbright Visiting scholars about “Transatlantic Relations: Austria, the United States, and the European Union” at Fulbright Austria’s offices at Museumsquartier during orientation week. In his remarks Mr. Hubler quoted five key priorities pursued by the U.S. Department of State: counter-proliferation; defeating ... Read More»

Civic Action & Policy Making in the U.S.

How can citizens engage in the legislative process? At Amerika Haus, Joseph Jones, Executive Director of The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement discussed the role of civic action and community engagement in the formulating legislation in the United States. The Harkin Institute, based at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa focuses on ... Read More»

Black History Month Program with Prof. Kim Warren

In honor of Black History Month, this week the Embassy hosted Prof. Kim Warren of the Department of History at the University of Kansas and Fulbright scholar at the Syddansk Universitet for a series of workshops and discussions on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the role of the ordinary citizen in ... Read More»

Marshall Plan Poster Show at the Theresianum

On February 15, Counselor for Public Affairs Dr. Daniel Mattern visited Theresianum highschool in Vienna to open the anniversary exhibit on the history of the Marshall Plan in Austria.  This exhibit is part of a larger initiative of the U.S. Embassy during this anniversary year 2017/18.   Carried out in cooperation with Austria wirtschafts service and ... Read More»

Opening of Marshall Plan Exhibit

On February 6, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young travelled to Upper Austria to open the “70 Years Marshall Plan” anniversary exhibit at Oberbank Linz.  In his remarks, Chairman of the Board Dr. Josef Weißl underlined the importance of the Marshall Plan as a landmark economic initiative, which Secretary of State George C. Marshall had first introduced ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

Location:  Austrian Alpine Regions Event:  The Austrian Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report that the avalanche danger is high over widespread areas in the mountainous regions of Austria. Some parts of Austria have reached a level five warning on the European Avalanche Warning scale (the highest threat level). Weather conditions can change ... Read More»

Video Contest – “70th Anniversary Marshall Plan in Austria”

The U.S. Embassy invites Austrian high school students (ages 14-19) to participate in our video contest. Each video entry should document the legacy of the Marshall Plan and its ongoing success in Austria, i.e. legacy funds are still supporting Austrian companies.  As part of this project, students will have the chance to interview representatives of ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel ... Read More»

Embassy Holiday Reception

Happy Hanukkah!  Merry Christmas! Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, liebe Kollegen. Guten Abend und herzlich willkommen!  Zoe und ich freuen uns sehr dass sie heute hier sind. Wenn Sie erlauben, werde ich nun auf English fortfahren. On behalf of my wife Zoe and the entire U.S. Embassy to Austria, I want to welcome you tonight ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Vienna reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires in Carinthia

Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the province of Carinthia November 30-December 1, where he called on leaders from the political, economic and religious field.  In Klagenfurt, Chargé Young had a highly interesting exchange of thoughts with Bishop Schwarz during a lunch hosted by the Bishop.  He subsequently met with the Mayor of Klagenfurt, Dr. Maria-Luise ... Read More»

“Thanksgiving – Thank Fulbright”

On November 28, this year’s “Giving Tuesday,” the first “Thanksgiving – Thank Fulbright” gala was organized and co-hosted by Fulbright Austria and Austrian Fulbright Alumni at Pfarrwirt in Vienna’s 19th district.  The event was part of the first annual Fulbright Austria call for alumni and private sector support.  In the course of the evening, a ... Read More»

“Song Leaves”

In honor of Thanksgiving, the Embassy hosted a concert at the Amerika Haus on November 28, featuring Waundell Saavedra (vocals) and Stefano Ragusini (piano). The artists presented a diverse program of works by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Claude Debussy, as well as songs inspired by Walt Whitman’s famous poem “Leaves of Grass,” composed by  ... Read More»

Marshall Plan Exhibit – Austrian Ministry of Economics

The finissage of the handsome exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan that has been on display at the Austrian Ministry of Economics for the past month, provided an opportunity to review the impact of this landmark economic initiative for the benefit of European recovery following WWII.  Twelve panels outline the beginnings of ... Read More»

Beethoven’s Apartment in Heiligenstadt is Reopened

At an opening ceremony on November 20, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young highlighted the essential role of American philanthropy and expertise in supporting the Wien Museum’s efforts to reopen the Beethoven Wohnung on Probusgasse 6 in Heiligenstadt, in Vienna’s 19th district. Thanks to generous support from the American Friends of the Vienna Museum, a Chicago-based organization, ... Read More»

New Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy

On November 16, foreign policy expert Kim Holmes spoke at the Amerika Haus in Vienna about the outlook and implications for U.S.-European Relations in the Trump Administration. The lively discussion was moderated by Cengiz Günay. Kim R. Holmes is acting senior vice president for research at The Heritage Foundation. He oversaw the think tank’s defense and ... Read More»

Reforming Reform: The Anti-Corruption Agenda After 30 Years

On November 13, Professor Michael Johnston spoke at the Amerika Haus  about the evolution of anti-corruption efforts worldwide since the end of the Cold War, persistent problems in the international anti-corruption agenda, and prospects for the future.  Nicole Shampaine, Chargé d’ Affaires a.i., U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna gave the welcoming remarks. Michael ... Read More»

Political Economic Counselor Stephen Hubler’s trip to Salzburg and Styria

Last week Political Economic Counselor Stephen Hubler, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, went to Salzburg and Graz, where he spoke about key aspects and targets of the Trump Administration.  On November 6 Mr. Hubler was invited to the Austro-American Society Salzburg (AAS) by AAS President Dr. Maria Ganauser and spoke ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires in Vorarlberg

On November 2 and 3 Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the Western-most Austrian province Vorarlberg.  He visited the Jewish Museum in Hohenems and met with the museum’s director Dr. Hanno Loewy. During the talks in Bregenz with Landesstatthalter Mag. Karlheinz Rüdisser and Landtagspräsident Mag. Harald Sonderegger the importance of intensifying the already close economic ties ... Read More»

“Alexis de Tocqueville and Donald Trump: or, the Promise and Limits of Democracy in America”

On November 2, Professor Mark Reinhardt spoke about how Alexis de Tocqueville would understand the presidency of Donald Trump. His talk used Tocqueville’s sketch of democracy, and the hopes and fears his American journey instilled in him, to assess contemporary institutions, social structures, and political culture in the U.S.  It addressed the insights and the ... Read More»

The Changing Media Landscape in a Post-Truth World

On October 30, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion on the future of journalism and media with Nicholas Kralev, a former longtime correspondent for the Washington Times and the Financial Times. Mr. Kralev, who has accompanied four U.S. Secretaries of State on their travels around the world, pointed out the challenges both legitimate media organizations and ... Read More»

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

The White House Office of the Vice President October 26, 2017 Today, Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz to congratulate him on his electoral success and the Austrian people on the successful conduct of their October 15 national elections. The Vice President expressed appreciation for Austria’s contributions to global security ... Read More»

Ceremony in Bergham – Bad Wimsbach-Neydharting

Defense Attaché Colonel David Knych participated in the commemoration ceremony in Bad Wimsbach-Neydharting, Upper Austria honoring the crew members of the United States Air Force.  The crew members died there in WWII when the “B-24 Liberator” crashed on February 23, 1944. Apart from the Defense Attaché, other members of the Defense Attaché’s office and members ... Read More»

Museums Re-Imagined: Vision & Design in the 21st Century

On October 24, Steven Engelsman, director of the Weltmuseum Wien and Ralph Appelbaum, museum designer, New York and Barbara Plankensteiner, director of the Museum for Ethnology in Hamburg, discussed the vision & design of museums in the 21st century, showing examples among others from the National Museum of African American History & Culture and Weltmuseum Wien. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Daniel Mattern, Public Affairs Counselor, who also ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires in Styria

On October 13, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the province of Styria. In the course of his one-day visit, he gave an interview for Kleine Zeitung and paid a courtesy call on Deputy Governor Michael Schickhofer. While at the Grazer Burg, the Chargé used the opportunity to visit the famous “Versöhnungsstiege,” a spectacular double spiral ... Read More»

“We are family, we are not breaking up”

On October 13, Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young participated in the “Aussenpolitische Gespräche” at Schloss Hernstein, organized by the “ Österreichische Gesellschaft für Außenpolitik und die Vereinten Nationen (ÖGAVN) ” and the “ Akademisches Forum für Außenpolitik – Hochschulliga für die Vereinten Nationen (AFA) “. During the panel discussion about the relations between the U.S. and Europe with Ambassador Dr. Ursula Plassnik and former Austrian Chancellor Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel, Chargé d’Affaires Young stressed the continuing commitment of ... Read More»

Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria-Klosterneuburg

From evolutionary genetics to nanoelectronics – American and Austrian scientists collaborate on cutting-edge research just outside Vienna. Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young had the honor to visit the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria to hear from American and Austrian professors about how they are working together to push the boundaries of scientific research and technology. IST Austria is just one of ... Read More»

Iran Sanctions – Austrian Companies

“Our position on Iran remains the same since the implementation of the JCPOA. According to sections 4.1-4.7 of Annex II and 17.1-17.2 of Annex V, this states that non-U.S. persons are allowed to undertake banking, financial and commercial transactions with Iran. Under the provisions of the JCPOA, primary sanctions against U.S. persons and companies remain ... Read More»

“Transatlantic Relations: Austria, the United States, and the European Union”

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission briefed incoming U.S. Fulbright students and scholars about “Transatlantic Relations: Austria, the United States, and the European Union” at Fulbright Austria on September 21.  In his remarks, Mr. Hubler quoted security, liberty, and prosperity as U.S. Embassy Vienna’s top goals vis-à-vis the host country.  He addressed the U.S. Department of ... Read More»

American Foreign Policy under President Trump

Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to do things differently in foreign policy and to do different things. With his commitment to putting America first, President Trump is changing how the United States operates overseas, creating new challenges for many of its long-time allies. To address these issues, on September 12, the U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Science Fundraising: Challenges and Opportunities

“In the United States 50 per cent of privately raised funds go into education and science;” “fundraising is all about asking; ” and, “there is not a quick way to raise funds.” These were but three core statements that were made during a panel discussion with experts from Stanford University, Austrian Scientists in North America ... Read More»

Independence Day Celebration 2017

Welcome everyone! Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, Herr Vizekanzler Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter. Former Ambassador Helene von Damm. Former Ambassador William Eacho and Mrs. Donna Eacho. Thank you Solmaaz Adeli for that wonderful rendition of the American and Austrian national anthems, and “Space A,” from the Air National Guard, for the music today. Thank you ... Read More»

Disinformation on the Internet

On June 22, David Mikkelson, CEO of Snopes.com, talked about how do you identify misinformation, what are the effects, and what can we do about it? David Mikkelson is the co-founder and CEO of Snopes.com, a popular, independent fact-checking website that covers stories of unknown or questionable origin including urban legends, internet rumors, and e-mail ... Read More»

70 Years Marshall Plan in Austria

On June 21, austria wirtschafts service (aws) in cooperation with the Austrian Marshal Plan Foundation commemorated “70 Years of the Marshall Plan” with an opening of a museum exhibit and release of the anniversary book “The Marshall Plan – since 1947. Saving Europe, Rebuilding Austria” by Günter Bischof and Hans Petschar. The chosen location was METAStadt, a former industrial site of Elin ... Read More»

Diplomats for equality!

30 Embassies, Delegations and Permanent Missions support Vienna Pride 2017 We, the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, joined by the ... Read More»

The Outlook on Transatlantic Relations

On April 6, 2017, the U.S. Embassy organized a panel discussion with Stanley Sloan, Jan Surotchak, International Republican Institute and Elisabeth Christen, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO).  The discussion was moderated by Arnold Kammel from the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES). Stanley R. Sloan is a non-resident senior fellow at the Washington-based think ... Read More»

The Global Significance of American Avant-Garde Film

On April 4, the U.S. Embassy organized a panel discussion, including video clips, with Bruce Jenkins from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Alexander Horwath from the Austrian Film Museum and Mark Toscano, American filmmaker, curator and preservationist. Mark Toscano is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, curator and film preservationist and works for the Academy ... Read More»

The Jacksonian Tradition and American Foreign Policy under President Trump

On March 8, Walter Russell Mead, Hudson Institute/Bard College, spoke at the Amerika Haus.  The event was moderated by Konrad Kramar, Foreign Affairs Editor at Kurier. President Trump won the election on a wave of support from a loose cultural coalition of Americans who have been a major force in American politics since the victory of Andrew ... Read More»

Lonely Are the Brave: The Enduring Black American Fight for Equality in School Education

On February 21, Dr. Nishani Frazier, Miami University, spoke at the Amerika Haus Vienna. Nishani Frazier is Associate Professor of History at Miami University. Dr. Frazier’s research interests include post-World War II black freedom movement and black internationalism. She has authored numerous essays and anthologies on the subject matter including her latest book, Harambee City: ... Read More»

Und Jetzt? Präsident Donald Trump und Europa

On January 25, Professor Daniel S. Hamilton, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor, spoke at the Amerika Haus in Vienna. Mr. Hamilton stressed that “Europeans are often surprised because they are not familiar with domestic tendencies in the U.S.” Meanwhile, replacing Obamacare will be “the first real test for the new administration.” According to Hamilton, the ... Read More»

The Inauguration of the President

The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related websites 58th Presidential Inauguration on Senate.gov Inauguration 2017 on USA.gov Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of the United States of America White House website (whitehouse.gov) Inauguration Quick Facts Who? ... Read More»

U.S. Marines at the BHAK Wr. Neustadt

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s MeetUS program, 3 members of the U.S. Marine Corps in Vienna visited the Bundeshandelsakademie in Wr. Neustadt.  Staff Sergeant Derek Schaap, Sergeant Dylan Driscoll and Sergeant Sylvia Ugo met with approximately 70 high school students and talked about their training and their missions to Iraq, Afghanistan or different parts of ... Read More»

Climate Change: Innovation at the State Level Learning from the California Model

Dr. Sonia Yeh, energy and climate expert, spoke at a series of programs to introduce and discuss state-run policy efforts in California and throughout the U.S. Dr. Yeh is a research scientist at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis and Visiting Professor at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology. Her activities in ... Read More»

“Gay Life in New York after World War II”

In cooperation with the Vienna Museum, the U.S. Embassy invited the renowned Yale University professor, LGBT historian and author George Chauncey to Vienna. Activities included talks and discussions at the Vienna Museum and at the Amerika Haus and an interview for a daily. The program provided an opportunity to highlight U.S. commitment to advance human ... Read More»

The Role of Advanced Materials in the Industry

On November 14, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion with Paul Mayrhofer from the Technical University Vienna, David Forrest from the U.S. Department of Energy and Deirdre Olynick from the Nanofabrication Molecular Foundry. The discussion was moderated by Rudolf Lichtmannegger from the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO), Each year, The George C. Marshall Visit to Austria ... Read More»

IMED 2016 Hackathon

On November 3, Cultural Attaché Kellee Farmer visited the opening day of the IMED 2016 Hackathon to watch the action live. The Hackathon , which is best described as an “invention marathon,” had brought together a number of small, multi-disciplinary and international teams at the Vienna Hilton Hotel with the goal to create innovative ideas, build ... Read More»

The American Elections, the Rise of Populism in the U.S. and Europe, and the Role of Survey Research

Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research at the Pew Research Center led the panel discussion at the Amerika Haus. He was joined by Christoph Hofinger, SORA Institute for Social Research and Consulting and Eva Zeglovits, IFES – Institute for Empirical Social Studies. The program was moderated by Austrian journalist Gianluca Wallisch from the daily ... Read More»

The Anthropologist

On September 27, the U.S. Embassy organized a screening of “The Anthropologist” at the Amerika Haus, followed by a discussion with the American co-director Seth Kramer. “The Anthropologist” is a documentary about the impact of climate change on indigenous communities in Siberia, Kiribati and Peru. The documentary is directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, ... Read More»

American Craft Beer Tasting

On September 21, Deputy Chief of Mission Eugene Young gave welcome remarks at a craft beer tasting for 100 selected guests, co-hosted by Austria’s biggest craft beer store BeerLovers and the U.S. Brewers Association. The event promoted U.S. craft beer in Austria and introduced Sylvia Kopp, the American Craft Beer Ambassador for the Brewers Association. Read More»

Campaigns in 2016 – Digital and Beyond

On September 20, the U.S. Embassy organized a discussion with Daron Shaw, University of Texas at Austin. He talked about how the rise of digital and social media has changed both politics and society immensely. How did democracy work in the digital age and what does that mean for campaigning? Daron Shaw explained how the ... Read More»

The CARE package – an Icon of Humanity

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the CARE package, CARE Austria hosted a swing time era concert for 700 CARE sponsors and patrons with the Ambassador as guest of honor. The Ambassador’s participation highlighted the efforts of the American people to help stabilize Austria and provide essential aid to the Austrian people in ... Read More»

City Cultures – from Greenwich Village to Abu Dhabi

From August 21 to 28, the University of Technology Vienna (TU Wien) hosted a summer school on ”Smart Cities – Designing Places and Urban Mentalities” with grant support from the U.S. Embassy Vienna, among others. Aside from classroom lectures, the summer school also included executive workshops as well as public lectures. One of those was ... Read More»

Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ... Read More»

The U.S. Presidential Election and Its Expected Impact on U.S. Foreign and Domestic Policy

Georgetown Professor Dr. Stephen Wayne gave a series of talks in Vienna, Graz and Krems. He focused on the possible impact of the upcoming elections on U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Dr. Wayne also discussed the foreign and domestic policy positions of the principal candidates, and what policies we might expect to see from the eventual winner. The ... Read More»

Death Cases: Procedures and Forensic Resources in Austria

Amerika Haus, June 15, 2016 On June 15 a Consular workshop took place dealing with death cases, featuring speakers from an Austrian funeral home, a Caritas Hospice grief counselor and a top forensic pathologist. The U.S. Embassy in Vienna was represented by Consular Section staff and a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More»

The Party Decides

Hans Noel , co-author of “The Party Decides”, an influential book on presidential nominations, participated in a panel discussion on how the 2016 election is changing how political scientists view nominations, and what scholars expect to happen on Election Day. At Georgetown University Professor Noel teaches and researches on parties, elections, political history and political methodology.  He ... Read More»

LGBT Reception & Screening

Ambassador’s Residence, June 11, 2016 This year’s highlight of the Embassy’s LGBT outreach was a Tri-Mission-hosted reception for the LGBT community at which the Austrian film maker Klaus Händl was honored. Händl’s film “Tomcat”, of which an excerpt was presented at the reception, won the Teddy Award for the best LGBT-themed film at the 2016 ... Read More»

Refractions of Bob Dylan & AustroBob

Amerika Haus, May 24, 2016 On Bob Dylan’s 75th anniversary, music journalist Martin Schäfer, editor and critic Rainer Vesely, journalist and radio moderator at FM4 Martin Blumenau, Univ.Prof.Mag.Dr. Alexandra Ganser from the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, Univ.Ass.Mag. Dr. Eugen Banauch and journalist and musician Markus Brandstetter discussed the ... Read More»

Austria: Made in Hollywood

Amerika Haus, May 3, 2016 Jacqueline Vansant , a professor of German at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and currently a Fulbright Visiting Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, introduced the audience to an Austria as seen through the eyes of Hollywood. Professor Vansant compiled an exhausting list of Hollywood films that are ... Read More»

Disrupt, Deter, Re-Direct: Tackling Terrorism from the Ground Up

Dr. Anne Speckhard from the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism & Georgetown University and Dr. Ulrich Kropiunigg from Women Without Borders & Medical University of Vienna discussed the roots of extremism and shared best practices on how to integrate minority groups. After interviewing nearly 500 terrorists, and in the case of dead suicide terrorists, their ... Read More»

The Universal Language of Rap

The Ambassador’s Residence, April 28, 2016 On the occasion of the Vienna-based “Rap Against” Festival for Social Innovation, U.S. Ambassador Alexa Wesner hosted a rap concert at her residence, featuring the Austrian group “P.Tah & Con” and the American Khary Durgans. Like the festival, the artists with their music make a stand against discrimination, xenophobia ... Read More»

Earl Fry on the U.S. Elections and TTIP

The annual Milton Wolf Seminar – a two-day conference for media practitioners, diplomats, academics, and students to share their perspectives, formulate new ideas, and identify areas where further research is needed – took place from April 4-6, 2016 in Vienna. This year’s seminar focused on “The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls.” The Milton Wolf Seminar is ... Read More»

Milton Wolf Seminar Reception

The annual Milton Wolf Seminar – a two-day conference for media practitioners, diplomats, academics, and students to share their perspectives, formulate new ideas, and identify areas where further research is needed – took place from April 4-6, 2016 in Vienna. This year’s seminar focused on “The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls.” The Milton Wolf Seminar is ... Read More»

Kelly Gibson analyzes the U.S. Election Campaigns

Kelly Gibson , communication expert at Hamburger Gibson Creative, has lots of experience with the use of the media in campaigns throughout the U.S. In her presentation she showed video ads from the presidential candidates as well as ads produced by independent-expenditure only committees (Super PACs) . Ms. Gibson talked about the financing situation of each candidate, how much money they have ... Read More»

“Transgressive TV” Book Presentation

In October 2014 the U.S. Embassy Vienna, in cooperation with the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Vienna, hosted an international conference on “Transgressive Television: Politics and Crime in 21st-Century American TV Series” with the goal to diagnose the specific transgressions in these series and the significance they have for our ... Read More»

Walter Russell Mead looks at Super Tuesday and Beyond

U.S. scholar Walter Russell Mead shared his views on American politics in the light of the upcoming presidential election. The Austrian journalist Anneliese Rohrer followed up with questions on the candidates and the election process. “Who will be the likely front-runners, and who will they choose as running mates?” were among the many questions raised ... Read More»

Hannover Messe

United States to Bring Largest-Ever U.S. Delegation to Hannover Messe Commerce Department to bring U.S. companies and economic development organizations to world’s largest trade show for industrial technology WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce will lead the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe (April 25 – 29, 2016), an annual trade event that regularly attracts ... Read More»

Elections Discussion with Ramesh Ponnuru

U.S. journalist and senior editor of the National Review Ramesh Ponnuru gave an outlook on the primaries and the race for the White House. Following Mr. Ponnuru’s introduction was a lively debate with Austrian political consultants Thomas Hofer and Yussi Pick , as well as an engaged audience who valued the experts’ profound views on the candidates’ campaigns and ... Read More»

International Parental Child Abduction

On January 21, a workshop took place on International Parental Child Abduction, featuring speakers from the United States and Austria: the Hon. Judith Kreeger, a Hague Network Judge from the U.S., Judge Andrea Ertl, a Hague Judge at the District Court of Linz, and Judge Christine Miklau, Judge at the District Court of Wien Meidling. ... Read More»

Tom Plant Explains the U.S. Approach Towards Clean Energy

Tom Plant from the Center for the New Energy Economy talked about energy efficiency and the role individual states play in developing an energy policy. One of the goals he discussed was the shift from coal-powered electric plants to natural gas and renewable energy. He explained the various stages of the Clean Power Plan Timeline and answered questions from the audience. Read More»

Young American Artists

The U.S. Embassy supported the exhibition “Young Americans” at the gallery  Franz Josefs Kai 3 in Vienna. The exhibit included installations, paintings, photographs and videos of eight American artists whose work has not been shown in Austria before. “Young Americans” was put together by Irene Gludowacz and Cornelis van Almsick and is part of the two-week long exhibition ... Read More»

Today’s Voices: “Making News in the Digital Age”

In collaboration with the Department of Communication, Today’s Voices hosted a presentation and discussion with the journalist and assistant professor of the George Washington University Dr. Nikki Usher . During the presentation and the following lively discussion Today’s Voices group members and students of the Department of Communication learnt more about the future of journalism in times of ... Read More»

Yussi Pick and Stefan Sengl on the U.S. Elections 2016

Communication experts Yussi Pick and Stefan Sengl presented their new blog USA2016 , which offers detailed information on the candidates, their campaigns, videos and articles.  Following the presentation was a lively Q&A on the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. Yussi Pick is Managing Partner at Pick&Barth, Digital Strategies, and member of the International Association of Political Consultants. Campaigning ... Read More»

“Hollywood in Vienna” Reception 2015

Film composer James Newton Howard is this year’s recipient of the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award which is part of the annual  “Hollywood in Vienna” film music program. U.S. Ambassador Alexa Wesner gave a reception in honor of Mr. Howard and the ongoing musical relationship between the U.S. and Austria. Founder, producer and artistic director of the program Sandra Tomek ... Read More»

Opening Ceremony of the American Institute of Musical Studies 2015

Deputy Chief of Mission Eugene Young attended the opening ceremony of the 45th American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS)  program in Graz. In his remarks he pointed out the high value of this summer program as it promotes cultural exchange and mutual understanding. The AIMS Festival Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Kalajdžić, and the AIMS singers, led by Darryl Cooper, presented compositions ... Read More»

Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo

The U.S. Embassy together with the  Fulbright Commission hosted a concert featuring the duo Ogni Suono , consisting of American saxophone player and Fulbright Scholar Phil Pierick and his partner Noa Even. The duo presented contemporary American and international compositions. Fulbright Austria Executive Director Lonnie Johnson introduced the program and highlighted the value of educational exchange. Read More»

Dianne Welsh on the Future of Higher Education

Professor Dianne H.B. Welsh , Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at The University of North Carolina Greensboro, recent Fulbright-Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe at WU Wien, delivered a presentation during a workshop at the Amerika Haus. The program was organized by the U.S. Embassy Vienna in cooperation with the ... Read More»

Award Ceremony – Video Contest

Winners of the video contest, organized by the U.S. Embassy in cooperation with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU Vienna), were invited to the Amerika Haus to receive their awards. The prizes were presented both by U.S. Ambassador Alexa Wesner and Rector Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Martin H. Gerzabek. The topic of ... Read More»

Women and Entrepreneurship

On June 22, Ambassador Alexa Wesner, a former entrepreneur, participated in a panel discussion on “Women and Entrepreneurship” at Amerika Haus Vienna. The evening was organized by the U.S Embassy Vienna in cooperation with the  Austrian Fulbright Commission and the Fulbright Women’s Roundtable. On the panel the Ambassador was joined by Professor Dianne H.B. Welsh, Hayes Distinguished Professor ... Read More»

Steve Grand

Singer Steve Grand , an Arts Envoy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and his band, promoted LGBT rights in Austria. While in Austria, he gave a talk and did a video for the local NGO “ It Gets Better “. He gave a concert hosted by the Tri-Mission Ambassadors at the residence of Ambassador Alexa Wesner, a ... Read More»

50th Anniversary of the Film “The Sound of Music”

On May 30, the Austro-American Societies Salzburg and Upper Austria, with the support of the U.S. Embassy and Oberbank, hosted an all-day program entitled “The Sound of Music Experience” for Society members and friends.  On the 50th anniversary of the making of the Hollywood classic “The Sound of Music,” the goal of the program was to ... Read More»

Building Bridges to Make it Better: Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth

Dan Savage , award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator, participated in a panel discussion on “Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth” at the Amerika Haus.  In 2010, Savage, who writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love in The Stranger, an alternative weekly newspaper in Seattle, and his husband Terry Miller began the “It Gets Better Project”  whose ... Read More»

“Erika and Klaus Mann: Traitors to the Fatherland”

The internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker and nonfiction author Dr. Andrea Weiss  presented clips of one of her earlier films “Escape to Life.” This film deals with the life and times of famous German author Thomas Mann’s eldest children, Erika and Klaus. Known as intellectuals, artists, homosexuals and pacifists, Erika and Klaus were forced to leave Germany after Hitler’s ... Read More»

Richard Harknett about Cyberaggression

Professor Richard Harknett from the University of Cincinnati talked about cyber security risks that major companies encounter and of the risks every computer user worldwide is facing. He discussed counter measures that already have been taken and new strategies that have to be developed. He was accompanied by Dr. Alexander Janda from the Kuratorium Sicheres Österreich , who talked about ... Read More»

James Gaylord talks to Austrian high school students

James E. Gaylord, Supervisory Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), gave a series of presentations to a total of about 800 Austrian high school students. Apart from talking about his career or how to become an FBI agent, he shared insights about the work of an agent, but in particular about the ... Read More»

“An Entrepreneurial Earth Day”

In connection with Earth Day, Today’s Voices hosted a round-table discussion with a focus on the potential of Green Entrepreneurship. Dianne Welsh and Cornelia Daniel-Gruber , two renowned female practitioners, provided deep insights into their professional experiences both in the United States and in Austria. Participants not only learned about the most important skills to become an entrepreneur, they ... Read More»

Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Situation

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy Vienna hosted a workshop on the situation of Syrian refugees featuring the Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Refugees and senior officials from the Austrian Ministry of Interior and the Country Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Vienna-based diplomats from 30 countries attended, including the countries ... Read More»

Start-up Expert Monica Dodi Supports Female Entrepreneurship

Monica Dodi , Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund, is an experienced entrepreneur. Drawing from her over 20 years experience as a new media pioneer she is a thought-after advisor for young start-ups. In this capacity and with her focus on women she went to schools in Vienna and talked to students and ... Read More»

U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus at the Austrian Military Museum

The U.S. Army Europe Band & Chorus are the musical Ambassadors of the United States. On their tour through Europe they gave one of their popular concerts at the  Austrian Military Museum (HGM) in Vienna. Well placed in the museum’s Hall of Fame, the Band surprised the audience with an intriguing mix of classical music, ragtime, Dixie, jazz, rock, pop and of course marches. U.S. ... Read More»

A Spiritual Evening with Nicole Taylor

U.S. soprano Nicole Taylor spoke about the history of the African American spirituals, their original themes and the way they developed over time. Rediscovered during the Civil Rights Movement they continue to enchant audience all over the world. Mrs. Taylor not only talked but sang many examples of well known and lesser known spirituals. She ... Read More»

NASA Scientist Julie Robinson About Future Space Plans

Dr. Julie Robinson, scientist at the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gave a presentation at Vienna’s Natural History Museum. Dr. Robinson, who was in Austria to participate in a United Nations committee, gave an overview of the latest space research and exploration plans, highlighting also the numerous benefits for health on Earth that are arising from this research. Ambassador Laura ... Read More»

Today’s Voices: “Justice for My Sister”

Today’s Voices hosted a screening of the documentary “Justice for My Sister” with Kimberly Bautista, producer of the documentary and renowned human rights activist. “Justice for My Sister” tells the story of Rebecca and her family who are fighting for justice for their murdered sister in Guatemala. During Ms. Bautista’s remarks following the screening, participants ... Read More»

Women’s Leadership: Visions, Connections, Intentions and Presence

Women’s Leadership in the new Global Era: Today’s Voices was privileged to host a roundtable discussion with author, speaker, and consultant Sally Helgesen . Council members had the opportunity to meet Ms. Helgesen and discuss important topics such as “fast forwarding the female advantage,” diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and tapping into the female vision. Read More»
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