Since 1984, experts, students, pupils and other interested individuals of all ages have been gathering at Schlaining Castle every summer to discuss current peace policy issues.
The Summer Academy of the ACP saw itself first and foremost as a forum for up-to-date information, peace-oriented training, political discussion, and intellectual debate. The aim was to combine research and practice, dialogue and action, culture and politics while maintaining a scientific orientation.
The respective topics were always based on burning peace policies and peace research discourses. Interdisciplinary approaches were pursued in the choice of topics and the design of the Academy.
This event, which was organized in German language, brought together between 150 and 200 participants from a wide range of social and political backgrounds and age groups each year between 1984 and 2021. From first-year students to established academics, from interested newspaper readers to active policymakers, from grass roots to international diplomacy. The programme usually consisted of plenary lectures, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, and film evenings. The evening highlight was the ACP Summer Festival, which traditionally took place on the penultimate day of the Summer Academy.