GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum has established itself as the leading platform in the CEE region and one of the top strategic conferences globally. The Forum facilitates a free exchange of ideas and provides a meeting place for stakeholders from all sectors of society to actively shape the future we want for us and the generations to come. 


Hundreds of the most influential state officials, business leaders, experts from leading global think-tanks and NGOs, heads of international organizations, thinkers and innovators gather each year at GLOBSEC Forum to seek solutions to the most pressing issues of today and of tomorrow. Over the years, GLOBSEC’s guests of honour have included Kristalina Georgieva, Donald Tusk, Ursula von der Leyen, Madeline Albright, Joseph Nye, David Roberts and many other influential stakeholders. 


GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum 2020 will look beyond the current state of international affairs and the disruptions we are facing. Bridging the divisions within our societies and overcoming challenges of today requires a clear strategy for the future we want to live in. The 15th edition of the Bratislava Forum will search for a common vision within 5 topical streams representing 5 key areas shaping our future: Defence & Security, Digital Future, Sustainability, Future of Europe and Economy & Global Order. 



What will the future security architecture look like? Can we expect a revival of the arms race? What role will the Arctic and space play in geopolitics? How are emerging technology and hybrid warfare shaping the security paradigm? Is NATO ready to face these threats? What are the expectations for regional rivalries and frozen conflicts? 


How can responsibility and liability be fairly distributed between the producers and users of AI tools? What is the strategic role of quantum computing and what new risks does it bring? Could the introduction of cryptocurrencies like Libra destabilize the financial system? How can fairness in taxing economic activity be achieved on a global scale? What is the impact of digitalisation on basic social functions, such as citizenship and healthcare?  


What is the technological blueprint for reaching carbon neutrality? How can global climate action be efficient without united political leadership? Is circular economy a feasible concept and what is the business case for it? Can we define sustainable finance and thus shift the flow of investment towards sustainable businesses? How can cities become the hubs of clean mobility and smart tech?  


What vision does the EU have for the next decisive decade? To what extent do cultural divisions predestine our political choices? Can Europe define its common identity? What are the reasons for the crisis of democracy? Is there a widening gap between European institutions and business decision makers? Where does the EU stand in the multipolar world and where does it want to be? What is the geopolitical outlook for Europe? How can the EU act as a geopolitical power? 


How can we address the looming threat of another economic crisis? What structural changes do we need to implement in order to fix the imbalances in the system that are causing it to teeter in the first place? How can we adapt our faltering multilateral institutions to address the transformational forces that have been unleashed within the global economy? Finally, what can be done to reduce geopolitical and geo-economic tensions that threaten to upend our rules-based global order? 

Dozens of focused side events, more than 100 exclusive meetings and attention of key global media. 

Participation at the conference 

Participation is possible by invitation only due to limited capacity of the venue. The invitation is personal and non-transferable, subject to a precise selection process. Every invitee requires the approval of GLOBSEC Forum Audience Board, consisting of the organisation’s Chairman, President, CEO and Project Manager.  

The invitation process of the diplomatic corps accredited to Slovakia conforms with the following rules: 

  • Heads of diplomatic missions of those states which send representatives at the level of president, prime minister, minister, state secretary, speaker of parliament or chairman of a parliamentary committee; 
  • Heads of diplomatic missions of those states that are permanent members of the UN Security Council, V4 countries, members of the Presidency Trio of the Council of the European Union, member states of the EU, NATO and G20; 
  • Heads of diplomatic missions of states which actively cooperate with GLOBSEC on a long-term basis (active support for speakers and audience invitations, recommendations of relevant stakeholders as invitees, cooperation during working visits of GLOBSEC representatives abroad); 
  • Defence attachés of respective missions in case of attendance of minister of defence or state secretary of defence; 
  • Up to 3 additional members of the diplomatic mission in case of a high-level political delegation or in case the mission is an official partner of GLOBSEC organization.

*This event receives financial support from the European Parliament. Sole liability rests with the organisers, the European Parliament is not responsible for the activity.