Open Forum

An accessible event for participants to share thoughts, experiences and stories on pressing and controversial issues

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In 2024, the Open Forum will be hosted at the local Swiss Alpine School in the heart of Davos. We welcome government officials, artists, civil society leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and CEOs of multinational companies: All have a story or point of view to share.

In the spirit of Davos, the Open Forum aims to stimulate dialogue among thought leaders on issues ranging from current political structures and geopolitical concerns to environmental problems, leadership challenges and the role of the arts in society.

Indeed, the World Economic Forum seizes the timely opportunity of its Annual Meeting in Davos to offer a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders and policy-makers around improving the state of the world.

The overarching theme of the Open Forum Davos 2024, which takes place 15-19 January, is: "From Lab to Life: Science in Action". For those of you who cannot join the Open Forum personally in Davos, we hope you will follow the debates on the web via our livestream and look forward to welcoming you soon.

For the first time, local NGO GreenUp, with the support of the city of Davos is hosting the Climate Hub Davos during the week of the Annual Meeting. Events and the foyer are open to all and include climate-related movie screenings (streamed also online), premieres, talks, a good food bar and more. Check out their page to see the full programme and streaming links at:

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15–19 January 2024


Schweizerische Alpine Mittelschule Davos, Aula, Guggerbachstrasse 3,
CH - 7270 Davos Platz (GR)




The Open Forum is an event format that allows a broader audience to participate in the activities of the World Economic Forum. Each year since 2003, the Open Forum convenes in January in the heart of Davos, attracting leaders from all walks of life. The Open Forum welcomes a diverse audience from around the world to attend the various sessions and engage with panelists and other participants. Please note that visa letters cannot be issued for the Open Forum Davos 2024 as it is a public event upon registration.

Please note that visa letters cannot be issued for the Open Forum Davos 2024 as it is a public event upon registration.


The Open Forum aims to encourage dialogue and spread awareness on critical issues by providing a platform on which ideas, thoughts and questions can be expressed and tackled in an open environment.

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