European Students for Liberty invite you to the first ESFL Regional Conference to be held in Vienna, Austria. On the 14th of November, hundreds of students from Austria and other nearby countries will be given the opportunity to listen to various speakers from all over the world.

Topic: The topic of the Conference is the Austrian School of Economics. The Austrian School of Economics is a school of economic thought which name is based on its Austrian founders and early supporters, including Carl Menger, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Ludwig von Mises and Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek. Austrian economists emphasize the organic evolving nature of market dynamics, a subjectivist approach to economics and contractual agreements between agents as the best way to facilitate exchange and trade. Even if you are not an expert on Austrian economics this conference will be a perfect opportunity to learn from speakers who will provide you with an basic understanding of it.

Austrian Tour: The day after the Regional Conference we will be providing any participant of the conference with an extensive tour exploring the history of the Austrian School in Vienna.

Location: The location of this Regional Conference will be Roof Hall of the Public Education Center Urania. You can travel to the Location with the U-Bahn’s U1 and U4, and the Strassenbahn 1 and 2.

Admission fee: The admission fee is 5 euros for students and 10 euros for non-students.

Partner Organization: The “Austrian Libertarian Movement” is an independent forum managed by students dedicated to the principles of freedom. The Austrian Libertarian Movement was founded in the fall 2011 by students who wanted to increase the awareness for the importance of liberty for a society. As a team of young students they are particularly concerned with the increasing growth of government and therefore the limits on individual freedom that this creates. In Austria and Europe as a whole it is witnessed these limitations on individual freedom through more and more government intervention in the free markets and our personal lives over the last decades. The Austrian School of Economics influences our theoretical background; moreover we are supportive of all initiatives promoting libertarian ideas.

The language of the conference is English and the dress code is business casual.


Anthony J. Evans is associate professor of economics at ESCP Europe Business School. He has published in a range of academic and trade journals and is the author of Markets for Managers (Wiley, 2014).

His work has been covered by most broadsheet newspapers, and he has appeared on Newsnight and the BBC World Service. He is a member of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow Monetary Policy Committee.

He specialises in teaching Managerial Economics at the MBA and Executive MBA level. Using a combination of lectures, case discussion and practical simulations he has introduced over 2,000 current and future managers to the economic way of thinking.

He has taught for ESCP Europe, Cotrugli Business School, Danube University, and Helsinki School of Economics, as well as designing and managing custom programmes.

Sam Bowman is deputy director of the Adam Smith Institute, Britain’s leading libertarian think tank, where he has worked since 2010.

He is responsible for managing the Institute’s team on a daily basis, working on the ASI’s overall strategy, acting as a media spokesman for the Institute and writing and researching in his spare time.

His current research agenda is the political economy of “Bleeding Heart Libertarianism”, a school of thought that tries to use free market policies to improve the welfare of the poor. His key policy areas are immigration and planning, which he sees as the two major areas where states hurt the poor globally and in the UK respectively.

He is also interested in market monetarism, the epistemic challenges facing social democracy, and the case for wealth redistribution within free markets. He likes food, beer and pop music.

Josef Šíma got his Ph.D. from the University of Economics, Prague. In 2006 he established and became chairman of „Department of Institutional Economics“ at the University of Economics. In 2008 he has been named full-professor in the field of economics. In 2009 he accepted an offer to become the president of CEVRO Institute [school of legal and social studies], a small, private, free-market college offering BA and MA programs in private and public law, political science, international relations, sociology and economic policy.

Josef Šíma has served for years as an editorial director of Liberální Institut, Prague, ( the oldest free-market think-tank in the Czech Republic; translated over 10 books (including Human Action by Ludwig von Mises and Man, Economy and State by Murray Rothbard) and supervised publication of many more.

He is a founder and editor-in-chief of interdisciplinary scholarly journal New Perspectives on Political Economy and the president of major interdisciplinary gathering of free-market scholars, Prague Conference on Political Economy, both of which have become flag ships of CEVRO Institute.

Josef Šíma has published tens of articles in professional and popular journals and several own books (in Czech), e.g. Market in Time and Space (2000) and Introduction to the Logic of Social Action – Law and Economics Primer (2004).

Stefan Kolev, a Bulgarian citizen, is a professor of economics at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau and deputy director of the Wilhelm Röpke Institute in Erfurt, Germany.

After studying business administration and economics at the University of Hamburg and working at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics for several years, he finished his doctoral thesis on the political economy of neoliberalism in 2011. In 2013 he published the book “Neoliberale Staatsverständnisse im Vergleich” (Neoliberal Conceptions of the State in Comparison).

His current work is focused on history of economic thought, history of the centrally planned economy of the former GDR and “Neue Ordnungsökonomik”, an attempt to revitalize and reformulate the constitutional approach to political economy of the Freiburg School of ordoliberalism. A collected volume “Neue Ordnungsökonomik”, co-edited by Stefan Kolev, is forthcoming this fall at Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, as well as his chapter “Ordoliberalism and the Austrian School” in the “Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics”, co-edited by Peter Boettke and Chris Coyne, also to come out this fall.

Stefan Kolev has had numerous media appearances, among others at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and on Bulgarian TV channels.

Hansjörg Klausinger is a professor of economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He also was a visiting scholar and Schumpeter Fellow at Harvard Univesity as well as a Senior Research Fellow at Duke University.

His main research interests lie within development economics, the history of economic thought and the epistemology of economics. He has also conducted extensive research about the history of the Austrian School of Economics, in particular about Hayek’s monetary theory and Austrian Economics’ fragmentation and exodus out of Austria in the 1930’s.

He is an expert on Friedrich Hayek, as well as on the work of other, usually less well known, Austrians like Fritz Machlup and Hans Mayer.

Günther K. Chaloupek was born in 1947 and received his doctorate of law from University of Vienna in 1969 and his M.A. (economics) from University of Kansas, Lawrence, Ks., USA, in 1971. He has served as director of the economic research department of the Austrian Chamber of Labour and deputy Director general (economic policy). He was previously a member of the Advisory Council for Economic and Social Affairs and vice president of the Government Debt Committee. He is the author of the following books: Gesamtwirtschaftliche Planung in Westeuropa, Frankfurt/Main, 1987; Kapitalismus im 21.Jahrhundert, Vienna 2001.

Barbara Kolm, Mag. Dr. is the President of the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute and Director of the Austrian Economics Center. She studied business administration at the University of Innsbruck and University of California, Los Angeles, and was an assistant professor at the Department of Tourism and Service Economics at the University of Innsbruck. She was also active in her family’s firm and founded her own business consultancy.

Having always been interested in free market and liberal ideas she accepted an invitation to direct the Friedrich A. v. Hayek Institute in 2000.. In 2006 she also founded the Austrian Economics Center. Apart from being a nethub to European Think Tanks, developing the Dictionary of Economic Terms, the AEC´s prime product is the Free Market Road Show®, which started touring in 2007 and spreads the message of liberty all over Europe.

Dr. Kolm is an Associate Professor of Austrian Economics at the University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro and an elected member of the Board of Business Consultants of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.. She is a Member of the Mont Pélerin Society and President of the European Center for Economic Growth. She has numerous publications in the fields of economics and public policy, and has also edited many books on these topics.

Mark Valek was born in 1980 in Moedling, Austria is Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder and Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM). He studied business administration and finance at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Following graduation, he participated in various courses in Austrian Economics.

From 1999, Mark worked at Raiffeisen Zentralbank (RZB) as an intern in the Equity Trading division and at the private banking unit of Merrill Lynch in Vienna and Frankfurt. In 2002, Mark joined Raiffeisen Capital Management. In this role, he was fund manager of an Inflation Protection Fund as well as fund manager of various alternative investment funds. In 2014 he published a book on Austrian Investing.

Petr Bartoň studied economics at Cambridge University before moving for a PhD at the University of Chicago to learn from whom he considers to be the greatest economist ever, Gary Becker. Like Becker he believes that the economic approach brings us much interesting before we have to go all behavioural.

Petr worked with the Liberal Institutes in Zurich and Prague, now he writes online for the Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues. He monitors European fiscal policies, believing that behind every strange behaviour there lurks some strange tax.