Quo Vadis Institute

Annual Consultation 2017 (Nov 3-5)

Two Truths & A Lie

Navigating our post-truth world.

Dates: Friday, 3 November, 6:00pm (start with dinner), Sunday, 5 November, 1:00pm (end after lunch)

Venue: Schloss Mittersill, Thalbach 1, A-5730 Mittersill, Austria

Arrival time: Friday, 3 November, afternoon. We start the registration around 4pm in the foyer of the Schloss Mittersill Hotellobby (Lounge).

Travel Infos: See further down at this page!

QVI encourages, challenges and supports thought leaders working in the secular environments by providing a Biblical context, helping to reframe and shape the conversation.


The goal of the QVI Consultation is to bring together cultural influencers from a variety of professions and backgrounds to provide a platform for exchange of ideas on the burning issues of our time. In addition to this, our aim is to develop relationships and build networks of friends and partners.

The QVI Consultation hopes to further our understanding of the various challenges facing us today.
This year we will address the place of truth in a post-truth world and in society, looking at the changing landscape of human interaction with technology, and reflecting on current social, economic, and political challenges.

Following the interviews, discussions, and talks, we will take time to enter into deeper conversation about this topics, enjoy each other’s company in the beautiful surroundings of Schloss Mittersill, whilst being accompanied by musical contributions.

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Registration for Guests, Speakers, Donors, Board:

click here to register (no costs)

Registration for External Participants:

  • Conference Fee (welcome reception, lunch, dinner, coffee breaks): 150 Euro
  • Stay at Schloss Mittersill:  Prices are 152 Euros for a Single room per person and 131 Euros for a Double room per person and night.  Each includes breakfast. (to be paid at the Schloss Reception)
  • Stay at Haus Alpina (Thalbach 25, A-5730 Mittersill).  Host Bjorn and Marzena Welchering are great supporters of QVI and have a very nice Austrian-style hotel just down the hill from the castle.  They have offered a very good price (40 Euros for a Double room per person and night; 45 Euros if just one night) for the event if you contact them directly (0043-656241260, info@landhaus-alpina.at) (to be paid at the Alpina Reception)

Click here to register (to be paid in Mittersill)


Erik BJERAGER (Danmark) | Journalism / Editor-in-chief & managing director Kristeligt Dagblad

Adriana MAGDOVSKI (Slovenia) | Academia / Music

Arttu MAKIPAA (Finland) | Public Policy / Peace-Making

Soula PARASSIDIS (Canada) | Arts / Opera

Norman REINHARDT (USA) | Arts / Opera

Beat RINK (Switzerland) | Arts / Director of Crescendo

Hartwig SCHNURR (Germany) | Education

Heidi SCHNURR (Germany) | Education

Sandy SHUGART (USA) | Education

Markus SPIEKER (Germany) | Media / Chief of Bureau ARD – First German Telvision, South Asia Studio

Andrzej TURKANIK (Poland) | Theology / Arts

Emily TURKANIK (Poland) | Music / Arts

Manfred WIESER (Austria)   |   Medical

John WYATT (United Kingdom)   |   Science / Medical

and others

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Friday, 3 November

Lunch: a la carte in the Schloss Mittersill Restaurant or somewhere in town (please make your own arrangements)

14:00-16:00: QVI International Board Meeting (Sport and Shooting Club Room)

Afternoon: Arrival Consultation

16:30: Start of Consultation Registration (Schloss Mittersill Lounge / Lobby)

Leisure time until the evening

18:00: Welcome Reception (Schloss Mittersill Lounge / Lobby)

18:30: Dinner with opening Session (Auditorium)


Saturday, 4 November

07:30-08:00: (optional) Morning Run or Walk

07:30-09:00: Breakfast Buffet (Schloss Dining Room)

09:15-11:45: Session 1: Technology, Media, Politics and Economy (Auditorium) with Andrzej Turkanik, John Wyatt, several Artists, Erik Bjerager, Markus Spieker, Arttu Makipaa, and others

12:00: Lunch (Schloss Dining Room)

13:30-16:45: Session 2: Medical, Arts and Education (Auditorium)

Hiking tour

with several Artists, Manfred Wieser, Sandy Shugart, Hartwig and Heidi Schnurr, and others

18:00: Dinner (Schloss Dining Room)

19:30-21:00: Speakers Corner / Creative Session (Auditorium)


Sunday, 5 November

07:30-08:00: (optional) Morning Run or Walk

07:30-09:00: Breakfast Buffet (Schloss Dining Room)

09:30-11:00:  Compline: „Celebrating the Truth“ (Auditorium)

Impulses, Worship Songs, Prayer, Sermon, Wrap up, Group Picture

with Andrzej Turkanik, Beat Rink and several artists

Check Out: before 11:00 

12:00: Lunch (Schloss Dining Room)

Departure after Lunch

Travel Infos:

The nearest airports are Munich (Germany), Innsbruck and Salzburg (Austria).

By car from Germany (Munich airport):

Generally: Please note that you need a Road Tax Disc in Austria (for the motorways only). This so called “Vignette” costs € 8,90 for 10 days. You can get it at highway petrol stations near the German/Austrian border or at the car rental station (not online payable yet). Please check, as the rental company may already have provided it.

If you would like to avoid driving on the Austrian motorway, we recommend to go via Kiefersfelden/Kufstein. Kiefersfelden is the last town on the German side. You can get off the highway A8/E52 at the Exit “Nr. 60-Kiefersfelden” and continue driving on the B171 (federal highway) through the town of Kufstein, which is already in Austria. There is no difference in distance. Continue via Kitzbühel, Pass Thurn to Mittersill. Schloss Mittersill will be on your right before you enter town.

By plane or train:

Please inform us as soon as possible with your arrival times. We will help you find a train connection to Mittersill or even organize a shuttle to Schloss Mittersill.

Link to the Austria Railways ÖBB

Address of the Hotel and information concerning the conference venue:

Schloss Mittersill, Thalbach 1, 5730 Mittersill, tel: +43 6562 202000

Check-in: before 22:00 (10PM), if you plan to arrive later, please let us know and the Hotel will leave the keys out.

Check-out: before 11:00

If you would like to use the swimming pool and sauna, it is included in our package, SPA-treatments are to be paid separately.

The Hotel reception offers a Guided Tour through the Schloss and will provide assistance on leisure time activities.

For those leaving early in the morning on Sunday, the Hotel will provide a “packed lunch”, if needed. Please let the reception know once you have arrived at the Schloss!


If you require vegetarian, vegan or other special food due to allergies, please let us know ASAP.

Weather Forecast:

Autumn has arrived with its beautiful colors and we do not expect much rain or snow in the next few days. The temperature should be around 10-13 °Celsius (50-55 °Fahrenheit) in the Salzburg area.


Business Casual

Need more information?

Please contact Verena: VGrafinger@qvinstitute.org, +43 662 833679 (landline), +43 664 88872607 (cell phone).