On May 25-26, 2023, the Atlas Network Europe Liberty Forum took place in Prague, Czech Republic, and European Students For Liberty were proud to be one of the local co-hosts, thanks to the strength of the local team in the country, alongside Liberalni institut, the country’s oldest pro-liberty think tank.
Our students made sure that all aspects of the event ran smoothly, and helped welcome over 250 guests, including prominent freedom advocates from all over Europe and beyond, to Prague. Before the Liberty Forum itself, the local team organised an event, where they greeted the incoming attendees with an opening address by our Central European Regional Coordinator Štěpán Kovář, as well as a short talk by Dr. Tom Palmer and a lecture by Dr. Dominik Stroukal, a Czech economist.
The following day, the Forum opened with a talk by our Programs Manager Jan Mošovský, who discussed the importance of the liberty community coming together, as well as the connection of Prague — and Czechia as a whole — to the ideas of classical liberalism. This was followed by a cornerstone talk by Aldina Jahić, our Online Learning Specialist, who shared her experience from Bosnia & Herzegovina and talked about passing on the ideas of liberty to the next generation.
On the second day of the conference, our Programs Director Stefan Aćimović also spoke on a panel discussing the future of NGOs in changing hearts and minds of individuals of all ages around the world.
Moreover, besides our members facilitating the event and giving talks on stage, SFLers were also present when it came to awards. Indeed, one of our Coordinators, Piotr Markielau from Belarus, was one of the three finalists of the Think Tank Shark Tank contest, and SFL alumnus Adam Bartha went on to become the winner of the Templeton Award for Europe with the EPICENTER’s Europe-wide project highlighting the increased cost of living and its causes across the continent.
It was impressive to see how integral our students and alumni are to the European pro-liberty community, and we hope that many more will start new organisations and projects — or join existing ones — to continue building an ever freer future.
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