Wolfsberg Dialogue Program

As part of the Wolfsberg dialogue program, around 40 UBS client events are held at the Wolfsberg - UBS Center for Education and Dialogue, Ermatingen (TG), and Congress Hotel Seepark, Thun (BE) each year.

The events are held by invitation only.

For more information, please contact your UBS client advisor. 

05.07.
Wolfsberg

«Switzerland as a business location – quo vadis?» with Magdalena Martullo-Blocher, Board Delegate and CEO of EMS-Chemie Holding AG, and member of the Swiss National Council (Graubünden)

As both a company CEO and a distinguished politician, Magdalena Martullo-Blocher has had a decisive influence on Switzerland's development as a business location. How does she view Switzerland's future prospects as a workplace? Where does she see the greatest risks and opportunities? And what do business and politics need to do to ensure Switzerland's future success? The successful entrepreneur and Swiss National Council member shares her views.


08.07.
Wolfsberg

«Conflict of interest between media and politics» Political talk with Roger Köppel, member of the Swiss National Council (Zurich) and the Swiss People's Party (SVP), and publisher of Weltwoche

The media is considered to be the fourth power in Swiss democracy. Objective, critical, and independent reporting is essential for helping the public opinion formation and shaping political discourse. But what happens when this independence is no longer a given because a member of the media is also politically active? How great is the risk of a conflict of interest? Roger Köppel, who is influential in both the media and politics, investigates these and other questions. 


11.07.
Wolfsberg

«Football: the beautiful game and a billion-dollar business» European Championship special with a broadcast of the final match and surprise guests

The UEFA EURO 2020 champions will be crowned on July 11, 2021 at London's Wembley Stadium. Enjoy a barbecue feast while watching the final on one of Switzerland's largest LED screens. The evening is rounded off with commentary and discussions with surprise guests.

15.08.
Seepark

Sunday matinee with brunch: «Stories without words told by Shani Diluka & Carlos Martínez»

Pianist Shani Diluka and master mime actor Carlos Martínez transport the audience into a fantasy world, bringing stories to life without using any words in a «poetry of silence». Their show combines classical music and traditional pantomime to create a unique performance which is able to captivate everyone from around age nine and upwards.


23.-24.08.
Seepeark

Innovation Forum  «Wild at heart – passion for new business models»

To be prepared for the future, companies need to be bold, creative, and passionate Mavericks. Lateral thinkers who radically question the status quo with revolutionary business models are putting established companies under threat. We show how existing companies can successfully embrace rapid change. «Wild» start-ups present their business ideas, and leading experts share insights on how to come up with innovations and new approaches.


24.08.
Wolfsberg

«Swiss neutrality: an obsolete model or a trump card for the future?» Political talk with Christa Markwalder, member of the Swiss National Council (Bern), FDP.The Liberals, and the Swiss Foreign Affairs Committee

Where does Switzerland stand in terms of its foreign policy? How can it maintain its independence from the EU without jeopardizing economic relations? How should – and how can – it position itself between its rivals, the US and China? Does Switzerland need more international engagement? Or is there still a place for neutrality in the future? Christa Markwalder, one of the country's most prominent politicians in the field of foreign policy, answers all these questions.


27.-29.08.
Wolfsberg

«Klassik Nuevo Wolfsberg – Vol. 3: the small but perfectly formed music festival»

Experience three days of classical music unlike anything you’ve ever heard before: «Klassik Nuevo» shows that classical concerts can be stimulating and easy on the ear for old and young people alike. Under the artistic direction of accordionist Srdjan Vukasinovic, renowned musicians turn familiar classical pieces into unconventional, provocative, and spine-tingling experiences. Innovative formats, such as intimate concerts in extraordinary places and music talks, enable the artists to communicate with the audience in new ways.


31.08.
Wolfsberg

The Female Impact: «SustainAbility Now!»

Sustainability and social responsibility are not just phenomena of our times; they are the drivers of our future success. Female leaders, in particular, have recognized this. But how can a company operate sustainably and responsibly while still being profitable? Leading experts from business, science, and society join representatives from key start-ups committed to sustain­ability to address these questions.

08.09.
Wolfsberg

«Germany without Merkel: looking ahead to the election year» with Prof. Christoph Frei, political scientist at the University of St. Gallen

Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005; she has therefore ruled the country for a whole generation. During this time, she has weathered every storm with her calm approach. An era of familiarity will come to an end with the the German federal election in 2021. But who will succeed Merkel? Is a political shake-up on the cards or will everything stay the same despite the upcoming change in leadership? What can we expect from Switzerland's most important trading partner? Christoph Frei answers these questions during an exclusive roundtable event.


09.09.
Wolfsberg

UBS Center for Economics in Society @Wolfsberg: «Financial crises, speculative bubbles, pandemics: uncertainties for business and investors»
with Prof. Hans-Joachim Voth, an expert in macroeconomics and financial markets at the University of Zurich

New crises shake up the world economy and lead to uncertainty in all markets. This volatility is part of macroeconomists' everyday research into economic structures. What can we learn from the findings so far? What obvious effects do crises have on business and investors? And is there a way to «safely» deal with uncertainties? Internationally renowned expert Hans-Joa­chim Voth breaks down the economic models and explains what they really mean.


10.09.
Wolfsberg

«Wolfsberg: contemporary art in the kitchen» 

Wolfsberg has become home to an exclusive selection of contemporary pieces from the UBS Art Collection. The Wolfsberg chefs have been inspired by them and serve culinary interpretations of the artworks by artists such as Pipilotti Rist, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Federico Herrero. The multi-course “Art Dinner”, is prepared with sustainable and seasonal products from the region.


10.-12.09.
Seepark

«Living traditions in the Bernese Oberland»

Long-standing traditions are still going strong in the Bernese Oberland. In the rural areas, alpine farming is still characterized by traditions such as the «Chästeilet» festival, where cheese is distributed among the local farmers. The cities also have important traditions, such as the «Fulehung» folk festival in Thun. Alpine tourism has helped the hospitality industry, festival culture, and souvenir market to thrive, as well as promoting many regional customs. Guided excursions enable guests to immerse themselves in the living traditions of the Bernese Oberland.


14.09.
Wolfsberg

«Wolfsberg: contemporary art in the kitchen» 

Wolfsberg has become home to an exclusive selection of contemporary pieces from the UBS Art Collection. The Wolfsberg chefs have been inspired by them and serve culinary interpretations of the artworks by artists such as Pipilotti Rist, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Federico Herrero. The multi-course “Art Dinner”, is prepared with sustainable and seasonal products from the region.


14.09.
Wolfsberg

«The changing media landscape» with Eric Gujer, editor-in-chief at NZZ

The way we consume media has changed radically: online news outlets and social media now reach viewers more quickly than traditional newspapers and are available anywhere, anytime. Tweets are replacing established journalism, resulting in an increased risk of malicious actors targeting users with fake information. So is there still a place for high-quality journalism and serious research? What impact is digitalization having on Swiss newspapers? Is there still a future for traditional media outlets or does the media crisis actually present an opportunity? NZZ editor-in-chief Eric Gujer shares his thoughts.


15.09.
Wolfsberg

«The US at a crossroads: a correspondent's report» with Peter Düggeli, longtime US correspon­dent for SRF

Given the relentless hostility between Republicans and Democrats, the dismantling of political institutions, and the recent riots and violence, the US currently seems to be a bitterly divided nation. How do Americans see their country? Do people still believe in the «American Dream» or have they given up hope of having unlimited possibilities? Can a sense of unity be restored? Peter Düggeli has traveled extensively across the US and spoken to countless people throughout his time there. Experience his correspondent’s report live at Wolfsberg.

01.-03.10.
Seepark

«Pure quality of life – health and enjoyment»

Quality of life and well-being are subjective; everyone's ideas of them are different, depending on their personal preferences. But one thing that everyone agrees on is that we are stronger when we are feeling well. During this exclusive weekend event, we look at the different aspects of quality of life, provide useful tips on how to improve your well-being in everyday life, and explain how you can be healthy while still enjoying life.


07.10.
Wolfsberg

«A way out of the pandemic: looking back and into the future» with Matthias Horx, trend researcher and futurologist

COVID-19 has shaken humanity to its very core, claimed a devastating number of victims, and it has profoundly impacted the global economy. Yet, it is still unclear how much the pandemic will shape our society. Has it fundamentally changed the way we will live in the future? Is globalization over? And what will the «new normal» look like? Matthias Horx, an internationally renowned futurologist, and an economist from UBS Switzerland analyzes the events and presents their predictions for the future.


11.10.
Wolfsberg

«CRIMER recommended by Montreux Jazz Festival»

CRIMER is not only loved for his 80’s synth pop and wild haircuts, but also for his unique dance moves. With the single «Brotherlove» and the debut album «Leave Me Baby» he has captivated half of Switzerland to dance along. At Wolfsberg, CRIMER presents previous hits and songs from the new album «Fake Nails», which is scheduled for release in autumn.


14.10.
Wolfsberg

«Everyday life during and after the crisis: how the coronavirus is changing our world» with Daniel Koch, owner of Daniel Koch Consulting and former COVID-19 delegate for the Swiss Confederation

The pandemic has fundamentally shaken up our world, both in social and economic terms. The lockdowns have massively impacted our lives and resulted in an economic downturn, the consequences of which can barely be estimated. The fears of long-term health effects, recession, unemployment, and threats to people’s livelihood remain. But crises can also lead to opportunities. How will things develop going forward? How will we live together? And what have we learned for the future? Coronavirus expert Daniel Koch answers these burning questions.


19.10.
Wolfsberg

«SOL&PAT Duo Recital»: Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violine, und Sol Gabetta, Violoncello

On their new album, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta play works by Bach, Ravel, Scarlatti, and Wid­mann, as well as surprising us with some unknown violin and cello pieces. The spirited duo are brilliant soloists who have been working together as inspirational chamber music partners for years. Outside of work, they are both involved in a number of social projects.


25.10.
Seepark

«Balancing coping with pandemics, border protection, and cybercrime: the Swiss Army in the 21st century» with lieutenant general Thomas Süssli, Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces

In spring 2020, the Swiss Armed Forces were partially mobilized for the first time since the Second World War, with soldiers supporting hospitals, nursing homes, and border control officers. Despite this, the relevance of the military is sometimes called into question. How important are the Swiss Armed Forces today? What are the greatest challenges and threats that they face? Where should the military continue to perform key services and in what areas do they need to improve? Army chief Thomas Süssli offers his reflections.

01.11.
Wolfsberg

«Nicole Johänntgen & The Swiss Henry Jazz Band»

«Henry» is playful, refreshing, simple, and honest: grooving, blasting, and blaring while reviving New Orleans jazz. Saxophon­ist Nicole Johänntgen's Henry band – named in honor of her father, Heinrich – is known for outstanding improvisations and compositions that skillfully oscillate between upbeat and melancholy.


02.11.
Seepark

«Nicole Johänntgen & The Swiss Henry Jazz Band»

«Henry» is playful, refreshing, simple, and honest: grooving, blasting, and blaring while reviving New Orleans jazz. Saxophon­ist Nicole Johänntgen's Henry band – named in honor of her father, Heinrich – is known for outstanding improvisations and compositions that skillfully oscillate between upbeat and melancholy.


02.11.
Wolfsberg

«In the midst of the storm – the Swiss National Bank in unpredictable times» with Prof. Thomas Jordan, President of the Swiss National Bank

Economic conflicts, national debt, an expansive monetary policy, negative interest rates, and a global recession in sight indicate that we are currently living in unpredictable times. As an export nation, Switzerland is directly affected by global uncertainties more than we might think. How can the SNB navigate safely through this storm? How far can it still position itself independently? And what options does it have to protect the Swiss economy in this unstable global environment? Thomas Jordan shares his thoughts.


10.11.
Wolfsberg

«Ecological and economical: an illusion or the future?» Political talk with Corina Gredig, member of the Swiss National Council (Zurich) and co-president of the GLP Canton of Zurich

Climate change was temporarily sidelined during the initial phases of the COVID-19 crisis. But with the recently passed carbon dioxide law and the corresponding climate demonstrations, the topic is once again coming to the forefront of the political agenda. How can we maintain a balance between liberal economic policy and climate protection? What can – and what must – Switzerland do to achieve its goals? Corina Gredig, co-president of the GLP Canton of Zurich, answers these and other questions. 


16.11.
Wolfsberg

«Think differently, lead differently» Business talk with Gabriela Manser, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Goba AG

Using her passionate approach and courage to think outside the box, Gabriela Manser has developed Goba AG into an innovative and forward-thinking company over the past 20 years, while still maintaining the traditional values of the family business. As an entrepreneur and CEO, she is always treading new and unconventional paths. In this exclusive event, she provides insights into her entrepreneurial work and managerial philosophy.


29.11.
Seepark

«Christian Jott Jenny and the State Orchestra – an agenda based on notes» 

Accompanied by the Zurich State Orchestra, Christian Jott Jenny presents the issues that are currently dividing the country in a unique musical format. The entertainer and mayor of St. Moritz’s art is based on the realization that there is a fine line between the ridiculous or embarrassing and the sublime, and involves him giving out unsolicited life coaching tips through his music and singing.


30.11.
Wolfsberg

«Christian Jott Jenny and the State Orchestra – an agenda based on notes» 

Accompanied by the Zurich State Orchestra, Christian Jott Jenny presents the issues that are currently dividing the country in a unique musical format. The entertainer and mayor of St. Moritz’s art is based on the realization that there is a fine line between the ridiculous or embarrassing and the sublime, and involves him giving out unsolicited life coaching tips through his music and singing.

01.12.
Wolfsberg

«The US versus China: who is ahead in the showdown between the two giants?» with Gordana Mijuk, head of foreign affairs at NZZ am Sonntag

The economic and trade war between the two superpowers is keeping the world on its toes. The situation remains volatile, with new headlines emerging on a weekly basis; there seems to be no end in sight. The tensions are no longer just about free trade, but are also about geopolitical influence and global technological leadership. So who is ahead in the showdown between the two global giants? And how is the ongoing conflict affecting Switzerland? Gordana Mijuk, head of foreign affairs at NZZ am Sonntag, shares her findings.


02.12.
Wolfsberg

«The art of enjoyment: an evening with sommelier Anja Breit»

Independent wine consultant and sommelier Anja Breit takes us on a journey through the world of wine, as we enjoy a sumptuous four-course menu with carefully paired wines. Are the most expensive wines always the best? Which wines go best with which dishes? How are wines described and rated correctly? Find out about this, and about her favorite organic wines during an evening with Anja Breit.


03.12.
Wolfsberg

«The art of enjoyment: an evening with sommelier Anja Breit»

Independent wine consultant and sommelier Anja Breit takes us on a journey through the world of wine, as we enjoy a sumptuous four-course menu with carefully paired wines. Are the most expensive wines always the best? Which wines go best with which dishes? How are wines described and rated correctly? Find out about this, and about her favorite organic wines during an evening with Anja Breit.


06.12.
Wolfsberg

«The art of enjoyment: an evening with sommelier Anja Breit»

Independent wine consultant and sommelier Anja Breit takes us on a journey through the world of wine, as we enjoy a sumptuous four-course menu with carefully paired wines. Are the most expensive wines always the best? Which wines go best with which dishes? How are wines described and rated correctly? Find out about this, and about her favorite organic wines during an evening with Anja Breit.


14.12.
Wolfsberg

«CHRIS & MIKE – Smile: Piano Entertainment»

«Smile», the title of the anniversary show by brothers Chris & Mike, is self-explanatory. The two master pianists have been performing on two grand pianos for the last 30 years, delighting audiences young and old with their musical versatility, sweeping rhythms, playful improvisations, and top-class entertainment.


16.12.
Wolfsberg

«eSports as a talent factory for Formula 1?»

Virtual racing is booming: It’s no longer just enthusiastic gamers who are making virtual pit stops in their living room. More and more professional teams have also discovered eSports for themselves. Together with Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO of Swiss Racing Unleashed group, we’re taking a look at Motorsport 4.0 and discuss the future possibilities of high-tech racing simulators and their impact on real motorsport.