As the ski season draws to a close, the resort of Engelberg is turning its attention to hosting businessmen, scientists and politicians at the annual Engelberg Forum. It runs from March 28 to 30.
The theme of this year's forum is "Science and Society in the Information Age - coping with (R)evolution".
An impressive backdrop to the forum will be provided by central Switzerland's tallest peaks and a Baroque Benedictine monastery, which will also be the setting for some of the talks.
The event will be divided into plenary sessions focussing on the impact of technological trends on science and daily life, the role of the state, economy and law and education, social implications and ethical questions.
The organisers are aware they are not breaking any new ground with the subject matter, but say they are trying to "enable participants from different cultural, geographical and professional backgrounds to meet and exchange ideas and experience", and unlike the better known World Economic Forum in Davos, they are taking public opinion into account by inviting local residents to a special meeting.
Engelberg is only half an hour from Lucerne and is the jumping-off point for trips up to the Titlis peak by Switzerland's only revolving cable car. Even though most snow has disappeared on the slopes directly above the resort by the end of March, it's possible to ski all year on the Titlis glacier.