Events

Field trips to destinations of geographical importance, conferences at focal points of world history, forums about issues with substance and relevant participants are the signature of our event calendar.

On Focus

New Threats to the Freedom of the Seas – how vulnerable are Germany and Europe?

The safety of maritime trade routes is an important issue, especially for countries like Germany, whose economies are largely based on their merchant fleets. For this reason, Global Bridges organised a video symposium on April 21, 2021. The following speakers were invited: Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, current Head of Operations in the Naval Command as well as former Force Commander of Operation Atalanta, and Irina Haesler, Head of Maritime Security Policy and the EU Representation of the Association of German Shipowners (VDR).

The symposium was moderated by Dr. Sarah Kirchberger, who, in addition to her activities as Head of the Strategic Development in the Asia-Pacific Department at the Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel (ISPK) and Vice President of the German Maritime Institute (DMI), is also a board member at Global Bridges. On behalf of Global Bridges, Dr. Beate Lindemann, executive chairwoman of the association, and more than 30 members took part in the symposium.

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Plastic waste pollution in the ocean: What African countries are doing

Dr. Claudia Winterstein welcomed all participants of the video conference. She then delivered her welcoming address and a brief introduction. She stated that “nearly 200 million tonnes of municipal waste are generated on the African continent annually”, with Ghana generating 1 million. Of this, only 2-5% is recycled. In Ghana, 23% also ends up in the sea. The waste collection rate is only 55% all over the African continent.

Dr. Winterstein briefly introduced all the guest speakers before handing over to the moderator; Samuel Boakye Opoku, Founder of Start.Up Lounge Africa, which is building an online platform, Kutana Africa, to provide African startups the opportunity to be visible and connect with other startups and SMEs across Africa.

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“A frank and friendly dialogue” –The III German-Chinese Video Symposium

March 25, 2021

The China Institute for International Strategic Studies and Global Bridges continue their respectful exchange based on the trust that was built between the two institution over many years. A panel of high-profile speakers from the diplomatic corps, military leadership and the business community discussed the relationship between the United States, Europe, and China at the beginning of the Presidency of Joe Biden.

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Current

  • Video Discussion: “Politico-economic Priorities for the New Federal Government from Autumn 2021 onwards – Gradual Change or Fundamental Change of Course necessary?” on May 18, 2021

    With Dr. Daniel Stelter and Professor Dr. Achim Truger. Moderated by Professor Dr. Henrik Müller. German-language event.

  • Video conference “USA – Russia– EU: Coordinated Realisation of the Paris Climate Accord Goals” on May 31, 2021

    With Professor Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Sigmar Gabriel and Cem Özdemir. Moderated by Professor Dr. Friedbert Pflüger. German-language event.

Program – First Half of 2021

Momentarily no announcements on short notice.

Past

  • Videoconference on plastic pollution in the oceans, April 12, 2021

    Topic: "Plastic, waste, pollution: What African Countries are doing"

  • Third Chinese-German Video Symposium with the China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), March 2021

    Topic: "How does the Biden administration affect the trilateral relationship between the United States, Europe and China"

  • Videoconference on plastic pollution in the oceans, March 8, 2021

    Topic: "Mission: Starfish 2030"

  • Chinese-German Video Symposium , March 5, 2021

    Topic: "The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment" (CAI)

  • Videoconference on the German EU Council Presidency, February 25, 2021

    Topic: "Taking stock of the German EU Council Presidency - A Success?"