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

XIV Study Trip to the P.R. China

Beijing – Shenzhen – Hong Kong

October 14 to 22, 2018

It is risky to go to China.

However, it is even riskier not to go to China.

Heinrich von Pierer, CEO Siemens, 1992-2005

The visit to Shenzhen, China’s so-called “Silicon Valley for Hardware”, was the focus of this year’s XIV Study Trip to China. The formerly small town located in the middle of rice fields has now grown into the “Silicon Valley of China” after experiencing unimaginable developments in the IT sector in recent years. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also recently visited the city. Companies such as Sensetime, Royole Co., Huawei, Daimler and Dajiang Innovations, which deal with the latest technologies of our age, dedicate themselves to topics such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big data and autonomous driving. Our meetings with companies in Shenzhen focused on areas in which China is a leader: Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition, Drones, Big Data, etc.

Our study trip started with political talks in Beijing and ended in Hong Kong with a visit to the world famous “Science and Technology Park”.

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First Study Trip to Vietnam

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Ho-Chi-Minh-City

October 7 to 14, 2018

“Money, Wealth, and Prosperity” are terms which came up again and again when Global Bridges members inquired about the current situation and future of Vietnam during their first Study Trip to the country in early October. These are the values ​​that the extraordinarily young Vietnamese population name above all others when surveyed. 70% of the Vietnamese population is under 30, and only 4% are currently considered “old”. How is this compatible with Confucius and communism? Our German expat guide had an answer ready for us: It is a perfect match! Confucius caused turbo-capitalism, since wealth is a form of patriotism. A certain pragmatic attitude was clearly recognizable here.

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II Global Bridges Berlin Symposium

The Global Bridges Berlin Symposium was held for the second time from the September 23 to 25, 2018, under the motto “Klartext in der Politik”. The aim of the event was to give Global Bridges members the opportunity to talk directly with politicians in the current government in Berlin and to discuss contemporary and controversial topics within a confidential circle.

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Current

  • VI München Global Forum, January, 2018 (tbc)

    Topic: SPACE – THE NEW PLACE? Risks and Opportunities of Space Traffic

  • XXXV Berlin Global Forum, Februar 2018 (tbc)

    Guest Speaker: N.N.

    Topic: Artificial Intelligence

Program – Second Half of 2018

  • VI München Global Forum, January, 2018 (tbc)

    Topic: SPACE – THE NEW PLACE? Risks and Opportunities of Space Traffic

Past

  • Traditional Goose Dinner/XXXIII Berlin Global Forum, December 3, 2018

    Guest Speaker: Andreas Ross,  former correspondent for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) in Washington, DC

    Topic: The United States after the Midterm Elections

  • Thanksgiving Dinner / XIX Frankfurt Global Forum, November 28, 2018

    At the invitation of The U.S. Consul General Mrs. Patricia Lacina in Frankfurt am Main

  • VII London Global Forum, November 22, 2018

    Guest Speaker: Sir Anthony Jolliffe GBE, DL.

    Topic: The Role of the Balkans in Europe

    At the Invitation of Dr Barbara Haus Schwepcke

     

  • XXXIII Berlin Global Forum, November 6, 2018

    Guest Speakers: Dr. Volker Stanzel, Former Ambassador to P.R. China and Japan, Vice President of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP); Mikko Huotari, Deputy Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

    Topic: Der steile Weg zum Gipfel: Xi Jinping und sein Münchhausen-Trilemma

  • XIV Study Trip to the P.R. China, October 13-22, 2018