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

Mission: Starfish 2030 – Save the Blue Planet

March 8, 2021

Due to their importance for the continued existence of humankind, saving the oceans was the topic of the video conference on March 8th. Climate change, plastic waste and overfishing have severely affected this ecosystem in recent years. Plastic waste in particular is a problem in this regard, as it breaks down into smaller and smaller particles instead of decomposing, thus spreading itself further and further; it can only be broken down very slowly. The guest speaker Gesine Meißner, chair of the national committee for the UN Decade of Marine Research for Sustainable Development, former EU parliamentarian and member of the EU initiative “Mission Starfish 2030” was invited by Global Bridges to answer questions and discuss possible solutions. Susanne Stampf Gräfin Sedlitzky, an author, journalist and TV producer, moderated the event.

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German-Chinese Video Symposium: EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI)

March 5, 2021

The German-Chinese Video Symposium was held to discuss the recently signed EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), in particular its benefits and shortcomings when it comes to the issue of European market access in China. Since the EU’s relationship with China has become a more controversial topic in the wake of a more cooperative US administration, all in attendance underlined the need for a symposium with experts on the topic.

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Taking stock of the German EU Council Presidency – A success?

February 25, 2021

In order to gain insights into the work of the European Union, we had planned to travel to Brussels last year. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, the trip had to be postponed and we zoomed to Brussels once again. As Germany took over the EU Council Presidency, Global Bridges hosted a videoconference with David McAllister in June 2020, who gave us a presentation on the challenges of the German EU Council Presidency. On February 25, 2021, we had the chance to take stock of the past six months with Dr. Katarina Barley, member of the European Parliament since 2019 and its Vice President. The event was moderated by our member Dr. Daniel W. Bloemers.

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Current

Momentarily no announcements on short notice.

Program – Second Half of 2021

  • Video Symposium on August 16 (Englisch-language event): “New Data Economy and its Consequences”

    Speakers: Young Sohn, CEO, Harman / Kardon ; until recently President of Samsung Electronics and Alastair Buchan, Chair of Stroke Research and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Oxford University. Moderator: Ali Aslan, International TV Presenter, Conference Moderator, Journalist

  • “Musée privé”: Exclusive Guided Tour of Exhibitions (meet in-person, in German) on September 6, 2021: Impressionism: The Hasso Plattner Collection & Impressionism in Russia: Dawn of the Avant-Garde

    At the Museum Barberini, Potsdam, followed by dinner at Restaurant Waage (walking distance)

    https://www.museum-barberini.com/en/exhibitions/

  • Global Bridges Day 2021 / Annual Membership Meeting

    In-person, German-language event on September 7, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

Past

  • Video Conference: “Change of power in Tanzania: preserve the old and dare the new” on June 16

    With H.E. Ambassador Regine Heß and Sanjay Rughani, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania. Moderated by Prof. Dr. Edward Krubasik.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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"