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

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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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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Current

Momentarily no announcements on short notice.

Program – Second Half of 2021

  • Video Conference (in German): “A new government: What does the economy expect?” on October 26

    Speakers: Dr. Stefan Traeger, Chairman of the Board, Jenoptik AG; Martin Kind, Owner and Managing Director, Kind-Gruppe; Moderator: Michael Behrens, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Die Himmelsschreiber

  • Thanksgiving Dinner / XX Frankfurt Global Forum on November 30

    In-person event at the invitation of the U.S. Consul General in Frankfurt, Norman Thatcher Scharpf.

Past

  • Global Bridges Day 2021 / Annual Membership Meeting

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

  • “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/

  • 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

  • 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.