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

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

In the autumn of 2021, Germany will have a new federal government that will have to face the socio-economic problems of our time with innovative solutions. These include obsolescence, unsuitable income taxation and digitisation. On May 18, 2021, Dr. Daniel Stelter, founder of the forum beyond the obvious, which specialises in strategy and macroeconomics, and Professor Dr. Achim Truger, Professor of Socioeconomics at the University of Duisburg-Essen and a member of the Advisory Council for the assessment of macroeconomic development, discussed these and other topics. The discussion was moderated by Professor Dr. Henrik Müller, professor for economic journalism at the TU Dortmund. On Global Bridges’ side, Dr. Beate Lindemann and Dr. Hans Albrecht, the executive chairwoman and the chairman of the board, respectively, took part, just as more than 50 members of the association.

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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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Schedule of Activities

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Program – First Half of 2022

  • VII Study Trip to Israel and the West Bank May 20-28, 2022
  • V Walther Leisler Kiep Symposium June 15-16, 2022 (meet in-person, in English)

    Topic: „The War in Ukraine: Implications for Europe’s Russia Policies“
    Berlin, Germany

  • Visit of North Dakota Teachers to Germany July 3-9, 2022

    Hildesheim - Berlin

  • Video-Conference (in German) “Bedrohungen für Deutschland- Herausforderungen für den BND?” on July 7, 2022

    Speaker: Dr. Bruno Kahl, President of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND); Moderator: Professor Dr. Susanne Fischer, Hochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung (HSB)

Past

  • Video Symposium (in German) “Fateful election for France and Europe: Where is our continent heading?” on March 29, 2022

    Speakers: Ulrich Wickert, Journalist; Dr. Franziska Brantner, MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action; Moderator: Simon Schütz, Press Spokesman, Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA)

  • XLII Berlin Global Forum on March 10, 2022 (meet in-person)

    Topic (in german): Sustainability in the globalized economy ; Speaker and Host: Michael Zissis Vassiliadis, Chairman, Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau, Chemie, Energie Berlin, Germany.

  • GlobalBridges@GlobalArt on February 24, 2022 (meet in-person)

    In Cooperation with Deutsche Bank (PalaisPopulaire)

  • Video Symposium “Russian-Chinese Relations: Emerging Alliance or Eternal Rivals?” on February 22, 2022

    Speakers: Jo Inge Bekkevold, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies; Dr. Marcin Kaczmarski, Lecturer in Security Studies (Central & East European Studies), School of Social & Political Sciences,  University of Glasgow Moderator: Dr. Sarah Kirchberger, Head of the Center for Asia-Pacific Strategy and Security, Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University; Vice President, German Maritime Institute (DMI)

  • Video-Conference (in German) “Green Inflation” on February 8, 2022

    Speakers: Professor Dr. Michael Hüther, Chairman of the Supervisory Board TÜV Rheinland AG; Director and Member of the Presidium, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V. (German Economic Institute); Professor Dr. Bert Rürup, Chief Economist, HANDELSBLATT; Moderator: Mark Schieritz, Economic Correspondent, DIE ZEIT