Alumni activities on the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency

Four alumni in discussion

What do DAAD alumni have to say about Europe? What innovative ideas do they have for the future of Europe? In the period of the German EU Council Presidency (second half of the year 2020), the DAAD has started to set up various alumni activities to make the ideas and impulses of its alumni visible and to promote networking and exchange among DAAD alumni from all over Europe.

The following alumni activities have taken place or are still to come in 2021: Alumni event "Shaping Europe - Strengthening Europe: Ideas for Europe" (inauguration event in 2020, closing ceremony expected to take place in 2022), EU ideas labs (2020/2021), video campaign "An Idea for Europe". Learn more and join in!

Alumni event "Shaping Europe - Strengthening Europe: Ideas for Europe"

On the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency the DAAD has organized the alumni event „Shaping Europe – Strengthening Europe: Ideas for Europe“ on 1 October 2020. ()The event took place under the patronage of Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

Find out what Katrin Staffler (Member of the German Bundestag), Michael Bloss (Member of the European Parliament), Siegfried Mureșan (Member of the European Parliament), and und Verena Blechinger-Talcott (Freie Universität Berlin) had to say about the current opportunities and challenges of the EU. Dr. Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General of the DAAD, explained what contribution education and science can make to a strong Europe.


Panel diskussion EU meeting 2020

Video campaign #DAADalumni4EU - Ideas for Europe

The video series „Ideas for Europe” is a campaign related to our DAAD alumni event „Shaping Europe – Strengthening Europe: Ideas for Europe” under the auspices of Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in the framework of the German EU Council Presidency. The campaign also takes place on , und under the hashtag #DAADalumni4EU.

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EU ideas labs

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Starting in the period of the German EU Council Presidency (second half of 2020), DAAD alumni associations and the DAAD network in the EU countries were asked to organise EU Ideas Labs for alumni. The Labs are designed to jointly develop forward-looking ideas for issues that are of particular importance for the future of the EU.

Two idea labs for alumni could take place in 2020: The EU Ideas Lab for participants from Italy, Croatia and Slovenia (Migration) and the Ideas Lab in Poland (Green Deal). Further labs are to follow in 2021: In spring 2021 France (April) as well as Germany with participation from Austria and Hungary (see below). In Autumn 2021: Labs in Hungary and Serbia with participation from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro (probably September 2021) are going to take place.
Alumni from EU countries and the Western Balkans provide ideas at events dealing with topics such as "The European Green Deal", migration or democracy in Europe. Due to the current CoVID-pandemic, the "Joint fight against pandemics" or the perspective "Europe Post-COVID" were added. 

Winners from the EU Ideas Labs are invited to present their ideas at an EU-wide DAAD alumni meeting, probably in Berlin in spring 2022. With the alumni events on the topic of the European Union, we would like to contribute to the discussion process on the future of Europe, which is currently also being formally initiated at EU level with the "Conference on the Future of the EU".

Learn more about the planned and already held events!