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? On the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency form 1 July to 31 December 2020, the DAAD organizes 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 are planned: Alumni event "Shaping Europe - Strengthening Europe: Ideas for Europe", EU ideas labs, 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 is 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.

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

    Three EU flags in front of a glass building

    In the run-up to the German EU Council Presidency, DAAD alumni associations and the DAAD network in the EU countries and in the Western Balkans were invited to organize EU ideas labs for alumni. The labs offer space to jointly develop future-oriented ideas for topics that are of particular importance for the EU.

    The corona crisis caused many of the planned labs to be postponed. The ideas lab for alumni from Italy, Croatia and Slovenia took place virtually in May. 13 further labs are to follow in the coming months: in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Serbia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Alumni from 20 European countries will take part in the partly virtual events that deal with topics such as "The European Green Deal", migration and democracy in Europe.

    Learn more about the labs!