Initiated in 2002 by German LSE students, the German Symposium has become an important date in the university’s calendar. During the Symposium we examine current issues relevant to Germany and its role in Europe and the world. Featuring a wide variety of events ranging from keynote speeches to discussion panels, we offer the opportunity for political and intellectual debate. Over the years we have consistently attracted renowned economists, executives, politicians and academics to speak at the Symposium.
Under the guiding motto “Beyond Borders”, the LSE German Symposium 2020 takes the 30th anniversary of the German Reunification not only as an opportunity to look back at the historic event that has shaped the country and continent but most importantly to explore the social, economic and political frontiers Europe is and will be facing today and in future.
While the Iron Curtain separating East and West served as a constant reminder of the division of people, borders are often invisible and run through society itself. In that context, the German Symposium strives to explore how Germany should respond to growing social inequality, migration and extremism that is pulling Europe apart.
“Beyond borders” at the German Symposium is about global questions as well as Germany’s and Europe’s answers.
The LSE German Society cordially invites 60 students currently studying in German speaking countries to the German Symposium. As “Scholars of the Symposium” they discuss key issues related to German and international current affairs with renowned speakers.
Panel discussions and workshops with some of the leading experts in their respective fields provide an excellent opportunity to dive deep into important subject matters. As a means of direct exchange between students and speakers, the programme aims to inspire passionate debates and encourage a flow of ideas beneficial to both sides.