The German Symposium

Initiated in 2002 by German LSE students and hosted by the LSE German Society ever since, 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.

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Rethinking Europe

With the guiding motto „Rethinking Europe“, the German Symposium 2018 strives to explore innovative perspectives on the economic, political and cultural challenges Europe is facing.

We will discuss complex themes such as Germany‘s role in the European cohesion and Germany‘s position towards an environment that is changing so rapidly in Europe and worldwide. The vast opportunities and risks that arise from these changes will be explored in the context of current affairs, ranging from the European direction taken after the Brexit vote to the impact of digital innovations.



The LSE German Society cordially invites 40 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.

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