The German Symposium

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.


London School of Economics
and Political Science


Wednesday to Friday
5 to 8 February 2019

Pioneering Change

With the guiding motto ‘Pioneering Change’, we wish to focus on the challenges Germany faces in a world of rapid modernisation. Too often, key actors lack the initiative to take charge and Germany finds itself lagging behind. We want to ask: how can Germany be pioneering change? How can we stop merely reacting to changes and instead become proactive, nationally, in Europe and in the world? In that, we aim to invite leading figures, eminent innovators and the brightest heads of German politics, business, public and arts. What are the trends of today and tomorrow? Which strategies should be employed to advance and stay ahead? What kind of country does Germany want to be and how can it succeed?

This year’s Symposium is about the future and how to make it our present.

Scholars of the Symposium

The LSE German Society cordially invites 50 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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2019 Schedule - TBA

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London School of Economics and Political Science

The German Symposium takes place at LSE in the heart of London.

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