The German American Conference at Harvard University is going virtual! This year, due to COVID-19, the conference will be hosted online as the Virtual German American Event Series from September through November 2020. For over ten years, the German American Conference has been one of the largest student-led conferences in North America and has provided a platform for Transatlantic dialogue and connection between decision makers and next-generation leaders. Throughout our virtual events, we will explore the neustart [overhaul, re-start] that the world is facing today, ranging from the recovery efforts during the current pandemic to systemic racism in the US and Germany, the US presidential elections, the Transatlantic security partnership, and much more.

All events of the 2020 virtual series are free of charge and registration is open to everyone.

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 20, 2020
Lens Through COVID: Pandemic in Pictures
On Friday, November 20th, Ingmar Nolting’s Covid-19 series is presented online at the German American Conference. Beginning with a virtual gallery walk, Nolting’s images will inspire a transatlantic conversation on the aesthetics of this pandemic and the role of art in times of a global crisis.


Nov. 23, 2020
The Covid-19 Pandemic as a Chance for an Updated German Foreign Policy
Join this exciting virtual keynote of the German Minister of Health Jens Spahn on crisis leadership during the twenty-first century’s first global health crisis. Do the challenges imposed by Covid-19 set an impulse for changes not only concerning digitization but also for international cooperation? What does the crisis imply for an updated German foreign policy?

Nov. 28, 2020
The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Warm Welcome or the Cold Shoulder?
With our speakers, we want to explore the potential reception of the COVID-19 vaccine in both the United States and Europe, as well as discuss possible opportunities for transatlantic collaborations in the vaccination effort.


Dec. 2, 2020
Frenemy – Can AI replace your professor?
This event takes a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities AI imposes on the future of education. Each of the panelists represents a different area that is thoroughly shaping the digitization of education: politics, corporations, and higher education.

Dec. 4, 2020
A fresh start for migration: European and American perspectives on migration policy
Join us in discussing what a fresh start in migration policy could look like with Eric Schwartz (Refugees International) and Christiane Kraus (German Government), moderated by Jacqueline Bhabha (Harvard University).


Let us inspire you to take initiative in solving today’s most pressing challenges. We want to energize you by bringing together extraordinary personalities to share their principles for success with you. Confronted with an ever increasing dynamic and complex environment, German American leadership seeks new avenues of cooperation.


The German American Conference is highly focused on an exchange between two of the world’s arguably most influential nations in order to foster cooperation and leadership. Join our dialogue on the most pressing issues.


Business and Innovation has been at the heart of the German American Conference since its very inception. We explore the latest emerging trends that drive growth and prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic.

Impressions from Past Conferences

“The German American Conference at Harvard is an outstanding platform to get especially young Germans and US-Americans‎ enthusiastic about the transatlantic friendship between the United States of America and Germany”

Dr. Thomas de Maizière , Federal Minister of the Interior

“The contribution and the impulses achieved by the German American Conference for our bilateral relations, cannot be overestimated”

Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defense

“I really enjoyed the panel discussions with top-level politicians and executives – it is hard to find another conference that is offering so many insiders’ views and open exchanges on topics that define our transatlantic relationship.”

Peter Kloeppel, Chief Anchorman RTL Aktuell