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

Oct. 29, 2020
Building Just and Climate-ready Economies in the EU and the US
This event will focus on comparing and contrasting the EU and US directions to building just and climate-ready economies. Through workshops and a panel discussion, we aim to take a closer look at the two regions’ directions to achieve both economic growth and large-scale decarbonization.

Nov. 5, 2020
Different Ways Out of the Crisis – Concepts in Labor Market Policy Across the Atlantic
German Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil will give a virtual keynote on policy approaches and concepts in labor market policy used by different countries and on a multilateral level as we all navigate the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis.

Nov. 10, 2020
Making the Future Work: Turning 2020 Challenges into Opportunities
Join this exciting panel discussion bringing together three Future of Work thought leaders, Anna Wiesinger, Barbara Humpton and Björn Böhning, from a broad set of backgrounds and with diverse perspectives in what is guaranteed to be an intellectually stimulating debate.


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