Digitization of Governments and the Public Sector

Technology

The panel will investigate the ideal ecosystem for public sector innovation and digitization. Sharing successful examples and future visions, panelists will explore the influence of innovation from within the public sector in contrast to innovation driven by external actors, such as startups and fellowship programs. Taking a transatlantic perspective, the panel will provide space for...

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National Security Strategy – Potential, Impact and Democratic Process

Foreign Policy/ Security

This panel discusses the prospects of national security strategies for shaping foreign and military policies and contributing to building new security frameworks.  Special attention will be payed to the ways executive strategies are drafted in the United States and Germany, and how governments can foster parliamentarians’ participation in the process. Panelists will e.g., discuss how...

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Supply chain resilience in times of global disruptions

Economy

The panel will address the challenge of managing and sustaining supply chains in times of global disruptions like the Russian war on Ukraine or the COVID19 pandemic. Panelists will discuss how supply chain resilience could look like, how much agility is sustainable and whether resilience will replace sustainability as the top aspired supply chain paradigm.

Innovation for Climate Mitigation

Sustainability & Climate Change

The panel will investigate conditions for climate innovation (both technology and approaches) in the US and Germany, especially in hard-to-abate sectors. By discussing the different approaches for promoting innovation and sharing best practices, the panel provides a space for collective learning across countries and identifies what it takes to support the development and roll-out of...

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Work Culture and Mental Health

Civil Society

The panel will investigate how our societies shape how we think about work, and how the narrative of pursuing one’s passion at work (instead of outside of work) has evolved over the last decade. Panelists will discuss how organizations currently support their employees to sustain their mental health at the workplace, and how interventions and...

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From Bed to Benchside

Healthcare/ Public Health

The workshop introduces participants to the complexity of the process of translating scientific discoveries into clinical applications in the life science industry. Key factors relevant for making biomedical product development a successful endeavor will be uncovered as part of this interactive learning experience. Participants are invited to dive into the topic of healthcare leadership by...

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Rebuilding Ukraine – “Marshall Plan” of the 21st century?

Foreign Policy/ Security

The panel focuses on the question of what efforts are needed and (potentially) planned by Germany, the European Union and the US to support the rebuilding of Ukraine in the post-war era. Discussions will center around questions of economic and financial aspects, justice for Ukraine, and future integration into the European Union.

Energy and Geopolitics in the Modern World

Foreign Policy/ Security

The panel will investigate the challenge of ensuring energy security amidst the current energy and geopolitical crisis, while maintaining the transition to low-carbon energy systems. Panelists will discuss potential solutions going forward, with a focus on how transatlantic collaboration can help to alleviate the tension between energy security and sustainability.

Sports as means of social inclusion

Sports

The panel will bring together speakers from both sides of the Atlantic and across sport disciplines to discuss how sports can serve as means of social inclusion. Speakers will discuss which role sports plays in providing a safety net for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, in creating social cohesion and in offering educational and social mobility...

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Precision Medicine – Potentials & Challenges: An industry perspective

Healthcare/ Public Health

The panel will discuss what the potential and future of precision medicine could be, in light of the challenges especially with regard to research funding and implementation from the bench to the bedside. Analyzing the role of biopharmaceutical companies in the process of bringing cures to patients, panelists will share their perspective on how academia...

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Design Thinking Workshop

Other Events

Supported by the Boston-based design studio Other Tomorrows, participants will develop and prototype solutions to wicked societal problems (political, ecological and scientific) in an interdisciplinary workshop. Individuals from the GAC speaker roster will provide advice and topical expertise, alongside the guidance by seasoned Design Thinking professionals

Sustainable Investing: Enabling a Net-zero World

Sustainability & Climate Change

The panel will analyze which role sustainable investing could play in the reallocation of capital that is required to successfully reach net-zero ambitions and thereby address climate change. By investigating if and how investor sentiment has changed (e.g., by incorporating climate risks in their assessment processes), the panel aims to provide space to discuss opportunities...

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