Despite inherent challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted a large-scale virtual event series under the topic neustart [overhaul, re-start] in the fall of 2020. Around 2,000 advocates of the transatlantic relationship from Europe, to North America and the Indo-Pacific, joined 14 events, coffee chats, and keynote addresses. With an abundance of impactful speakers, we were especially delighted to be joined by German Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, who gave a keynote on The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Chance for an Updated German Foreign Policy, and German Federal Minister of Labour, Hubertus Heil who also gave a keynote address on Different Ways Out of the Crisis – Concepts in Labor Market Policy Across the Atlantic. Further, we had many interesting panels ranging from topics such as The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Warm Welcome or the Cold Shoulder? to Navigating a “World in Danger” – Lessons for a new generation of Transatlantic security leaders.
The last In-Person GAC was held in the traditional format at various locations around the Harvard University campus with the general theme “breaking barriers”. During the three days, around 800 participants were able to choose to join workshops, panels, keynote addresses, coffee chats in addition to a Harvard University Campus Tour. As one of the many speakers, the former administrator of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, held a keynote on female leadership in the climate crisis, while Vice President of the Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Union (“Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.”), Friedrich Merz, talked about international security. Besides listening to insightful keynotes, the partakers of the conference were also able to attend many heated discussions on topics such as Transatlantic Security, Medicine, and Data Science.
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