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We are celebrating
20 years of the Hertie School

Friends and fellows of the Hertie School sent us their best wishes, memories and hopes for the years ahead.

Anniversary Events

Research, events, and student activities: find out what's ahead and join the festivities throughout the year!




Public event

Green and powerful: The road towards sustainable growth and a stronger Europe





Public event

Hertie Futures Forum Democracy

"Democracy on trial: Will 2024 change the face of democracy?"




Public event

Hertie Futures Forum Fundamental Rights

More to come

Constitutional Conversations




Public event

Hertie Futures Forum Security

More to come

Back to the future: Hertie School celebrates 20th anniversary

In its anniversary programme, the university is hosting public panel discussions where politicians and academics will discuss current and future societal challenges.

"20 years of academic research and teaching on modern governance at the interface of politics, business and civil society – that is what the Hertie School stands for like no other university in Germany," says President Cornelia Woll.

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Hertie Futures Forum Sustainability

The Hertie Futures Forum Sustainability Event kicked off our 20th anniversary event series with a an exciting panel.  “Looking back to move forward: Exploring innovative approaches for international climate policy”  explored lessons learnt and upcoming challenges in international climate policy with key figures in the field: 

  • Jennifer Morgan (State Secretary, Special Representative for International Climate Policy at the German Foreign Office)

  • Laurence Tubiana (CEO European Climate Foundation)

  • Ottmar Edenhofer (Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)


Hertie Futures Forum

As part of the "Hertie Futures Forum", the Hertie School is organising year-round discussions on the social challenges of the future, including where Europe is heading in the super election year 2024, and what the challenges of security and sustainability policy will be in the next 20 years. 

Stay tuned - more information to come!

Student essay competition

"Okay, Boomer – what will the next generation of policymakers do differently?"


Open to all enrolled Hertie School students, this competition encourages students to think about the future of public policy, drawing from past and present experiences. How do the policymakers of tomorrow envision the world of public policy in 20 years? What will the policymakers of tomorrow do differently? What primary policy challenges need to be tackled – and how? Deadline: December 1, 2023.


20 years and counting

Explore our timeline showing our most significant milestones over the past 20 years, and what’s to come in the future.

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