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Student conferences


The European Public Policy Conference (EPPC)

The conference took place from 31 March 2 April 2023 in Vienna, Austria.

The European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) has been hosted since 2008 by Timothy Reno , founder of the International Policy Leadership Institute (IPLI) Since then, the event has been organized annually by first-year master candidates at the Hertie School. Each year they aim to explore a new area in public policy by bringing together scholars, stakeholders, and students with a variety of perspectives.
We were especially pleased that after three years of COVID-induced interruptions, 2023 EPPC was once again in-person in Vienna at the Central European University, a member of the CIVICA network.

We are currently living in a time of multiple, overlapping crises: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the war of Russian aggression in Ukraine, the subsequent energy and food security crises, and of course the cascading effects of continued and accelerating global heating and climate change. This has led some analysts to term our current era the “age of permacrisis”, the topic of this year’s conference which hosted around 80 participants.

Active since 2008


The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN)

The GPPN Conference took place 4-5 March 2023 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) is a partnership between Columbia University ’s School of International and Public Affairs, the Business Administration School of São Paulo at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, the Hertie School, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the University of Singapore, the LSE School of Public Policy, the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.
GPPN holds a multitude of annual conferences consisting of both faculty and student conferences hosted by each member school in yearly rotation. Selected Hertie students have the possibility to present a project at the conference.

11 students competed by pitching their policy ideas on how to keep societies together in times of political cleavage.

Active since 2017


LATAM Conference

The LATAM Conference 2023 was a student-led conference organised by The Hertie School Latin American Club. It was held with the aim of discussing relevant topics for the Latin American region, such as democracy, authoritarianism, human rights, migration, the fights against climate change and corruption, the Germany-LATAM relationship, and political foundations in Germany and their relationship with LATAM.

Speakers included Marisol Perez Tello, Former Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Peru; Jorge Bermudez Soto, current Comptroller General of Chile; Juan Pappier, Deputy Director for the Americas of Human Rights Watch; the ambassadors to Germany of Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru; and panellists from 12 nationalities. They shared their point of view to 150 attendees eager to learn. Representing Hertie School were President Cornelia Woll; Dean of Faculty and Research Kai Wegrich; Dean of Graduate Programs Thurid Hustedt; and academic counsellor Luis Mejía.

Active since 2023

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