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British German Forum 2018: the future of power, influence and networks (WP1617)

What’s on the agenda?
The aim of the Forum throughout its 33 year history has been to strengthen the bonds between the UK and Germany and promote partnership amongst future leaders, usually aged between 25 and 35, in both countries. As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the need to build understanding and strengthen ties between Britain and Germany has become ever more important.

This year’s Forum will provide a space for participants to address the future of power, influence and networks, and explore three critical questions:

  • Where is power and influence shifting in society, governance and business?
  • What must societies in the UK and Germany do to keep pace with technological change and disruption?
  • How can globalisation be made to work for all? How might industrial strategies in the UK and Germany be able to counter inequality and challenges facing them?

Why participate?

This year’s forum will enable participants to build a network across sectors and make lasting connections with 50 fellow young leaders.

Those selected will take part in a dialogue about shared futures, network and gain insights into the thinking of contemporaries across sectors from both countries. This career enhancing networking experience will produce a set of recommendations and ways forward on critical issues discussed to ensure a better common future for all.

Join our network of alumni

Over 1,300 future leaders have participated in the Forum, engaging with contemporaries from government, business and British and German civil society. British German Forum alumni include parliamentarians, ambassadors, senior government officials, editors, financiers and business leaders, economists, academics and civil society leaders.


Nomination form


We asked six participants their views about the nature of power, who they think holds it and whether it is changing in the information age.

In its 32nd year, we asked former participants who have returned to the British German Forum as speakers, to tell us what the annual event means to them.

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