The 2016 edition will take place on October 22th. We will kick off at 10h00, lunch and coffee breaks are included in the programme and the end is foreseen around 17h00. There will be an opportunity to go for drinks afterwards, more news will follow soon.

You can find the 2016 programme below.


Conference registration (9h30)

Registration for all Participants except for invited speakers


Opening session (10h00-10h15)

Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe


Opening Keynote (10h15-11h00)

Euclid Tsakalotos, Finance Minister, Greece


PANEL I: ‘Industry 4.0: Smart investment in a decelerating global economy’ (11h00-12h30)

David Dab, Chief Innovation Officer, ING Belgien

Johannes Kotte, Managing Director, Visual Meta [young generation]

David Rinaldi, Research Fellow, CEPS

Maciej Surowiec, EU Public Affairs Manager, Microsoft [young generation]

Moderator: Peter O’Donnell*, POLITICO


PANEL II: ‘Threats and uncertainty: security and defence cooperation in tumultuous times’ (11h00-12h30)

Edward Hunter Christie, Defence Economist, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Siobhan Martin, Senior Programme Officer, Geneva Centre for Security Policy [young generation]

Serge Stroobants, Major (GS), Belgian Army

Moderator: Giulia Paravicini, POLITICO



 Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia (13h30-14h30)




PANEL III: ‘Think global, eat local? Exploring new “sustainable” ways of living’ (15h00-16h30)

Paul Asselman, Owner & General Manager, Eco-Hotel Fevery Bruges

Esmeralda Colombo, My Foody, Founder [young generation]

Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit Eco-Innovation & Circular Economy, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission

Joran Vuye, Founder, Re-Fruit

Moderator: Michèle Kiermeier, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN


PANEL IV: ‘Is Germany’s migration policy shaping the future of European politics?’  (15h00-16h30)

Tamira Gunzburg, Deputy Director of Brussels Office, ONE Campaign [young generation]

Beste Isleyen, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam [young generation]

Kinga Szczawińska*, JHA Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU [young generation]

Thiébaut Weber, Confederal Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

Moderator: Christopher Glück, College of Europe


Wrap-up: Summary and outlook of the conference (16h35-16h45)

Kathleen Burkhard, Clemens Domnick, Members of the Organisation Committee


From 16:45h on: Informal get-together for conference participants and speakers



* speaker requested but not yet confirmed