What is the EPPC all about?
Discuss critical European issues
Learn from experts from all over the world
Create a network of brilliant young minds
Shape the policy ideas of tomorrow
The European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) is a unique initiative that empowers public policy students to take a leading role in shaping the debate on critical European policy issues. This fully student-run event is sponsored by the IPLI Foundation and organized by the students of the Hertie School in Berlin. Thanks to a highly interactive format, the EPPC provides an unparalleled opportunity for future policymakers to engage with prominent political leaders and experts, and to address the pressing challenges that Europe faces in the twenty-first century. For every edition of the EPPC, students are responsible for all aspects of the event, including creating the conference concept, inviting speakers, and selecting the city where the EPPC is held.
Our keynote speakers bring unique insights and alternative perspectives to the discourse on sustainability and climate action. We are excited to kick off the conference with a speech that will provide inspiration for the whole conference weekend.
EPPC 2021 will be highly interactive! We offer our participants the opportunity to engage with prominent political leaders and experts, discuss pressing challenges regarding the circular economy and network with speakers and fellow participants.
Our workshops are an excellent opportunity for participants to combine theoretical insights gained through the keynotes and panels with practical applications. Through direct and interactive exchange, participants acquire practical insights and learn how to deal with real-world situations.
The conference is split into three subthemes
How can digitalisation help expedite a circular economic transition?
Digital solutions such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology can improve the efficiency of resource use, increase the distribution of knowledge and allow for circularity-improving cooperation between businesses. By exploring the innovations of the digital world and how they can deliver sustainability, we want to find out how the fourth industrial revolution can help the planet.
Shifting towards global participation
What does circularity mean for Europe with an economy based on global trade?
In a globalised world, Europe – or no singular country – can be alone in the journey. What does circularity imply in a world with extensive trade and exchange? The EU Green Deal highlights the importance of cooperating with non-western regions such as Latin America, Africa and Asia to transition towards a global circular economy. An interregional circular economy is a top priority to increase efficiency, improve resource management, and collaborate on a global circular transition as soon as possible.
How are cities challenging linear consumption from waste management to their food systems and everything in between?
Currently, about 85% of global GDP is generated through cities, according to the Urban Agenda for the EU. Densely-populated urban municipalities have immense resource needs. Thus, they are ideal systems to intervene in linear-use consumption patterns to create hyper-local systems that prioritize re-use, repair, and regeneration instead.