The European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) is an annual event organized by students from the Hertie School with support from the IPLI Foundation. First hosted in 2008, EPPC aims to explore a pressing public policy area by bringing together scholars, stakeholders, and students with various perspectives.
The conference empowers students and future policy leaders to take charge of and direct their own holistic experience by addressing the public policy issues they consider the most relevant at the time.
Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, the EU has existed in a “crisis of confidence.” Yet despite a state of perma-crisis and the war in Ukraine, the EU has considered further expansion of its political frontiers and increased political integration. EPPC 2024 will focus on this integration-disintegration balance, emphasizing the need for open discussions and informed solutions in the face of major challenges to the European community.
EPPC is hosted annually by Hertie School students with funding from the IPLI Foundation.
Based in Brussels, the IPLI Foundation cooperates closely with its network of academic institutions and research institutions to support both educational and applied research in the fields of development and multi-dimensional human security public policy issues. The IPLI Foundation’s key activities include providing support on both an institutional and individual basis. On an institutional basis, the IPLI Foundation cooperates with its network of associate institutions to enable a variety of ongoing research projects. On an individual basis, the IPLI Foundation periodically offers scholarships & awards to give innovative researchers, both at the graduate and post-graduate level, the chance to pursue their public policy research projects further.
For 20 years, the Hertie School has been teaching, researching, and debating good governance and public affairs in the heart of Berlin and Europe. The social science university offers master’s degrees, doctoral programmes, and executive education to train change-makers in government, business, and civil society. True to its motto “Understand today. Shape tomorrow.” the university conducts interdisciplinary research, provides international and practice-oriented education, and serves as a forum for public debate. Six centres of competence strengthen its expertise in European affairs, international security, fundamental rights, sustainability, digital governance, and data science. The Hertie School was founded in 2004 by the non-profit Hertie Foundation and has been generously supported by it ever since. It is a member of the European university alliance CIVICA, publicly recognised, and accredited by the Accreditation Council as well as the German Council of Science and Humanities.