Coming Full Circle

European Public Policy Conference

April 23-25, 2021

All about the EPPC 2021The Online Setting

Coming Full Circle

European Public Policy Conference

April 23-25, 2021

All Infos for EPPC 2021The Online Setting

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.

IPLI Foundation

The IPLI Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic support for academic and applied public policy research initiatives in Europe, the Mediterranean Region and Africa.  Since the first European Public Policy Conference in 2009, the IPLI Foundation has given vast support to students from the Hertie School to start the event and continue the tradition. They believe it to be a great initiative to empower students afuture policymakers and to unite policy leaders of today and tomorrow by highlighting and studying challenging public policy issues in Europe and beyond. 

Hertie School

The Hertie School is the university of governance in Berlin. It is a first-class, international institution of public policy, preparing top students for leadership positions in society. It is also a central hub for important political and societal debates of our time. 

The EPPC is fully student-run and organized by first-year Master of International Affairs and Master of Public Policy students of the Hertie School. We are glad to be given this opportunity and to organize the 13th edition of the conference in April 2021!

EPPC formats


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.

Online Panel


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. 

Coming Full Circle

April 23 – 25 from Berlin to the World

CIRCULAR ECONOMY is increasingly circulating as the new buzzword when it comes to the discourse on sustainability and climate action. Up to 60 % of global greenhouse gases are emitted during the production of goods. However, furthering circularity has not really become an essential aspect of policy making with only piecemeal attention to the idea in the EU Green Deal. Through the European Public Policy Conference 2021, we hope to spark discussion around ideas and topical solutions to make circularity central to policy and business decisions in Europe and around the globe.

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. 

Circular Cities

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. 

Another Online Conference?

How should that work?

One Platform

In order to make your participation a seamless experience without platform hopping, link searching and constant schedule checking, the whole conference will take place on a single platform. 

connecting the whole world

As we are not constrained by distance anymore, our conference can accomodate speakers and participants from all over the world. 

The Coffee is on us

We want to make your online participation an amazing experience, that is as close as possible to in-person attendance. Therefore, we will send out a limited amount of care packages to participants attending from Germany.