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EU Defence at a crossroad

Common Challenges and Diverging Strategies

April 1-3 | Berlin | Germany 

EU Defence at a Crossroad

Common Challenges and Diverging Strategies

April 1-3 | Berlin | Germany 

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.