The VI Youth Forum of the Potsdam Meetings online. Call for applications!

16 June 2020

The German-Russian Forum and the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund begin accepting applications for participation in the VI Youth Forum of the Potsdam Meetings, which will take place online via Zoom.

The topic of the coming event is “Germany-Russia-EU: The Pandemic and Its Influence on Foreign and Security Policies”.

Participants of the XXIII Potsdam Meetings, which took place on May 25, arrived at a conclusion that the coronavirus pandemic had not been able to significantly change the world. However, it could still accelerate or slowdown the speed of those changes. A new agenda between Russia and Germany and an open discussion to strengthen the bilateral cooperation is needed in post-coronavirus Europe. Many topics of the May conference of the Potsdam Meetings will also be discussed in the youth format. That discussion will support development of trust in civil societies of both countries.

The discussion will focus on two main topics – “Global Turning Points and Their Consequences: New Alliances or Succession in Foreign and Security Policies” and “Society and Economy as an Opportunity: The German-Russian Cooperation during the Pandemic and the Global Economic Crisis”.

The format of the event includes an open exchange of opinions on a large variety of topics of the bilateral cooperation and international relations, an assessment of prospects for overcoming the global economic crisis and consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, joint development of cooperation proposals in Europe, and providing security in the region in the coming decades. Participation of representatives from government agencies and the expert community of both countries is expected.

Dates of the forum: July 16, 2020.

Who can become a participant?

Russian citizens: Bachelor’s and Master’s students, post-gradates, representatives of the government and NGOs, and other international relations experts: political scientists, regional experts, teachers, researchers, lawyers, economists, businessmen, journalists and others.

Age of participants: 20-35.

The group of participants will be formed based on the results of the competition.

How to participate:

In order to participate in the conference, the applicants should complete an application form of the Gorchakov Fund by July 1, 2020.

Attention of German participants! Detailed information about applying can be found here

Working languages: Russian and German with synchronous interpretation.

Contact information:

For Russian participants – Daria Lobanova, Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund:, +7 967 285 84 22.

For German participants – Elena von Fumetti, German-Russian Forum:, +49 (0) 30 263 907 16.  

Information about the previous events can be found here