Online Forum

Who we are

The fellows & friends programme is an initiative for fellows and friends of the Hertie Foundation. Our circle includes current and former students, grantees and researchers of the Foundation and its projects.

Information exchange and networking

The online forum is the platform for all 5200 Hertie fellows to exchange information with each other, across the whole foundation and all its programmes. It offers its members innovative think-tanks, expert forums, interesting professional perspectives and much more.

Democracy on Twitter

The Democracy Team of the Hertie Foundation is also actively engaged under @demokratieghst on Twitter. In weekly rotation, employees, from the management to the internship position, report on their everyday work at Hertie. We also provide information about our events and initiatives, discuss current socio-political issues and share ideas and recommendations in the field of democracy.

New Hertie Interview

Ahmad Mansour, member of the board of 'Jugend Debattiert', addresses in an interview with the Hertie Foundation the importance of debates for our democracy. The psychologist and expert on Islamism wants to inspire young people to engage in debate culture. He also talks about his Anti-Semitism programme with the police and gives first details about a project supported by the Hertie Foundation.

Fellows in Portrait

In "Fellows in Portrait" you will find new interviews with our coordinators of our networks and programmes. Here we introduce, among others, Andreas Schröder (Hertie Energy and Environment Network), who as coordinator of the network organizes workshops and group activities. He now works for the International Energy Agency in Paris, combining professional life and commitment as a Hertie Fellow.

Unbureaucratic fiancial support

The Hertie Foundation informs about the support of Frankfurt institutions in Corona times with a total of € 300,000. This unbureaucratic, fast support serves Frankfurt's children and youth, people in need and cultural workers. Institutions that have fallen into acute distress as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic receive rapid assistance via commitment funds.

Interviews mentoring

On 27 June 2020 the kick-off meeting for our mentoring programme took place. In the programme we match mentors and mentees and help our cohorts with different support offers. In four interviews we asked former mentors and mentees how they experienced the programme and what lessons and experiences they carry into the future.

New Hertie Interviews Podcast

The Hertie Interviews Podcast is a discussion with science and business experts. In the current one David Schraven, founder of the Bürgerakademie, answers the question: What is good journalism? The Bürgerakademie teaches journalistic skills to interested citizens, explains the role of social media and shows how misinformation can be recognized.

Latest Hertie Newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter "Demokratie-Update" coordinated by our managing director Elisabeth Niejahr and Andrea Römmele, professor for political communication at the Hertie School. The newsletter is sent every 14 days and addresses democracy issues from a wide angle, thereby discussing news, events and publications related to the topic. You can register for the newsletter here.

Experience Exchange Online

After the success in June, the initiative 'Starke Schule' invites you to another collegial online exchange of experiences on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 4:00- 5:30 pm: Due to the spread of the Covid19 virus, schools are facing major challenges in the new school year. How can classes be continued despite the ongoing corona crisis? What is important for school management and teachers now?