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.

Elephant in the Room

Which topic, according to you, is ignored in the public debate, even though it is of central importance to society? What is your elephant in the room? Our new social media format gives you the opportunity to address this proverbial "elephant" provide new food for thought and thus help shape public discourse. In order to reach as many people as possible with your message, we will publish your contributions on our social media channels. 

Save the date | Summit 2021

In recent years, our Hertie Summit has become an exchange platform for current social and science policy issues in Berlin. Here, Fellows, Hertie colleagues, and other experts can exchange what they are passionate about, all under the motto: SOCIETY AND SOLIDARITY. In 2021, we want to continue with a mix of digital and decentralized in-person events from June 3-4, 2021 in Berlin.

Infohour 4 March 2021 | History of the Hertie Foundation

In order to inform you about the concrete steps that we have taken to research the history of the Hertie Foundation, and to talk about what we know and don't know to date, we would like to cordially invite you to an info session, which will also be an opportunity to clarify any open questions. The info session will take place via ZOOM on 04 .03.2021, 12:30-14h, (language: simultaneous interpretation DE->EN).

Initiative Starke Schule | Virtueller Stammtisch

Der virtuelle Stammtisch ist ein regelmäßiger Austausch für alle Mitglieder der Initiative Starke Schule und für alle offen, die mit dem Gedanken spielen, Mitglied werden zu wollen.Jeden 2. Donnerstag im Monat, immer um 15.30 Uhr treffen wir uns ohne festes Thema zum Online-Erfahrungsaustausch, weil wir wissen, wie gut es uns tut, miteinander im Gespräch und in Kontakt zu bleiben.

Digital Coffee Talk // Karolina Wigura and Andrea Pető

19 January, 2021 | 2.30 pm. - 4.00 pm.|| On behalf of the newest Hertie fellows' network, the "Democracy is Central" Initiative, we cordially invite you to our first digital coffee talk on women and the illiberal backlash in Central and Eastern Europe. We are proud to welcome two experts on the matter: Prof. Andrea Pető (CEU Vienna/ Budapest) and Dr. Karolina Wigura (University of Warsaw/ Kultura Liberalna)

Call for Ideas: Hertie Summit 2021

The Hertie Summit in Berlin is a platform for exchange that brings together fellows, the Hertie foundation’s staff and other experts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Summit did not take place last summer. For 2021, we are planning digital and decentralised live events from 3 to 4 June 2021 in Berlin. We are looking forward to your proposals! The closing date for submissions is 18 January 2021.

Hertie-Interviews: Current podcast episode

The podcast of the Hertie Foundation presents interviews with experts from academia and business. In the current episode, our fellow and podcast host Kurt Woischytzky talks to Yasmin Celin Gannouchi and Joshua Kantara about racism and sexism in schools, youth participation in municipalities and media education. Both are working to make a difference in society.

"Jugend Entscheidet" starts

Ten municipalities entrust youths with political decision-making: Young people are passionate about politics, want to have their say and participate in decisions. But what do they have to say about local political issues? What do they think about issues that affect their lives right on their doorstep? The Hertie Foundation is now launching the project with ten municipalities. Find more information here.