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CEPS Ideas Lab 2021


CEPS Ideas Lab 2021

Seeking immUnity: Europe in a post-Covid world


This year, we’re bringing you a fully digital Ideas Lab experience! Ideas Lab strives to have open, insightful and impactful discussions thanks to the participation of a diverse group of policymakers, researchers and representatives from industries and civil society. It’s an innovative platform of exchange and co-creation that brings together think tanks from across Europe, representatives of national governments, businesses, NGOs and European institutions.

For this 8th edition, our team of researchers, leading experts and high-level policymakers will cover five themes over five days. The programme will start on Monday 31 May with discussions on the health crisis and end on Friday 4 June with sessions on Europe’s strategic autonomy. Throughout the week, we will be debating on a variety of issues from the European Green Deal to Europe’s industrial future and the economic recovery. Ideas Lab is a high-level conference by invitation-only, but we will be broadcasting a series of public seminars throughout the week.

Speakers include Nobel laureate Michael Spence, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner Nicolas Schmidt, American economist Adam Posen, Indian economist Jayati Ghosh, and many more! For the first time at Ideas Lab, 30 Young Thinkers will take part in a joint foresight exercise to present scenarios on the future of Europe and discuss ways to engage citizens in the European debate. You can watch their presentations and subsequent discussion on the Friday morning.

Stay tuned for more information on the developing programme and we look forward to seeing you there!

The following sessions will be live streamed on our YouTube page:

Day 1:  02:00 – 03:15 PM Spotlight session/Towards a European Health Union | 03:30 – 05:00 PM: The pandemic and the economic crisis: A global agenda for urgent action

Day 2: 02:00 – 03:15 PM Spotlight session/The future of global climate change policy after America is back, a conversation with EU and US policy makers | 03:30 – 05:00 PM: Low-carbon markets: Green and also free?

Day 3: 02:00 – 03:15 PM Spotlight session/Europe’s industrial strategy

Day 4: 02:00 – 03:15 PM Spotlight session/Avoiding a lost generation for Europe | 03:30 – 05:00 PM: Fiscal stimulus: lessons from the US to the EU? | 03:30 – 05:00PM: Building a social safety-net for the post-Covid EU

Day 5: 10:00 – 11:30 AM Over to Youth: New Voices for a post-Covid World | 02:00 – 03:15 PM ACADEMIC LECTURE: Europe’s Strategic Autonomy: still a vegetarian in a world of carnivores? | 03:30 – 05:00 PM: EU-Med-Africa relations: a new start?

Registration is mandatory and closes on Friday 28 May. Registered participants will receive joining instructions the day before the event starts. Any questions ? Please contact us.