16 Mar 2021

Launching CEPS Young Thinkers Initiative


We are excited to announce CEPS newest initiative, CEPS Young Thinkers, aimed at bringing more diverse and younger voices into the European debate. The project will give young people a platform to express their ideas and bring fresh and innovative perspectives to the European policy scene.

We are looking for a group of around 30 young thinkers from various academic fields who will take part in the 2021 edition of Ideas Lab from 31 May – 4 June. The Young Thinkers will participate in interactive guided foresight sessions to debate current challenges and work together to envision the future of Europe. At the end of the week, the Young Thinkers will also have the opportunity to present their findings to key policymakers and leaders.

The call for participation will be launched on Thursday 25 March and to mark the opening of the application process, CEPS has teamed up with the International Youth Think Tank (IYTT) to host a virtual event Back to the Future: empowering the next generation of European leadersThe event will bring together young people with high-level speakers, including Heather Grabbe, Director of Open Society Foundation and Cecilia Malmström, Co-Founder of the IYTT and former Commissioner to the EU. CEPS will present the Young Thinkers initiative in more detail and the IYTT will present the final report of their International Youth Conference that took place in November last year. Curious to learn more? Sign up for the event here.

CEPS Young Thinkers forms part of a wider initiative, the CEPS Sustainable Diversity Goals (SDGs), an Open Society Foundation funded project, which aims to promote diversity in the field of research and make our policy events more diverse and gender-balanced. You can learn more about the CEPS SDGs here.