likeminds: german-turkish junior expert initiative
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likeminds: german-turkish junior expert initiative

Program for German and Turkish Junior Experts

"likeminds - german-turkish junior expert initiative", launched by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, European Academy of Berlin (EAB) and Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at Sabanci University, is a binational exchange program in Germany and Turkey. The program aims to strengthen ties between young German and Turkish top performers, also to intensify practical and topic-oriented exchange of ideas, experience, and understanding. In addition, it aims to contribute towards creating a professional and personal network, bringing together young experts, the deciders of the future.

In practical terms, the program is designed to address German and Turkish future experts, 'high fliers', young or junior experts, opinion formers, and disseminators from all sectors of society. Participants will enter into current social and political debates and confront cutting-edge issues. "likeminds" consists of three components: a preparatory workshop, held simultaneously in Turkey and Germany, followed by two tours d’horizon in both countries. At the workshop, participants choose different aspects of the year's focus topic to be elaborated during the program year. At the tours d’horizon, they get the opportunity to discuss their chosen issues with German and Turkish leading experts from politics, economy, academia, and media.

Focus topic for the 2016 program year is “seeking security in the age of human needs and global necessities".

Program Coordination

Europäische Akademie Berlin
(European Academy of Berlin)
Ute Böhr
Bismarckallee 46/48
14193 Berlin - Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 8959 51 33
Fax: +49 (0)30 8959 51 635


Eva Gondorová
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-858

Picture Gallery

20 "likeminds"-junior managers from Turkey and Germany met in June 2015 in Berlin and in Lausatia to discuss energy policy.