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Panel Discussion „Feminist Foreign Policy – Foreign Science Policy: What Can Science Expect?", 7 December 2023

Feminist Foreign Policy

Feminist Foreign Policy
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At the beginning of the year, the Federal Foreign Office published ten guidelines for a new feminist foreign policy that places gender equality and other marginalized groups at the heart of international relations as a fundamental principle. Feminist foreign policy strives for an inclusive and equal world order in which women play an active role in peace processes, conflict resolution and sustainable development.
For international cooperation in science and research, foreign policy plays an intrinsic role in a multipolar world of crises and geopolitical realignments. Foreign policy decisions can influence the nature and type of scientific cooperation, and national funding programs are oriented towards overarching strategies. How does a (German) feminist foreign policy influence foreign science policy? How can science-related feminist foreign policy improve the framework conditions for international scientific cooperation? What role do academics, intermediary organizations and students play?

The panel discussion "Feminist Foreign Policy – Foreign Science Policy: What Can Science Expect?", organized by the Berlin University Alliance together with the DAAD, will examine the opportunities of a feminist foreign policy for science from different perspectives. Experts will discuss a possible reorientation of international scientific cooperation and identify new impetus.

Programme (7 December 2023): 

5:30 pm Registration

6 pm Words of Welcome

Alexandra Gwyn Paetz (Managing Director, Berlin University Alliance) 

Dr. Michael Harms (Deputy Secretary General, DAAD)

6:10 pm Opening Statement

Dr. Peter Kettner (Head of Section Strategy / Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy, German Federal Foreign Office) 

6:20 pm Panel Discussion

Dr. iur., LL.M. Silla Akbari (Faculty of Law, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
H.E. Francisco Quiroga (Mexican Ambassador to Germany)
Nina Salden (Head of Division Strategic Planning, German Academic Exchange Service)
Dr. Claudia Zilla (Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)
Chair: Prof. Dr. Silvia von Steinsdorff (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

8 pm Reception


Location: Festsaal der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

Prior registration is required to participate in the event:

Please register here

The event will be held in English without translation.

Programme (PDF Download) 


Contact: Dr. Angelika Wilhelm-Rechmann (angelika.wilhelm@berlin-university-alliance.de)