The Anglo-German Foundation funds and organises conferences and other events in the UK and Germany. The conferences and events enable British and German experts to meet and exchange information and experience.


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Fairness and the Welfare State:
the Double Disconnect

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent

CHAIR: Dr Ray Cunningham, Director, Anglo-German Foundation


The U.K. government’s plans to end incapacity benefit for all but the most disabled people and make the unemployed work for their benefits are a major departure from traditional Labour policies.  It is not often recognised how far British public opinion has shifted towards a liberal individualist stance on social issues in recent years.


Date: 10 December 2008


This contribution is linked to the Foundation's programme 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)', for more please click here

Political Discourse and Party-Political Competition in Germany's New Five-Party-System: The 2009 Elections >>> Conference

Since the federal elections of 2005 party politics in Germany has changed quite significantly. Not only has DIE LINKE extended the party system, but societal developments such as rapidly growing wealth differentials have fundamentally changed political cleavages and agendas. This conference - organised by the University of Bath, Department of European Studies - aims to analyse the transformation of political discourse and party political competition since the end of the Red-Green coalition, and to explore how the individual parties are preparing for the 2009 election campaign.


Further information: [email protected]


Date: 17 October 2008

Letzte Chance für gute Schulen
Die 12 großen Irrtümer und was sich wirklich ändern müsste >>>

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Prof. Dr. Ludger Wößmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

CHAIR: PD Dr. Hilmar Schneider, IZA Bonn


Spätestens seit dem PISA-Schock wissen wir: Unsere Schüler lernen zu wenig. Warum ist das so, und was müssen wir wirklich ändern? Aufgrund umfangreicher empirischer Analysen räumt Ludger Wößmann mit zwölf großen Irrtümern auf und stellt ihnen zwölf teilweise überraschende Fakten gegenüber.


Date: 15 Oktober 2008

The Politics of Emissions Trading in Britain and Germany  >>>
Report Launch


Rüdiger K.W. Wurzel will present his report on Politics of Emissions Trading in Britain and Germany at the Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS) Conference "The European Union as a Leader in International Climate Change Politics". The conference will take place at the University of Hull.


A programme will be available in due course.


Date: 18-19 September 2008


This contribution is linked to the Foundation's programme 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)', for more please click here

Resource Productivity, Environmental Tax Reform and Sustainable Growth in Europe >>>

Presentation of Research Paper


Paul Ekins will present his research paper "Resource productivity, environmental tax reform and sustainable growth in Europe" at the international colloquium "Sustainable Growth, Resource Productivity and Sustainable Industrial Policy" at Wuppertal University (Germany) in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute. The conference shall bring together top experts on sustainable growth and sustainable resource management. It aims at analysing the contribution of increasing resource productivity to sustainability. Having a focus on economics, the international colloquium shall also cover the technological, the environmental and the international dimensions.


Date: 17-19 September 2008


This contribution is linked to the Foundation's programme 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)', for more please click here

The Political Economy of Occupational Family Policies
Comparing workplaces in Britain and Germany  >>>
Presentation of Research Paper


Martin Seeleib-Kaiser and Timo Fleckenstein will present their research paper "The Political Economy of Occupational Family Policies: Comparing Workplaces in Britain and Germany" at the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC 19) Conference "The Future of Social Citizenship: Politics, Institutions and Outcomes".


Date: 4-6 September 2008


This contribution is linked to the Foundation's programme 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)', for more please click here

The Emergence of China and India in the Global Economy >>> Conference


The general themes of the conference are the causes and consequences of the acceleration of economic development in China and India in recent decades, including the implications for other developing and developed countries around the world. Topics of particular interest include: trade and financial liberalization, growth and inequality; structural change and economic development; institutions and economic performance; enterprise reform; international trade, foreign direct investment and outsourcing; intellectual property rights; trade and innovation; and the restructuring of production in developed countries.


Date: 4-6 July 2008


This contribution is linked to the Foundation's programme 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)', for more please click here

Financialisation and the Rise of Private Equity and Hedge Funds

7th British-German Trade Union Forum


SPEAKERS at Manchester University will be: Dierk Hirschel, DGB; Jürgen Hennemann, workers’ council (IGM); Alexandra Krieger, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung; Adam Leaver, CRESC; Paul Maloney, GMB National Secretary; Roland Schneider, TUAC Paris; Karel Williams, CRESC; Janet Williamson, TUC


Further topics are:

  • The changing German model
  • Corporate governance in the UK

  • Policy levers at national level – priorities in Germany and UK

  • European and international policy levers


with a presentations of two case studies:

German case study - FTE Automotive

UK case study - GMB’s experience at the AA


Date: 16-17 July 2008

Management Practices

Company leaders often overestimate leadership skills

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Dr Christos Genakos, Cambridge University and Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE London School of Economics


CHAIR: Dr Ray Cunningham, London, Director Anglo-German Foundation


CEP's global survey of over 4,000 firms reveals huge variations in the quality of management practices and shows that


  • German managers tend to overestimate their own management skills compared with their company’s actual performance
  • German firms that most critically self-evaluate their management practices are the best run companies in reality
  • 15 per cent  of German firms are managed worse than the average firm in China and India
  • family ownership and the traditional practice of primogeniture – handing down the CEO position to the eldest son – are associated with particularly bad management practices
  • private equity firms, in Germany better known as Heuschrecken (locusts), are better managed than companies with other ownership forms
  • the productivity gap between US and European companies seems to be in reality a management gap


This contribution is linked to the Foundation's programme 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)', for more please click here


Date: 18 June 2008

The Economics and Econometrics of Innovation >>> 10th Summer Workshop for Young Economists


The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is pleased to announce its 10th Summer Workshop for Young Economists. The general topic of this workshop is "The Economics and Econometrics of Innovation". The workshop provides a forum for discussions between young talented researchers and distinguished experts in their field of research. The programme will consist of lectures by experienced researchers and presentations by young scholars. Lecturers will be Bruno Cassiman, Dirk Czarnitzki, Kornelius Kraft, Georg Licht, Jacques Mairesse, Pierre Mohnen, Fabio Montobbio, and Bettina Peters.


Date: 9-12 June 2008


This contribution is linked to the Foundation's programme 'creating sustainable growth in europe (csge)', for more please click here

Canadian Economic Performance over the Past 25 Years and Beyond

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Prof. Dr. Marcel Boyer, Bell Canada Professor of Industrial Economics, Université de Montréal


A leading Canadian economist and academic, Marcel Boyer holds the Bell Canada Chair in Industrial Economics at the Université de Montréal and is Vice-president and Chief Economist at the Montreal Economic Institute. He has published widely on topics including innovation and competition and how societies can reconcile social democratic principles with international competitiveness. He has also acted as expert economist on behalf of national and international corporations and government organisations


Canada is experiencing one of the strongest periods of economic growth in its history. With unemployment near an all-time low and per-capita income steadily on the rise, the country has an impressive fiscal record of balanced budgets that is unique in the G-7. Leading in high-tech industries such as communications and aerospace, Canada enjoys solid economic prospects for the future based on its natural resouces, skilled labor force and dynamic and diversified industrial spectrum.


Date: 18 April 2008 

Arbeitsmarktintegration ethnischer Minderheiten in Europa

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKERS: Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Bundestag; Vladimir Spidla, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities – to be confirmed; Prof. Dr. Klaus F. Zimmermann, CEO and Director, Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn; President of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin; Dr. Martin Kahanec, IZA Bonn Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn


Ethnic minorities make up a substantial part of the population in all EU member states, but their continued low level of social and economic integration reflects poorly on national governments. It will therefore be important in future to provide targeted support to help these groups to develop their unused economic potential.


Date: 12 March 2008

'An Economic Experiment'

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting


SPEAKER: Reinhard Selten, holder of the Nobel Prize in economics, opened the metaphorical doors to his laboratory and gave a practical introduction to experimental economics. He also gave an overview of his academic career, which has been characterised by the continual search for better ways of analysing economic behaviour.


Date: 23 January 2007