Germany Meets Turkey: A Forum for Young Leaders (GMT)

The next GMT Weeklong Seminar will take place in Berlin from December 17th - 21st, 2013

Welcome to Germany Meets Turkey: A Forum for Young Leaders (GMT)

Germany Meets Turkey: A Forum for Young Leaders (GMT) is a network of students and young professionals who have an interest in exploring and strengthening relations between Germany and Turkey. Participants join the forum by taking part in a GMT Weeklong Seminar, following which they are encouraged to conduct their own research and organize their own activity in the field.

About GMT Weeklong Seminars »

Weeklong Seminars are held every 4-6 months and consist of 4-5 day programs of lectures, seminars, and workshops, together with cultural and social activities. The Seminars aim to give the participants an insight into key perspectives on German Turkish relations, and to introduce them to a network of like-minded individuals. Speakers during the seminars include individuals from the fields of politics, diplomacy, academia, culture & the arts, civil society, and the private sector. Once individuals have taken part in a GMT Weeklong Seminar and joined the forum, they become a part of the ICD’s network, which facilitates communication between like-minded individuals across the world.

Once they have joined the GMT Forum, members are supported by the ICD in organizing leadership initiatives and conducting academic research whilst they are also invited to join the ICD Online Forum - enabling them to share information and communicate with likeminded individuals across the world.

Joining the Forum »

Germany Meets Turkey: A Forum for Young Leaders (GMT) is open to all individuals with an interest with exploring and strengthening relationships between Germany and Turkey and the rest of the world. To join the forum you must take part in one of the GMT Weeklong Seminars, which will be held every 4-6 months.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the seminar, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:

Next Weeklong Seminar

(Berlin; December 17th - 21st, 2013)

In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the next GMT Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following theme:

“From the Bosporus to Berlin: crossing the Bridge”


The following issues will be mentioned and explored:
  • Turkey between Europe and Asia: Multidimensional Foreign Policy
  • The Modern Political Culture in Turkey: between Westernization and Traditionalism
  • New Stage in the Economic Relations between Germany and Turkey
  • Turkish Diaspora in Germany: Waves of Migration Search for Identity, Integration Models
  • Secularization of Turkey and Islamization of Germany: the Role of Religion in Politics, Social and Cultural Life
  • Children and Youth: integration and education of new German and Turkish generations
  • Academic Exchange between Germany and Turkey
  • Tourism in Turkey: Blooming Business and National Branding

Certificate of Attendance

All participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.

ICD Alumni Program »

All seminar participants will be invited to join the ICD alumni program. The “ICD Alumni Group” is an international network of like-minded individuals with an interest in further developing the field of cultural diplomacy through the support of intercultural relations. Participation in the group is by invitation only, and is open only to individuals who have taken part in ICD programs. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities (more).