The Europe Meets China Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMC)
“Encouraging a Sino-European Culture Economy-Based Relationship to tackle Economic and Political Crises”

(The Next EMC Weeklong Seminar will be held in Berlin, from September 23rd - 27th, 2013)

Welcome to Europe Meets China: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMC)

Europe Meets China: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMC) is a network of young professionals and individuals who have an interest in exploring and strengthening the relations between Europe and China. The ultimate goal of the forum is to educate, enhance and sustain the European-Chinese relationship by empowering the next generation of young leaders from Europe and China.

China, with its fastest growing economy in the world and as one of the BRIC countries, is ever-becoming a prominent member of international politics. The potential for stronger relations with Chinese has not skipped the attention of European countries. The economic cooperation between China and the European region started in the 1970s but the EU only became significantly active with China in the 1990s. Today China has one of the largest economy in the world and it is the second biggest trade partner after the USA for the European Union. 

Despite the deepening economic relations, political and cultural co-operations are becoming more and more outlined. Leaders of the EU and China have started to emphasize the importance of mutual acceptance and understanding and they are fostering cultural diplomacy to solve issues related to human rights and the environment between their nations.
Bilateral cooperation promises to bring more economic, political and cultural benefits in the future for both the EU and China.

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy now provides a forum to embrace and examine the field of cultural diplomacy and its importance in European-Chinese relations. During a weeklong seminar, participants have the opportunity to get detailed information about the current EU-Chinese relations and discuss their thoughts and ideas about future bilateral cooperation. At the EMC weeklong seminar every participant has the chance to meet prominent experts of the field and work in a multicultural environment. The Forum's weeklong seminar is a perfect opportunity for those who are studying in the field of International Relations, International Business, European Studies and any areas related to EU-Chinese relations, or for those who are simply interested in the present and the future of the cooperation between Europe and China. The forum organizes conferences, public lectures, events and online activities which gives exclusive access to the members of the forum.

About EMC 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, the European-Chinese relationship and to introduce them to a network of like-minded individuals, and allow them to explore the cultural landscape of the city of Berlin. 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 an EMC 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 EMC 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 like-minded individuals across the world.

Joining the Forum »

Europe Meets China: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMC) is open to all individuals with an interest in exploring and strengthening the European-Chinese relationship. To join the forum you must take part in one of the EMC 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; September 23rd - 27th, 2013)
In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the next EMC Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following theme:

"Encouraging a Sino-European Culture Economy-Based Relationship to tackle Economic and Political Crises"


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).