Conference Locations:


The European Parliament
Russian House of Science and Culture

In cooperation with:

The Europe Meets Russia Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMR)
“Political and Economic Influence, Trade, Borders and Culture: Understanding European-Russian Relations”

The next EMR Weeklong Seminar will take place in Berlin, from September 23rd - 27th, 2013

Welcome to the Europe Meets Russia Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMR)

The Europe Meets Russia Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMR) is a network of young professionals, and other individuals from across the world who have an interest in exploring and strengthening the European-Russian relationship. The EMR program has been developed in recognition of the importance of the relations between Russia, Europe, and the global political system.

Russia, as one of the BRIC countries, is becoming an increasingly important actor in the international scene. Russia's role is even more important to Europe in the light of its energy dependence, neighborhood policy and the deepening economic relations between the two of them.  The basis for a future EU-Russia relationship is a policy based on solidarity and mutual understanding that can be easily reached by empowering cultural diplomacy in the regions.

Taking part in the Young Leaders Forum allows like-minded individuals to share their thoughts and ideas and work together towards establishing a better cultural climate for future generations across Europe and Russia and around the world. The ultimate goal of the forum is to educate, enhance and sustain the Russian-European relationship by empowering the next generation of young leaders from Europe and Russia. Participants at the forum get to study more detailed information about current EU-Russian relations and the future opportunities for the bilateral cooperation.

By attending the program, participants have the chance to meet prominent experts within the field of European-Russian relations, exchange their ideas and learn about the European-Russian relationship and cultural diplomacy in a real multicultural environment.  The Forum's weeklong seminar is a perfect opportunity for those who are working or studying in the area of European-Russian relations, International Relations, International Business and any related areas, or those who are simply interested in the present and the future of the European-Russian relationship. The forum organizes conferences, public lectures, events and online activities which provide exclusive access to the members of the forum. The EMR forum encourages participants to conduct their own research and organize their own activity in the field.

Joining the Forum »

The Forum is open to all individuals, of all ages and all professional backgrounds, with an interest in international affairs in general, and the European Russian relations in particular. Individuals can join the EMR Forum by taking part in one of the EMR Weeklong Seminars that are held every 4- 6 months. Once they have joined the EMR Forum, members are supported by the ICD in organizing leadership initiatives, conducting academic research, and are invited to join the ICD networks enabling them to share information and communicate with like-minded individuals across the world. Participation in the week-long seminar, gives each participant the chance to learn about cultural diplomacy, to get to know the ICD and receive the necessary introduction to participate successfully in the EMR Forum.

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:

About EMR Weeklong Seminars »

Each EMR Weeklong Seminar will be focused on a specific theme related to European-Russian relations and the goals of the Forum. These Weeklong Seminars include lectures, seminars, and workshops led by experts from the fields of politics, academia, and civil society, as well as cultural and social activities. During the seminar, the participants are given the opportunity to learn about cultural diplomacy from both academics and practitioners and interactive sessions are organized in order to give the participants a chance to participate in cultural diplomacy activities. Throughout the seminar, an interdisciplinary mixture of experts from Europe and Russia will offer insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the European-Russian relationship through a balance of lectures, seminars, visits, and interactive cultural activities. During the weeklong seminars, participants are strongly encouraged to make friends and partners with their fellow participants, the conference speakers and partners, as well as with the other members of the ICD. These relationships can benefit the participants personally and professionally in many ways once the weeklong seminar has come to an end.

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 EMR Weeklong Seminar will focus in particular on the following main theme:

"Political and Economic Influence, Trade, Borders and Culture: Understanding European-Russian Relations"


Seminar Speakers

Speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, diplomacy, civil society and the private sector from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.

Participant Papers »

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages research and progressive thought on the fields of culture, globalization, and international relations. As such, the ICD welcomes participants of the conference to submit relevant papers addressing topics within these fields particular to their interests and passions. Participants can submit papers written in the past for other purposes or ongoing research, or written specifically for the conference. Groups of students are also allowed to submit collaborative pieces of work.

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 conference 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. (more)