The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in 2021

"Cultural Diplomacy's Role in Widespread Growing Global Conflicts Era"

(Berlin; July 27th - 31st , 2021)


The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy is one of the world’s leading conferences in the fields of international relations and cultural diplomacy studies. Held annually in Berlin by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, the event brings together renowned figures from international politics and academia to speak to an interdisciplinary audience including diplomatic and political representatives, scholars and academics, students and young professionals, and other interested stakeholders.

The change over the past three decades from an international system based on independent nation states to an interdependent world facing global challenges has been widely explored and analysed. This shift has placed a much higher priority on nation states working closely with one another and pursuing sustainable multilateral approaches to tackling global and regional challenges.

The International Symposium  2021 will therefore focus on” The Widespread Growing Global Conflicts Era”: from Superpowers Conflicts, International Trade-Wars, Climate Catastrophes, Growing Poverty & Migration, to Massive Abuse of Media and Social Networks through Fake News and Public Shaming" through a program of lectures, discussions, debates, and cultural activities.

The International Symposium 2021 will build on the foundation of these discussions to explore best practices for Cultural Diplomacy to serve as a vehicle for supporting the global community in its efforts to implement successful “Conflict Resolution, Climate Issues, International Trade, Migration and Peacebuilding policies” and at the same time tackle the growing social unrest.

Symposium Locations

Based in Siegen and Marienheide, the conference will be hosted at the Berghotel Johanneshöhe,  and in a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across Bonn, Düsseldorf and Marienheide.

Speakers & Delegates

Speakers during the symposium will include leading politicians, senior diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Symposium Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, economists, representatives of the Business sector, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, representatives of the Business sector, young professionals as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

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

Registration »

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed.

Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.