The YKW Conference

Conference information

Since 1961, young Britons and Germans aged between 25 and 32 have been meeting annually to exchange views on the political agendas of their countries. Conducted in English and organised by the German-British Society (Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft), the Young Königswinter Conference has a central political, economic or socio-cultural theme. The participants are divided into 3-4 study groups that examine specific aspects of the main theme. The results of the discussions are published in the conference report.

Alongside the discussions there is a supporting programme including talks by guest speakers from politics, business and the public sector, as well as visits to ministries, companies and sites of historical interest. Furthermore, participants attend a dinner and a lunch at the invitation of the British or respectively the German government.

Attending the Conference
Participants can either apply directly or are nominated. If you are interested in taking part in the conference or submitting the name of a suitable candidate, please click here.

Potential candidates can submit an independent application or be nominated by, for example, a past participant of either Young Königswinter or Königswinter, a representative of business, charitable organisations, research institutes, political parties or unions, or by a representative of the Gesellschaft.

The Jung Königswinter Conference addresses the up-and-coming generation of British and German decision-makers. The participants are drawn from a wide base including politics, business, academia, culture, the media, the third-sector, and have either already started their careers or are completing post-graduate studies.

Pre-requisites for an application are a high-degree of political awareness (also at a European level) and an excellent command of the English language. Participants are expected to be well prepared in order to be able to contribute to the discussions – for example, by giving a short introduction to the subject of their chosen study group.

The Conference has established itself as a well-known and important forum for promoting German-British understanding. Therefore, applications far exceed the number of available places and participation cannot be guaranteed. Candidates are selected according to many criteria, not least their specialist knowledge of a particular study group subject.

Applying to attend
Candidates should

  • be aged between 25 and 32 years
  • have a genuine interest in German-British relations and European affairs
  • have excellent English language skills

Please submit

  • the application form
  • a covering letter in English outlining why you would like to attend
  • a CV in English (tabular format)


The application deadline is every spring for the following conference in June/July. For specific dates please check the conference website.


  • Participants are asked to contribute €200 to cover part of the arising costs.
  • The Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft covers travel (up to €100 for participants traveling within Germany and up to €200 for participants residing outside Germany), transfers, accommodation in twin rooms, full board, and other costs arising from the programme, i.e. entrance to exhibitions.

Location and Date
The Young Königswinter Conferences take place at the European Academy Berlin annually in the summer.