The future of the European Union depends on public support, particularly in security and defence policies. We believe that Europe needs all generations to rethink the political design of the European Union in the long term.
The Young Security Conference (YSC) is a unique initiative that stands out for its participatory and innovative character. It aims at connecting young thinkers with policy experts and academic scholars in a critical, fruitful and constructive dialogue about the future of European security and defence. It combines a flagship conference with a strategic fellowship programme.

Through the submission of policy papers, workshops, panels, and innovative exchanges and techniques, the conference provides a perfect environment for sharing and discussing new ideas related to the new EU strategic autonomy at all levels. This year, the YSC will host policy sessions with high-ranking policy makers & some of the best thinkers from all over Europe!
Agenda 2021
Day 1
10h30 – 12h00
Morning Session I: Opening and introduction of the program Amélie Jaques-Apke, EuropaNova Germany & Maik Schnierer, Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom
For more innovation and intergenerational exchange in political affairs.
Keynote speech S.E. Anne-Marie Descôtes, Ambassador of France to Germany
Opening of the YSC Dr. Stephan Stetter, Bundeswehr University Munich Prof. Dr. Frédéric Charillon, Université Clermont Auvergne & Coordinator, ENA
13h30 – 15h00
Session I: European sovereignty Moderator: Yana Humen, Policy Coordinator - Cybersecurity, Microsoft Panellists: Dr. Gustav Lindstrom, Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies - Ulrich Lechte, Member of the Bundestag, Free Democratic Party - Eve Roehrig, Contributor, Friedrich Naumann Foundation Defence Network
15h30 – 17h30
Session II: Health Security Moderator: Ambika Varma, YSC Fellow Panellists: Dr. Anja Opitz, President, Global Health Security Alliance; Advisor, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing - Christine Strassmaier, Vice-chairwoman, Middle East and International Affairs Research Group
18h00 – 20h00
The EU and its neighbourhood Moderator: Daniel Gheorghe, PhD candidate; YSC Fellow Dr. Roderick Parkes, Research Director, German Council on Foreign Relations - Prof. Dr. Patricia Daenhardt, Integrated Researcher, Portuguese Institute of International Relations, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Day 2
09h30 – 11h00
Morning Session I: Fellow meeting Workshop with Fellows In cooperation with La Fabrique Défense, Ministry of Armed Forces, France
13h00 – 14h30
Afternoon Session II: Climate security & the Green Deal Moderator: Miriam Müller, PhD candidate; YSC Fellow Panellists: Dr. Gabriele Köhler, Development economist; Board Member, Women Engage for a Common Future - Thomas Pellerin Carlin, Director, Jacques Delors Energy Centre; Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute - Dr. Louise van Schaik, Head of Unit EU & Global Affairs and Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
15h30 – 17h30
Afternoon Session III: Cyber security & Digital policies Moderator: Moritz Floessler, Deputy Director, EuropaNova Germany Panellists: Guillaume Klossa, Founder and Honorary President, EuropaNova - Dr. Marc-Oliver Pahl, Research Director and Professor, IMT Atlantique - Dr. André Barrinha, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath - Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska, Professor, Vesalius College Brussels
18h00
Closing and wrapping up
Speakers 2021
Ambika Varma Functional Expert - QuakeLab
Ambika Varma Functional Expert - QuakeLab
Ambika Varma (She/Her) studied international security at SciencesPo Paris, works as a Functional Expert for QuakeLab and advocates for an intersectional feminist approach to security issues.
Gabriele Köhler Research Associate at UNRISD; Development economist
Gabriele Köhler Research Associate at UNRISD; Development economist
Ms. Köhler is a development economist, a board member of Women in Europe for a Common Future and an elected member of the UNICEF National Committee Germany. She is a Senior Research Associate at UNRISD.
Dr. Stefan Göbbels Health Security Expert, Global Health Security Alliance & Bundeswehr Medical Service HQ, Koblenz
Dr. Stefan Göbbels Health Security Expert, Global Health Security Alliance & Bundeswehr Medical Service HQ, Koblenz
Stefan Göbbels is Global Health Security Expert at the Global Health Security Alliance. He is currently branch head for International Cooperation at the Bundeswehr Medical Service Headquarters in Koblenz Germany. Before this deployment he was the Military Medical Advisor to the UN Medical Director.
Prof. Dr. Frédéric Charillon Université Clermont Auvergne & Coordinator, ENA
Prof. Dr. Frédéric Charillon Université Clermont Auvergne & Coordinator, ENA
Frédéric Charillon is a university professor in political science at the University of Clermont Auvergne and Coordinator of the teaching of International Issues and Defence at ENA. His work focuses on the analysis of defence, foreign policy and international relations issues.
Prof. Dr. Stephan Stetter Professor at Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBW Munich)
Prof. Dr. Stephan Stetter Professor at Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBW Munich)
Stephan Stetter is Professor of International Politics and Conflict Studies at the Bundeswehr University Munich. His research focuses on international politics in global modernity as well as conflicts and politics in the Middle East.
Christine Strassmaier Vice-chairwoman, Middle East and International Affairs Research Group, MEIA Research
Christine Strassmaier Vice-chairwoman, Middle East and International Affairs Research Group, MEIA Research
Christine Straßmaier is vice-chairwoman of MEIA Research. In addition, she has been working for several years as a security and intelligence analyst on the Middle East in the law enforcement, humanitarian and private sector. Her focus lies on strategic foresight and analysis.
Dr. Roderick Parkes Research Director, German Council on Foreign Relations
Dr. Roderick Parkes Research Director, German Council on Foreign Relations
Since March 2021, Dr. Roderick Parkes has been a research director at DGAP. He also heads the Alfred von Oppenheim Center, where he works on issues of European integration and the EU’s role in the world. He joined DGAP from the Institute for Security Studies, a Paris-based agency of the EU.
Dr. Marc-Oliver Pahl Research Director and Professor, IMT Atlantique
Dr. Marc-Oliver Pahl Research Director and Professor, IMT Atlantique
Marc-Oliver Pahl is research director at the Institute Mines Télécom (IMT) Atlantique, Rennes campus. He is the chair holder and research director of the industrial chair “Cyber CNI” that focuses on Cybersecurity for industrial applications. Also he heads the the IoT smart space team at TUM.
Dr. Patricia Daenhardt Integrated Researcher, Portuguese Institute of International Relations, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Dr. Patricia Daenhardt Integrated Researcher, Portuguese Institute of International Relations, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Daenhardt's investigation focuses on the foreign policy of Germany, the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) of the EU and the United States, Russia and Europe in the international order.
Ulrich Lechte Member of the Bundestag, Free Democratic Party
Ulrich Lechte Member of the Bundestag, Free Democratic Party
Ulrich Lechte is a German politician of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) who has been serving as a member of the Bundestag from the state of Bavaria since 2017. In parliament, he is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and serves as chairman.
Eve Roehrig Contributor, Friedrich Naumann Foundation Defence Network
Eve Roehrig Contributor, Friedrich Naumann Foundation Defence Network
After working at Eurogroup Consulting in 2015 and 2016 in their “social protection” department, she continued her career at Air Liquide Healthcare for a year as Hospital Market Manager, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager.At the beginning of 2021,she joined Safran as deputy Head of Public Affairs
Guillaume Klossa Founder and Honorary President, EuropaNova France
Guillaume Klossa Founder and Honorary President, EuropaNova France
Mr. Klossa is the founder of EuropaNova and author of the book "Le nouvel impératif industriel". A graduate of HEC Paris, SciencesPo Paris, and an alumnus of the London School of Economics, Guillaume also holds a CEMS Master's degree in International Management.
Dr. Gustav Lindstrom Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies
Dr. Gustav Lindstrom Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies
Gustav Lindstrom is the Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) – the European Union’s Agency analysing foreign, security and defence policy issues. In his capacity as director, he also chairs the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific – EU Committee (CSCAP-EU).
Dr. Anja Opitz President, Global Health Security Alliance; Advisor, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing
Dr. Anja Opitz President, Global Health Security Alliance; Advisor, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing
Anja is President of the Global Health Security Alliance (GloHSA) and a founding member of MEIA Research Munich. She is also Head of Section for International Politics and Security Policy at APB Tutzing, an interdisciplinary academy for research and political training and coaching near Munich.
Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska Professor, Vesalius College Brussels
Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska Professor, Vesalius College Brussels
Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska is an Adjunct Professor on ‘NATO and transatlantic approaches to security’ and ‘Global politics’ at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Her professional experience includes working in support of such organizations as the European institutions and NATO entities.
Thomas Pellerin Carlin Director, Jacques Delors Energy Centre; Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute
Thomas Pellerin Carlin Director, Jacques Delors Energy Centre; Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute
Thomas joined the Jacques Delors Institute in 2015.He is currently Director of the Jacques Delors Energy Centre and a Jacques Delors Institute research fellow.His work focuses on the European Union energy policy,with a focus on innovation and climate change in the context of the European Green Deal.
Dr. André Barrinha Senior Lecturer, University of Bath
Dr. André Barrinha Senior Lecturer, University of Bath
André Barrinha is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. His main research interests include cyber-diplomacy, cybersecurity, international order, technology and security, European security, European foreign policy and International Relations Theory and Security.
Dr. Louise van Schaik Head of Unit EU & Global Affairs and Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
Dr. Louise van Schaik Head of Unit EU & Global Affairs and Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
Louise van Schaik is Head of Unit EU & Global Affairs at Clingendael. She also coordinates Clingendael research in the field of climate change and sustainable development. In her research, she has extensively analysed the EU’s performance in multilateral bodies.
Training The YSC Fellowship programme will focus on many issues related to the future of Strategic autonomy and European Affairs. During the one-year YSC Fellowship, fellows will have the occasion to present their ideas, works and proposals, to discuss and exchange with high ranked panellists and ‘academic advisors’. It is a fast-growing and strategic programme, soon happening also in other European cities. All workshop sessions will be open to the fellows, the entire alumni of the YSC, and if the current situation allows it to the public. Fellows will shape the design of the entire programme and develop the workshops together with other members of the community. The streaming will happen live through different media channels to make the workshops accessible to European and international audiences. The training sessions will follow the YSC conference happening in Munich. Depending on the ongoing pandemic, one of the training sessions will be organized physically.      
  • 2021 Sessions:
  1. November 2021: EU, US, NATO & Security: on the future of the transatlantic alliance.
  2. December 2021: French Council, German Council, strategic autonomy and sovereignty.
First edition of the YSC In 2020, the first edition of the YSC invited 30 young professionals from 13 different European member states and the United States. The conference took place in Munich, Germany, for three consecutive days, while 22 high level speakers addressed a large and interdisciplinary audience. Two workshop days provided the framework for intense exchanges. The morning sessions were devoted to the fellows, who critically discussed and reflected on diverse topics related to the EU's security and defence roadmaps. Under 'Publications', one can find the Report, the Picture Gallery, and our first YSC BOOK, collecting contributions from Alumni from that first conference as well as some of the speakers and moderators.