Lecture Programme of the German Federal Government

Since its implementation by ifa in 1995, the aim of the Lecture Programme of the German Federal Government has been to convey a current and multi-layered image of Germany abroad. ifa supports German diplomatic missions in selecting topics, developing concepts and organising events. In addition, ifa facilitates contacts with distinguished German personalities from science, the media, culture and literature as well as former officials, dignitaries and lawyers. The events, which are mostly public and organised with local partner institutions, are aimed at decision-makers, multipliers, scientists, politicians as well as teachers, students and civil society actors. Speakers often receive the chance to reach a larger public in the form of lectures, interviews, radio broadcasts or television talk shows.


Thus far, more than 500 informational tours to all parts of the world have taken place. The topics are based on current and socially relevant issues and are coordinated between the German Foreign Office and ifa. Environment and climate, Europe, political systems, digitalisation and human rights are just a few of the issues that have been at the centre of these events in recent years.

Questions like the following are analysed and discussed in various events:

  • What are the goals of German energy policy?
  • How should Germany and Europe react to flight and migration?
  • What consequences does digitalisation have on society, economy, education and communication?
  • What experiences does Germany have which can contribute to stability and reconciliation in the world today?

Articles from the Programme

Where it’s not just the earth which quakes

Crime, natural disasters, assassinations of presidents: Haiti is in a never-ending political crisis. What is Germany undertaking to support this country politically? Jens Kraus-Massé ...

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Jewish Life beyond the Shoah

Jewish life in Germany looks back over 1,700 years of history, which has been celebrated with a nationwide anniversary since 2021. Andrei Kovacs manages the association which was ...

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Freedom of the Press Under Attack – in Germany and Paraguay

The climate in Germany towards journalists clearly heated up in 2021. The greatest danger came from non-governmental actors. The same applies for Paraguay, albeit under different ...

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Digital Lecture Programme

Social Media and Elections

Media Monitoring Africa

Social media allows citizens to exercise their right to freedom of expression. But social media also has enabled voices who wish to undermine democracy, and those who wish to spread fear and anxiety. Around the world, we have observed how people used social media to push misinformation and disinformation, incite violence, and spread hate during an election period. Social Media's increasing role in political campaigns over the years has shown its impact on electoral processes and election campaigns. Social media has the potential to deepen participatory democracy and help ensure free and fair elections. But what do we need to do to ensure it does that, and how do we tackle challenges by those who seek to use it to undermine democracy and elections?

Declonising the internet - How AI shapes our world

Media Monitoring Africa

This discussion unpacks how Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Bots shape our views of the world. The diverse panel of experts tackles questions such as; what does decolonizing the internet mean, whose stories are being told, and who is telling these stories on the internet. Panelists: Lorena Jaume-Palasí, founder of The Ethical Tech Society, Prof. Siyasanga M. Tyali, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Nanjira Sambuli, researcher and policy analyst, Koketso Moeti, civic activist and the moderator of the event Cathy Mohlahlana, journalist and anchor for Newzroom Afrika.

Potential risks of artificial intelligence in the industrial production process

Lecture Programme | Karachi: Potential risks of artificial intelligence in the industrial production process

Marc Kujath from the  Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF talks about trends leading to industry 4.0 and the implications, potentials and risks of artificial intelligence like data protection, business ethics and autonomy of A.I systems. The event is part of the Lecture Programme of the German Federal Government and has been organized by the German Consulate General Karachi and the German Embassy Islamabad.


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