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

'The Grey Masses are Exciting'

79 years ago, something dreadful was discussed in a villa at lake Wannsee in Berlin: the systematic organisation of the mass murder of Europe's Jews. Matthias Haß is committed to ...

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Andreas Nachama, historian, rabbi and former director of the documentation centre Topography of Terror in Berlin-Mitte

The Puzzle Pieces of Life

For decades, the rabbi and historian Andreas Nachama has been committed to fostering dialogue between religions. He directed the documentation centre Topography of Terror in Berlin for ...

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'Bruderkuss' between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker by Dimitriy Vrubel on the monument East Side Gallery in Berlin.

The Power of Feelings

What role do feelings play in politics? And which emotions do we associate with Europe? Daphne Büllesbach, a European activist, discussed this topic during her lecture tour through the ...

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Digital Lecture Programme

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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