The Shape of (Central) Europe 2020

19. November 2020 (8:50 - 14:30)

We would like to cordially invite you to the Aspen Annual Conference The Shape of (Central) Europe which will be held ONLINE on November 19. The conference is organized in cooperation with the Economia media house and its main topic will be RESTARTING CENTRAL EUROPE.



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Restarting Central Europe

How to restart Central Europe? The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš and Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz will present their vision of the economic restart and tackling the pandemic, together with Karoline Edtstadler, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution and Karel Havlíček, Czech Deputy Prime Minister. An exclusive study on this topic will be presented by Dan Svoboda, Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company.

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City Strategies — Getting Back to the Next Normal

What changes did the pandemic bring to Central European cities and how will the new normal look like? Discuss it with the Lord Mayors of the Visegrad 4 capitals: Zdeněk Hřib (Prague), Gergely Karácsony (Budapest), Rafał Trzaskowski (Warsaw), and Matúš Vallo (Bratislava). The panel will respond to an exclusive study prepared by McKinsey & Company.

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How Will the Pandemic Change Europe?

Ivan Krastev, a world-renowned political scientist and author of global bestsellers, will share his reflections on how the pandemic will change (Central) Europe.

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Defense & Space: Opportunities for Science and Industry

Following up on the last year’s topic of the intersection between civil and military research, development, and innovation, we will focus on space technologies this year. Together with Tomáš Pojar, Head of the Aspen Institute CE Expert Group and Vice-President of the CEVRO Institute the panel will be attended by the Director of SATCEN Ladislav Stahl, President of Czech Space Alliance and Managing Director of Iguassu Software Systems Petr Bareš, Patricie Ondriašová from OHB System and Jan Souček from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic. 

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Digitalization: A New Impulse for the Central European Economy

Digitalization as A New Impulse for the Central European Economy will be introduced by Petr Šmíd, Head of Consumer Marketing CEE at Google.

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Educational Background to Failures in Education: Social Problems and Funding

Daniel Prokop, Head of the Aspen Institute CE Expert Group and Founder of PAQ Research, and Daniel Münich, Executive Director of IDEA think-tank at CERGE-EI, will discuss the topic of deficiencies in the financing of the education in regions which disregard the social and education disparities. For the panel, they will be joined by the Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Robert Plaga, Head of Educational Services at People in Need Zuzana Ramajzlová, Co-founder of TeachLive Jan Straka and independent businessman Libor Witassek.

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Aspen Central Europe Leadership Award 2020

The conference will be concluded by the Aspen Central Europe Leadership Award 2020 ceremony.

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This year the Aspen Annual Conference will be held online. Join us live on the Facebook profiles of Aspen Institute CE and Hospodářské noviny, the YouTube channel of Hospodářské noviny and websites where simultaneous interpretation into English will be provided. In Czech language you can watch it also through online streaming iVysílání Česká televize, which is the main media partner of the conference. You can ask questions using by entering the event code #AspenAnnual.

Looking forward to being with you virtually,

Aspen Institute CE Team

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