What to Learn from the Pandemic: Security in the Light of COVID-19





Dec 3, 2020


What to Learn from the Pandemic: Security in the Light of COVID-19

December 3, 2020, 9:30 - 20:00 PM CET

9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. – Stream on Youtube

Welcoming Remarks and Introduction

Volker Kronenberg, Dean of the Faculty of the Arts and Director of CASSIS, University of Bonn

Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health

Keynote Speech "What to Learn from the Pandemic: Security in the Light of COVID-19"

Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, Geneva

Session One: “Prelude: Health and Security Policy - A Neglected Relationship?”

10.30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Panel Discussion I

Annamarie B. Šehović, Associate Fellow, University of Warwick/University of Potsdam

Simon Dalby, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs & Wilfrid Laurier University

Stefan Elbe, Professor, Director Centre for Global Health Policy, University of Sussex

Dorit Nitzan, Regional Emergency Director Europe, World Health Organisation

Michael Rabbow, German Health Alliance

Jakob Rhyner, Scientific Director, Bonn Alliance ICB

Chair: Daniela Braun, Foreign and Security Affairs, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Session Two: “Outbreak: Tackling the Pandemic – Locking Down or Keeping (Too) Cool?”

1 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. Panel Discussion II

Martin Exner, Professor, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn

Klaus-Ferdinand Gärditz, Professor, Public Law, University of Bonn

Werner Gephart, Professor, Director (Founding Director) at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture", Bonn

Elvira Rosert, Professor, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Hamburg University

Hans-Martin von Gaudecker, Professor, Institute for Applied Microeconomics, University of Bonn

Chair: Tara Varma, Head of Paris Office, European Council on Foreign Relations, Paris Office

2.30 p.m. - 3.15 p.m. Coffee Break

Session Three: “Aftermath: The Geopolitics of the Pandemic – Trend Multiplier or Game Changer?”

3.15 p.m. - 4.45 p.m. Panel Discussion III

Antoine Bondaz, Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research

Christian Haggenmiller, Research Coordinator, Health Security Interface, GIDS

Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director, German Institute for Development (DIE)

Conrad Schetter, Director for Research, Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)

Maike Voss, Research Division: Global Issues Associate, SWP

Olaf Wientzek, Head, Multilateral Dialogue Geneva, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Chair: Katharina Cramer, Research Fellow, CASSIS, University of Bonn

4.45 p.m. - 5.15 p.m. Keynote Speech "Human agents in pandemic scenarios" – Stream on Youtube

Michael Meyer-Hermann, Professor, Head of the Department of Systems Immunology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research

5.15 p.m. Conclusion

Maximilian Mayer, Professor, CASSIS, University of Bonn

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Digital Dinner


Thomas Birringer, Deputy Head of Analysis and Consulting Department, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Chair: Katharina Cramer, CASSIS, University of Bonn

Remarks “Strategic Uncertainties and Sars-CoV2”

Hendrik Streeck, Director, Institute for Virology, University of Bonn


Konrad Adenauer Foundation Center for Advanced Security, Strategic and Integration Studies (CASSIS)

Universität Bonn



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