Munich European Forum

Founded 25 years ago, Munich European Forum is a non-profit association dedicated to the political and academic education of students and young professionals from all over the world

Role-play global scenarios & events

  • Step in the shoes of a politician and negotiate international agreements
  • Master the decision-making process and shape the policies of tomorrow

Analyses of current events

  • Collect and fact-check news on political, economical, and social events
  • Hone your writing skills and publish articles and analyses of current events

Capacity building and networking

  • Develop skills and competencies in an expanding and multicultural organisation
  • Adhere to a global network of members active in private organisations, think tanks, and political institutions
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1994

Foundation of the Society for the Fostering of the Model United Nations e.V., a non-profit organisation simulating the works of various UN committees.
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1995

First simulation held at the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing (Germany).
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1997

Shift towards simulating regional organisations such as the EU and NATO. Name changed to Munich European Forum e.V.

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2001

First Brussels European Forum held in Ghent (Belgium). This event became the flagship conference of the MEF.
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2003

3rd edition of Brussels European Forum, held for the first time at the European Centre La Foresta in Leuven (Belgium).

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2010

9th edition of Brussels European Forum, introducing the simulation of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, one of the first such simulations in the world.

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2015

Launch of the European Blog, a platform for members to publish essays on a wide range of topics of current interest.
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2019

25th anniversary of the Munich European Forum and 18th edition of Brussels European Forum.

Who we are

The Munich European Forum (MEF) is a non-profit association dedicated to the political and academic education of students and young professionals. Since our foundation 25 years ago, the association has created a large network of members and alumni from all walks of life who are active in private organisations, think tanks and political institutions.

Established in Munich in 1994, our bedrock of values – cooperation, tolerance, inclusiveness – cemented the trust between members and provided excellent opportunities for networking.

The Brussels European Forum

By bringing together students and young professionals from all around the world, our conference promotes international understanding and offers a unique networking opportunity.

A week full of negotiations and debates on current political issues gives our participants a deep understanding of international decision-making processes within the EU, G-20 and NATO. The presence of an advocacy group and of a media team bring an additional sense of realism and accountability.

The program includes a visit to the NATO Headquarters and EU institutions in Brussels, where our participants attend briefings with experts and decision makers there.

By combining simulation sessions with reality checks, we offer a unique and rewarding learning experience.

Our experienced staff and the Academic Council of the association guarantee a high-quality and realistic conference, as well as a great learning experience, whether you are a student or in the early stages of your career.

The European Blog

This project is meant to give a stage for participants and alumni of Brussels European Forum, as well as for the members of our association to discuss current topics in international politics.

Each month on the fifteenth day we publish a new article under the “Monthly mind” section that aims to capture the latest global trends and look beyond the surface, all while making highly political or scientific topics more easily accessible to people interested in them.

Since its launch in 2015, the European Blog has published over 30 essays and analyses on topics as European politics, economy, security, elections and others.

Check out our blog

19th Brussels European Forum

calendar_today 22 – 28 March 2020 | place European Centre La Foresta, Belgium

19th Brussels European Forum

calendar_today 22 – 28 March 2020
place European Centre La Foresta, Belgium

Our partners & sponsors

Our activities are only possible with the support of our trusted partners and sponsors.
This year our special thanks go to everyone who believed in us and our mission.

Brussels European Forum

calendar_today 22 – 28 March 2020 | place European Centre La Foresta, Belgium

Brussels European Forum

calendar_today 22 – 28 March 2020
place European Centre La Foresta, Belgium

BEF is a week-long international conference providing students and young professionals such as yourself with a complex overview of the international decision making process, while at the same time offering an immersive learning experience to our participants.

By simulating the roles of world leaders, journalists and advocates you benefit from a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the intricate workings of the Council of the European Union, NATO and the G-20. We put you face to face with decision-makers and experts in Brussels and give you the floor to ask your questions.

Join us now and experience what it’s like to be part of the global decision making process.

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Meet our Board Members

Our members include graduates and postgraduates from universities all over Europe and across the world. By bringing together the combined experiences of members active in private organisations, think tanks and political institutions, the Munich European Forum offers an excellent network for the decision-makers of tomorrow.
Anika Welter

Anika Welter

President

Anika Welter has been the President of the Munich European Forum since 2019.

She joined the association in 2017, right after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the two ensuing BEFs she chaired the G20 Committee.

She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians- University in Munich, Germany. Previously she graduated from a Bachelors’ program in the same field of study, focusing on voting behaviors in two round electoral systems. Her main areas of interest are the intersection of politics and economics as well as journalism.

Her main areas of interst are the intersection of politics and economics as well as journalism. In her free time, she likes to ski and play the Piano.

Carmen Murgu

Carmen Murgu

Vice-President

Carmen Murgu has been the Vice President of the Munich European Forum since 2019.

She joined the association in 2017, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the two ensuing BEFs she chaired the Foreign Affairs Council.

She currently is pursuing a master’s degree in European Studies at the Europa-University in Flensburg, Germany. Before that, she graduated from a B.A. in Security Studies at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

Her main professional and academic interests revolve around European foreign policy, with a focus on the Neighbourhood Partnership and EU-Latin America relations.

She is the co-editor for the MEF blog and co-edits the Publications Portfolio for European Horizons, a global, student-led policy incubator focus on European Affairs and Translantatic relations.

Joao Lucas Hilgert

Joao Lucas Hilgert

Treasurer

Joao Lucas Hilgert has been the Treasurer of the Munich European Forum since 2019.

He joined the association in 2017, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the two ensuing BEFs, he chaired the Global Media Committee and the North Atlantic Council.

He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in ‘Politics and Technology’ at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. Previously, he studied business management and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.

He has previously worked as Business Development Manager in the technology sector, as Market Analyst for a consulting company and is currently Managing Partner for a startup in the advertisement business. Joao hopes to follow a career in academia in Political and Computer Science. He is particularly interested in the intersection between politics and technology.

Kyle Denton

Kyle Denton

Secretary

Kyle Denton has been the Secretary of the Munich European Forum since 2019.

He joined the association in 2017, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the two ensuing BEFs, he chaired the Global Media Committee.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development in 2015, and followed that with a Master’s degree concentrating on Global Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2018. He is a current student in Gonzaga’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies where he investigates global mindset and leadership development focused on the creation of high-performing teams.

Kyle has multiple years of experience in government service with a background in electrical, electronics, and industrial processes. Kyle volunteers teaching local school children Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), an avid photographer, and an active mountaineer.

Kellie Jones

Kellie Jones

Assessor

Kellie Jones has been an Assessor for the Munich European Forum since 2019.

She joined the association in 2018, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the BEF 2019, she chaired the Advocacy Committee.

Kellie has her B.A. in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations from McDaniel College (Westminster, MD, USA) and just received her M.A. in the same field from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. Her theoretical interests are the economy, the effects of the welfare state, resource mobilization for refugee crises and global governance structures.

Kellie has experience working in the non-profit sector advocating for the rights of minority populations and as a research assistant for the Global Governance Chair at the LMU. Kellie’s career interests lie in communications, public affairs, preserving transatlantic relations and mitigating refugee crises and climate change. She is an active member of the Society for Foreign Policy and the American Association of Political Consultants, and is a LMU Mentor.

Franziska Spindler

Franziska Spindler

Assessor

Franziska Spindler has been an Assessor for the Munich European Forum since 2019.

She joined the association in 2018, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the BEF 2019, she chaired the Global Media Committee.

She is currently in her first year of her master’s studies in Political Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Her focus lies on International Relations, European Studies and Policy Analysis. She also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the same university.

Franziska is also the co-editor of the MEF blog. She previously worked at a German NGO which helps integrating young refugees into society and coordinated the NGO’s teams for political education all across Germany and taken part in several programs about Security Politics around Europe.

Her personal interests include feminism, politics and especially the socio-cultural background of pop-culture such as music, video games or art.

Verena Beck

Verena Beck

Assessor

Verena Beck has been an Assessor for the Munich European Forum since 2019.

She joined the association in 2018, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time that year. During the BEF 2019, she chaired the North Atlantic Council.

Verena received her bachelor’s degree in Communication studies and Law from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. She then pursued a double-degree master’s program in International Public Relations and Political Science at the same university. Her research interests included political communications, security policy and corporate governance.

Verena is currently working as a speechwriter for the managing board of a technology company. Previously, she has also gained professional experience at a PR consulting agency and in the automotive industry, performing various communication functions.

Vincent Homp

Vincent Homp

Advisor

Vincent Homp has been an Assessor for the Munich European Forum since 2019.

He joined the association in 2018, after participating in the Brussels European Forum for the first time in 2017. During the the two ensuing BEFs, he chaired the Advocacy Committee and the G20 Committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. He finished his studies with a thesis on integration policies at the federal state level in Germany.

Since 2018, he is pursuing a master’s degree in ‘Politics and Technology’ at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. His research interests mainly focus on energy transformations in different countries and economies.

Top picks from our blog

Since its launch in 2015, the European Blog has published over 30 essays and analyses on topics as European politics, economy, security, elections and others.

Brexit: A curious case of mistaken identity?

person_outline Kenneth Wallace-Mueller, Assessor of Munich European Forum
date_range 23.11.2018

The United Kingdom is due to withdraw from the European Union in March 2019. But why? There are many possible explanations, however one common argument is that the UK voted to reclaim sovereignty from the EU.

Read full article

The resignation of James Mattis: The first minister to stand up to President Trup and the last connection to his allies leaves the administration

person_outline Franziska Spindler, BEF 2018 participant
date_range 04.01.2019

International cooperation with the U.S. has become significantly more complicated in times of the Trump administration. Frequent changes within the cabinet forced the international diplomatic actors to constantly readjust their strategies relating to the U.S.

Read full article

The resignation of James Mattis: The first minister to stand up to President Trup and the last connection to his allies leaves the administration

person_outline Franziska Spindler, BEF 2018 participant
date_range 04.01.2019

International cooperation with the U.S. has become significantly more complicated in times of the Trump administration. Frequent changes within the cabinet1 forced the international diplomatic actors to constantly readjust their strategies relating to the U.S.

Read full article

Diving into the European debt crisis – from economic collapse to greater cooperation

person_outline Stefania-Felicia Pavel, Secretary of Munich European Forum
date_range 14.08.2018

In the recent history of the European project, few have been the upheavals of such magnitude as the sovereign debt crisis. Due to the highly interconnected global economy, the 2008 banking crisis in the United States had a ripple effect that crossed the Atlantic Ocean and sent waves of shock through Europe.

Read full article

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