Virtual European Forum 2020

calendar_today Sep 19, 26 & Oct 3, 10, 11

Virtual European Forum 2020

calendar_today Sep 19, 26 & Oct 3, 10, 11

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Meeting of Heads of State and Government

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The Virtual European Forum provides an enriching opportunity for students from all over the globe to gain first hand experience in navigating the complex global challenges that leaders around the world face every day. The Forum is designed to help students develop the leadership capacity to examine contemporary global issues, comprehensively analyze international policies, negotiate towards bilateral and multilateral agreements, and work among virtual international contexts to create viable and sustainable solutions.

Through simulating the roles of world leaders and activists, and by hearing from decision-makers and experts in the field, participants are offered the unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge of how the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other multinational institutions operate while simultaneously generating innovative solutions to growing universal challenges.

Students will choose between participating as a member of the NATO Summit or the Activist Group and will fulfill required assignments to prepare them for engaging with their role in the Forum. The overall experience will take place over four consecutive weekends, starting on September 19th.

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.

VEF 2020 schedule

To download the full detailed schedule for your area in PDF format, select your city/timezone below and click the download button.

Expand the points on the schedule below to have an overview of each day:

Day 1 - 19.09.2020

Duration (including breaks): 16:00 – 19:00 CET

Topics: Opening, introduction to team, Zoom and Facebook Workplace.

Day 2 - 26.09.2020

Duration (including breaks): 16:00 – 19:00 CET

Topics: Insights into negotiations and the rules of procedure.

Day 3 - 03.10.2020

Duration (including breaks): 16:00 – 19:00 CET

Topics: Insights into intelligence gathering and NATO

Day 4 - 10.10.2020

Duration (including breaks): 16:00 – 22:00 CET

Topics: NATO – Negotiations; Activists – Advocating

Day 5 - 11.10.2020

Duration (including breaks): 16:00 – 22:00 CET

Topics: NATO – Negotiations; Activists – Advocating

Closing Statements

What you’re in for

The Virtual European Forum offers students from across the world the chance to bridge the divide between spectator and actor and take an active role in understanding the institutions which help shape our lives.

Through simulating the roles of world leaders and by hearing from decision-makers and experts, participants are offered a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge of how the North Atlantic Treaty Organization operates.

The global challenges that are faced at the beginning of the new decade are both physical and financial and there exists a clear need for institutions to react in order to confront these growing threats.

The NATO Summit will be split between typical security concerns and emerging, less traditional challenges.

Through the Activist Group at the program, a degree of realism to the challenges faced will be added. The unique opportunity that the Virtual European Forum offers is one not to be missed!

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Experience

Experience the process that sets our world in motion within the NATO Summit

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Learn

Gain insights from within international organizations during our unique speaker sessions with experts from politics, business and academia

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Network

Network with like-minded peers in a multicultural environment

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Improve

Hone your writing skills and critical view by contributing to our blog

Our committees

Through simulating the roles of world leaders and activists you benefit from a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the intricate workings of NATO.

NATO

The simulated NATO Summit will meet at the Virtual European Forum. Together, the largest military alliance on the planet is tasked with guaranteeing the safety of all its members and coordinating collective defensive strategies.

Leaders of NATO nations will be faced with intensive and consequential debate where old paradigms meet new challenges and the policies of the future are forged.

Join now and take international defense and world stability into your own hands! Become a leader at the NATO Summit at the Virtual European Forum 2020.

BECOME A LEADER

Activist Group

The Activist Group will have the mission to participate in the debate of the topics found on the NATO Agenda and to raise awareness among the participants on the social and environmental effects of those decisions (or lack thereof).

Their role is not only to influence the decision makers in the simulated committee, but to engage the the participants and to empower them to speak up against injustice and human rights violations.

BECOME AN ACTIVIST

NATO

The simulated NATO Summit will meet at the Virtual European Forum. Together, the largest military alliance on the planet is tasked with guaranteeing the safety of all its members and coordinating collective defensive strategies.

Leaders of NATO nations will be faced with intensive and consequential debate where old paradigms meet new challenges and the policies of the future are forged.

Join now and take international defense and world stability into your own hands! Become a leader at the NATO Summit at the Virtual European Forum 2020.

BECOME A LEADER

Activist Group

The Activist Group will have the mission to participate in the debate of the topics found on the NATO Agenda and to raise awareness among the participants on the social and environmental effects of those decisions (or lack thereof).

Their role is not only to influence the decision makers in the simulated committee, but to engage the the participants and to empower them to speak up against injustice and human rights violations.

BECOME AN ACTIVIST

Preparation

Your preparation for the conference should begin as soon as you have received confirmation of participation. Make yourself familiar with the basic details, structure and role of your committee. Have a look at recent decisions and start researching the planned agenda topics.

Assignments

You will draft and submit 3 written assignments, one prior to each of the first 3 sessions. They should prepare you for writing various types of documents necessary during a simulation conference (press releases, policy memos, briefs etc.) and will focus on the topics from your committee agenda. You will receive feedback from your committee chairs, which will guide you throughout the preparation.

Dress code

Though they are online, business attire is strictly required during all sessions. This is designed in part to create the atmosphere of a real virtual summit, but also to show respect to your fellow participants and organizers, and a sign of personal professionalism.

Virtual European Forum

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Virtual European Forum

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about the next VEF? Check out the FAQ section or contact a member of our staff.

Who is the VEF for?

The Virtual European Forum is open primarily to students and career-starters with an interest in political science, international relations, communications, negotiation, law, and global leadership, but not limited to these disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an interest in the topics of emphasis for VEF 2020.

How much does it cost?
The participation fee is EUR 150.

A limited number of participants may benefit from a reduced rate of EUR 75, should they be unable to participate otherwise. In order to receive the reduced rate they will be required to write a second letter of motivation, outlining why the rate is necessary.

You will be required to transfer the participation fee after you confirm your invitation to attend the event.

What if I am connecting from outside Europe?
We will provide the schedule adjusted to different time zones around the world. We do recognize that it might be difficult for some participants to take part as the schedule is optimized for Europe (CET). Please be mindful of this when applying. We will not be able to accommodate schedule change requests.
What happens if I have to cancel my participation last minute?
Please note that the conference fee is non-refundable if the cancellation is made less than one week prior to the event.
How do I apply?
Step 1
Fill out the application form.

Step 2
Send us your CV and a letter of motivation to office[at]europeanforum.de no later than 5th of September 2020.
Should you require a reduced rate, please send us a second letter of motivation, outlining why the rate is necessary.

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We will reply via email to all applications submitted to us. If you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder and/or get in touch.

Are there any further recommendations to participants?
We encourage you to acquaint yourself with your role and finish the required assignments.
Please try to make sure that your internet connection is stable and avoid using any unnecessary devices during the sessions. If possible, we recommend using a second screen.

VEF 2020

calendar_today Sep 19, 26 & Oct 3, 10 ,11

VEF 2020

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