Young Security Conference

NEW EU SECURITY ROADMAPS 14th – 16th February 2020 Munich, Germany. A cooperation between EuropaNova & BayFrance & many others.

The future of the European Union depends on its public support. So do EU security and defence policies today.

Our seminar connects young innovative thinkers with experts from policy & research in a dialogue on the future of European security and defence.

The YMSC is a unique initiative that stands out for its participatory and innovative character. The YMSC will communicate before and during the official Munich Security Conference (MSC) with participants and experts from the MSC, defining the contents of the YMSC seminars. The aim is to bring together young talents and experts for three days and to formulate concrete policy proposals on the future of European security and defence policy.                                                                            

This is a seminar organized by the transpartisan think- & do-tank EuropaNova Paris in co-operation with BayFrance (Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum / Centre de Coopération Universitaire Franco-Bavarois), the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ/DFJW) as well as the Bundeswehr University Munich, and many other partners in Germany,France and Europe. Both EuropaNova and BayFrance have wide-ranging experience in organizing large events, on major policy issues. They are both strongly committed to engage Europe’s youth in reflecting on Europe’s current affairs and future.

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) has been bringing together security policy, military and industry representatives since 1963. High-level representatives are expected each year. The YMSC will take the opportunity to invite high-level stakeholders to play the role of external stakeholders, as well as scholars and policy makers from around Europe, setting up a detailed program in the field of applied policy.With this first initiative, we hope to lay the foundations for a regular European satellite event on European Security and Defence for young researchers and professionals.


This specific cooperation is a long-term, strategic project around European security and defence issues: This approach will enable to interconnect different networks of young talents and to connect stakeholders in an independent setting aside the official conference, every year. Our goal is to train the next generation of innovative thinkers to have a real impact on Europe’s security and defence politics. The participants will be a selected group of active Europeans, with a proven commitment to the topic. Parts of the seminar will be open for public, enhancing open dialogues. In order to achieve the reconnection of policy actors with civil society, and to open up the traditional closed-up “leaders dialogues”, new platforms and inclusive research possibilities must unfold. Our seminars want to democratize this process by involving Europe’s younger generations and connecting them, across the borderline. Inspired by the famous Erasmus program and drawing on the historical experience of youth-exchanges and twin-partnerships, we believe that a united Europe will be sustainable only if its youth contributes to designing the future EU and builds a shared culture. The first objective is to foster exchanges and tight bonds among the participants and networks in order to rethink EU Security and Defence. To that end, Bavaria is a very relevant place and player for the discussions.

The YMSC 2020 discusses three main key-topics:

  1. New security challenges and roadmaps for Europe: common security & defence ?
  2. European migration and internal border policies
  3. New technologies and security challenges

Young Munich Security Conference 2020

The YMSC pursues the following long-term objectives:

The workshops will analyze and critically discuss 3 core topics:

  1. European Security &Defence and NATO relations
  2. The future of EU’s “hard security”
  3. Hybrid threats, border security & migration

The specific under-topics on this part will be published in December 2019, depending on currentEU issues and the new EU institutions.

The morning-sessions workshops in the morning are dedicated to the “Young Professionals Core Group” (invited by call for participants), to critically discuss the diverse topics and to foster political innovation. Those workshops will be closed to the public and happen at the Institut Français, Munich.

The afternoon-and evening sessions will be open to the public, with a capacity for approx. 100 participants. They will be co-organized by a German political foundation.

Many experts and key-note speakers will attend those high-level conferences in order to exchange innovative solutions. The afternoon sessions are designed in order to discuss concrete proposals, that have been drafted in the morning sessions. They also include the open public, to exchange different viewpoints.

Call for participation

We cordially invite Master students from all disciplines, PhD candidates, Post-Docs and young professionals from around the world to present their work and proposals at this first edition of the YSC 2020. Our seminar connects young innovative thinkers with experts from policy & research in a discussion on the future of European security and defence.

The YSC is a unique initiative that stands out for its participatory and innovative character. The YSC will communicate before and during the official Munich Security Conference 2020 (MSC) with participants and experts from the MSC, in order to define the contents of the YSC seminars. The aim is to bring together young
talents and experts for three days and to formulate concrete policy proposals on the future of European security and defence policy. Through the submission of policy papers, workshops, panels and innovative exchanges & techniques, the conference provides a perfect environment for sharing and discussing new ideas related to the
new EU security roadmaps at all levels. In addition, the YSC will host special policy evening sessions with policy makers from all over Europe!

The morning-session workshops are dedicated to the “Young Professionals Core Group” (selected through this call for participation), to critically discuss diverse topics and to foster political innovation. Those workshops will be closed to the public and take place at the beautiful Institut Français, Munich.

The afternoon- and evening sessions will be organised in close cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the Thomas-Dehler-Foundation and are open to the public. The Young Professionals Group will have the occasion to present their ideas, works and proposals during the afternoon sessions, to discuss and exchange with high ranked panellists and ‘academic advisors’.

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Submission, grants & deadline

Participants can apply for an accommodation and travel grant (maximum 400 euros). Travel and accommodation must be organised independently. However, the organizers have a limited number of rooms in a hotel. The rule: First Come, First Served. Travel grants will be available. If you wish to make use of this, please indicate this in your application. Travels will be reimbursed after the event.

Documents to be attached to the application:

  1. a CV that highlight your professional interests and passions
  2. a policy proposal on one of the following topics :

Word limit: 500 words
Languages: French, German or English

Every submission will be evaluated by our scientific board.

Applications has to be submitted via e-mail, before Saturday 25th January 2020, midnight.
Send your application with the reference ‘Application - YSC 2020’ to

Contact and more information:

Caroline Mina
Chargée de projets Europe
European Affairs Manager

EuropaNova - Action pour une Europe politique
64 bis, avenue de New York, 75016 Paris, France

Program :

Morning Sessions : closed sessions for young professionals with experts, happening at the Institut Français, Munich.
Afternoon Sessions : open public sessions with panels and workshops, at the Technische Universität Munich.
Evening Sessions : Saturday = open public; Sunday = closed session.

Friday, 14.02.2020

Arrivals, presentation of the program and networking cocktail

Saturday, 15.02.2020

8h30 - 9h00 : Opening and introduction of the program
9h00 – 10h30 : Morning Session 1: The future of EU’s “hard security” after EU elections
10h30 – 10h45 : Coffee break
10h45 – 12h15 : Morning Session 2: European Security & Defense… and NATO ?
12h15 – 13h30 : Lunchbreak
14h00 – 15h30 : Afternoon-Session 1: EEAS and Neighbourhood Policies
15h30 – 16h00 : Coffee Break
16h00 – 18h00 : Afternoon-Session 2: Hybrid threats, migration and sustainable policies in Europe
18h00 – 19h30 : Dinner
19h30 – 21h00 : Evening Session: Exchanges with experts on current policy difficulties

Sunday, 16.02.2020

09h00 – 10h30 : Morning Session 1: Proposals : Migration and border policies
10h30 – 10h45 : Coffee break
10h45 – 12h15 : Morning Session 2: Proposals: New policy roadmaps for the EU
12h15 – 13h30 : Lunchbreak
14h00 – 15h30 : Afternoon-Session 1: Forum of ideas 2
15h30 – 16h00 : Coffee break
16h00 – 18h00 : Afternoon-Session 2: Presentations and discussions around the proposals of the participants
18h00 – 19h30 : Dinner
19h30 – 21h00 : Networking cocktail: Exchange with experts (current policy issues) and continuation of group works (closed session)

Monday, 17.02.2020

9h00 – 10h00 : Feed-back, farewell and departures


The three-day seminar will be held in Munich, Germany, on 14th  – 16th  February 2020: the first day will represent a day of arrivals and first moments of networking between the participants. The next two days will thus be the occasion to work together. The main location of the workshops will happen at the Institut Français in Munich. The open public sessions will happen within a city hall in Munich, hosting approx. 100 people. In addition to diversifying the various inputs the participants receive by coming to Munich, the interest is to invest in network building and thereby lay the ground for future cooperation afterwards. The second edition of the YMSC will happen in 2021.


Target group

Target groups are European young professionals, experts and policy makers, from EU, candidates and potential candidate states. The invited approx. 40 participants (“young professionals core group”) must have previously shown some kind of commitment to the topic of European security, defence and migration. The latter can be developed in their studies or their work; in a cultural, juridical, political or activist type – what matters is that they demonstrate a keen interest in the subject and a high potential of continuing to do so, really wanting to make a difference in whatever way (research, arts &culture, politics, business, media, social work, etc.).

We will reach out to potential candidates by sending out and publishing a call for application through our diverse networks to universities, civil society and policy-making bodies, approx. mid-December 2019.

While the selected participants will attend the seminar, this seminar strongly aims for spill-over effects, spreading the outputs to wider society and European policymakers. We will communicate this seminar before, during and after the seminar through three types of channels: mailing lists and networks, a distinct website, and social media. In doing so, we will make use of both written and visual means of communication, including a video-clip aiming to enhance the rate of applications that is currently in the making.


A part of the seminar will be dedicated to presenting the participants’ policy proposals. Overall, the seminar shall result in a jointly written policy proposal, by the participants and experts, as well as a summative report on how EU’s security and defence model can become more inclusive for citizens.

While the participants will produce a jointly written statement and policy papers on how to democratize European security, defence and migration policies, we will produce a short documentary on the process leading up to this result, next to our summative evaluation. This way, we hope to reach and inspire policymakers, experts and wider public to rethink the meaning of European security and defence policies. Reaching out to policy and decision-makers, experts and the media in the different parts of Europe that our seminar series takes us to, our aim is to have a visible impact on the wider public debate about European policy issues, motivating more citizens to get involved. This will also include such things as the publication of our academic evaluation of the seminar in academic journals, reflecting on the seminar’s process and conclusions. Our seminar’s tangible success thus depends on the final statement, its outreach and the new long-term bonds between the participants.

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