Young Security Conference


The YSC fellowship program

The program organises workshops on a range of topics for our fellows in order to develop a community of practice, with the participation of high-ranking decision-makers and thinkers. In this context, the first YSC publication, The West in Fragmentations, was published online inSeptember 2021.

Through the submission of policy papers, workshops, panels, and innovative concepts, the conference provides an ideal forum for the exchange of innovative ideas related to European security policy.
A selected number of our fellows receive stipends from the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW), one of our Partners.

Who are we addressing?

The YSC connects young, innovative, and creative thinkers with experts from policy and research in a discussion on the future of European security and defence. We invite master’s Students, PhD candidates, post-docs, and young professionals from around the world to present their work and proposals all year long.

By hosting policy sessions, both during the conference and as regular workshops, we connect present and future experts on global issues such as Health Security, Climate Change and Cyber Security; and also more regional concerns such as the Franco-German axis in the context of the EU, or the state of the Transatlantic Alliance.

Concept and Vision

The Young Security Conference (YSC) is a long-term scientific, policy and intergenerational project. The YSC connects young innovative thinkers with experts from policy and research in a dialogue on the future ofEuropean security and defence. It is a unique initiative that stands out for its participatory and inclusive character and combines an annual conference with a fellowship programme.

The future of the European Union depends on public support, particularly in security and defence policies. Europe’s diversity, along with its humanistic values, is at the core of its identity. Now more than ever, it is important to include this diversity in the process of shaping the EU‘s political design.