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Sep. 04, 2024, 01:00 PM - Sep. 06, 2024, 12:30 PM

Potentials and Challenges for Europe

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The symposium will provide an opportunity to share experiences, foster networking and discuss overarching topics between the project members of the "Challenges and Potentials for Europe" funding program. It will take place from September 4-6, 2024 in Hanover.

The symposium "Potentials and Challenges for Europe" brings together the members of twenty-one projects from the funding lines "Intergenerational Futures" and "The Greying Continent" as well as the last round of open calls.

It aims to facilitate academic exchange, promote networking between projects and discuss overarching themes such as interdisciplinarity, internationalization and diversity in science. In addition to project presentations and keynote speeches, various workshops will be held to reflect on methodologies and discuss open questions from the projects. The workshops will be led by researchers from the project teams.

The funding programme "Challenges and Potentials for Europe" started in 2017 and ended in 2023. During this time, more than thirty projects have been supported to stimulate basic research on challenges faced by Europe and the European Union, to encourage comparative research and to strengthen cooperation between European academics.


Please register via the green button "Register now" (on the top of this page). Regstration is only possible for invited guests.


You can find the preliminary program here.



The symposium is organised by the Institute of Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt and the Volkswagen Foundation.Das Bild zeigt die Logos der VolkswagenStiftung und der Goethe Universität Frankfurt.


If there are any questions regarding your participation, travel or accommodation arrangements, please contact:

Ewa Palenga-Möllenbeck, Lara Deeken and Thuong Nghi Nguyen
Goethe University Frankfurt



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Where do the Volkswagen Foundation events take place?

The events take place at the Xplanatorium Herrenhausen Palace, Herrenhäuser Straße 5, 30419 Hanover. Access by public transport: Üstra lines 4 and 5, stop 'Herrenhäuser Gärten'

How do I get to the Xplanatorium Herrenhausen?
  • by public transport: tram lines 4 and 5, bus line 136: stop "Herrenhäuser Gärten" or "Schaumburgstraße".
  • by bike: There are bike racks in front of the Xplanatorium. E-bike batteries should be taken into the building and not left on the bike.
  • by car: The Xplanatorium is located within Hanover's environmental zone. Motor vehicles are only allowed to drive in the low emission zone with a green fine dust sticker. Parking spaces (with parking fee) are available at the "Great Garden".
  • by train: Hanover main station is excellently connected through many long-distance trains from all over Germany and in some cases from other European countries.
  • by plane: Please check whether a flight can be replaced by a train connection. Hanover Airport is directly connected to the S-Bahn network in the greater Hanover area. Please take the S5 towards Paderborn or Bad Pyrmont from the airport to get to the city center.
How much are the fees for participating at academic events?

There are no registration fees for participating at conferences, symposia or academic workshops.

When can I check in and get my name tag at the venue?

You can check in 60 minutes before the event begins.

Is the venue barrier-free?

The Xplanatorium Herrenhausen is barrier-free.

Are the academic events recorded or broadcast live (streaming)?

As a rule, academic events are not recorded or broadcast live (streaming) in order to enable the participants to talk about research results that have not yet been published and to obtain corresponding feedback.

I wish to attend an academic event as member of the audience. Who will cover my travel and accommodation costs and do the necessary bookings?

The participants bear the costs for travel and accommodation themselves. We ask all participants without an active part to take care of their own hotel and travel arrangements. If we provide a contingent of rooms at a specific hotel, you will find more information on the respective event pages.

I am a speaker, chair, or travel grantee at an academic event. Who will cover my travel and accommodation costs and do the necessary bookings?

Please get in touch with the respective contact person for the event. You can find the contact details on the website for the event.

Are food preferences and/or intolerances taken care of?

They are usually taken care of. Please indicate your preferences when registering for the event. Catering/Meals at Volkswagen Foundation events are all vegetarian with several vegan options.

Is there a cloakroom?

At Volkswagen Foundation events held at the Xplanatorium Herrenhausen, you are welcome to use our cloakroom free of charge.

I lost or forgot something at an event at the Xplanatorium, whom can I contact?

Please contact Schloss Herrenhausen Veranstaltungs- und Betriebs GmbH at: +49 511-763 744-0

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

If you have any questions, you can reach our hotline from Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at +59 511 8381-200