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GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series

The GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series brings leading minds in academia and policy from all over the world to Hamburg to stimulate public exchange on key global developments. With its online format during the Coronavirus pandemic, we have additionally reached a global audience.

Initiated with funds from the Federal Foreign Office, both streams of the series – lectures by top scholars and leading practitioners – were inaugurated at City Hall hosted by the Hamburg Senate.

Speakers in the former category have included Professors Jagdish Bhagwati, Peter Katzenstein, Etel Solingen, Daniel Drezner, Henry Farrell & Abraham Newman, and others. The practitioners’ part was initiated by Frank-Walter Steinmeier (who was Foreign Minister at the time, now Federal President of Germany), followed by among others Federal Minister for Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, and NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg. For more on the individual lecture please see below.

We are honoured that they and all our esteemed guests have accepted our invitation and look forward to continuing these important conversations.

Since its inception in 2015 this GIGA flagship event is curated by our President Prof. Amrita Narlikar.

All dates of the series

The GIGA is taking the coronavirus situation very seriously. Until further notice, all our events take place exclusively in digital space and Team GIGA is working from home. We are pleased to be able to offer you all GIGA products without restriction.