Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies Celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary
News from Nov 08, 2018
From Thursday, 18 October, to Friday, 19 October 2018, BTS students, faculty and alumni came together at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) to celebrate the doctoral programme’s 10-year anniversary.
The event opened with a welcome address by BTS director Thomas Risse. Prof. Günter M. Ziegler, Prof. Henrik Enderlein and Prof. Michael Zürn each contributed their welcoming remarks as representatives of the three cooperating institutions of the BTS. The keynote speech, “The study of International Relations. Insights of a practitioner”, by Dr. Peter Wittig, German ambassador to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, provided the basis for an engaging discussion about current political issues. The evening continued with the official inauguration of the new BTS cohort 2018. After the formal part was finished, everyone had the chance to engage in conversations during the subsequent reception.
The second day of the anniversary focused on bringing together active PhD students and alumni, who had arrived from multiple destinations inside and outside of Berlin. Various workshops and activities encouraged an exchange about personal career paths and experiences. A “speed dating” event provided students and alumni with a semi-structured context to talk about their time at and after the BTS. Participants further had an opportunity to learn about career paths in-and outside academia, attending workshops offered by BTS alumni active in both fields.
A podium discussion on the future of graduate schools marked the second half of the day. Prof. Tanja Börzel, Prof. Michael Zürn and Dr. Wiebke Wemheuer-Vogelaar talked about their perspectives, with contributions by Dr. Guy Tourlamain (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), Dr. Markus Edler (Dahlem Research School) and Dr. Anselm Fremmer (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). A question and answer session followed where participants had the opportunity to share their individual views. All guests celebrated the last evening of the BTS anniversary together in a festive atmosphere at the event location Fabrik 23 in Berlin-Wedding.