With our operational work, in our networks and with cooperation partners, we face the current challenges of our society.

Mit unserem Bereich „Alter und Demografie“ begegnen wir den Herausforderungen einer alternden Gesellschaft in Deutschland. In unseren bundesweiten Projekten arbeiten wir daran, dass Städte und Gemeinden altersfreundlicher werden und der digitale Wandel auch Teilhabe und gesellschaftliche Mitwirkung für Ältere bietet – zusammen mit verantwortlichen Partnerinnen und Partnern aus Kommunen, Technik und Verbänden. Wir blicken auf die Potentiale des Alters und stellen Vorbilder für neue Altersbilder vor – mit Projekten und Veranstaltungen. Und wir schaffen selbst einen beispielhaften Rahmen für aktive Teilhabe und Mitgestaltung für Ältere mit unserem Standort KörberHaus – einem offenen Ort der Begegnung und des Mitmachens für alle Generationen und Kulturen.

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Gut alt werden mit Technik. Das Ageing with Tech Festival feiert die Chancen von Zukunftstechnologien für das Alter. Die jährliche Konferenz bringt Akteure aus den relevanten Sektoren zusammen und greift aktuelle Technologietrends und Debatten rund um altersgerechte Digitalisierung auf.

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How can you make your own city demographically stable and age-friendly? The City Lab offers mayors and key players in the administration of demographic change and ageing an opportunity to participate in a three-part workshop series. In a small and exclusive circle, the City Lab focuses on experts, good practice, networking and collegial exchange.

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With the Age & City Expedition, we invite you to explore age-friendliness beyond national borders. Mayors and demographers from municipal administrations travel to European towns and cities to learn about age strategies and age-friendly practices.

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The Körber Symposium on Demographic Change invites all those who bear responsibility for the issues of demographic change to be inspired to new ideas by national and international thought leaders and proven good practice projects. The project focuses on the opportunities of demographic change, and aims to contribute to ensuring that our communities will continue to be places worth living in in the future.

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Must people adapt to technology, or do we adapt technology to people? A rapidly digitalising society needs citizens who can competently use the opportunities of progress and master its risks. This also applies to older people. With the “Logged in!” week, we make visible the initiatives and actors who are advancing the digitalisation of older people. Together with local partners in various towns and cities, people over 50 are invited to discover their enthusiasm for surfing, blogging or gaming, and to immerse themselves in the digital worlds of older age.

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Improving society is possible at any age. With the Zugabe Prize, we honor founders 60plus every year. The award, which is endowed with 60,000 euros each, recognizes three individuals who have found solutions to the social challenges of our time using entrepreneurial means and successfully built up a company or social enterprise to do so.

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Kunst und Kultur spielen eine unverzichtbare Rolle in unserer Gesellschaft. Sie ermutigen uns zum Erkunden neuer Perspektiven und ermöglichen es uns, über unsere Identität und Lebensweise nachzudenken. Mit unseren „Kulturimpulsen für Hamburg“ unterstützen wir die Kulturszene der Hansestadt – im Schwerpunkt fördern wir den künstlerischen Nachwuchs und erproben neue Formen der Kulturvermittlung. Als operative Stiftung initiieren wir zudem eigene Projekte.

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Since 1981, we have awarded the annual Boy-Gobert Prize, endowed with EUR 10,000, to young, outstanding acting personalities at Hamburg theatres. The aim is to support them at the beginning of their careers.

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The International Opera Studio offers young singers an opportunity to supplement and complete their training under the conditions of a theatre company. During the period of their two-year scholarship, the members participate in the opera productions of the Hamburg State Opera, and receive continuous, individual professional advice and support.

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Laboratory for young theatre talent: Students from German-speaking directing colleges present their productions at Hamburg’s Thalia Gaußstraße Theatre. The festival is considered “probably the most important platform for young directors in Germany” (NDR Kultur), and it presents the diversity of artistic content and aesthetics of the theatre generation of the future. The festival is a joint project of the Thalia Theatre, the Körber-Stiftung and the Hamburg Theatre Academy under the patronage of the German Stage Association.

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The Art of Music Education (TAOME) is a series of international specialist symposia on the future of concert halls. In cooperation with the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and accompanied by the European Concert Hall Organisation, the conferences at the KörberForum have established themselves since their launch in 2008 as a central discussion arena on educational issues in the European music business, and they initiate debates on the role of concert institutions in our society. You will find an overview of the previous symposia here.

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Menschen beteiligen, Demokratie schützen, Kommunen stärken – das ist das Ziel unserer Arbeit im Bereich Demokratie und Zusammenhalt. Wir bringen Bürgerinnen und Bürger mit staatlichen Entscheidern an einen Tisch, um das Leben vor Ort besser zu machen. Wir unterstützen Mandatsträgerinnen und Mandatsträger in ihrem Engagement für die Demokratie und fördern den respektvollen Umgang miteinander. Und wir verschaffen Menschen Gehör, die sich für Freiheit und Demokratie im Exil einsetzen. Unsere Programme setzen auf Dialog, Verständigung und gemeinsames Handeln, um den Zusammenhalt und die Demokratie zu stärken.

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The Days of Exile are a programme of audience-oriented events and encounters in Hamburg and other cities in Germany. It gives people in exile a platform, builds bridges between the present and the past and encourages dialogue and understanding between old and new citizens, thus contributing to better cohesion in the city.

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The Engagierte Stadt ( Engaged City) is a network of 113 towns and cities in which engagement offices, volunteer exchanges and similar organisations organise and support the voluntary work of citizens. The sponsors exchange information among themselves, and identify common themes in order to strengthen the municipal infrastructure for commitment and participation in Germany.

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What does working a journalist in exile mean? How is the German media landscape changing against the background of migration and globalisation? And what role does digitalisation play in this? The Exile Media Forum explores these questions.

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“Making Germany better - with the future-proof city” brings together mayors, administrators, civil society and citizens to work together towards a sustainable and liveable future in towns and cities.

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The increasingly harsh tone in society extends to the councils or assemblies of municipalities and cities. Councillors who experience assaults or verbal transgressions often feel left alone. The project "Respect in Municipal Council" is dedicated to improving the culture of discussion in municipal bodies. We want to initiate a process of self-understanding in the councils that will lead to a cross-party agreement (code, guidelines) for a good culture of discussion.

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People who assume political responsibility for their community are increasingly becoming victims of insults, threats or attacks. And this is despite the fact that many of them work purely on a voluntary basis. The portal Stark im Amt (Strength for office-holders) offers concrete help to all municipal officials and elected representatives in Germany: Information, support services and tips on prevention as well as the study "More respect please".

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Im Bereich Bildung setzen wir auf die Verbindung von MINT-Kompetenzen (kurz für Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik), digitalen Skills und Kreativität – als Schlüssel, um heute die Welt von morgen mitzugestalten. In Hamburg und bundesweit arbeiten wir gemeinsam mit Partnern an regionalen Ökosystemen für Zukunftsbildung und schaffen kreative Räume, in denen sich Neugier und Forschergeist entfalten können. Wir vernetzen, inspirieren und qualifizieren die Menschen, die konkrete Bildungsangebote vor Ort umsetzen, und machen gute Praxis sichtbar. Dabei bewegt uns vor allem der Anspruch, jungen Menschen unabhängig von ihren jeweiligen Startbedingungen Chancen zu eröffnen und Talente in ihrer ganzen Vielfalt zu fördern.

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Every autumn, Code Week offers a colourful programme of hands-on activities around tinkering and programming - all over Europe.

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The Körber Start Hub offers an open arena for young entrepreneurs who want to improve society. At the Start Hub, they will find a comprehensive range of opportunities to learn together and to network and found their own social start-up.

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The STEM networking centre is the umbrella organisation for extracurricular STEM education in Germany. It supports those involved in STEM education through networking and transfer offers to make even better educational offers for children and young people, and to address broader and more diverse target groups in the process. MINTvernetzt (STEMnetworked) is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and is implemented jointly by five partners.

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The STEM Quality Initiative aims to support STEM initiatives in developing the quality of their programmes, and in this way to make STEM education even better.

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STEM regions are regional networks to strengthen STEM education locally. With our qualification, training and networking offers, we support network coordinators in making STEM education in the regions even more effective and sustainable.

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How the past impacts the present: Our History and Politics department aims to create a deeper understanding of historical events and political contexts. Our projects highlight how the past shapes our present and how we can successfully shape the future. International conferences, history competitions, history festivals or spaces of remembrance in digital worlds: We work with dedicated experts from politics, academia and civil society, both nationally and internationally, and strive to strengthen democratic values and social cohesion.

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New technologies and new generations raise new questions about history and call on us to renew our understanding of the past. Our eCommemoration programme opens up a space for historians, memory workers, digital pioneers and creative minds from across the globe to discuss new perspectives of participatory commemoration. We invite you to explore history and memory with us – in Video Games, Social Media and Extended Reality.

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EUSTORY promotes a multi-faceted approach to commemoration and cross-border engagement while strengthening a dialogue about fundamental questions of European history.

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The Federal President’s History Competition is the largest historical research competition for young people in Germany. It aims to awaken interest among children and young people for their own history, and to promote independence and strengthen a sense of responsibility.

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Historical project work offers unique learning and experience opportunities for children and young people. With the expertise and network from more than 45 years of the Federal President’s History Competition, we would like to strengthen historical project work in schools, and to already embed it in the training of history teachers.

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In an age of growing political, national and religious divisions, historical orientation and reckoning with our past are central to dealing with current conflicts. The Körber History Forum focuses on the impact of the past on the politics of the present at a European and global level.

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„Miteinander, nicht übereinander reden“. Getreu dem Motto unseres Stifters Kurt A. Körber engagieren wir uns im Bereich „Internationale Politik“ für Dialog und Verständigung in der internationalen Politik. Es ist unser Ziel, mit unseren Projekten und Publikationen Reflexionsräume zu schaffen und einen Austausch unterschiedlicher Akteurinnen und Akteuren aus Politik, Zivilgesellschaft, Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft zu fördern. In einer Welt, die von wachsenden geopolitischen Spannungen und einer Aushöhlung der regelbasierten internationalen Ordnung geprägt ist, setzen wir uns für friedliche Konfliktbewältigung und die Stärkung multilateraler Strukturen ein. Mit Konferenzen, Dialogformaten und durch unsere Publikationen möchten wir dazu beitragen, Lösungen für globale Herausforderungen zu entwickeln.

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Since 1961 eminent international politicians and experts have met at the Bergedorf Round Table to discuss fundamental questions pertaining to German and European foreign and security policy in small and intimate groups.

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Since its establishment in 2011, the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum has become the most important annual foreign policy gathering in Berlin. The Berlin Forum convenes high-ranking national and international politicians, government representatives, experts and journalists to discuss the foreign policy challenges for Germany and Europe.

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The aim of our Körber Emerging Middle Powers Initiative (KEMP) is to promote dialogue between Germany and emerging middle powers. By means of an annual survey, the initiative also contributes to a deeper understanding of geopolitical perspectives in countries that belong to this grouping, such as Brazil, India, and South Africa. In addition, KEMP brings together experts and decision makers from those countries and other emerging middle powers with their German counterparts to contribute to their active exchange.

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The Körber Network Foreign Policy comprises a select group of Berlin-based young foreign-policy professionals. Its members meet on a regular basis to discuss issues of German and European foreign policy with international decision-makers.

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In the Körber Policy Game a small group of high-ranking international politicians, government officials, and experts discuss and analyze the interests of various foreign policy actors in the context of a fictional scenario. The Körber Policy Game is based on the idea of projecting current foreign and security policy trends into a future scenario – seeking to develop both a deeper understanding of the interests and priorities of the different players and possible policy options.

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The Munich Young Leaders (MYL) network is a joint project of Körber-Stiftung and the Munich Security Conference (MSC) that provides a forum for future decision-makers to strengthen their international networks and inspire new thinking in foreign and security policy.

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High-ranking speakers, among them heads of state, foreign ministers and other influential politicians from Europe, Asia, the Middle and Near East, and the United States, as well as leaders of international organizations, discuss current political issues with a select circle of foreign and security policymakers.

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Science plays a vital role in addressing societal challenges. Our Science Department promotes excellent, application-oriented research and fosters the dialogue between science and society. We support the research landscape in Germany and Europe through targeted investment in scientific talent, cutting-edge research and cross-sector exchange formats, helping to answer the pressing questions of our time.

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Every year we present the German Thesis Award to the best of young German PhDs.

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Every year, Hamburg Horizons brings together top-class scientists with experts from politics, business, culture and the Hamburg public. The aim is an open exchange on topics in whose scientific study society has a special interest. The conference takes place in cooperation with the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) and the University of Hamburg, which uses funds from the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments for this purpose.

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Awarded annually, the Körber European Science Prize honours a distinguished scientist actively conducting research in the fields of either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences in Europe. With prize money totalling €1,000,000, we strive to support outstanding scientists in their endeavours and promote innovative research with future promise.

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