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Education and Culture

Education and Culture

Foundation for Personal Development and Social Participation


We must never forget: Every tree is planted small!

Konrad Adenauer, 1962

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At a glance

  • Education is central for participation in society and shaping public life. It promotes the modernisation of society through innovations, which in turn increase social prosperity.
  • In democratic societies, art and culture create spaces for debate and discourse. They open up new perspectives on relevant topics and are the foundation for our own creativity.
  • We not only observe current trends and developments in the areas of education and culture, but also create spaces for encounter and interdisciplinary dialogue with our events and training programmes.
  • Political education is part of our mission. In order to do justice to this, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung dedicates itself to democracy day in and day out and imparts basic political and economic knowledge in its educational forums and regional offices.



1. New perspectives on the world

2. Key issues of our time

3. Expertise for politics and society

4. Political education is part of our mission

5. Our offers and projects on the topic

6. Publications, events and media contributions on the topic


New perspectives on the world

Education and culture are an integral part of human life. They play a key role for both our individual development and for society as a whole. They enable self-realisation, bring people together and create a common basis for understanding. Education and culture connect people and open up new perspectives on the world.


Key issues of our time

Education creates the conditions that empower people to harness their individual opportunities, enable them to participate in society, and actively shape public life. It promotes innovation that gives rise to social and technological progress and increases social prosperity.

Art and culture open up new perspectives, reflect socio-political debates, and create a sounding board for dealing with reality. They create the foundation of our own creativity and further development. Art and culture are free and offer stimulation, food for thought and identity for democratic societies.


Expertise for politics and society

We closely follow current developments in the fields of education and culture, examine socio-political effects together with relevant experts, and develop recommendations for action for politics. We offer spaces for encounter, exchange and further education, where education and cultural policy issues are discussed and debated in small and large groups. We encourage discussions on education and culture, while also promoting free and interdisciplinary dialogue.


Political education is part of our mission

Democracy cannot be taken for granted, but needs to brought to life every day. As a result, the 18 political education forums and regional offices of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung impart basic knowledge in politics and economics across Germany, so as to enable citizens to responsibly and actively stand up for democracy. Each year, we organise some 1500 events in over 400 locations. While also providing various digital seminars, workshops and events.

In conjunction with overarching themes, we address features and debates that are specific to a region. Whether analogue or digital, around 140,000 people take part in our events each year.

Our offers and projects on the topic

Event series

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s range of events are particularly diverse in the cultural sphere. In addition to honouring important persons from the field of art and culture, we speak to cultural workers in different formats, facilitate exchange, thus providing a forum for the presentation of interesting works and excerpts from artists.



With the “Homage”, each year the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung honours an outstanding personality in German-speaking culture. In doing so, we place a focus on creative people who shape or have shaped our artistic and cultural life over the long-term. Those who have been honoured so far include renowned artists such as Barrie Koksy, Candida Höfer or Christo.


Learn more about the homage

Berlin Dialogue on Cultural Policy


The Berlin Dialogue on Cultural Policy (former The Potsdam Dialogue on Cultural Policy) is a conference series held in autumn each year. Together with experts from culture, politics and associations, we discuss current topics pertaining to cultural policy.


Learn more about the Berlin Dialogue on Cultural Policy

Cultural Histories


In this series of talks, artists speak about diversity and tolerance in Germany. They talk about their biography, their artistic work, and reflect on issues of culture and identity.


Learn more about the Cultural Histories

studio online


Our virtual readings, renowned writers present their work, and speak with our literary consultants about their literary work.


Learn more about “studio online”


Seminar, didactic and scholarship offers

Funding scholarship holders is one of the core tasks of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. However, we not only support artists financially, but also help them to present their work in exhibitions as well as art and cultural projects. Our Adenauer Campus learning platform will provide you with exciting content from the field of civic education throughout the year. Specific measures for further education are offered by the DigitalAkademie, the KommunalAkademie and the Women’s Council, too.

Scholarships and Support for Artists


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung awards working scholarships in the areas of visual arts, literature and composition. Through exhibitions, we regularly present the artists at the Academy of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and in rooms of cooperating galleries.


Learn more about Support for Artists

“Digital Education” on Our Adenauer Campus Learning Platform


Our Adenauer Campus digital learning platform is fully dedicated to the topic of “digital education”, which has attracted increasing public attention in the wake of the Corona pandemic. We use our own innovative projects to show what digital (civic) education of the present and future might look like.


Learn more about what the Adenauer Campus has to offer

Local Political Education Services


On our “Local Politics in Germany” webpage, we combine and connect local political expertise and address various target groups with broad-ranging educational services – from pupils to citizens interested in local politics through to local decision-makers in politics and administration. We look forward to your interest!


Learn more about Local Political Education Services



With the offers of our DigitalAkademie, we want to impart pupils and teachers with skills in how to deal with digital media. The contents of Pupil and Teacher Academies range from digital self-organisation, foundational knowledge on rights and obligations online, extremism prevention, recognising and dealing with fake news, and the use of digital learning and teaching methods, right through to the digital orientation of the entire school.


Learn more about services offered by the DigitalAkademie

Women’s Council


Women continue to be under-represented in politics, business and society. For this reason, with the Women’s Council, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provides a nationwide seminar programme just for women. With our multifaceted events, we would like to embolden women to position themselves well and take responsibility.


Learn more about the Women’s Council


Podcasts and publication projects

In the following overview, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung presents you with current podcasts and publication projects on educational and cultural topics, such as the “KUNST-STÜCK” culture podcast or the position papers of our Science Network.

KUNST:STÜCK – The Culture Podcast


We talk to scholarship holders of the EHF 2010 Artist Support Programme about visual arts, literature, and music. What does their art tell us about our world? How did they become what they are today? Each episode will include a discussion with creative people from our Artist Support Programme.


Learn more about the “KUNST-STÜCK” culture podcast

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Science Network


The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Science Network is an independent expert committee with renowned personalities from the scientific world. It develops statements on current and fundamental issues of science and higher education policy, and publishes them in the form of position papers.


Learn more about publications of the Science Network



The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s portfolio also encompasses the regular bestowal of awards. Every year, the literature prize is thus awarded in the cultural field to distinguish authors who “lend a voice to freedom.”

Literature Prize


The literature prize is annually awarded to authors who advocate for human freedom and dignity, and whose works testify to political-social significance and aesthetic-literary quality. The award was initiated by Dr Bernhard Vogel and is presented each year in Weimar. Hans Pleschinski, Husch Josten and Mathias Énard are among the prize winners.


Find out more about the Literature Prize

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Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement


Deputy Head of Department | Team Leader Culture +49 30 26996-3221

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Education and University Policy +49 30 26996 3768
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Autorität und Autoritätszerfall politischer Eliten

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Gehorsame Rebellen

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ChatGPT in der Schule.

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Science is inherently competitive

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Alarmierender Niveauverlust

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Responsible staffing policies at universities – For the Promotion of Young Scientists

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Perspectives in science: On the question of good working conditions for doctoral students & postdocs

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KAS CEM Meeting 02-05-2023

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WTO Leporello Emphase – Graphic Design Lab / Lausanne, Bern.

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Wendungen des Fortschrittsbegriffs

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Mut zur Lücke

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Lehren und Lernen neu denken

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„Die KAS bei der Praxisbörse“

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Wie steht es um die Bildungspolitik?

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Diskussion zur aktuellen Bildungspolitik und dem Lehramt der Zukunft

Maryam Zaree und Michel Abdollahi KAS

Wie ist es in einem der berüchtigsten Gefängnisse der Welt geboren worden zu sein?

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Fluch oder Segen für die Zukunft der Bildung in Deutschland und Frankreich?

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"Talk im Bahnhof" unter der Schirmherrschaft von Ansgar Heveling MdB

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