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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

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.

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.


Forum der Akademie Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V. / Liebers


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

Mit dem Tablet zur Lesung


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

Künstlerförderung KAS


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

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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

Christoph Jansen eröffnete das Forum Kommunalpolitik in Sankt Ingbert. KAS/Thomas Langer


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


DigitalAkademie Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V.


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

Michaela Peisger, Head of Finance Germany der KPMG AG, Berlin (im Bild rechts). KAS / Stefan Stahlberg


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

Titelbild mit Podcastcover zum KAS-Podcast kunst:stück KAS


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

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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

Musikgymnasium Schloss Belvedere


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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Publications to the topic

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Artificial intelligence in Latin America
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Das Aus für das Bundesprogramm zur frühkindlichen Sprachförderung ist ein bildungs- und integrationspolitischer Fehler
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De la Recherche Scientifique à la Pratique
Policy paper: From science to practice.
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Events on the topic






DigitalAkademie: Online Lehrerfortbildung „Schule und Digitalisierung für alle“
In Kooperation mit der Klett MINT GmbH



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„Nationalhymnen der Welt“
Abendveranstaltung mit Dr. Clemens Escher und Voice Over Piano



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Workshop für Ehrenamtliche und Vereine in der grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenarbeit



studio online mit Natalka Sniadanko
Ein Literatur-Gespräch über Herzöge, Matrosen und den Schwarzmarkt

Event reports on the topic

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Modern orthodox
Kooperationsveranstaltung des Auslandsbüros Paris mit dem Goethe Institut Paris
Aktuelle Trends und Herausforderungen der Integration von jungen Menschen an deutschen Schulen
Schulen zwischen dem Integrationsauftrag und dem Unterstützungsbedarf auf kommunaler Ebene im Kontext geopolitischer Krisen
Europakonferenz KAS
Von Mabuse zu Mussolini oder 1922
Ein Schlüsseljahr der Moderne und die Folgen für die europäische Kultur.
Podiumsdiskussion Devine/KAS
Berliner Gespräch zur Kulturpolitik
„Kulturpolitik muss eine neue Balance suchen“
Michale Kretschmer diskutiert mit Studierenden in Leipzig
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Yannic Han Biao Federer im Gespräch mit Vivian Perkovic KAS
Kulturgeschichten diskutiert „Wer du wirklich bist“
Der Autor Yannic Han Biao Federer war zu Gast bei der Veranstaltungsreihe kulturgeschichten. Moderatorin Vivian Perkovic führte das Gespräch.
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Abendveranstaltung mit Dr. Regina Görner über die Probleme Älterer mit Filialschließungen und der Digitalisierung
Publikum und Podiumsteilnehmerinnen (von rechts nach links) Bozhena Kozakevych Lehrstuhl für Entangled History of Ukraine an der Viadrina-Universität Frankfurt, Regisseurin Iryna Riabenka und Dr. Olena Lykhovodova Goethe-Institut Ukraine KAS
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Ein Filmgespräch über Kultur im Krieg und Kreative im Fadenkreuz
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12. Thüringer Jugendpolitiktag
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Vertrauen in die Identität
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„Diese Hommage ist nicht nur eine Auszeichnung für mich, sondern eine für die Institution Museum“
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Media library

Follow MDPD Media Channels @ linktr.ee/MDPD - YT & IGTV
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#9 Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) - Hon. Wilfred Saka (2/2) #KAS4Democracy #KAS4Youth
Meet Hon. Wilfred Saka, Member of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) in Uganda.
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"Global Responses to Climate Risk Mitigation: A Spotlight on Pakistan Floods."
Farwa Aamer (@faamer @StimsonCenter) sits down with Amb. Asad Majeed Khan (@asadmk17), Pakistan’s Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, and Luxembourg,
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#8 Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) - Hon. Wilfred Saka (part 1/2)
In this video, Hon. Saka speaks about the challenges that Uganda is facing hosting 1,6 million refugees.
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