Konrad Adenauer Lecture 2020


The COVID-19 crisis is making clear how many of today's global challenges cannot be contained within national borders and require sustained cooperation amongst trusted partners and in international fora. For Australia, taking a more active role in shaping a free and open Indo-Pacific extends beyond its immediate geographical neighbourhood and rests on increased engagement with like-minded nations to set norms and standards. Similarly, the EU (as well as NATO) is reorienting its outlook to adapt to the major strategic realignment underway and is looking to build stronger ties with value partners. This requires a rethink of what successful international engagement means and what cooperative networks around the shared goal of an open Indo-Pacific could look like.


Date and Time

Thu, October 1, 2020

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM AEST



Hyatt Hotel Canberra - A Park Hyatt Hotel

120 Commonwealth Avenue

Canberra, ACT 2600



KAS and ANUCES are committed to delivering the event with the safety of all attendees and staff in mind and will adhere to the social distancing rules prevailing at the time of the event. Please note that spaces at the event are limited and attendance requires compliance with health regulations.

For physical attendance to the lecture at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, please select ticket option 1. Should all spaces be sold out, we will open a small wait list in case of any cancellations or provide you with the virtual attendance link. We will provide you with a COVID-Safe questionnaire prior to the event. Should you be unable to attend the event due to health or other reasons, please contact us directly to ensure that we can provide the space to wait-listed attendees.

For guests unable to attend, or those preferring a 'virtual' attendance, the lecture will be live streamed. Please choose the virtual attendance ticket during your registration to receive the link prior to the event.



05.00pm - Arrival and Registration


05.30pm - Welcome remarks by Dr Beatrice Gorawantschy,

                      Director, KAS Australia and the Pacific


05.35pm - Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Anne McNaughton,

                      Executive Director, Centre for European Studies, ANU


05.40pm - Konrad Adenauer Lecture by the Hon Julie Bishop,

                      Chancellor, The Australian National University


06.10pm - Discussion chaired by Virginia Haussegger AM,

                      Chair, the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation, BroadAgenda's Chief Editor


06.25pm - Closing remarks by HE Dr Thomas Fitschen,

                      Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Australia


06.30pm - End of Event


Speaker info:

The Hon Julie Bishop served as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 until her resignation in 2018. She was the first female to hold the role as well as the first female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, serving for 11 years.

As Foreign Minister, Ms Bishop was responsible for strengthening Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Ministerial responsibility for more than 5,000 departmental staff, 110 overseas missions as well as government agencies Australian Secret Intelligence Service and Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.

In 2014, she led the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Under her leadership, the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was developed, providing a comprehensive policy framework for the next decade; and the New Colombo Plan was established, enabling Australian undergraduates to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region. Within five years more than 40,000 students have participated in the Plan.

In a political career spanning over 20 years, Julie also served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, Minister for Women’s Issues and Minister for Ageing.

Prior to entering politics, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of the law firm Clayton Utz in Perth.

Julie is the Chancellor of Australian National University, chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute, chair of The Prince’s Trust Australia, director of The Palladium Group, member of the international advisory boards of Afiniti, Greensill Capital and the Human Vaccines Project.

She has also established a boutique advisory firm, Julie Bishop and Partners.

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  • The Hon Julie Bishop
    • Chancellor
    • The Australian National University

Juliane Strache


Event & Office Manager

juliane.strache@kas.de +61 2 6154 9322
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