Young Leaders’ Forum in Budapest, 8-10 March 2016, Hungary

Publish Date: Jan 13, 2016

Deadline: Jan 20, 2016

Event Dates: from Mar 08, 2016 12:00 to Mar 10, 2016 12:00

Young Leaders’ Forum in Budapest, 8-10 March 2016

Organised annually in Budapest by the Antall József Knowledge Centre in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and the International Visegrad Fund, think.BDPST is a strategic conference focusing on regional development and the perspectives of research, innovation and future technologies.

The main objective of the conference, think.BDPST, is to provide a regional platform for high-level representatives of the governmental, academic, and business sectors to initiate dialogue about the different approaches to innovation and new technologies, including the security, economic, and social dimensions. think.BDPST also offers an opportunity for policymakers to discuss possibilities of fostering smart growth solutions, exchanging experiences and best practices, as well as drafting joint action plans.

With initiating such dialogues, the conference aims to foster cooperation, promote the implementation of joint activities, as well as facilitate the formation of strategic partnerships in the Central European region, with specific regard to the V4 countries. The conference could greatly contribute to the establishment of a common regional development framework.

As part of the eleven panels of the three-day think.BDPST conference, the following topics will be discussed in greater detail: perspectives and possibilities for an R+D friendly environment; the social dimensions of innovation, with special regard to the impact of innovation on education, the ways in which innovation transforms the structure of the labour market, a new dimension of content consumption; social entrepreneurship including the possibility of changing public services to new providers, the role of innovation in urban planning and new technologies in urban infrastructure; genetic engineering and its risks; as well as security challenges in the age of new technologies.


The Young Leaders’ Forum (YLF), organised in cooperation with Design Terminal, the National Centre for Creative Industries, will feature outstanding young professionals, aged 25-35, soon to become important actors and decision-makers in the field of innovation, research, and development.

The main purpose of YLF is to foster a lively dialogue among young innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs who are active PhD researchers, young diplomats, and young professionals at companies investing in innovative projects. During the three-day event, the participants will have the opportunity to improve their leadership skills with the help of professional trainers. In the form of interactive workshops, YLF offers a platform to exchange best practices, experience, and ideas with the aim of creating a common standpoint on the main topics of the think.BDPST conference, such as an R+D friendly economic environment in the V4 countries or social dimensions of innovation or emerging security challenges in the age of new technologies.

As a follow-up to YLF, we plan to create an international alumni-network to enhance the future cooperation of dedicated young experts.


The venue of the opening ceremony is the Vigadó of Pest.

The Vigadó of Pest is one of the largest concert and event halls of Budapest. Having been destroyed by invading Austrian troops, the predecessor of Vigadó, the Redoute, had to be rebuilt completely. The new edifice, designed by Frigyes Feszl, was opened in 1864.

Address: 2 Vigadó Square, 1051 Budapest.

The venue of  the conference is Várkert Bazár.

Várkert Bazár is a newly restored neo-Renaissance building complex on the side of the hill that goes from the Buda riverfront up to the Royal Palace. It was built between 1875 and 1883 according to the plans of one of Hungary’s great architects Miklós Ybl.

Address: 2-3 Ybl Miklós Square, 1013 Budapest.


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