Photo: Jens Jeske


The foundation regularly organizes conferences on contemporary history with German and international cooperation partners. The focus is not only on important topics and aspects of Willy Brandt’s political work, but also on central historical events and issues that are being addressed by current research. Since 1998, numerous conferences have taken place in Germany, Europe, the USA and Asia, organized by the foundation or with its participation.

Current Events

As part of the 50th anniversary of Willy Brandt’s chancellorship (1969–1974), the foundation also runs a comprehensive scientific program. We take the anniversaries of decisive events and decisions in the Brandt era as an opportunity to analyse and historicise the politics of the time and its medium and long-term effects. The following events are planned for the near future:

Up-coming programme:

Kanzlerwechsel 1974
Die Bundesrepublik zwischen Reformpolitik und Krisenmanagement
25. und 26. April 2024, Berlin

Past programme:

Digitale International Scientific Symposium
Frieden stiften? Nobelpreisträger*innen der 1970er Jahre
Thursday, December 9, 2021, in Lübeck

Digital Conference: Versöhnungspolitik – Ein Weg zur Wiederannäherung nach zwischenstaatlichen Konflikten?
Thursday, December 1o, 2020, in Warsawa

Digital Conference: Innere Einheit – Ein (un)erreichbares Ziel?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, in Erfurt

Dr. Bettina Greiner

Head of the Willy-Brandt-Haus Lübeck

Dr. Kristina Meyer

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin