Friedrichshafen. For the fifth year in a row, the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin (LEIZ) at Zeppelin University, together with a student organisation team headed by LEIZ Director Professor Dr. Josef Wieland, brought together high-ranking experts from business, politics, civil society and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities of global cooperation.
Under the title "New Silk Roads - New Perspectives for Europe?", lectures, panel discussions and workshops highlighted various aspects of the "Belt and Road Initiative" initiated by China in its possible significance for Europe. Andreas Schell, CEO of the main sponsor Rolls-Royce Power Systems, opened the conference by stressing the topic’s strategic relevance for his company. ZU-President and China expert Professor Klaus Mühlhahn addressed the opportunities and risks of cooperation between Europe and China.
The two-day online conference, which was streamed from Zeppelin University’s ZF Campus to participants from all over the world, offered not only economic and geopolitical perspectives on the new Silk Roads, but also historical, cultural and philosophical approaches. Overall, it painted a very diverse picture of the future significance of European-Asian cooperation and gave rise to lively debates. The multifaceted nature of the conference theme was emphasised by an art project prepared and presented by a group of students together with the Singen-based artist, Harald F. Müller.
Thus, it was specifically the conference’s transdisciplinary and transcultural methodology that opened up new perspectives on future trends, facilitating deep reflection on their impact upon economy and society. The event also succeeded as an online format – not least thanks to numerous interactive elements. In addition to the main sponsor Rolls-Royce Power Systems, the congress was supported by Zeppelin Universitätsgesellschaft, Buchhandlung und Café Gessler 1862 and ZU’s Student Lounge. The technical realisation was conducted by bewegtbildwerft, Überlingen.