Edition 7 | Academic Year 2020/2021
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Edition 7 | Academic Year 2020/2021

Dear Friends of the Hertie School,

This month, the spirit of our community was on full display.

We rallied together to support MPP alum and PhD researcher Sahil Deo with a fundraising drive for much-needed oxygen in Pune, India, collecting just over €21,000. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this initiative!

Our community spirit continues to flourish as we grow, and we are delighted that two new faculty members will join us this August. Arianna Ornaghi will join as Assistant Professor of Economics and will build on our strong expertise in evidence-based political economic research. Lynn Kaack will join as Assistant Professor of Computer Science; her work on machine learning and climate policy will be an integral part of our new Master of Data Science for Public Policy, set to welcome its inaugural cohort this September.

With continued growth in mind, we are very pleased to announce that our fifth Centre of Competence – the Centre for Sustainability is now online. Led by Professor of Sustainability Christian Flachsland, the Centre aims to shape the debate on sustainability-related policy and decision-making in Germany, Europe and internationally. Stay tuned for an invitation to its official launch event at the start of our next Academic Year!  

And finally, I am very proud to celebrate the team of Hertie School students who were once again crowned German national champions in the prestigious Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, an incredible accomplishment

Read more about the strength and resilience of our community in this month’s edition below.

Warm regards,

Mark Hallerberg

Acting President, Hertie School  

More stories

Hertie School welcomes two new faculty members

In August, Lynn Kaack will join the School as Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy and Arianna Ornaghi will join as Assistant Professor of Economics.


The Centre for Sustainability is now online!

Led by Prof. Dr. Christian Flachsland and supported by Prof. Dr. Lion Hirth as well as affiliated faculty members, the Centre will start with a focus on climate and energy policy in its research and policy advice activities. Stay up to date with the Centre via Twitter


A familiar face in a new role – Mark Kayser, Dean of Research and Faculty

Mark Kayser takes on new duties while delving into media bias, the predictive power of polling, and when to trust the numbers.


Why are Germany’s COVID-19 tracking apps not used more?

Simon Munzert and fellow researchers provide an updated analysis of the adoption of tracking and check-in apps in Germany in a new research report.


Centre for International Security examines the status of transatlantic relations after 100 days of the Biden administration

Deputy Director Katharina Emschermann takes stock of US President Joe Biden’s promise to re-engage with Europe in an article with Internationale Politik Quarterly.


Centre for Digital Governance co-hosts launch of report on responsible use of AI in the public sector

Alongside the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) and the British Embassy in Berlin, Hertie School researchers led a discussion on harms caused by bias in algorithmic decision making.


Andrea Römmele offers analysis on German Chancellery candidates

Hertie School’s Dean of Executive Education featured in print and broadcast media on the selection of Chancellor candidates for the upcoming federal election.

Upcoming event: Policies of exclusion today

On 11 May, join us for the next event in our series Understanding the politics and policies of exclusion featuring Harvard University Professor and best-selling author Daniel Ziblatt.

Students from across the CIVICA network participate in futureEU competition founded by Hertie School students

“One thing that was super interesting for us… is that people got together from different universities to work on one proposal,” said Maryse Dalhoff, one of the project’s founder.


Meet our Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe (RARE) leaders!

Together with the Netherlands and Hungarian Helsinki Committees, the Hertie School is connecting 27 leading European human rights defenders in a two-years capacity- and alliance-building programme Recharging Advocacy for Rights in Europe (RARE).


Moot court team is 2021 German champion and octofinalist in world cup of international law

Hertie School students are most successful EU team in this year's Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

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