Rewatch the Global Media Forum 2021 

DW’s interdisciplinary and international conference on “Disruption and Innovation”

The DW Global Media Forum 2021 met challenges head-on with digital solutions and intercultural exchange. On June 14 and 15, the hybrid conference was livestreamed from DW headquarters.

In case you missed an event, check out all the sessions and talks on our YouTube channel.

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DW Global Media Forum

The international and interdisciplinary conference hosted by Deutsche Welle

The DW Global Media Forum brings together media professionals and decision-makers from politics, civil society, culture, business and science from around the world to get together, discuss and explore solutions.


Plenary Sessions

This year, we focus on the challenges of disruptive innovations while discovering opportunities to influence these developments. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will open the conference that will then be joined by, amongst others, Maria Ressa, Timothy Snyder, Audrey Tang, Nas Daily and Irene Kahn. In panel discussions, keynotes and more, we will discuss topics from AI surveillance tech to countering conspiracy theories. All formats will be interactive.

Partner Sessions

As has become the tradition, our partners from all over the world take part in the Global Media Forum by hosting a wide array of sessions as the second pillar of the conference program. In 2021, we look forward to, amongst others, contributions by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (based in Istanbul), the Association of German Newspaper Publishers (Berlin) and the Goethe Institute (Munich).

Fellows Program

The DW Global Media Forum fellowship program welcomes up to 200 people each year from around the world: This year's fellows, digital media professionals from Kenia and Pakistan to Ukraine and Brasil, will digitally join a series of capacity building workshops exclusively tailored for them. A unique part of the conference, the fellows will also contribute their ideas and experiences to the main program.

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