Youth in Dialogue: Europe

Debating Club 

with Claudia Bousset
Nationwide development for "das salonfestival"

Nele Kister
Program Director of "das salonfestival" and author of educational media

and Ludwig Biller
Program Director (European Security and Defense Policy) at the Polis180 grassroots think tank


Everyone's talking about Europe! What will happen to Europe? Why is it important for all of us? What can each one of us do for it? Nele Kister and Claudia Bousset spend a week exploring the topic and preparing a “salon” on it. The idea is that the club’s participants design an evening – their salon – about Europe, i.e. gather facts, ask questions, find answers. We expect to have an expert present for a stage talk and a discussion, which is also led by the youngsters. Because discussions help to gain an understanding and to question and review one's own positions.

Claudia Bousset
In 2014, Claudia Bousset founded “das salonfestival”– a Germany-wide network of hosts who open their doors to cultural and political exchange. She develops and designs these salons with a team of 24. Under the umbrella of the non-profit initiative, hosts invite guests to their own homes for discussion rounds, readings and concerts. Within three years, almost 500 salons with more than 22,000 guests were hosted. In addition to Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Rhine-Main and Wiesbaden, the cities of Münster, Stuttgart and Dresden will be added in 2018. More Information at

Nele Kister
Nele Kister develops educational media on behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education and various federal ministries. In cooperation with Eduversum Verlag, she creates multimedia offers for children, young people and teachers. Since 2014 Nele Kister has been a member of the program management team for “das salonfestival,” a nationwide network for promoting political, scientific, literary and musical salons hosted in private homes.

Ludwig Biller
is head of the European Security and Defense Policy unit at the Polis180 grassroots think tank in Berlin. He is a full-time management consultant in the public sector. His previous public and private sector assignments include the United Nations Environment Program and the software startup Beamery in London. Ludwig Biller studied political and administrative sciences at the University of Constance and international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.




21 – 25 July 2019
28 July – 1 August 2019

8:30 – 9:30 pm
ages 13 – 16 

Please register your children for the Edutainment events when you book your room or by sending an email to our Hospitality Desk

The workshops take place with at least 5 participants.

Please note that you must register your child with the Hospitality Desk one last time and in person, and give Schloss Elmau written permission to look after your child, before the start of the program. For the first unit of the program, the child must be personally handed over to the Kids caregivers by a parent or guardian.