Brussels, 7-9 November 2018 – On 7-9 November 2018, Bruegel and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania held the Global Think Tank Summit 2018 in Brussels. The event gathered a hundred executives from the most influential Think Tanks around the world and feature panels on topics of global importance. Over 140 senior executives presidents, secretary generals, directors, vice presidents and researchers attended from over 50 countries. CEP Programme Director, Milena Lazarević, moderated a plenary session about the opportunities created for think tanks by the current digital and political disruptions in Europe.
While complex challenges lie ahead, there was a clear commitment by the participants to work together to meet the enduring and emerging challenges and policy issues that confront think tanks, policymakers and the public across the global community. They agreed that think tanks should all be very encouraged by the growing unity and knowledge sharing between them, as well as the dedication and drive of all of those who came together to share their knowledge and best practices for how to keep think tanks exceedingly relevant in such turbulent times.