With its events, the SEF provides a high-level international forum and network which bring together present and future political decision-makers and practitioners, their advisors, academic experts, civil society actors and the business community in an open dialogue. In this context, the SEF makes it a priority to include the perspective of the global South in the debate.
The Foundation's three major annual international conferences have become its trademark:
The POTSDAM SPRING DIALOGUES have taken place annually for more than 15 years and are now well-established as a forum for debate about regionalisation in Africa.
The BERLIN SUMMER DIALOGUES are held once a year in Berlin Town Hall. Over the coming years, they will be dedicated to the programme area "International Responsibility in Crises and Conflicts".
The annual BONN SYMPOSIUM is generally held towards the end of the year. It provides a forum for an international exchange of knowledge and experience about the development and implementation of the post-2015 agenda at the regional and local levels.
These three major events are supplemented by other conferences and workshops. They include the International Expert Workshops, which bring together a small group of international experts from politics, civil society and academia for a more in-depth exchange, the Workshops for Experts from the Federal States, which are designed specifically for development policy experts from across Germany, and the Policy Briefings, with which the Foundation has shown a presence in Brussels since 2013.