We have successfully ended our two-day Ideas Lab, with many thanks to our participants, our sponsors, our speakers and to the relentless efforts of our organisational team and research teams at CEPS, as well as the high-quality professional events organising team of Creationz.

Here is the final participants’ list.

Till 2020!

About The Event

Organised by CEPS – one of Europe’s most independent and reputable think-tanks, Ideas Lab is the most high-profile annual event on policies of the European Union.

The aim of Ideas Lab is to provide a high-level intellectual forum for exchanges concerning the wide range of current and pressing issues faced by the EU. The discussions are open, insightful and impactful, with the active involvement of policymakers, researchers and representatives from industries and the civil society.


The Egg
Brussels, BELGIUM


21-22 February 2019
Thursday – Friday

What Comes After the Last Chance Commission? Policy Priorities for 2019-2024

The Gathering of Top Influencers in EU Policies

The annual gathering of the top policy thinkers and shapers from across Europe.

Past editions of our flagship event saw the participation of thought leaders such as Kristalina Georgieva, Pascal Lamy and László Andor; European Ministers the likes of Didier Reynders and Ylva Johansson; Jean-Claude Juncker, Pierre Moscovici and Carlos Moedas of the European Commission; prominent MEPs such as Philippe Lamberts and Eva Kaili, as well as world-renowned thinkers – Ivan Krastev and Andrew Moravcsik. Our speakers and guests are highly-esteemed academics and researchers, as well as top executives and NGO leaders.

Bold new ideas spring from the meeting of minds

The unique platform for thinking ahead for Europe

Of course, our aim is not to be the mouthpiece of policymakers. Which is why our guests come from all over Europe and beyond, from all sectors, and from both practitioners and academics.

Our aim is for CEPS Ideas Lab to be the unique platform outside the established channels to question commonly-accepted policy positions and look for new approaches to meet the challenges faced by Europe and the world.


CEPS Ideas Lab covers two days of intense exchanges about the challenges faced by Europe. Please refer to our schedule for the latest information and changes.


Below are some of the guests who will be taking part in CEPS Ideas Lab 2019.


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Exhibition Booths

This year, we will have an Exhibition Space, for all our participants!

More than 20 booths are available to our exhibitors and sponsors to showcase their research publications, policy contributions, or simply creative ideas and gadgets.

For more information about getting an Exhibition Booth or becoming an Ideas Lab Sponsor, click on the button below.

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We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of Ideas Lab.

CEPS is proud to show our support for the European Parliament's campaign for the upcoming European elections. Check out their campaign website and their interactive booth at Ideas Lab!