IDEAS LAB 2021 - Seeking ImmUnity: Europe in a post-Covid World


This year, we’re bringing you a fully digital Ideas Lab experience! For this 8th edition, our team of researchers, leading experts and high-level policymakers will cover five themes over five days. The programme will start on Monday 31 May with discussions on the health crisis and end on Friday 4 June with sessions on Europe’s strategic autonomy. Throughout the week, we will be debating on a variety of issues from the European Green Deal to Europe’s industrial future and the economic recovery.

Keynote speakers include High Representative Josep Borrell (tbc), EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič, American economist Adam Posen, MEP Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, Indian economist Jayati Ghosh, and many more!

Stay tuned for more information on the programme and we look forward to seeing you there!



About Ideas Lab

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.


Ideas Lab 2021 will take place fully online


Monday – Friday
31 May – 4 June 2021

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.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor Ideas Lab 8th edition

CEPS Ideas Lab is made possible each year thanks to generous funding and sponsorship from public, private and non-governmental organisations. Interested in sponsoring next year’s event? Find out more

Read our CEPS Ideas Lab 2020 Report