Opening of the Congress

The opening event will take place on Tuesday, 4 June at 18:30 in Saal 3 of the CCH.

Greetings are given by Dr. Carsten Brosda and Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren, the keynote speech will be given by Arne Semsrott.

The event will be musically framed by Sarajane.

After the opening, at around 20:00, there will be a Get Together in the foyer on the 2nd floor of the CCH.

Dr. Carsten Brosda

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Dr. Carsten Brosda has been Senator of the Ministry of Culture since 1 February 2017 (Ministry of Culture and Media since April 2017),
Co-Chairman of the Media and Network Policy Commission of the SPD party executive since July 2018 and Chairman of the Cultural Forum of Social Democrats since November 2019.
He has also been President of the German Theatre Association since November 2020.

Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren

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Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren has been President of Universität Hamburg since March 2022 and spokesperson for the Hamburg State University Conference since May 2023.

Arne Semsrott

During his time at grammar school in Hamburg, Arne Semsrott and his brother founded the school newspaper ‘Sophies Unterwelt’, which was voted the best school newspaper in Hamburg and the second best school newspaper in Germany in the Spiegel school newspaper competition. After graduating from high school, he studied political science in Berlin and Istanbul and headed the Hochschulwatch project at Transparency Deutschland.
Since 2014, he has been project manager of the ‘FragDenStaat’ portal at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, where he works on the topic of freedom of information and transparency.
In 2015 and 2016, he was awarded the Otto Brenner Prize in the Media Project category for these projects. He is co-initiator of the OpenSCHUFA initiative, which was nominated for the Grimme Online Award, founded the Freiheitsfonds initiative in 2021, which supports those affected by substitute custodial sentences for transport fraud, and was also an author at from 2014 to 2021.

Arne Semsrott works as a freelance journalist and is involved in other NGOs on topics such as transparency and lobbying, including as an honorary board member of LobbyControl and on the advisory board of the Whistleblower Network.

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