ZEW organizes quarterly ZEW Lunch Debates in Europe’s capital, Brussels. Starting in 2014, the ZEW Lunch Debate series has since established itself as a valued platform for open and spirited debate on current economic challenges facing Europe.

At this event series, ZEW researchers present their own ideas and policy recommendations, which is followed by an intense discussion about their findings and proposals with EU decision-makers, and Brussels-based experts. Audience participation in the debates is warmly encouraged.

Taking place in the European quarter of Brussels at lunch time, the 90-minute events are aimed at staff of EU institutions, as well as representatives from the realms of business, the media, non-governmental organisations, and academia.

ZEW Lunch Debates - Public Support and EU Institutional Reform What Is the Right Way to Go?

Numerous guests participated in the ZEW Lunch Debate and the subsequent panel discussion.
The podium at the ZEW Lunch Debate in the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union ...
Marcel Haag from the European Commission in conversation with Dr. Daniela Heimberger, head of the ZEW Service Department “International Co-operation and Public Relations”.
Marcel Haag from the European Commission in conversation with Dr. Daniela Heimberger, head of the ZEW Service Department ...
The three panellists, Professor Thomas König, Marcel Haag, and Professor Friedrich Heinemann at the ZEW Lunch Debate.
The three panellists, Professor Thomas König, Marcel Haag, and Professor Friedrich Heinemann. © Philippe Veldeman
From left: Professor Friedrich Heinemann, Eyke Peveling (deputy head of the State Representation of Baden-Württemberg), Jennifer Rankin, Professor Thomas König, Marcel Haag.
From left: Professor Friedrich Heinemann, Eyke Peveling (deputy head of the State Representation of Baden-Württemberg), ...
Eyke Peveling welcoming the guests on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Brussels.
Eyke Peveling welcoming the guests on behalf of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Brussels. © Philippe ...
Numerous guests participated in the ZEW Lunch Debate and the subsequent panel discussion.
Political scientist Professor Thomas König from the University of Mannheim and the Collaborative Research Center for ...
Jennifer Rankin, Brussels correspondent for The Guardian, moderated the debate at ZEW.
Jennifer Rankin, Brussels correspondent for The Guardian, moderated the debate. © Philippe Veldeman
Marcel Haag during the lunch debate at ZEW.
Marcel Haag from the European Commission emphasised that the EU is also legitimised by the added value it offers its ...
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heinemann at the ZEW Lunch Debate.
Professor Friedrich Heinemann, head of the “Corporate Taxation and Public Finance” Research Department at ZEW, proposed ...
Numerous guests participated in the ZEW Lunch Debate and the subsequent panel discussion.
Approximately 70 guests from the realms of politics and science followed the keynote speech and the subsequent panel ...
Professor Thomas König called for more transparency of the European institutions.
Professor Thomas König called for more transparency of the European institutions. © Philippe Veldeman
During the ZEW Lunch Debate, questions from the audience were also asked and answered.
The panellists also answered questions from the audience. © Philippe Veldeman

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ZEW Lunch Debates - Digitalisation and the Future of Work: Jobs at Risk?

The ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels discussed the topic of digitisation in the workplace
The ZEW Lunch Debates series has been taking place in Brussels since 2014 and regularly attracts many guests. © FKPH
Participants of the ZEW Lunch Debate on the topic of digitisation in the workplace
Speakers and panel participants at the ZEW Lunch Debate on “Digitalisation and the Future of Work”. © FKPH
Ulrich Zierahn at ZEW Lunch Debate on digitalization at the workplace
ZEW senior researcher Dr. Ulrich Zierahn presenting ZEW results on the topic under discussion. © FKPH
The audience at the ZEW Lunch Debate on digitalization at the workplace
Representatives of the EU Commission, the European Parliament, associations, companies and civil society were among the ...
Ulrich Zierahn on digitalization at the workplace during ZEW Lunch Debate
Dr. Ulrich Zierahn’s lecture provided the basis for the subsequent debate. © FKPH
Ralph Sina discusses digitalization at the workplace during ZEW Lunch Debate
WDR journalist Ralph Sina moderating the panel discussion. © FKPH
Andrea Glorioso discusses digitalization at the workplace during ZEW Lunch Debate
Andrea Glorioso from DG CONNECT at the EU Commission during the debate. © FKPH
Ignacio Doreste discusses digitalization at the workplace during ZEW Lunch Debate
Ignacio Doreste represented the position of the European Trade Union Confederation. © FKPH
Patrick Schwarzkopf discusses digitalization at the workplace during ZEW Lunch Debate
Patrick Schwarzkopf of the Brussels-based EUnited – European Engineering Industries Association argued from a business ...
Melanie Arntz discusses digitalization at the workplace during ZEW Lunch Debate
ZEW economist Professor Melanie Arntz on the panel. © FKPH
The audience at the ZEW Lunch Debate on digitalization at the workplace
The guests at the ZEW Lunch Debate asked many competent questions. © FKPH
Melanie Arntz discusses digitalization at the workplace during ZEW Lunch Debate
ZEW economist Melanie Arntz answering questions from the audience. © FKPH

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ZEW Lunch Debates - The EU and Economic and Monetary Union Reforms

Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
The panelists, moderator, speakers, hosts and sponsors ahead of the debate. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Strube addresses the guests of the event. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
ZEW economist Annika Havlik presents the results of the study on the Euro Perspective of Central and Eastern Europe. © ...
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
The discussion on the podium begins. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
Alongside ZEW economist Professor Dr. Friedrich Heinemann, Dr. Mateusz Szczurek (left) clarifies his position. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
ZEW economist Prof. Dr. Friedrich Heinemann during the debate. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
Jan Strupczewski, correspondent of the news agency Thomson Reuters, hosts the discussion. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Dr. Eva Zamrazilová explains the position of the Czech Republic. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
Istvan Székely, PhD represents the Hungarian perspective. © FKPH
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
Around 100 guests, including representatives of the EU institutions, science and business, followed the discussion. © ...
Central and Eastern Europe's view on EU reforms was the topic of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels.
Networking at lunchtime: The ZEW Lunch Debates regularly offer a platform for exchanging views on economic policy ...

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ZEW Lunch Debates - On Angel’s Wings: Can Business Angels Stimulate European Innovation?

Group photo of the panelists and moderator of the ZEW Lunch Debate on Business Angels
The debate participants and moderator before the debate (l-r): Phillipe Gluntz, Ute Günther, Georg Licht, Maikel ...
The panelists on the podium at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on Business Angels
The panel at the ZEW lunch debate engaged in lively discussion over the lack of political action at the EU level ...
Johannes Jung in an informal conversation with the guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate on Business Angels
Johannes Jung, head of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Brussels talks with guests. © FKPH
Guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on the topic of Business Angels in conversation
Attendees at the ZEW Lunch Debate exchange ideas and insights over lunch. © FKPH
Maikel Pellens presents his point of view at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
ZEW senior researcher Maikel Pellens discusses recent research findings in his introductory presentation. © FKPH
Guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on the topic of Business Angels
Phillipe Gluntz, Georg Licht, Luuk Borg, Helen Köpman, Chiara Frencia and Ute Günther (l-r) during the presentation. © ...
Maikel Pellens presents his point of view at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Dr. Maikel Pellens during his presentation. © FKPH
The panelists on the podium at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on Business Angels
The topic of this ZEW Lunch Debate was the significance of business angels as a source of funding for innovative ...
Phillipe Gluntz presents his point of view on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Phillipe Gluntz, president of “Business Angels Europe”. © FKPH
Georg Licht presents his views on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Dr. Georg Licht, head of the ZEW Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”. © FKPH
Helen Köpman presents her point of view on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Helen Köpman, deputy head of the “Start-ups & Innovation” unit at the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, ...
Business Angels board member Ute Günther moderates the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Dr. Ute Günther, member of the executive board of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) and vice-president of BAE, ...
Chiara Frencia presents her point of view on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Chiara Frencia, head of the Brussels office of Inova+, a consultancy service provider for technology and innovation ...
George Licht and Ute Günther in discourse during the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Georg Licht engaged in lively debate with moderator Ute Günther. © FKPH
Guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on Business Angels
The audience listened intently to the debate. © FKPH

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Participation is free and by invitation. If you are interested in attending, please write us at event@zew.de