We are pleased to announce that the seminar in the Czech capital, Prague, successfully took place from 23rd of September to 27th of September, after the eleventh year of the annual Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP) was launched in Berlin earlier this year. Berlin seminar was shorter than planned due to the coronavirus pandemic and its restrictions. Fourteen professionals from Germany and the Czech Republic have been invited to share their expertise on relevant economic, political, and social issues related to this year’s topic Sustainable Business & Lifestyle.

The seminar kicked off on Wednesday afternoon with Tomáš Jungwirth from AMO, who has led us through the Climate workshop.

Thursday morning was devoted to Climate Change in Metropolis. CGYPP – group discussed the work of Prague Institute Of Planning And Development with Judita Eisenberger and Green Infrastructure and Climate Adaptation Projects with Wouter Verleure, who both shared their expertise and showed off as real specialists from CAMP – The Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning.

Next, the group moved on to Bezobalu shop, where Jana Janovčíková showed a way through waste management and its reduction in households. Participants were then able to craft their own toothpaste, using natural products only.

In the afternoon participants got to know the story of MiWa, an ecological dispensing system, with Ivana Sobolikova. Afterwards, the online panel discussion The European Green Deal From the Czech and Bavarian perspective took place. On Friday, The Sustainability As a Business Opportunity was discussed, where Petr Rokůsek, the Founder of Nano Energies and Barbora Petrová, CGYPP Alumnus and Co-founder of Změna k lepšímu (A Change for the Better) talked, about their views on the topic in the modern building of DRN on Národní street.

The discussion then moved on to the formation of the Czech position towards The European Green Deal and the attitude of Czechs to green policies with Marek Sitta from the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic and Kristina Zindulková from AMO. The last one of Friday’s discussions round was devoted to Green Money and Green Banking with Blanka Svobodová from Komerční Banka.

At the weekend the participants worked in groups during the fact-finding mission and discussed various approaches towards sustainability. Saturday was devoted to a podcasting workshop with Dan Tržil as well and later afternoon Věra Doušová from the Food Bank for Prague and Central Bohemia, told us the story of the food bank, its problems and ways of functioning.

Lastly, Sunday’s session served as a feedback tool and final wrap-up of the program after which participants said goodbye until November.

The program is initiated and financed by the Czech-German Fund for the Future. The Prague seminar was organized with the support of the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, too.

Thank you all for your participation! Do not forget to check out some of the photos.