Professional Development Program in Cultural Diplomacy

Weeklong Seminars on Cultural Diplomacy

Academy weeklong Seminars - Methodology

Learn, interact, exchange

The Academy Session methodology is based on the complementary practices of learning from experts, interacting with speakers and participants, and exchanging perspectives on important issues. The program for each Academy Session will therefore be interdisciplinary and contain the following components:


A range of lectures will be held by experts from the fields of politics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. These components will inform the participants about key perspectives related to the history and development of cultural diplomacy and its contemporary application by different actors, as well as other issues specific to each Academy Session.


Experts from the field will give presentations based on their work or academic area of focus, following which participants have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues with the speakers in more detail.


Participants will take part in structured group discussions on salient issues related to the themes of the August Session, providing them with an opportunity to share their personal experiences and perspectives.

Panel Discussions/Debates/Role Plays:

In addition to the seminars and workshops, participants will be asked to adopt positions and take part in debates and role plays on actual & controversial issues.

Visits & Excursions:

While based at the ICD House of Arts & Culture, each Academy Session visits a number of other institutions across Berlin during the program. In addition, the timetables include cultural and social excursions that allow participants to experience and enjoy Berlin’s vibrant cultural landscape.

Social & Cultural Activities:

Each Academy Session will include social and cultural activities for the participants. These components give participants the opportunity to see a different side to the city of Berlin, help to provide a more informal environment for the participants to get to know each other, and allow the participants to see cultural exchange initiatives that are already being organized.

Experience from the Field - Meet the Experts

Academy Sessions are designed to encourage and support discussions amongst the participants, whilst involving experts from the field to provide stimulation for discussions and offer informed perspectives on the topics concerned. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with prominent figures from politics, academia, civil society, culture & the arts, and the private sector.

Looking to the future

Sustainability and Opportunity

The ICD Academy was developed to have a sustainable impact on intercultural relations. It is therefore an integral part of the Academy’s work to offer support to participants who would like to conduct research or organise their own cultural exchange initiatives in the future. Such activity allows the principles of dialogue, understanding, and trust between cultures to be spread to individuals at all levels of society, across the world. During each Academy Session the ICD will provide examples of cultural exchange programs that have been organised by participants, which we refer to as “Leadership Initiatives”.

ICD Support for Leadership Initiatives

The ICD can support leadership initiatives in a number of areas including networking (gaining the cooperation of high profile speakers, sponsors, and participants of other programs), marketing (raising awareness of activity amongst potential participants), as well as logistical support (human resources, locations and equipment), and consultation (offering guidance and support in concept development).

In addition to this support, the ICD also provides an online Forum through which participants of our program can communicate with each other directly and share information on research, related events, career opportunities, and their leadership initiatives.

ICD Support for Research

Participants who would like to conduct research into an issue relating to the field of cultural diplomacy are encouraged to do so by the ICD. We are able to offer guidance in selecting an appropriate topic, and will publish studies online once they have been completed, allowing your case study to reach a large audience across the world.