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Annual General Meeting 2018



Young Polish International Network 

XVI Annual General Meeting 

11-13 May 2018 

Sierpc, Hotel Skansen Conference & Spa 



Digital empowerment or threat? 


Digitalisation is one of the – if not the – defining characteristics of the contemporary era. The Internet of Things has changed the way in which culture, capital, commodities, and people circulate worldwide. Over the last decade, we have seen radical shifts in the production of knowledge, on the contemporary shape and processes of political participation and collective action, on social structures, on globalisa-tion processes as well as on the nexus of states, authority, and citizenship. 


The advances in communication and information technology empower the unprivileged, create new business models and promise to free the citizen from limits imposed by the state. Yet next to this po-sitive aspects, digitalisation harbours several threats to human consciousness, social and state security, and does not always live up to the expectations of its consumers. 


As an organisation interested in preparing the Polish political, cultural and business elite of the future, YPIN has a vivid interest in strengthening knowledge and awareness of its members on pressing issues of our times and present them in a global context. Some of us design new technology or influence the way it is used, most of us use it on a day to day basis. The conference shall open our eyes to those aspects of technology that does not usually cross our minds. During the event we will try to find a nexus between not falling into a cyber-utopia with all its opportunities, but simultaneously point to its dangers.  











Programme AGM XVI.Sierpc

Annual General Meeting 2017

The 15th Annual General Meeting took place in Wroclaw and Kreisau on 23-25 June 2017. Our leading theme: "Quo vadis, Europa? Scenarios for the EU after Brexit" was discussed in a panel debate at the historic Oratorium Marianum of the University of Wroclaw with Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-in-chief Visegrad Insight and Chairman of the Res Publica foundation in Warsaw, Miriam Lexmann, Director of the EU Office of the International Republican Institute in Brussels, Christian Davies, Correspondent with the Guardian based in Warsaw, Natacha Faullimmel, Policy Assistant at the European Political Strategy Centre, and moderated by Katarzyna Sobieraj, Head of Office and Advisor for Foreign Affairs for MEP Bogdan Zdrojewski, Speaker of YPIN.

Our media partners were
Euractiv.pland Katoikos.eu.



Falenty XXIX - October 2016




 Official partners: 














Annual General Meeting 2016



The Young Polish International Network met between 20 and 22 May 2016 in Kraków for its XIV Annual General Meeting. The gathering was attended by network members as well as the invited guests, including panelists and members of Tönissteiner Kreis (TK) - a German partner organization of YPIN, Diplomatic Council as well as representatives of the Centrum Stosunkow Miedzynarodowych.














YPIN and Tönissteiner Kreis Conference - November 20th-22nd 2015. BERLIN

Europe’s future in Ukraine? Polish-German impulses for sustainable Eastern policy





On November 20-22 2015 Young Polish International Network and Tönissteiner Kreis organized their second joint conference in Berlin: “Europe’s future in Ukraine? Polish-German impulses for sustainable Eastern policy”.

The conference was inaugurated on November 20th at the Polish Institute in Berlin with a fireplace chat. H.E. Jerzy Margański, Ambassador of Poland to Germany, and H.E. Rolf Nikel, Ambassador of Germany to Poland, gave an account of the current state of Polish-German relations with a particular focus on policy challenges in Eastern Europe. 

The discussion was moderated by Cornelius Ochmann, Director of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation.

The second day of the conference took place at the Hertie School of Governance and was kicked off with a keynote speech by Janusz Onyszkiewicz, former Polish Minister of Defence and Vice-President of the European Parliament. The speech was followed by a debate with Mr. Onyszkiewicz, Jakobine Janucek (Atlantic Initiative), Kai-Olaf Lang (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) and Cornelius Ochmann (Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation) and was moderated by Gerhard Gnauck (Die Welt). The core question of the discussion concerned ways of interacting with Russian interests” in Eastern Europe.

In subsequent idea labs participants took a hands-on look at the current state of the Ukrainian economy, politics and civil society. The labs were moderated by Ricardo Giucci/David Saha (Berlin Economics), Kyryl Savin (Deutsche Welle) and Iryna Solonenko (DGAP).

The conference’s final touch was a screening of the movie YanukovychLeaks. The movie presented Ukrainian investigative journalists who worked against the clock to preserve documents destroyed by Ukraine’s former president to cover corruption schemes. A discussion with the movie’s director, Olga Krainyk, and political activist and member of Ukrainian parliament Svitlana Zalishchuk followed.

The conference has been a sign of the lively contacts between YPIN and Tönissteiner Kreis and has demonstrated the potential of both networks to contribute to good Polish-German relations. 

Organizing team:

- Jan Jakub Chromiec (YPIN and TK)

- Julia Kahrl (TK)

- Ulrike Kind (TK)

- Nicole Kasper (YPIN)

- Anna Żurek (YPIN) 








YPIN Project in Munich: Leadership Training – October 15th-18th 2015


On October 15-18, 2015 the Young Polish International Network co-organized a Leadership Training in Munich.




The Leadership Training in Munich (AKA School for Leaders of Polish Community Abroad) was a project initiated by Szkoła Liderów (SL), a Warsaw-based non-governmental organisation which helps develop leadership skills, promote the public debate and support the leaders of the local communities. Numerous workshops for leaders of Polish community abroad already took place in Europe, Asia and North America; it is worth emphasizing it was the first time the Leadership Training took place in Germany.


YPIN Munich Group was the regional partner of this particular workshop. Our tasks included: marketing, PR, recruiting and candidate selection (together with SL), arranging accommodation, taking care of logistics as well as project coordination and supervision. We were also responsible for finding suitable speakers and presenters for the morning sessions. Szkoła Liderów provided a program structure, took care of the recruiting process, coordinated communication with participants and sent a trainer to Munich.




Team YPIN Munich:


- Anna Jaworek (YPIN Regional Coordinator, project coordination, communication with partners, on-site support)
- Marta Lang (communication with partners, recruiting, on-site support)
- Anna Miller (scheduling, reservations)
- Michał Młynarski (YPIN Regional Coordinator, speaker, logistics, supplies)
- Izabela Wilkosz (YPIN Regional Coordinator, PR, communication with partners, workshop participant).

External partners in Munich (friends of YPIN Munich):

- Tomasz Rybicki (project manager, communication, on-site support, logistics)
- Małgorzata Brzeska (scheduling, on-site support).

Szkoła Liderów:

- Magdalena Mazur (Board Member, project manager)
- Paweł Cieślak (trainer).





Report_Leadership Training in Munich (15-18.10.2015)

Falenty XXVI - October 2014



On October 24-26, 2014 the Young Polish International Network with support from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany organized their 26th  recruiting meeting in Falenty.


During the weekend workshop organized by YPIN, young Poles discussed sustainable development, energy security and the post 2020 energy and climate package with experts from Warsaw, Berlin and London. The discussion took place in three languages. The workshop was organized back to back with the European Council, which meets in Brussels to take a final decision on the new climate and energy policy framework, including on further measures aimed at enhancing Europe's energy security. The outcome of the European Council is highly uncertain due to the position of the Polish government. Do young Poles understand its position? How are these issues seen from the perspective of other European capitals? Answers to these and other questions were searched for during the seminar in Falenty.