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YTL23 Program Details 

Program Details

The cornerstones of the study trip are the following:

  • The participants will travel to Vancouver and Calgary

  • Number of participants: 12 from YTL20, YTL22 and YTL23

  • YTL organized accommodations (AirBnB/Hotel) and the commute between destinations including the field trips

The interdisciplinary program will include:

  • Exchange with representatives of the civil society, 

  • Discussions with scientists from various disciplines, 

  • Formal discussions among the participants regarding the German-Canadian and transatlantic relationships, and other topics, with representatives from different fields and

  • Field trips and hands-on activities.

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Focus Areas

Focus Areas for 2023

Topics that will be covered during YTL23 are the following:

Energy supply in a changing world:

The demand for new and cleaner energy sources hasincreased in recent years. Nevertheless, the Russian war on Ukraine has shown that societiesin the Western world are still highly dependent on fossil energy sources and a diversified supply chain is crucial. This tradeoff causes a lot of economic and political uncertainty but simultaneously also motivates well-established companies and founders to go new ways. We are going to shed light on the situation in Canada’s energy sector, what Germany can learn from it and where crucial developments are already in full swing. Especially the last few
months have shown that the bilateral relations between both countries were dominated by the issue of energy security.


Trade politics in a new environment:

International free trade agreements were long seen as a silver bullet to integrate the different world regions and fuel economic development. In the last decade, this view has changed significantly. Disrupted supply chains due to lockdowns, skepticism in the general public about new trade agreements (e.g. CETA, TPP) and offshoring of production have contributed to changed discussion which emphasizes more frequently the downsides of international trade. We want to explore whether the criticism is right,how the current situation of international trade is, and what the future of it looks like.

Canada’s society changing over time:

2023 marks several anniversaries that had and still have an impact on Canada’s society (e.g. 100 years of the William Treaty, 150 years of Treaty 3, and 100 years of the Chinese Immigration Act). We want to explore which impact these anniversaries still have on Canadian society and how multiculturalism in the country is lived nowadays. What can both countries can learn from each other but where there are also similarities will be a guiding motive throughout the tour.

Participation Cost

Participation Cost

The participation cost for the selected participants is 1250 EUR / 1750 CAD, which covers all primary costs including the following: Accommodation (for 12 nights), breakfast, all program activities, and transportation (including transportation between Munich and Berlin).


As the organizers aim to generate further funding, the cost might be reduced and participants might get a refund of overpaid fees.

The selected participants can either cover the participation costs themselves or individually find sources of funding to cover the costs through applying to relevant foundations, universities, institutes, organizations and companies. In many cases, the young leader's employer will cover the costs for them. We welcome sponsorship by companies and employers and will provide the participants with a letter of support for this purpose. 

Travel to and from Study Tour


German participants are responsible for their travel to Munich and from Berlin and Canadian participants are responsible for their travel to Munich and home again from Berlin. The organizers will work on a joint flight for the Canadian participants from Canada to Munich and back to Canada with special discounts. Successful applicants will be informed in time about the final travel plans.

Do you have any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us.

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