Brussels Events

Monday, June 26, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Beers Bank in Brussels, Belgium

Security & Defence Discussion Group - "How to improve European security/resilience against terrorist attacks?"

Barely two weeks after the Manchester Arena bombing, a new terrorist attack on London Bridge is yet another harsh reminder that terrorist attacks have exponentially increased across Europe. Despite the improvements over the past few years in Europe’s response and resilience against these attacks. There is still a dire need for enhanced international cooperation and coordination in order to develop effective proportionate counter measures. Besides that, there is a demand for new strategies to strengthen European resilience from potential attacks.

YPFP’s 3rd discussion group will explore the following questions: How can countries improve their domestic security to combat today's terrorist threats? What measures can countries take to counter low-tech terror attacks in an unpredictable threat environment? How can countries better share information in a time of mistrust and cautiousness? Looking further ahead, what are the potential major repercussions of Brexit on security in Europe?

Take the opportunity to join the Security and Defence Discussion Group on Monday, 26th June to engage, discuss and exchange your views with your peers on how to improve security and resilience against terrorist attacks in Europe.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Press Club in Brussels, Belgium

Tools of the Trade: Networking for Fun and Profit

Networking is an activity that often has a bad reputation; many view it as unpleasant, impersonal and forced. But it doesn't have to be that way! Having good networking skills can go a long way in bringing you a step closer to your career goals, help you build lasting relationship with interesting people, and can even be fun. YPFP is delighted to invite you to our next Tools of the Trade Workshop "Networking for Fun and Profit" with our speaker, Nicholas Whyte.

Nicholas Whyte, Senior Director of Global Solutions in APCO’s Brussels office, has more than two decades of experience in international affairs, advocacy and research. A graduate of Cambridge University and PhD holder from Queen’s University Belfast, Mr. Whyte has also worked as Director of the Brussels office of Independent Diplomat, where he served as a key advisor to governments and organisations on foreign policy and strategic alliances. He designed and implemented strategies to lobby European Union institutions, NATO and the Council of Europe. Mr. Whyte also advised Kosovo and South Sudan on their paths to independence, Croatia on its EU membership, and the opposition in Georgia on its international outreach strategy.

Prior to his work at Independent Diplomat, Mr. Whyte directed the International Crisis Group’s Europe Programme, where he led field research, analysis, policy prescription and advocacy activities in Europe. He worked on projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, and Moldova, while enhancing the group’s activities in the Balkans. Based on his wealth of experience, Mr. Whyte will be able to give participants an overview on the dos and don'ts of networking and how to better develop this skill. Join us for this exciting workshop on Wednesday, 28 June!

Saturday, July 01, 2017 at 09:30 AM
TBC in Brussels, Belgium

Running a Successful Social Media Campaign

Today’s wired world creates a brand new communication dynamic, requiring new digital skills. But building a digital strategy is not just about technology – it is also about the stories we tell. We all aim to learn how to develop a structured approach to digital thinking. This means learning how to produce engaging online content and promote it so that people notice it and act on it.

This half day training will focus on what a social media strategy is, realistic goals and objectives, and how to align them with an organisation’s overall strategy. Through practical case studies of social media campaigns in Europe, participants will learn social media good practices.

Some key elements will be:

  • How social media can help you or your organisation meet its goals in the Brussels environment
  • Social media success stories (and failures) to learn from
  • Finding and reaching our audience online
  • Creating appropriate content on the right channels at the right time
  • Analysing and improving our online campaign tactics
  • Growing our numbers of followers and fans
  • Engaging our audience and getting them to take action
  • Measuring results through relevant metrics

YPFP Brussels, with the help of the U.S. Mission to the EU, has lined up this training session for a select few members. Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your social media skills! Bear in mind that places for this unique event are limited; please supply a 100-word statement on why you want to participate as a young professional.


Jon Worth is a former UK civil servant who taught EU policy making for the British government and now works with EU institutions and other clients to help them improve their social media strategies, web writing, and online policy advocacy. He has written columns for POLITICO Europe, the Guardian and the World Economic Forum and has been blogging about EU affairs for over a decade. Jon lives in Berlin, but gives speeches and presentations and runs courses across Europe. He also teaches at the College of Europe in Bruges, the University of Maastricht and the University of St. Gallen. He is highly active on Twitter in debates about EU politics. His Twitter account is the third most followed non-politician account among Brussels decision makers, according to Hill + Knowlton.

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