FUTURE FORUM: Before After

Stories of the tipping point, visions for the future.

At its roots, the word pandemic means “all people”—an outbreak of disease that affects everyone across the globe. COVID-19 received its official pandemic status from the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, but for many people, it took weeks, even months to feel the tangible and now lasting effects of the virus. Though a global crisis that affected all people, the pandemic was also an individual experience that varied based on location, occupation, circumstances and identity.

The FUTURE FORUM: Before After brings together German and American scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to tell their stories of change. The COVID-19 crisis upended nearly every industry and reshaped our lives and relationships. As we negotiate the new normal, hear the stories of the precise moment just before after, the tipping point at which change was decisively in motion and one’s only reaction was to evolve or adapt.


Hosted by the German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York, the FUTURE FORUM is an inspiring get-together of curious minds from academia, industry and policy. Established in 2019, the FUTURE FORUM is the DWIH’s spotlight conference that celebrates the exchange of ideas and perspectives between Germany and the U.S. After hosting FUTURE FORUMs on the DWIH annual topics of artificial intelligence and cities & climate, the FUTURE FORUM 2021 looks at “Society in Transition: Impacts of the Pandemic.”

Focus Topics

  • Health
  • Business
  • Work
  • Society & Politics
  • Technology
  • Applied Science

The Format

Conceptualized as a true hybrid event, the FUTURE FORUM welcomes attendees both at Venue SIX10* in Chicago and online. The 1.5-day program features keynotes, debates, workshops, and “speed dating” among other engaging and snackable content formats to equally serve the needs of the in-person and digital audience. Both online and offline experiences are thoughtfully designed and connected through virtual audience engagement tools. Registration is free of charge for all participants.

The Attendees

With a balanced mix of in-person attendees and online participants, the FUTURE FORUM brings together German and American experts, professionals and innovators from a variety of backgrounds. From start-up founders and social media influencers to industry leaders and professors, the speaker line-up is as diverse as the audience.


Dr. Kathrin DiPaola, Program Manager, DWIH NY

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Event Information

October 14 to 15, 2021

Streamed Live from Venue Six10 Chicago
Organizer(s): German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) New York