National Networking Meeting on March 31, 2023

We are pleased to finally be able to invite Award leaders to a nationwide network meeting after the long pandemic break!

Impulse, best practice exchange and contacts – At our nationwide network meeting in Berlin, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences in mentoring students, running expeditions and finding gold projects, using the Online Record Book and more, and get input on many other aspects that make the Duke Award successful. And that’s not all. We are especially looking forward to celebrating Award leaders with First Lady Elke Büdenbender!


Location: Silent Green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstr. 35, 13347 Berlin-Wedding


09:00 – 10:00                     Let’s get started!

Arrive, have some coffee & discover the Living Learning Wall  

10:00 – 10:45                      Welcome and introduction to the day

A look into the past, present and future: Vanessa Masing about our vision

10:55 – 12:20                       Opportunities & challenges in running the Award (Workshops)

How can we motivate more students to participate and graduate successfully? How can the Duke be anchored in the German educational landscape?

12:20 – 12:45                         Presentation of the results in the plenary

12:45 – 14:00                      Lunch and networking

Vegetarian lunch provided

14:00 – 15:30                      Award Leader best practice spotlights (plenary)

Learn about Residential Projects (Schule Schloss Salem), special expeditions (Schule am Schillerpark, Europäische Schule München), effective use of the Online Record Book (Heidelberg International School), programme concept development (Phorms Campus Berlin-Mitte), Mentoring and group meetings (Klaus Vogel), testimonials and storytelling (Anja Dehghan) and more.

15:45 – 16:15                       Self-selected thematic impulse 1

16:20 – 16:50                      Self-selected thematic impulse 2     

Choose from the following topics (and others):

– Using the ORB effectively (reports, labels, expeditions and troubleshooting; Isabel Fitz)

– Organising fun mentoring and group sessions (Klaus Vogel)

– Revisited: Insurance issues (tbc)

– Brainstorming on open expeditions (Eugen Balzer & Vanessa Masing)

– Developing our trainings: online modules for qualifying new team members in experienced teams, face-to-face vs. online courses, advanced training courses etc. (tbc)

– Leadership and team culture: methods for empowerment of young people (Valerie Zu Rhein)

17:00 – 17:15                        Presentation of results of the sessions in the plenary

17:15 – 17:30                       Final reflection

17:30 – 19:00                      Reception  with First Lady Elke Büdenbender

19:00 – 21:00                     Dinner and Networking


Thank you to all contributing schools and Award leaders! Please contact us if you’d like to share your experience on a specific topic as well.

Main contact: Anja Dehghan, [email protected]


Surrounding programme:

Get-Together the evening before: starting at 19.30, location tbc

Mini-Expedition at the Ökowerk on 01.04.2023:

Meeting point at 8:30 a.m. at the S-Bahn station Heerstrasse (luggage will be transported to the Ökowerk by car if necessary); walk together for about 30 minutes to the Ökowerk (walk and talk); return to the S-Bahn station at 2 p.m. A snack around lunch time will be provided.

The workshop is especially targeting Award Leaders whose training has taken place online during the pandemic. We are grateful for experienced Award Leaders to attend and assist with expertise!


Directions to Silent Green: From Berlin Hbf take bus 147 direction Leopoldplatz to stop Gerichtstr. Walk about 400m to Silent Green.

Hotels nearby (between main station and conference venue in Wedding)

5 minutes walk from the conference venue, with the U6 from the main station in 2-3 stops: Berlin-Mitte Shared Room

Within walking distance from the main station, reachable from the conference venue by U6 in 2-3 stops:

Meininger Hotel (from 26 Euro in a four-bed room)

Arte Luise Kunsthotel (from 61 Euro single room)

Motel One Berlin-Bellevue (from 88 Euro single room)

Motel One Hauptbahnhof (from 94 Euro single, 114 Euro double)

Hotel Rossi (single from 107 Euro)