Generative AI in Think Tanks – Risks and Opportunities

Think Tank Lab Lunch Talk
04 July 2023
Event location


Think Tank Lab - Key Visual with Partner Logos (DGAP, MERICS, Stiftung Mercator and Robert Bosch Stiftung)

Large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT are a new type of AI that has received a lot of attention in recent months. In this lunch talk, we will dive into how think tanks could benefit from ChatGPT and other generative AI in their work. We will examine several cases of experimental use and shed light on the opportunities and risks such use brings. Participants are invited to share their own experiences and ask questions.

Part I – Capabilities (and Limits of) Generative AI. What is generative AI? How does it work? What can and can’t it do? We will look at applications such as ChatGPT and Midjourney and assess their strengths and weaknesses.

Dr.-Ing. Maximilien Kintz
Team Leader Applied Artificial Intelligence at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Part II – Generative AI in Think Tanks. Use Cases, Experiments. Opportunities and Risks. How should we approach applying generative AI to mitigate the risks around using it? We will explore the tasks for which think tanks could employ AI and how to best design prompts.

Antonia Hmaidi
Analyst at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Joscha Wirtz
Digital Strategy Lead at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy

Claudia Wessling
Director Publications and Communications at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

Please register for the event here by July 2, 2023. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email with further information. You are invited to send us questions for the speakers via

For any questions, please contact the Think Tank Lab team via