The Think Tank Lab was founded in 2021 to support the co-creative advancement of the German think tank landscape. As a platform and driver for a new understanding of think tanking as a practice and profession, the Think Tank Lab pursues three overarching goals:
- Strengthening peer learning and cooperation in and between think tanks,
- Qualification of think tank personnel by offering tailor-made training opportunities,
- Fostering impact-oriented think tank work by crowdsourcing good practices and testing new approaches to think tanking.
While, initially, our activities are primarily aimed at think tanks and policy-oriented research institutes based in Germany, we also seek to promote exchange with the wider European and international think tank community.
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The Sounding Board brings together experts from politics, business, civil society, academia, and the media to advise the Think Tank Lab on the development of a long-term strategy and a sustainable funding model. The Sounding Board meets twice a year in Berlin. Participation in the Sounding Board is on a voluntary basis.
Das Think Tank Lab ist eine gemeinsame Initiative der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP) und des Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). Es wird gefördert von der Stiftung Mercator und der Robert Bosch Stiftung.