Mon 23 March


Meet and Greet

Tues 24 March


Opening of think.BDPST YLF 2020

HE Barbara Botos
Deputy Minister of State for Climate Policy
Ministry for Innovation and Technology of Hungary


Welcome Message from the Organisers


Leadership Seminar Part I

Self-regulation and leadership: How self-regulation influence constructive and destructive leadership?

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still Hungary

Leaders who exhibit good self-regulation are able to control their emotions and responses to unexpected situations and human behaviour. They do not have angry outbursts or make quick judgments. They are honest and their action is in line with their values. They are adaptable and capable of working with different people in different situations. Professionals who know how to self-regulate are able to look at the whole picture rationally and put the situation in perspective. They are thoughtful, reliable, and they do not place blame and react angrily. During the seminar, you will learn some self-regulation tactics and good practices that will help you to control and manage your emotions in a more efficient way.




Social Media and the Internet

Key Actors in Shaping Public Perceptions of Environmental Issues and Spreading (Fake) Information?

Lea Plantek
Communication and Liaison Specialist
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (Hungary)

Miloš Gregor
International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

Anne Grabs
Social Media Strategist (Germany)

Mariann Forgács
Managing Director, Social Media Expert
Be Social

Social media has been growing rapidly as a type of online communication tool, as users make comments, shares and put videos, photos, and posts on social network at a remarkable rate. As environmental issues are becoming more prevalent and frequently acknowledged, more environment-related information reach society. How social media can affect our way of thinking about environmental questions? How smart applications can shape our lifestyle and consumer behaviour? Who is responsible for the enormous amount of environment-related fake news and disinformation, and how we can tackle this challenge?





Tackling Disinformation and Fake News in Science

Miloš Gregor
International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

The workshop will focus on the impact of the interplay between scientific misinformation, news coverage, and social media platforms on the public understanding of science and technological innovation. The participants will have the chance to exchange their ideas and experiences with an expert about good practices in sharing quality information, including some useful tools against disinformation. How to recognise disinformation and fake news? How to tackle disinformation in science in the post-truth era when mistrust in the media, the scientific community, and politicians is growing? How to help platforms such as Facebook, Google, and YouTube, which act as gatekeepers of online information, to promote credible sources of information? One of the authors of the book Nejlepsí kniha o fake news (Best book about fake news – Cpress, 2018) will guide you into the world of fake information, and show you good practices of how to avoid being deceived.




Leadership Seminar Part II

How to impress someone in an elevator?

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still Hungary

Preparation for the Three-Minute Challenge


Visiting the Kitchen Budapest Innovation Lab

Kitchen Budapest (KiBu) is an open innovation lab, with young researchers and developers forming a team. KiBu supports enterprise growth through activating and involving external innovation capabilities to solve business and technological challenges. KiBu incorporates three functions including research and development (prototyping, testing, service design, UX/UI design), education (next generation programmes) and industry collaboration. YLF participants will have the chance to visit the innovation lab, get an insight into its activities, and discover some of its most interesting projects.

Wed 25 March


Leadership Talks Series

The aim of YLF is to present young professionals with a good example, a role model who can inspire them in their career path. It is an opportunity for the participants to have a face-to-face conversation with a senior expert who will share his/her personal experiences and will answer career-related questions. The purpose of this session is to share examples, steps, and tips to the participants to help them plan their career in a practical way.


The Future of Water as a Global Resource: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation

Gábor Baranyai
Head of the Institute for Sustainable Development Studies
Faculty of Water Science, National University of Public Service

Lola Rodriguez Coronil
Business Development Manager for Circular & Bio Economy
Leitat Technological Centre (TBC)

Doris van Halem
Scientific Director
TU Delft Global Drinking Water Programme

István Kenyeres
Founder, CTO

In 2016, leading representatives of economy classified uncertainties in the water sector as the biggest global risk of the next ten years. About four billion people, representing nearly two-thirds of the world’s population, experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year. The availability of water affects many of mankind’s social and economic actions and is an essential component of ecosystems. What are the main challenges and possibilities in the water sector? How technology and innovation can contribute to solving water-related challenges? Do we have enough knowledge and resources, and if not, what is the missing element?




Three-minute Challenge/Elevator Pitch

Attila Süle-Szigeti
HR Head
Still Hungary

An elevator pitch is a short summary of an idea, product, or plan that explains the concept in a way that any listener can understand in a short period of time. The reason it is called an elevator pitch is that you should be able to present it during a brief elevator ride. If you present it in the right manner, this short speech can help you to introduce yourself to career and business connections in a fascinating way.

This speech is all about you: who you are, what you do, and what you want to do. Your elevator pitch is a way to share your expertise and explain your new research plan/idea/initiative/product quickly and effectively with people who do not know you.

The 3-minute challenge’s aim is to increase participants’ capacity to effectively explain their ideas, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist/semi-specialist audience. Learning the quintessence of this method will help our participants to develop not only their communication skills, but also to think about their research in a more critical way, and successfully deliver their message to a broader audience.


Evaluation and Closing Remarks


Attendance of the think.BDPST Conference

From this point onward, participants of the Young Leaders' Forum will attend the panels and lectures of the think.BDPST conference, where they will have the opportunity to engage in discussions with the representatives of the business and governmental sector, as well as the academia.


Opening Remarks of think.BDPST

HE Péter Szijjártó
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary


Keynote Lecture


Cultural Programme

Thurs 26 March


Opening Speech

HE László Palkovics
Minister of Innovation and Technology of Hungary


Keynote Lecture

Regulation and Innovation in the Car Industry–The Future of AI from a Central European Perspective


Panel I

Power up? Cooperation and Competition in the Global Energy Arena

Pál Ságvári
Ministerial Commissioner for International Energy Relations

Anwar al-Kharusi
Member of the Board of Directors Business&Management
MOL Group

Norbert Kurilla
State Secretary
Ministry of Environment, Slovak Republic

Hanns Koenig
Aurora Energy Research

Miroslav Hasko
Director of Energy Management
EP Power Europe

In recent years, the heightened global tensions emanating from the Middle East, as well as the rise of India and China, have brought the issue of global energy security at the forefront of political debate. Governance structures for short-term supply management and long-term energy cooperation are needed more than ever in today’s turbulent world. Also, cooperation between the most ‘energy-consuming’ countries is required to effectively address the pressing problem of climate change.

However, cooperation between nation states on an extremely crowded international stage is, as we see, not promising and the main actors tend often to compete with each other. Energy diplomacy has thus emerged as a powerful concept in public discourse. But is energy diplomacy a really effective tool? The experts of the panel will try to answer this and many other questions.


Break–Visit the Expo


Keynote Lecture

Self-cleaning Ocean in the Age of Plastic - How is that possible?


Panel II

Water Security and Global Challenges

Lam Tran Dinh
Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Social Sciences

Károly Kovács
Hungarian Water Partnership; Former President, European Water Association, EIP Water Steering Group

Borut Tavčar
Environmental Journalist

Clean and drinkable water is one of the most important sources on the Earth. The panel’s aim is to discuss different water security strategies in various regions. Such strategies include the utilisation of renewable technologies with the aim of reducing the energy footprint of water, as well as the future of desalination. As pollution in the oceans is becoming a high-profile topic in the public discourse, cleaning technologies and the problem of plastic will be included in the debate. 




Moderated Discussion

Like or Dislike–Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities

HE Judit Varga
Minister of Justice of Hungary


Panel III

Big Tech–Regulation and/or Innovation

Dr István Csatári
Head of Hub
Hello Tomorrow Hungary

Stefan Mair
Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries
Federation of German Industries

In keeping with the theme of Minister Varga's talk (Like or Dislike – Tech Giants and Their Regulation Possibilities), the panel will focus on the debate that has arisen around the contemporary social, political, and economic role played by corporations at the forefront of digital innovation, commonly referred to as "big tech".

The speakers, representing a wide variety of stakeholders, will introduce and contrast the most relevant factors involved in the public discourse around the issue, including free markets and free speech, corporate and personal accountability, as well as the necessity and feasibility of regulation.


Break–Visit the Expo


Panel IV

Present and Future of 5G

Mariann Gecse
Head of Public Affairs and Communication
Huawei Technologies

Zoltán Cséfalvay
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

The fifth generation wireless network technology, or 5G ,has the potential to transform not only mobile internet connectivity, but also many sectors and applications, ranging from the Internet of Things to smart city infrastructure and autonomous driving. But what exactly 5G means for our future? Experts and industry leaders will discuss the different uses, benefits, and drawbacks of 5G technology, the nature of the evolving network, as well as the driving forces behind it.

A Glimpse into the Future