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Panel Debate: Freedom of Choice – The Foundation of Family Policies in Europe?

Nov 04

The London School of Economics and Political Science, the Generation and Gender Programme, & the network Population Europe

in cooperation with the German Embassy London

kindly invite you to the

Panel Debate: Freedom of Choice – The Foundation of Family Policies in Europe? 

on Monday, 4 November 2019, 17:00 – 18:30 (followed by a reception)



Julia Gross

Deputy Head of the German Embassy to the United Kingdom, London (Welcome Message)

Dr Katarina Barley MEP

Vice President of the European Parliament, former Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection and Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, and former acting Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in Germany

Dr Stella Creasy MP

Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Walthamstow

Prof. Dr Michaela Kreyenfeld 

Professor of Sociology, Hertie School of Governance, member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Family Issues of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and member of the Expert Commission for the ”Ninth Family Report of the German Government”

Prof. Dr Wendy Sigle 

Professor of Gender and Family Studies, The London School of Economics and Political Sciences 


The aim of the event is to discuss the future direction of family and reproductive health policy based on the experiences of decision-makers and experts from the fields of politics, society and science. We will focus on the situation in Germany and Great Britain without losing sight of developments in other European countries. Families will continue to be an important pillar of social cohesion, both within and between generations. However, family constellations are undergoing a major change and this poses new challenges for policymakers. The panel discussion will deal with the following topics, among others: The reconciliation of family, private care and career, poverty risks after separation, the situation of single parents, the safeguarding of joint custody, the trend towards childlessness, and the use of reproductive technologies and access to family planning, including safe and legal abortion.

Please register by 15 October 2019 here.

The Generation and Gender Programme is a social science infrastructure for research on family dynamics and relationships, hosted by the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Research Institute in The Hague.

Population Europe is a network of more than 30 leading demographic research centres in Europe. The secretariat in Berlin is hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

This event is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no739511 for the project ‘Generations and Gender Programme: Evaluate, Plan, Initiate’.

Event information
German House
34 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8QB