About the Symposium

The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), in cooperation with numerous partners and sponsors, launched the International Black Sea Symposium (IBSS) project in 2008.

The aim of the Symposium project is to contribute to dialogue, understanding and cooperation in the Black Sea region and beyond. The IBSS does so by bringing together young professionals with a proven interest in the Black Sea region. Each year, selected participants meet with renowned experts for an intensive course focusing on issues concerning the Black Sea region.

While the ICBSS hosts the annual Symposia and largely manages the Symposium project, the Centre collaborates closely with a range of organisations and individuals who provide invaluable support. Their help, be it in terms of shared expertise, in kind donations or financial contributions, is crucial in order to implement the project. The ICBSS is always keen to hear from institutions and persons interested in collaborating on the Symposium project. For more details, please refer to the section IBSS events where you can also find a list of partners and sponsors.

Project objectives and target group

In order for the wider Black Sea area to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity, the region urgently needs initiatives to build and sustain trust, intercultural understanding, and out-of-the-box thinking. In this context, following the example of other summer schools, young leaders’ conferences and Track II initiatives, the International Black Sea Symposium (IBSS) project was launched with the following goals and objectives:

Overall goal

• To contribute to dialogue, understanding and cooperation in the Black Sea region and beyond, by providing a forum for study and dialogue in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.

Specific objectives

• To build a network of young professionals from a variety of backgrounds committed to dialogue and cooperation
• To build capacity among the young generation of stakeholders from the wider Black Sea region and their peers
• To generate knowledge on timely issues affecting the Black Sea area
• To openly discuss topics outside of the restrictions of intergovernmental fora

Our target group

The target group of the IBSS project consists of young professionals between 22 and 35 years of age who are fluent in English and have a proven interest in the Black Sea region. Participants are selected through an open call for applications launched in the spring of each year. The idea is to bring together young people from the Black Sea region with peers from other areas of the world, predominantly from Europe, North America and Asia. Whilst diverse in terms of nationality and areas of expertise, participants have a shared interest in the future of the Black Sea region which they explore further during the Symposia. In the intensive course they have the opportunity to gain insights into a wide range of issues related to Black Sea regional cooperation, at the same time as they exchange views and generate joint ideas.

Special partners



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