LACalytics 2018 finished participant selection and starts into its second programme phase

LACalytics 2018 finished participant selection and starts into its second programme phase

LACalytics – one of IFAIR´s Impact Groups – aims at fostering the relationship between Europe and the Latin America and Caribbean region (LAC) as well as increasing the young generation’s impact on policy making. After a first successful round of programme implementation in 2016, LACalytics 2018 has received large response to its call for applications: more than 260 people from over 40 countries wanted to participate this year.

After thorough review, the most qualified and inspiring 46 students and young professionals have recently been selected for participation and have been matched with a co-author from the respective other region. In total, these 23 teams are representing 19 countries – 8 countries from Europe and 11 from the LAC-region.

Currently, these teams of young thinkers are writing articles in four chapters: Economics, Politics, Environment, Culture& Civil Society or Science Technology & Innovation. Amongst others, IFAIR is expecting articles on peace and conflict, economic integration and free trade agreements, refugee crisis and migration, climate change and sustainability, human rights and gender equality. The best articles are going to be printed in a tri-lingual policy publication and presented at a final conference which is going to take place in October 2018, in Hamburg.


Anna Schwertz-Weirich

Anna Schwertz-Weirich is regional director for “EU & Europe” and member of the LACalytics Impact Group. Anna is currently working for a research center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she focuses on economic and social issues. At the same time, she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies with a major in philosophy. Prior to this, Anna graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Maastricht University, the Netherlands; and took part in an exchange programme with the University of Buenos Aires. She wrote her thesis on banking and corporate governance as part of the Maastricht Research Based Learning Programme; and studied in the Honours Programme, pursuing besides her regular studies additional courses in economics, sociology, philosophy and cultural studies. Anna speaks German, English, Spanish and French.