The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany´s first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert. Ebert, a Social Democrat from a humble crafts background who had risen to hold the highest political office in his country, in response to his own painful experience in political confrontation had proposed the establishment of a foundation to serve the following aims:
• Furthering political and social education of individuals from all walks of life in the spirit of democracy and pluralism,
• Facilitating access to university education and research for gifted young people by providing scholarships,
• Contributing to international understanding and cooperation.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, which was banned by the Nazis in 1933 and re-established in 1947, continues today to pursue these aims in all its extensive activities. As a private cultural non-profit institution, it is committed to the ideas and basic values of social democracy.

The FES European Autumn Academy 2016 is accompanied by the Berlin-based NGO Demokratie & Dialog (D&D). D&D runs the leading portal on youth policy at It is an organisation that generates and consolidates knowledge and information on youth policies across the policy cycle, ranging from analysis and policy formulation to implementation and evaluation.