Young SOG

The Young SOG is an association of young members of the Southeast Europe Association up to and including 35 years of age or who are still in the professional or academic qualification phase.

The Young SOG represents the interests and concerns of the young members within the SOG, it promotes networking and supports the exchange of knowledge and the thematic as well as professional training of the young members. To achieve these goals, the Young SOG organises its own events and activities.


Various working groups of the Young SOG are in the process of being formed.


If you would like to join the Young SOG and are not yet a member, you can apply for membership here.

Are you already a member and would like to join the Young SOG? Then please contact the office directly at


Every year, the Young SOG elects two spokespersons who coordinate the tasks and activities of the Young SOG and represent the interests of the Young SOG in the committees of the SOG.

(Interim) Spokesperson

Zsófia Turóczy

Studied German, Hungarian literature and linguistics as well as journalism in Budapest and then Southeast European studies in Jena. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Leipzig and researches elite networks in Southeast Europe from a historical perspective, images of the self and of others, and the culture of memory. In addition to her home country, Hungary, her research has taken her to Turkey, Kosovo and Albania - in the latter she spent two years as a DAAD language assistant.

(Interim) Spokesperson

Mario Schäfer

Doctoral candidate in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Passau and is working on developments in EU enlargement policy due to border disputes and sovereignty issues during the enlargement process. He has already dealt with European integration and EU enlargement policy in his interdisciplinary Master's programme in European Studies and Master's programme in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Passau. During his stay abroad in Ljubljana, he expanded this focus to Southeastern Europe and the former Yugoslav region. In addition to his professional activities, he participates in educational trips as a scholarship holder of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and contributes his academic expertise to the youth association Young European Federalists Germany. Moreover, he is connected to Southeastern Europe not only by his own family history, but also by many valuable friendships and a great love for the cultures of the region.

If you need further information or have specific questions, please contact the spokespersons of the Young SOG directly.



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