Meet your next partner-in-crime in Hamburg… We know how important networking is during these intense days, so there’ll be plenty of chances to do so. There are receptions and happy hours, lengthy half-hour breaks between panels, and nearly a dozen “meet-ups” for journalists interested in specific topics to get acquainted and share ideas, sources, and stories. Follow the conference and get messages to your colleagues using the hashtag #GIJC19. Sign up on our online app Whova to arrange your schedule and see who’s here.


With over 12 million overnight stays, Hamburg is a popular city for guests from all over the world. Hamburg is a safe and free place for both residents and tourists. It offers a high standard of security infrastructure and everyone can be sure to be well-taken care of in case of emergencies. Nevertheless, as in all bigger cities, it is recommended to remain vigilant in the city centre, especially at night and in areas like the main station. It is necessary to pay attention to valuables and act responsibly at all times.


Whichever direction you are coming from, and however you are getting here, Hamburg is easily accessible by air, rail and road, and even by ferry via the Lübeck-Travemünde Baltic Sea port. Arriving by plane
60 airlines fly direct to Hamburg from 120 destinations around the world. The airport is situated only 8.5 kilometres from Hamburg’s city centre and is connected to the city’s comprehensive public transport network via S-Bahn (suburban railway; 30 minutes journey to the conference venue). At the airport, there will be information desks for conference delegates in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (in the baggage claim halls, which will be clearly visible to all arriving passengers; at peak times). Our volunteers will help you find your way to the S-Bahn (suburban rail; brings you fast into the city center) or to the taxi stand.

The Venues

With over 1,000 participants expected, we’ve arranged to hold GIJC19 at two state-of-the-art, nearby locations: Der Spiegel publishing house (address: Ericusspitze 1, 20457 Hamburg) and the HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU; address; Überseeallee 16, 20457 Hamburg). Their new buildings offer excellent conference infrastructure, a comfortable working atmosphere and integrated catering facilities. We will also hold sessions at MS Stubnitz, a significant monument in the German ship-building and fishing history (address: Kirchenpauerkai 29, 20457 Hamburg), and Designxport, a design agency (address: Hongkongstraße 8, 20457 Hamburg). Conference sessions will be held at Hafencity University and MS Stubnitz on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, sessions will be split between the university and Der Spiegel, but lunch will only be available at the university.


1. What is the Global Investigative Journalism Conference? Every two years since 2001, the world’s investigative journalism community has joined together in a different city, and the results have been extraordinary. The GIJCs are giant training conferences, with practical panels and workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, cross-border collaboration, and more by the best journalists in the field. Our conferences have trained over 7,000 journalists and resulted in the founding of investigative teams, nonprofit newsrooms, and headline-making stories around the world.

Tipsheets & Presentations

Have a tipsheet or slides for your session at GIJC19? Email a digital copy to us here and we’ll post it. 

Conference resources will be uploaded here according to the conference tracks. Looking for more tips and tools? Be sure to visit GIJN’s Resource Center. General


Crime & Corruption




Exiled Media

Health & Medicine

Nonprofits & New Models

Safety & Security

All the research papers selected for GIJC19 can be found here.

About Us

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every two years. Since our first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, we have brought together more than 7,000 journalists from 130 countries. Later conferences have been held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kiev (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013), Lillehammer (2015) and Johannesburg (2017). The GIJCs are overseen and co-sponsored by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), in partnership with its member organizations. The conferences are widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past 18 years.

Special Events

Our journalists work hard and they party hard. We’ll have a great line-up of special events where you can share drinks, brainstorm, get inspired, and dance the night away. Among the events we’re planning:
Keynote & Awards Event 
On Saturday: All participants are welcome to the Universität Hamburg (Audimax) for the conference highlight on Saturday evening, September 28. We’ll start with a reception and drinks, and then we’ll sit down for a keynote address. Next come the awards: GIJN will announce the remarkable winners of the Global Shining Light Award, honored for gutsy investigative reporting in developing and transitioning countries under duress or threat.