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Growing Cities, Growing Responsibilities – Take the lead to a sustainable future!

March 17th – March 23rd, 2019 | Witten, Germany

Since 2007, about 30 students from all over the world come to Witten once a year for working on issues of sustainability in economics. Here, respecting the triple bottom line of social, ecological, and economic sustainability receives special attention. For one week, the participants analyze theories, methods, and case studies and reflect different perspectives and ideas.

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2019 team

We are a team of nine students from the University Witten/Herdecke, Germany, convinced of our shared responsibility in promoting the necessity to act with future generations in mind.

(from left to right)

Florian Mende (B.A. Philosophy, Politics & Economics),
Leron Lupin (B.A. Philosophy, Politics & Economics),
Fabio Moyzes (B.A. Philosophy, Politics & Economics),
Larissa Mendel (B.Sc. Management),
Konrad Zöckler (B.A. Philosophy, Politics & Economics),
Elisa Di Fina (B.Sc. Management),
Johannes Buldmann (B.A. Philosophy, Politics & Economics),
Marlon Warrach (B.Sc. Management),
Philip Samanek (B.A. Philosophy, Politics & Economics)

15th oikos Winter School

Since 2007, about 30 students from all over the world come to Witten once a year for working on issues of sustainability in economics. Here, respecting the triple bottom line of social, ecological, and economic sustainability receives special attention. For one week, the participants analyze theories, methods, and case studies and reflect different perspectives and ideas.

The oikos Winter School is organized by the members of the oikos chapter of the University of Witten/Herdecke. We are continuing the commitment of the past years in 2019. oikos International was founded in 1987 as an international student organization that works at 40 universities worldwide, addressing sustainability issues especially at business schools. oikos International and the local groups at universities are working towards the goal of creating a more conscious approach to the possible consequences of our current action.

The 15thoikos Winter School goes by the name: Growing Cities, Growing Responsibilities – Take the lead to a sustainable future!

Cities are the living space of the future. Diverse prognostics predict a 75% share of population living in cities by 2050. With this shift the responsibility to care for the environment is equally growing. As of today, cities already consume two thirds of all available energy and they are responsible for over 70% of CO2emissions. Smog and particulates are the reason to many people’s suffering. About 80% of the world’s population live within 60 miles of the oceans. Thus, they are inherently threatened by rising sea levels. However, cities have the chance to drive change by taking advantage of the nature of their structure: the network.

In seven intensive days filled with keynotes, workshops, reflections and discussions we set a particular focus on possible short-term solutions of ecological challenges. The topics mobility, energy supply and architecture are the three keystones that guide us through the conference. Further topics like economic and social sustainability have their place as well.

The conference’s goal is to sensitize participants to problem-solution oriented analysis of sustainable development in cities and to provide practical experience in the field. It is time to not only develop solutions but to implement them. Where are the biggest issues and chances?

The conference takes place from March 17thto March 23rd, 2019 at Witten/Herdecke University. Witten is in the north of Germany’s biggest metropolitan area, the ‘Ruhrpott’, with about five million inhabitants.

Where and when

University Witten/Herdecke
Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50
58455 Witten, Germany

March 17th– March 23rd, 2019

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email!