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. This Winter School will look at urban development in the Ruhr area and all over the world. Mobility and housing are the two main focus points of the conference. An additional topic worth discussing is social cohesion and engagement. During the week the participants will learn to work on practical solutions for the cities of the future and reflect different perspectives and ideas.
The 2019 oikos Winter School will be full of lively discussions, thought-provoking speakers examining a wide variety of topics. Starting the week, you will have the chance to share your personal expectations. Besides the intellectual input we want to generate a positive and comfortable atmosphere so we have planned several team building activities.
Throughout the week we will learn, among other topics, about dutch cycling, and what an incredible chance the bicycle represents for the change of urban mobility. The North Rhine-Westphalia ministry of construction will give us government perspective insights into urban development projects. Furthermore, civic engagement in urban development will be addressed.
Our location in the former coal mining area, the Ruhr-area, displays a unique opportunity to look at the structural and cultural transition currently in process. As a highlight in the middle of the week, we would like to take you on an excursion to the Zeche Zollverein in Essen, the biggest of the old coal mining industrial hyperstructures.
A panel discussion on necessary constructional measures to achieve the energy transition will finish the week.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
The 2019 seven day long oikos Winter School will be full of lively discussions, thought-provoking speakers examining a wide variety of topics, and a lot of fun in the process of finding solutions for a better future.
You won’t have to worry about accommodation or catering. We take care of everything for you.
Unfortunately you have missed the early bird reduction in price. The regular fee will be 285€.
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. 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 University of Witten/Herdecke. We are continuing the the past years’ commitment 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 CO2 emissions. 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 an intensive week filled with lively discussions, interesting speakers debating a wide variety of topics and a lot of fun in the process of finding possible short-term solutions of our ecological challenges. The topics mobility and architecture are the two 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.
Be a part to mould modern cities and be a positive influence on society and environment.
Where and when
58455 Witten, Germany
March 17th– March 23rd, 2019
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)
Get in Touch
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