oikos is turning 30 this year! Since 1987, oikos student members and alumni, as well as our supporters, have made an effort to shape the future development of economics and management towards a more just and ecological world. On the occasion of oikos’ 30th anniversary, we will take stock of and celebrate our achievements with 3 main events in St. Gallen, Switzerland, bringing together the global oikos community from 30 years of impact: our members and alumni, advisors and faculty, partners and supporters.
Shaping Tomorrow Today
Thu, October 12thThe oikos FutureLab is organized by international oikos members and the oikos management team. It convenes the whole oikos community and furthers the oikos mission: bringing sustainability into management and economics education. Be inspired by world-class speakers and participate in member-led breakout sessions. We will also explore what we can do to make the world a better place in the next 30 years.
9:00 – 18:30, followed by a Gala dinner
Pfalzkeller, St. Gallen
Fri, October 13thThe oikos Conference is the oldest project of our Chapter in St. Gallen. For the 29th time, we will invite high-level speakers to share their expertise on Sustainable Investment. For the special occasion of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, the oikos Conference will be held the day after the FutureLab, and all of the oikos community is invited to attend both events. Through this page, you can apply for both days!
9:00 – 17:30, followed by a party
Aula of the University of St.Gallen
Workshops and Networking
Sat, October 14For the oikos alumni, it is a great opportunity to indulge in conversation with old friends. There is so much to catch up on! With this supplementary day, oikos alumni can participate in workshops and networking activities. Saturday morning includes a brunch and the rest of the day will be all about meeting old friends, reliving cherished memories, and making new connections that last. More info to be announced.
10:30 – 16:00 (TBD)
University of St.Gallen
About the oikos FutureLab
oikos FutureLab is a Learning Platform aiming to bring together the oikos member base, alumni, partners, faculty, and stakeholders, to exchange knowledge and experience. FutureLab has been held annually in St. Gallen since 2011 to discuss and improve topics regarding our mission: integrating sustainability in economics and management education.
This year the 7th edition of FutureLab, to be held within the framework of the oikos 30th anniversary events, proposes unique opportunities to gather in a friendly atmosphere not only to celebrate our anniversary but also to discuss the impact we have made until today and the impact we can make during the next 30 years.
About the oikos Conference
The oikos conference is the biggest project of oikos St.Gallen and has been a fixture in the calendar of the University of St. Gallen for more than 20 years. Every year, students, experts, and practitioners meet to discuss current and future trends in sustainable economics and management.
The conference took place for the first time in 1988 on the topic of “environment-oriented business management”. In its approach, it was the first of its kind in the german-speaking region – which made oikos a forerunner in raising public awareness for sustainability aspects at university level.
In 2017, the topic will revolve around sustainable investments. More information from the oikos Conference team will follow soon.
Please noteWhen you apply for the 30-year anniversary FutureLab, you will automatically apply also to the oikos Conference at no extra cost. If you’d only like to stay for the FutureLab on Thursday, you can select this option in our application form. If you would only like to attend the oikos Conference, please visit the website of oikos St. Gallen.
The Program is tentative and subject to change. Speakers will be updated as they are confirmed.
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 14.30 - 22:30 Check-in at the Hotel one66 (Hotel Address: Hotel one66, Alte Bildstrasse, 9015 St. Gallen) TBD Legislative Meeting
The Meeting will take place in St. Gallen Parliament
19.30 Dinner Thursday, 12th October, 2017 oikos FutureLab Venue: Pfalzkeller 08.00 Welcome Coffee and Registration 09:00 Welcome 09:30 Keynote Speeches 10:30 Break 11:00 7 Parallel Workshops
These workshops tackle contemporary sustainability challenges that are crucial to the development of the sustainability agenda of the next 30 years. They are organized and led by our members. Learn more about our 7 topics below.
1. Human Rights and the Supply Chain;
2. Artificial Intelligence;
3. Food Security in a Changing World;
4. oikos - Male Origins and a Female Future?;
5. Past and Future of Economics;
6. Future Cities - Urbanizing Sustainably;
12:30 Lunch 14:00 7 Parallel Workshops, Part II 15:30 Break 16:00 Project Exchange 16:45 Panel Discussion
Three experts from business, economics/academia, and education discuss change and education.
17:45 Wrap-up 18:00 Walk to Restaurant 18:30 Apero and Anniversary Dinner Friday, October 13th, 2017 oikos Conference 08:00 Welcome Coffee and Registration 09:00 Key Note Speech 09:45 Input Speeches 10:30 Break 11:00 Input Speeches 12:30 Lunch 14:00 Workshops 16:30 Break 17:00 Panel Discussion 18:00 Apero 19:00 Celebration Party Saturday, October 14th, 2017 10:00 Alumni Brunch 12:00 Key Note Speech 13:00 Workshops 14:30 Closing 15:00 Apero Riche
We’re in the process of confirming our speakers. Stay tuned!
The oikos 30th Anniversary events will bring together a diverse representation of the oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapters, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners to join us in October in St. Gallen.
The oikos 30th Anniversary events are an invitation only event and the most active and committed oikos members are invited. We aim for the community to actively participate in the preparatory measures and co-develop the agenda with us.
Chapter presidents are invited to select their chapters’ most active members and encourage them to apply. Since there are usually more applications than spaces, the organizing team may select chapter members.
A first complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 3 July 2017. If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before this date.
The second complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 21 August 2017.
Registration deadline: 18 August 2017
The student participation fee is 80 CHF, to be paid after acceptance of your application. Please pay only after acceptance of your application!
The fee includes:
Accommodation (check in 11.10.2017/check out 14.10.2017) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from St Gallen, Switzerland.
▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of the conference (November 6th). The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before the start of the conference.
Payment deadline 1st Round: 15 July 2017
Payment deadline 2nd Round: 1 September 2017
You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).
Kindly find our bank details here.
The oikos 30th Anniversary gathers representatives from the entire community. Therefore, you, alumnus/a, faculty member, young scholar, advisor of one of our chapters or partner are cordially invited to register to our anniversary celebration in st. Gallen, Switzerland.
Registration deadline: 03 September 2017
If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before.
The participation fee for non-student members is 80 CHF per day (240 CHF for the all anniversary events). The fee in lunches on the 12th, 13th and 14th, dinner on the 12th and 13th, Anniversary Party on 13th, coffee-breaks and a social event.
You are welcome to stay with us at the Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of a great price. In addition, there are several hotels in St. Gallen ranging from 90 to 250 CHF per person per night. In case you want to stay in another hotel, please reserve your own accommodation.
Some of the students in St. Gallen might offer an extra bed or couch for our visitors. Although not guaranteed, we will try our best to find you a couch upon request. Please express your interest in the registration form.
Please make the payment only after acceptance of your application.
Payment deadline: 15 September 2017
▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of a conference (November 6th). The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before start of the conference.
You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).
Kindly find our bank details here
The Pfalzkeller is located below the old monastery of St. Gallen, which is now used by the provincial government. The cellar is a unique structure, combining a centuries-old vault with a modern auditorium. Its location in the city center makes it the ideal venue for the FutureLab 2017. Its beautiful architecture will provide the perfect environment for our party on Friday night.EntranceAuditoriumDancefloorThe University of St. Gallen is not only widely regarded as one of the best business schools in Europe, it’s also the birthplace of oikos! There couldn’t be a better venue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of oikos. What’s more, the university is a fine example of the 1960s béton brut architecture. The oikos Conference will use the well-equipped university “Aula”.Campus LifeAerial View
Sources: https://youknow.ch/nachhilfe_st_gallen and http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1163565&page=42Just a ten minutes ride from the city center is the newly built Hotel one66, which will host our student members in double and triple rooms and our workshop speakers in single rooms. Closeby are many shops and a bus is running directly to the train stations of St. Gallen and Gossau.Outside ViewRooms
Note that as a speaker you may be accommodated at Hotel Dom in the city center of St. Gallen. For more information, visit the website of Hotel Dom.
We have made reservations at the Hotel one66.
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, you are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price. Please contact us at .
The best way would be take a train from the airport. The IC/ICN trains run frequently and take approximately 55 minutes, charging 30 CHF for the ride from the airport to St. Gallen (you can pay by credit card). For more details on the schedule, please visit the timetable page.
The oikos Conference 2017 will take place at the Aula of the University, St. Gallen.
The 30th Anniversary celebration is an invitation only event. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapter network, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners.
If you are an oikos member, the president of your chapter will suggest the most active members, who will also register through our website. The organizing team will then choose the participants based on their applicationand their chapter activity. However, it will also be possible to register for a waiting list without suggestion of your president. Please feel free to register through the tab “Registration”.
Two would be the ideal number of members from each chapter. In case there is an excess of applicants from your chapter, you will be put on a waitlist and we will evaluate the application when the minimum representation criteria from each chapter has been fulfilled.
Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend. We also have a special sessions only for alumni on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, October, 2017.
As a chapter representative you can check in on the evening of October 11th and check out on the morning of October 14th in the Hotel one66.
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, the FutureLab opening session starts on Thursday at 9:30 am. For accommodation, we recommend you to stay with us at the Hotel one66. We got a great deal at this hotel and if you would like to, we can reserve your accommodation for you.
If you have any questions, please contact us at to help you with your schedule.
You will receive further info on this matter soon.
You will hear from us by September 5th 2017. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.
You would be required to stay on till the afternoon on October 15th 2017.
Yes, you can do so. However, please inform us whenever you make such changes.
More information soon about the registration.
The deadline is September 1st, 2017 for student members and September 10th for the other participants.
Yes, you would be paying via Paypal. The link from where you can make the payment is given on our website.
Yes, you can make the payment via bank transfer as well. Following are our account details that you’ll need:
IBAN: CH49 0025 4254 L024 6142 0
BIC (Swift): UBSWCHZH80A
Account Number: 254-L0246142.0
Clearing Number: 254
oikos-Stiftung fuer Oekonomie und Oekologie
9000 St. Gallen
Postfach, CH 9001 St Gallen
Here is a site where you can easily make the conversion – http://www.oanda.com
80 CHF includes your accommodation in double room at the hotel one66 (check-in: 11.10.2017 and check-out: 14.10.2017) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from the city where you are currently living.
We have made reservations at the Hotel one66 –
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, you are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price.
The best way would be take a train from the airport. The IC/ICN trains run frequently and take approximately 55 minutes, charging 28 CHF for the ride from the airport to St. Gallen. For more details on the schedule, please visit the following page – http://www.sbb.ch
The oikos Conference 2017 will take place at the Aula of the University, St. Gallen.
Levan PanganiTurana AliyevaRocio RobinsonAdrian von Jagow
Levan is the president of the oikos International since 2016. He studied his Bachelor and Master studies in Economics at Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and Lodz University (Poland).
He was Executive Board member of oikos International from 2012 till 2016. He founded oikos Tbilisi in 2011, where he served as the president of the local chapter. He was founder and director of oikos Summer Schools, chief organizer of the first oikos CEE Regional Meeting in 2012.
He has several years of managerial experience, working as a head of some local organizations in Georgia. His area of interest is sustainable development of economics, as well as in-depth research of other fields connected to it. His efforts to increase awareness of sustainability across Georgia and Caucasus Region are widely recognized and talked about by academia in Georgia. In his free time he likes to travel, hike and play basketball.
Turana Alieva is undergraduate student of International Relations at Baku Engineers’ University (ex-Qafqaz University). While working as a communications officer assistant at UNDP Azerbaijan, she has realized the importance of SDGs and got interested in sustainable development, which later served as a motivation to join the oikos Baku in 2016. Currently she is an executive board member of oikos Baku. Turana is interested in politics, psychology, philosophy and other related fields. She believes that we can and we should shape our tomorrow today, so she is very passionate about bringing positive changes to this world.
Rocío Robinson completed her PhD at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. Her area of specialization is sustainability strategy and corporate responsibility reporting, and her focus regions are Latin America and Emerging Markets. She completed a BA in Political Science at Smith College in Massachusetts, and also studied International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID) in Geneva. She earned an MSc in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics (LSE) with a thesis on managing volatile commodities in Chile and Venezuela. Additionally, Rocío has worked in New York City in different industries tied to the Latin American and Emerging Markets, and worked in Sierra Leone for an NGO before working for UBS Wealth Management International in Zürich, Switzerland. Her areas of research are sustainability, CSR, business & human rights, stakeholder engagement, supply chain management, social and inclusive business strategies, and Base of the Pyramid models.Adrian is a world citizen, passionate about most things: oikos, China, and good conversations, to name a few. He studied International Economics and Sinology at the University of Tübingen, where he joined the local oikos chapter in 2012 and later served as president. In July 2016 he joined the oikos management team full time. His involvement in oikos is motivated by his own academic experience: too often he finds himself confronted with outdated teaching methods, a narrow and singular curriculum and seemingly intractable professors. Sustainability for him resembles empathy – it’s an imperative; and a lack thereof is at the heart of most problems.
oikos Conference Team
Photo Credit: Ⓒ Stuermer Foto
For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathered in St. Gallen from November 6 to 9 for the FutureLab 2016. The aim was to pursue the implementation of our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. Whilst many understand and talk about the struggle of our educational systems to integrate sustainability and teach for its internalisation, we cease to couple the talk with the walk. A gap can be observed both in the struggle to teach for sustainable change agents and for inciting people to walk their talk in implementing projects that can bring about transformation. This is why the international organizing team chose the topic #WalkTheTalk, empowering and inspiring each other and the oikos communities to advance our actions and close educational gaps.
Present at the conference were inspirational voices from business, NGOs and learning institutions as well as motivated oikos members from around the world. Watch this video for a quick impression or
The 2015 oikos FutureLab took place on 26 – 28 October (Monday – Wednesday) in the Pfalzkeller in St. Gallen. Its main aim was to create action plans to implement sustainable and relevant education systems, by involving representatives from all parties with an interest in management and economics education. It is, specifically, intended to facilitate the design of learning experiences that are more effective at preparing change agents to address the challenges of the 21st century. This signifies the embedding of sustainability and social perspectives in management and economics education and integrating pluralistic teaching methods.
We are an important step closer to making education matter and could not have done it without more than 120 enthusiastic and driven participants from 20 countries and 4 continents. Now it is time to act in our local chapters. We are looking forward to seeing the next steps, projects and initiatives of the whole oikos community. Check out the Publication of Ideas here.
The 2014 oikos FutureLab took place on 10 – 11 November in St. Gallen. Several projects and initiatives were planned during the oikos FutureLab towards “building a bridge for sustainability in economics and management” together with 120 participants from 18 countries.
For the first time, the oikos FutureLab was organised by a group of seven members from three different chapters worldwide who worked together for eight months. The floor was mainly in the hands of the participants who shaped the gathering. Students, alumni, NGO representatives, faculty members and corporate partners were working together in seven oikos Learning Circles (Economics, Finance, Leadership, Management, Energy, Fashion/Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship) in order to develop projects and initiatives. Speakers included Yuan Yang from Rethinking Economics and Marloes Nichols from Meteos, who spoke about campaigning for sustainability and shared their practical experience, as well as Uwe Lübbermann, founder of Premium Cola, the ecologically friendly and socially just drink producer in Germany who has chosen an organisational structure and strategies at Premium Cola that are in sharp contrast to what we learn in business schools.
The 2013 oikos FutureLab took place on 11 – 12 November in St. Gallen. It focused on “Transforming Education” and on opportunities to drive change at faculties for economics and management. As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab offered insights to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities to take oikos to the next level as an effective learning organization – in particular:
- To understand and effectively tap into the learning opportunities already existing in our network.
- To develop a platform for oikos and universities where we are active as learning organizations that foster sustainability leadership skills among their members and audiences.
- To explore what a reference model for sustainability education in economics and management actually could look like, so that we can inspire students, scholars and university administrators.
On 19th and 20th November, 2012, we will welcome oikos members and partners in St. Gallen for the second oikos FutureLab. The 2012 topic is “Impact: Think – Act – Share”. As a central platform for changemakers, the FutureLab will bring together our chapter members from across four continents; our alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia; our faculty members from schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects.
The oikos FutureLab will focus on impact and activating our network: What impact do we aim to achieve as individuals? How do we develop a mindset of change? How can we activate our oikos network more effectively to create impact? As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch, to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities for strengthening our impact in the future.
A key feature of the oikos FutureLab will be the Impact Fair, a forum where conference delegates introduce their own projects, and through which they can engage the oikos community to help them further develop their project. Delegates will be invited to present their initiatives by using a theory of change logic during the Project Fair. Background information will be provided prior to the conference.
The Project Fair will be followed by an Open Space to design and develop concrete projects to pursue with the support of the oikos community.
More information: www.oikos-international.org/2012-2/
The oikos FutureLab 2011 is the first oikos event ever to gather our global family of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners. As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2012, we are launching this new platform to provide not only a meeting point to share perspectives on the future, but also a “laboratory” to design initiatives and engage the oikos community in pursuing them. With oikos chapters across four continents, alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia, faculty members at leading schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects, we believe it is time to bring all of us together and accelerate the sustainability momentum.
As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch in the long-term, key developments to monitor during the next 12 months, and opportunities for change moving forward. It will take a close look at how the oikos community can strengthen selected projects that are already on their way and provide a launching pad for new initiatives that emerge in the discussions. And it will nurture an ongoing exchange within the oikos community to set agendas, define priorities and join forces to increase impact.
Participation is by invitation only. The event will take place in St. Gallen, Switzerland – where it all started in 1987.