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Central and Eastern European Meeting

  • The CEE Meeting 2017 will take place from 7th to 10th September 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

    CEE Meeting Booklet– Booklet for the event where you can find all the necessary information.

    Why Leadership in Sustainable Urbanization?

    – Because society always needs leaders who will show better alternatives, Ade from Columbia promoted new infrastructure for buses, that operate in whole Bogota, bicyclists association in Carbondale, U.S. achieved success after persuading local authorities to build bicycle route throughout the city.

    What are actions that individual can take to create a positive change in urbanization or big cities that need further development?

    -‘Leadership in Sustainable Urbanization’ is designed to show to participants during 3 days best examples of empowering leadership, give practical knowledge and opportunity to see sustainable actions that help to deal with urbanization problems.

    We want to provide our participants with necessary skills and knowledge to implement projects for solving the challenges that urbanization brings in their own societies through cooperation. Leadership that you can do something alone, taking action on your own, without waiting for someone else. The leadership experts will define how you can implement in your daily life to impact others.

    Find more on the website.

  • The CEE Meeting 2016 took place from 29 September to 2 October 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    The main goal of the Central and Eastern European regional meeting was to build stronger relationship between current oikos chapters in our region and to to spark the flame within the Slovak students for ideas of sustainability in corporate world.


    To reach the above-mentioned goals the CEE meeting offered a broad variety of activities. Featuring a session for oikees, they could present their local activities to the broader network. On Friday took place a separate conference led by local and international experts, followed by workshops at the University in Bratislava, where participants had the opportunity to ask questions, discuss and compare the newly acquired knowledge to the situation in their home countries.


    By attending the CEE meeting participants got in touch with the oikos community in Central and Eastern Europe and met a lot of Slovak youngsters, who share the same passion about sustainability. On the other hand helped to renew the local chapter of Bratislava to start a new episode of sustainable development in Slovakia with this event. The third was that neighboring Europeans could get a glimpse of how different the country looks, yet has to solve the same problems and dilemmas as everyone.

    Find a report of the meeting here.

  • Circular Economy 

    September 16th to 19th 2015

    Our current economic system is based on a linear production, where worn out element are being burned or disposed on an landfill. Circular Economy on the other hand describes a manufacturing process where materials are reused in production after their “previous” life cycle has ended.

    Basis for the concept of the circular economy is the realisation that within a world of planetary boundaries production cannot rely on endless resources in the long run.

    The oikos CEE meeting will focus particularly on two systems essential to a circular economy: waste and water management.

    On wednesday we will start off with a quick input on cleaning products to point out how close our day-to-day behaviour affects waste as well as water circles, followed by a” work together to get to know each other”-workshop on DIY products.

  • Food (Re) Cycle

    Within the main theme of the conference we will inquire into the whole food cycle, from agriculture, through retail management, to consumption and the eventual waste management issues. The aim is to focus on the challenges that encompass all the different stages of the processing chain, and to try to suggest their possible solutions.

    We will point at consequences of palm oil production, inefficient agricultural systems and overconsumption.

    The opening debate on Wednesday, “Palm oil”, will highlight current deforestation that is being carried on to create space for oil palms and production of palm oil. NGO Lestari together with Czech Agricultural University experts in the field of the palm oil will focus on deforestation in Borneo by Indonesia and Malaysia, its effect on biodiversity and local communities. Other topics will cover the issue of certification of palm oil (how to do it? what is sustainable palm oil?) and efficiency of palm oil production.

    The opening debate on Thursday, “Agriculture in the EU and sustainability” will present the agricultural policy in the EU. Hannes Lorenzen, a European activist, will focus on how the EU supports sustainability in agriculture, what is the current state and progress. Moreover, he will discuss regulation of Common Agricultural Policy and policy towards third countries in terms of imports and usage of palm oil.

    Workshop closed session follows on. Participants will be divided into 4 groups in order to brainstorm and respond to these questions: How can you support sustainable agriculture from the perspective of consumer/ entrepreneur/ government/ oikos & NGOs? How can you make agriculture more sustainable from the perspective of (the same actors)?

    Another session will focus on, with Jaroslav Pašmik from Czech Green Building Council, principles of sustainable buildings and communities’ living, soil management, local food production and consumption, advantages and disadvantages of urban gardening.

    Last session of the day will be dedicated to Project fair. In two 30 minutes rounds, oikos chapters will be encouraged to share their project on urban gardening or food cycle as well as their new initiatives.

    The next day of the conference will start with the presentation of Meat Atlas by Christine Chemnitz in cooperation with Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Hnutí Duha. What is the real price of cattle breeding, if you consider broader impacts on the human well-being?

    Followed by an open session with three parts:
    No matter how unreasonable it sound, retailers and supermarkets requires special shape and esthetical criteria of farmers and suppliers. Glopolis with Aurelle Destrée will provide a presentation about this demand driven behaviour of supermarket managers.

    Potravinová banka will present statistics of food consumption and food wasting in developed world, with the example of the Czech Republic. Mrs. Doušová will explain how exactly the food bank works, what is its contribution to sustainable economy.

    oikos Pune will arrive to Prague with their survey of food consumption in India as a representative of developing countries. What are the biggest differences? How cultural differences influence food pyramid and consumption habits? How does it influence food waste management? These are the key question they will try to answer.

    Followed by the last workshop will bring the oikees together to test their creativity. Participants will be divided into 3 groups, their task is to answer given questions from the perspective of retailers/ supermarkets:

    1) How to reduce the amount of discarded (leftover) food? How to avoid waste?

    2) How to deal with food already discarded? How to recycle waste?

    3) Why sustainable food supply chain and business is essential?

    And the best example from the reality in the end. Marie and her friends live and study in Vienna. One day, they was a given a key from the gate to a treasure. Nonetheless very unusual one. The key is giving them access to all food containers to an unnamed supermarket chain. What do they find in the dumpsters? How often do they go there? Is the leftover food edible? We will hear the story of the dumpster divers, secretly fighting against wasting of food, and discuss the issue of food wasting from the perspective of consumers.

    The conference will be then closed with a special farewell dinner.



    More information about CEE Meeting in Prague here

  • Here are some impressions of oikos CEE Meeting 2012

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  • CEE Meeting 2013

    Sustainable Energy for EuropeAbsorbing workshops, controversial debates, nuclear reactor sightseeing, cultural activities and, of course, loads of energy! This is was the conference  “Sustainable Energy for Europe”  held in Warsaw on 12-15th Semptember 2013.

    The aim of the conference was to gather passionate individuals to discuss the challenges of both Polish and the European energy sector in the perspective of EU climate policy. The participants of the meeting came from numerous chapters from Europe which has made the meeting an international, multicultural event, where different experiences, views and opinions could be shared.

    The opening debate on Thursday, “European Energy Mix Today”, highlighted Europe’s import dependency and strong reliance on conventional energy sources, especially on coal, that may stand in its way towards achieving the reduction targets. Tomasz Chmal, Sobieski Institute, presented energy poverty and increasing energy prices as possible results of current EU climate policy.  In his opinion energy efficiency and effectiveness in conventional energy sector will be a chance for “bright future of coal in Europe”. Also Marcin Bodio, CEEP  concluded that affordable and stable energy price achieved thanks to investment in coal industry will be an engine for economic growth in Poland.  In comparison, Andrzej Ancygier, Hertie School of Governance, stated that the instability of energy market could be overcome thanks to proper European policy that creates incentives to develop renewable energy sources and makes the change towards sustainable development possible.

    A clear proof that the shift towards sustainability is possible was visible during the Thursday’s Project Fair. While giving the elevator speeches on their projects, the participants had to compete for the audience attention to get to the final round. The Project Fair happened in “Strych na Wróble” (“The Attic for Sparrows”), that is on one hand a co-working place, on the other hand an atelier for all kind of artwork like photography, theatre or cabaret improvisations.

    The next morning of Warsaw conference was dedicated to the National Centre for Nuclear Research in Swierk. The visit was divided into two parts. The first one was a lecture devoted to the nuclear physics and energy, working of the reactor and research conducted by the Centre. The second and the most exciting part of our visit in Swierk was of course sightseeing of a nuclear reactor followed by passionate discussion on the future of nuclear energy.

    As we believe, that the food is an important part of high spirits, oikos Warsaw did their best to provide the best vegetarian catering possible. Lunches and dinners were prepared by “Vegavani”, a family business specializing in vegetarian catering. The owner’s passion for vegetarian cooking made the company be the oldest and most experienced company in the industry. The products were preservative-, colorant- and egg-free; they were chosen to take care of  health and good mood, so essential for integration.

    During the third day of the conference, the participants continued discovering the mystery of energy. The morning session was devoted to oncoming oikos Winter School followed by Yurii Moroz, representative of Society of Petroleum Engineers, organization serving managers, engineers, scientists worldwide in the segment of the oil industry. He was challenged by the question of finding common denominator between conventional and sustainable energy, which turned out to be a perfect introduction to the Saturday’s debate.

    Session “Sustainable Energy”, was devoted to the challenges of the climate and energy policy. Daria Kulczycka, Conferation Lewiatan, speaking on behalf of energy producers, called for balancing political and business objectives: security, sustainability and competitiveness. In her opinion, only coherence of national policies combined with diversification of energy supply and smart development of technology instead of blind investment in smart grids based on subsidies is a recipe for economic growth and job creation in Europe. Continuing the topic of investments in energy sector, Kuba Gogolewski, BankWatch, attempted to define sustainable energy sources in light of investment decisions of international financial institutions. He argued that improvement of energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy in European energy mix are indispensible to ensure that economic growth is combined with social equity. AlsoBeata Maciejewska, Green Institute, called for the equity and energy democracy. She discussed the role of consumers who thanks to energy transformation should evolve into prosumers.

    The passion for making a difference appeared during sessions prepared by oikos members. The first case study on Saturday was prepared by oikos Paderborn and devoted to the turnaround in energy policy in Germany (“Energiewende”) with a special focus on the case of wind energy. After an excellent introduction to the topic led by chapter members, the participants were invited to work in groups and define a development strategy for the energy sector that will meet the goals both of business representatives and policy makers. Representatives of the teams were asked to take part in a fishbowl discussion about onshore and offshore wind farms. Team work continued during the second Saturday’s workshop, when oikos Vienna wanted students to critically assess Austrian Best and Worst Cases of Renewable Energy Production. After a presentation of astonishing investment ideas in the country’s energy sector, participants were divided into four groups. Three of them formed teams responsible for developing projects aimed at implementing sustainable solutions in hydroelectric plants whereas the fourth one established the Financial Committee that was to assess their applications for funding. The participants learned to distinguish key features that decide about successful implementation of such projects. Although the knowledge should be the greatest prize, the teams of winning projects were awarded with Austrian chocolate.

    It wasn’t however the last sweet surprise prepared by the organizers: in the evening the participants were invited for to a club in a bit forgotten and mysterious district of Warsaw – Praga, where one can still see pre-war architecture. In the atmosphere of memories and history, oikos Warsaw was happy to greet a considerable group of Alumni that agreed to join the participants of the conference in the evening to talk about old good times.

    Sunday started with a lesson of creativity and team work. Besides the roles of engineers and authorities, the participants also tried their luck in managing news and newspaper editing. During the workshop “Energy Sector: Hot & Controversial” oikos Pragueinspired the students to search for information and create magazines bringing hot news of the energy sector.

    During the closing debate, “European Energy Mix Tomorrow”, green energy postulate came back when Dariusz Szwed presented his vision of 100% renewable energy for Europe. In comparison, Andrzej Chmielewski, Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, depicted nuclear power as an only  chance for Europe to develop at the time of shrinking energy resources. Both ideas were confronted by Miroslaw Duda,  the Energy Market Agency. He discussed technological obstacles in Polish power grid that limit possibilities to quick changes of the coal based infrastructure in the power industry and ensure security of supply based on renewable or nuclear power.

    Energy is a sector which has a huge impact on the economy, the environment and the whole society. We were focused on EU climate policy, CO2 emissions and sustainable energy mix. The speakers have shown many sides and different views of conventional, nuclear and renewable energy. The participants prepared fantastic workshops which pictured not only the energy sector of their countries.  The topic was approached in many ways and from different perspectives, which has shown how multidimensional and complicated the energy sector is. Nevertheless, not only presentations made the partakers interact with each other. The project fair, the theatre performance workshop or the nuclear reactor trip created a pleasant atmosphere of creativity and openness. “Sustainable Energy for Europe” was a combination of knowledge and entertainment; it was an opportunity to share previous experiences, make new memories and plan the forthcoming future at the same time.

    We strongly believe that in the future voices of the passionate individuals calling for sustainable energy will be as loud as the exclamation “three, two, one… oikos!” that filled the Aula at the closing of the Sustainable energy for Europe conference.

    Dominika Czyz, Marta Dajcz, Aleksandra Kask,
    oikos Warsaw

    CEE Meeting 2012

    On September 7-9 oikos Tbilisi, together with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University has organized CEE Regional Meeting on the topic – “Sustainable Agritourism” in Tbilisi, Georgia.

    The conference was opened by the welcome speeches of the president of oikos Tbilisi Levan Pangani, the president of oikos international Dawid Wroblewski, Rector of TSU Aleksander Kvitashvili, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of TSU, the representatives of the Ministry of Economics and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, Eco-education and Interpretation chief specialist, the head of Georgian Youth Parliament and the vice-president of TSU student self-government.

    After the motivating speeches it was time for intensive seminars and workshops. The first two lectures’ topics were about the Green Growth Initiatives and Agritourism Development Perspectives of Georgia. After the interesting lectures parallel workshops were held. oikees shared their countries’ experience and drew up some conclusions. But the day was not over here, after a fourchette Head of Georgian Youth Parliament gave a lecture about youth engagement in Sustainable Development and Tourism.  After the productive day everyone enjoyed the nice Georgian dinner.

    The second day started with very interesting lectures by the Eco-education and Interpretation Chief Specialists. The participants discovered more about protected areas in Gerogia and gave very useful suggestions how to develop this sphere in Georgia. The academic part of the conference was still going on and three more topics were coming up to discuss. They were the following: Operations of TNCs, the importance of marketing in tourism industry and Green Hostel Chain Concept. The participants got interested in these subjects, got involved in the discussion. The academic part of the conference ended up with an award ceremony. However, the day was not over, participants were brought to an ancient Georgian town, Mtskheta, experienced Georgian National Sufra (dinner) and learned the Georgian national dances.

    On the third day, it was time for a trip to Kakheti, where participants could investigate the Georgian Agritourism in real life. We visited agritourism center at Vocational Education and Training Center – “Aisi”. They were an excellent example of Georgian hospitability. Hereby, we thank them for everything they have done for our guests. The participants took part in making fresh baked bread; traditional sausage-shaped Churchkhela, saw the wine making process, tasted the Georgian wine. Everyone left “Aisi” with full of impressions. It was truly a highlight of the day.

    After “Aisi”, Kindzmarauli wine factory was on our way, huge factory full of alcohol, (heaven for Polish and Georgians). We had an opportunity to taste Georgian “vodka” – Chacha and wine there. As every trip in Georgia, this event was not exception and it ended with Georgian traditional “Sufra” (feast). At the end of the “Sufra”, the president of oikos international, Dawid Wroblewski, its board members and members thanked oikos Tbilisi organizer team for the conference and wished further success. So, the conference was officially over. We can proudly say that the mission of the conference was accomplished; the participants learnt a lot about our country, its sustainable development perspectives and left the country satisfied with the hope that they will be coming back soon.

    In conclusion, oikos Tbilisi wants to thank all the partners and sponsors. Without their massive support the conference would have been the way it was. So oikos Tbilisi expresses its gratitude to each of them: http://tbilisi.oikos-international.org/projects/oikos-cee-regional-meeting/partners.html.

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