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Spring Meeting

  • Spring Meetings bring together the oikos network from all over the world. During the Spring Meeting oikos members exchange their experience, discuss projects and help strengthen our network.

    oikos members have the opportunity to dive deep into a topic of sustainability, learn about each other’s projects and present different ideas on the integration of sustainability at their universities. Workshops on project management, local chapter strategy, succession planning, fundraising and more, empower participants to execute oikos activities.

    Students interested in sustainability and motivated to found a new oikos chapter are fully integrated and get to know the network and its activities.

    Spring Meetings include a number of public lectures in which experts with academic or business backgrounds share their knowledge and experience on sustainable business models.

    “The oikos annual meeting is a great opportunity to develop new skills and to find out about how sustainability is improved in other chapters/ countries. Furthermore you can plan future activities and projects with other oikees.”

    Daniel Piersig, oikos Cologne, Spring Meeting participant 2007

    “I really like that the Spring Meeting always allows me to interact with people who are engaged and are passionate about their projects.”

    Anonymous participant, Spring Meeting participant 2014


  • Theme: Sustainable Consumption

    Date: 23-26 March 2017

    Location: Hamburg (Germany)

    Organising team: Pauline Sprenger, Franziska Straten and team; in collaboration with Anita Negri and Levan Pangani of oikos International.

    Contact us at: springmeeting@oikos-hamburg.org

  • Theme: Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset (#EntreMind)

    Date: 17-20 March 2016

    Location: Lille (France)

    Organising team: Francois Lebrun, Myriam Masso, Yazid Sayah, Omar Riffi, Anais Viviche and Alice Alamasset; in collaboration with Anita Negri of oikos International.

    For updates: Facebook

    Contact us at: springmeeting@oikos-lille.org

    The Spring Meeting 2016 will take place in the very north of France, Lille. Being a centre of responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship, the oikos Lille team decided to construct a programme which will allow participants to get in touch with local entrepreneurs and experts in the field. Participants will also engage in a simulation game throughout the three days and enhance their social entrepreneurial mindset via external and internal inspiration. The programme will soon be featured on oikos-lille.org.


    Check the preliminary programme here.

    You will be staying at the FUAJ hostel Lille, for more information click here.

    The conference will take place at the EDHEC building in Roubaix.

    Workshop Outlines 

    Success & failure of social enterprises: a real-world case (Thomas Buerki)

    Analyse the situation of an actual social enterprise in crisis. What is important in times of trouble? Identify and discuss pragmatic options. How can the venture get back on track? And what to do if it cannot?

    Maintaining Our Values in Entrepreneurship (Adriana Troxler)

    Game Theory (Christoph Rapptisch)

    The focus will be on the behavior of individuals in well-known games, such as dictator game, public good game and centipede game and on the discussion why do individuals differ, in reality, from the assumption of rationality. Furthermore I would like to find some explanations of altruistic behavior with the participants.

    Campaigning for better Fashion Supply Chains (Katarzyna Kiedrowicz) 

    Why is sustainable fashion so important? How can we encourage people to improve their knowledge about it? This workshop give us the opportunity to work together to inspire others to make #oikosfashionrevolution!

    Joining Passions (Anna Beyer) 

    Exploring our ideas on sustainability together and find out about each other what drives us forward. We will be thinking about bringing mutual thoughts and concepts together and transform these into real oikos projects. Find mutual drivers and work together on creating common obsession while setting realistic steps to be followed through.

    Buzzword “social entrepreneur” (Anna Beyer) 

    Together we should discuss individual ideas on the term social entrepreneur and reflect on the “official” definition of the label. Followed up with defining our ideas on what a social entrepreneur should strive for and whose responsibility it is to provide our society with their kind of services.

    Adapter un projet entrepreneurial sur de nouveaux territoires (Jerome Lhote)

    This workshop will entail the initial stages of starting an enterprise. By taking the example of Koom we will explore the process and end with a hands-on activity to take forward your own ideas.

    oikos Learning Circle on Finance (Sanober Shaik)

    What’s the link between finance and ethics? Aren’t they conflicting concepts by definition? Finance is a crucial element of our economies and society: we can’t allow it to be an “ethics-free area” of our lives. Recovering the ethical roots of finance is critical to ensure a more sustainable and fair economy, and we – a group of oikos members and alumni – want to contribute towards reaching this goal. Starting from the results of previous workshops on finance and sustainability, the Finance Workshop at the 2016 Spring meeting in Lille will focus on the importance and of role of ethics in finance. We will then discuss, starting directly from the experience of workshop participants, how to practically integrate ethics in teaching and research in finance, economics and business courses.
    If you can’t join us in Lille but you are interested in getting involved, please let us know and join us in our Finance Initiative on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/750796611613618/. We’d be delighted to have you onboard.


    The idea of the Spring Meeting 2016 is that sessions are led by oikos members or alumni in order to contribute to the creation of the entrepreneurial mindset by learning by doing. Please find here the oikos and non-oikos contributors. 

    UntitledIgnace Schops is a Belgian environmentalist. He is the Director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (RLKM), President of EUROPARC federation – the largest network on natural heritage in Europe – full member of the EU chapter of the Club of Rome and council member of the largest nature conservation organization in Flanders, Natuurpunt. Ignace was awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize, better known as the Green Nobel Prize for his contributions to the establishment of the Hoge Kempen National Park, the first National Park of Belgium. Since 2008 he was selected as ASHOKA fellow, a world leading social entrepreneur. Due to his international work on biodiversity and social entrepreneurship he became an Honorary Doctor at the Hasselt University in 2011. In 2013 he became a member of the Climate Leadership Corps of Al Gore and later that year he was decorated as the “Commander of the Order of the Crown” by the Belgian King Filip. Ignace and his team designed the (Re)connection Model. This model (Re)connects society with the natural heritage and is used in several countries in the world. Schops is often asked as expert and keynote speaker at international conferences related to the natural heritage, biodiversity, climate change and social entrepreneurship.

    Ignace will speak in the introductory session on March 18th morning. 

    profile Thomas BThomas Buerki is an entrepreneur, sustainability advocate and lifelong learner. He is currently leading the food tech start-up DigiMeals and has previously worked for one of the top-tier strategy consultancies, advising international companies in the telco, financial services and retail industries. Thomas was actively involved in oikos during his studies in St. Gallen and part of the oikos Tbilisi summer school team, focusing on social entrepreneurship in emerging markets. He has also been a driving force behind a Swiss NGO for student financing. Over the past decade Thomas has worked in various roles for different start-ups in Argentina, China, France and Switzerland. He is passionate about social entrepreneurship, the internet of things and crowd-funding. Thomas currently lives in Switzerland but loves to travel the world, especially in emerging markets.

    Thomas will hold a workshop in the workshop session on March 18th afternoon. 

    34aec2fFrancois Tasmowski has an economic background with an MBA in marketing management. He started his career for 10 years in marketing and innovation functions, at local and European level, for leading multinational food companies. He then evolved towards head of Corporate Social Responsibility Europe, with a particular focus on how to develop strategies to leverage Corporate Responsibility as driver of innovation, differentiation and competitive advantage.

    Francois will speak in the introductory session on March 18th morning. 

    JeromeLhote_235Jerome Lhote is the founder of Koom.org. The desire to move lines and make society’s different stakeholders act together inspired Jerome to pursue his start-up career.  After having worked for local communities in the field of economics development, Veolia and the European Commission, he founded the community Koom. Here individuals, businesses and communities gather to work on societal challenges. The premise is that “if many people engage in ameliorating an issue, then businesses and communities have to part of it”. This collective emulation mechanism allows to drive the transition to act, to value each other and better show citizens that businesses and communities are o the the solution to current issues. During his studies Jerome has also been president of oikos Paris, 2004.

    Jerome will hold a workshop in the workshop session on March 18th afternoon. 

    annaAnna Beyer is an Executive Board member of oikos. Anna is studying Business Law at the Vienna University of Business, while working part time. Her oikos journey started three years ago at the still infant oikos Vienna, which she helped to build up. She also served at the board of oikos Vienna during the 2014/15 term and together with a great team she successfully organised the CEE meeting 2015 in Vienna. For Anna oikos was a chance to work on important topics neglected in her studies so far, which she realised after coming back from a semester abroad in Ireland and interning at the office of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce to the European Union in Brussels.

    Anna will hold a workshop in the workshop session on March 18th afternoon and the COMMIT Learning Circle. 

    AAEAAQAAAAAAAANdAAAAJDY1ZDg2M2ZlLTE1ZWYtNGU2My1hNGNmLWZmMzA1ZWM2MmJhYwKatarzyna Kiedrowicz  is studying International Economics at Warsaw School of Economics. She is also the current President of oikos Warsaw chapter. She’s the part of Fashion/ Supply Chain Learning Circle from the beginning. For Katarzyna Fashion is a crucial part of everyone’s daily life and has huge impact on society.

    Katarzyna will prepare the Fashion LC session in the Learning Circles session on March 18th afternoon. 

    Stefano Ramelli 

    Stefano will prepare the Finance LC session in the Learning Circles session on March 18th afternoon. 

    S1480003_2Christoph Rappitsch is the current CFO of oikos Vienna and finishing his Master in Economics a the WU in Vienna.

    Christoph will prepare the Economics LC session in the Learning Circles session on March 18th afternoon. 

    UntitledDaniela Geissmann is studying Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen. She became part oft he oikos family in September 2015 and started working with the Social Entrepreneurship team. Her Brazilian background helped her to become aware of the importance of sustainable management and economics.

    Daniela will prepare the Entrepreneurship LC session in the Learning Circles session on March 18th afternoon. 

    kate-negaczKate (Katarzyna) Negacz is a doctoral candidate at the Warsaw School of Economics. She took part in a research project “Eco-innovations in the city” and co-led seminar on “New Models of Urban Entrepreneurship”. Her research interests include green cities, economic analysis of environmental law, sustainable development, and socio-economic development of East Asian countries.

    Kate will hold a workshop in the workshop session on March 18th afternoon. 

    IMG_2544 (2)_20160303_002027Franzi (Franziska ) Straten is the current president of oikos Hamburg and is doing her Master’s in International Business Administration and Sustainability at the University of Hamburg. Franzi started her oikos involvement with oikos Copenhagen in 2013. Her involvement in the Energy Learning Circle is caused by her interest in decentralized, renewable energy solutions.

    Franzi will prepare the Energy LC session in the Learning Circles session on March 18th afternoon. 


    Applicants will be selected in line with the following criteria:

    • your stated motivation and experience with the topics;
    • your involvement in Learning Circles or other oikos programmes;
    • equal representation of chapters (max. 3 members per chapter + eventual alumni);
    • All chapter presidents have been accepted (places for the President’s day are full).
    • In the event of too many applications on behalf of a chapter, the chapter President will have been consulted to give advice on who to select (including alumni).


    More payment details to come soon.

    Payment deadline: February 10th, 2016 at noon CET. If you cannot manage to pay by this deadline you are requested to inform us asap. Only in exceptional cases can we delay your payment deadline. Thank you for your understanding. 

    NB: No reimbursement of your fee is possible at any time of cancellation of participation. Therefore, the cancellation fee will equal the full participation fee.

    What will my fee include?

    The 75 Euro fee will include:

    • Food from March 17th at 15.30 until March 20th 10.00 CET
    • Accommodation for the nights of March 17, 18 and 19 at the FUAJ hostel Lille
    • Transportation between the hostel and the venue


    How many chapter members can attend? 

    In the first round, up to three members per chapter will be selected. 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.

    Am I entitled to any travel reimbursement to join the Spring Meeting? 

    Unfortunately not, no one is entitled to travel reimbursement.

    How do I apply for the Impact Fair? 

    You will hear from us soon, the Impact Fair will take place on Saturday 19th afternoon.

    Will Learning Circle meetings take place? 

    Yes. Please prepare your meeting, if you are a Learning Circle manager. If you want to start another Learning Circle please contact Adriana or Anita.

    How do I get to Lille?

    You will soon receive a Participant’s Guide (as soon as you paid your fee). However, it is advised to fly to Brussels and take the train to Lille if you come from afar. By train Lille is easily accessibly both by arriving at the station ‘Lille Europe’ or ‘Lille Flandres’.

  • Theme: Sustainability in Finance

    Date: 26th-29th March 2015

    Location: London (United Kingdom)

    Organising team: Connor Brooks, Moritz Schwarz, Nasir Ibrahim, Nathanael Didillon, Oliver Lysaght, Pierre Dupuis, Pierre Lostis, Shino Hirasaki; in collaboration with Anita Negri of oikos International.

    For updates: Twitter and Facebook

    Contact us at: spring.meeting@oikos-london.org

    The 2015 oikos Spring Meeting will be hosted in London between March 26th and 29th 2015. It will bring together 120 students from across the globe to enquire, think and talk about the relationship between finance and sustainability alongside LSE students and expert speakers. We will examine this relationship from two angles: firstly looking at the sustainability of our financial system. Influential speakers such as Bernard Lietaer and Ben Dyson will introduce us to inbuilt instabilities in the current financial system and offer recommendations on enhancing its stability and capacity to benefit society. We will, secondly, look at how to finance sustainable development, recognising that to encourage sustainability in society, financial flows must be galvanised to this end. The London spring meeting will offer a diagnosis of issues and recommendations from a variety of actors in moving forward which will amount to a deeply informative experience. We look forward to having you!

  • The oikos Spring Meeting is the biggest annual oikos student community gathering hosted by an oikos Chapter. The 2014 Spring Meeting in Copenhagen is going to provide a 4-day platform for 120 participants to inspire, discover and develop joint perspectives on the future of sustainability in management and economics. It will offer a platform to design initiatives, engage the oikos community in pursuing them and fuel our journey towards higher impact.

    The oikos Spring Meeting 2014 will take place on 3 – 6 April in Copenhagen. As Copenhagen is awarded the European Green Capital for 2014 by the European Commission, this year’s theme is „Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Strategies“. We have planned for you seminars, workshops and panel discussions in relation to the theme. As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos Spring Meeting 2014 will offer insights to learn together and develop impact-full projects and initiatives in oikos. Apart from that, there will also be a lot of social activities and we will have lots of fun!

    More information here:

    Website: http://oikos-international.org/copenhagen/projects/conference/about-us/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oikosSM14?fref=ts

  • Theme: Sustainable Investment

    Date: 14th-17th March 2013

    Location: Maastricht (The Netherlands)

    Organising team: Anita Negri, Lotta Lichtenberger, Florian Lorisch, Katja Wachter, Floor van der Geest and helpers; in collaboration with Lenka Parkanova and Dawid Wroblewski of oikos International.

    For updates: Facebook and Twitter

    Contact us at: spring.meeting@oikos-maastricht.org (+31 433885298)

    “Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow” – D.D. Eisenhower

    During the Spring Meeting, oikees will have the opportunity to dive deep into sustainable investment and topics that fall close to or within it such as corporate governance, sustainable banking or responsible investment.

    The aim of the Spring Meeting is to allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of the mentioned topics by engaging in individual and group projects, consulting experts and hands on experiences. All this is expected to be enhanced by the atmosphere that the 2013 Spring Meeting aims to provide: an international and multicultural environment where networking is key to exchanging ideas.

    The IISD claims that it is difficult to pin down an exact definition for sustainable investment. When one invests sustainably, they intend to plan for both the present and the future. The integration of ESG factors (Environment, Social factors and Governance) is essential, ensuring a long-term investment strategy.

  • Here are some impressions of oikos Spring Meetings.


  • Spring Meeting 2012 - Barcelona

    oikos Spring Meeting Barcelona 2012

    The objective of the oikos Spring Meeting 2012 is to gather international community of oikos members with an aim to share ideas and perspectives on the future of Mobility and to enable exchange of experiences from locally organised projects. The Meeting is going to be held  at the ESADE University in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) from 29th March to 1st April 2012.
    We expect participation of about 100 students from all over the world, especially from Europe, who are going to stay in hostels situated in the centre of Barcelona.


    This year we have decided to talk about Sustainable Mobility because it is a current and interesting topic that recognises the challenges related to transportation, shipment of goods and general communication. It is a concept born from the concern for environmental and social problems caused by the spread of an urban transport model, focused on the petrol-fueled cars, which developed during the second half of the twentieth century.

    The problems of this model include: air pollution, excessive consumption of energy, side-effects harmful for citizen’s health and overcrowded roads. In Spain, for instance,  transport represents a quarter of the gas emission and 36% of the Spanish energy consumption.

    The above have triggered a collective will to find solutions which would mitigate the negative effects of this model and to develop a new, alternative one.

    Concepts of Sustainable Mobility suggest actions that help to reduce those negative effects. Examples of these responsible practices are as follows: forward-looking urban planning; travelling on foot, by bike or with public transport; sharing a car with co-workers; replacing abroad meetings with teleconferences and many more. We will try to equip you with a proper knowledge and awareness that will enable you, oikos change agents, to promote appropriate lifestyles and also recognise the opportunities that still stand before corporate world, public administration or shipment companies.


    oikos Spring Meeting in Sant Cugat will be a feast for mind and spirit. Series of content driven sessions as well as fun, hands-on projects await you. Already excited? Keep on reading 😉
    Participants are arriving on Thursday morning and we are going to start with the “ice-breaker” session on the midday so that participants would socialise and get to know each other. In the afternoon we will get first insights into the topic of Sustainable Mobility that will prepare us for an on-site investigation of mobility related solutions implemented in Sant Cugat, where ESADE campus is based. It will be a guided walk around the city, lead by representatives of City Hall, experts form the field and members of oikos Barcelona. Finally, after a dinner, we’ll be screening a movie related to the meeting’s theme.

    Friday will be opened with visits in one of two exceptional companies: Seat (car factory with an assembly line of electric vehicles) or bicing (Barcelona’s bike renting scheme). Afterwards, for the rest of the day, we will move to Barcelona’s Botanic Garden. We will dive into a series of oikos sessions: “Legislative meeting”, “Chapter Fair” and the “Peer2peer”. Then, at 16:00, we will listen to a serious Panel Discussion in which we will assess the current state and also predict 2020 scenario for Mobility worldwide. Finally, before having lunch, we will invite you for a night-tour of Barcelona, which will be concluded with a Flashmob performance.
    On Sunday morning we are going to have the first workshop session, in which teams of oikees will be analysing cases related to teleconferencing, infrastructure for electric vehicles, car sharing, corporate car-pooling or will try to solve some of ESADE’s burning problems. Between those sessions, we’ll be planting trees in ESADE garden – activity that shall be both educational and entertaining. After a day of such an intense brainstorming, we will move to Barcelona where as an oikos biking gang we will cycle along Barcelona’s coast line.

    Of course you can also count on a Barcelona-style oikos Party on Saturday’s night!

    The prospects for this event are really high and we expect that it is going to be an event without precedence, very enriching intellectually and spiritually.

    Your oikos Barcelona team.

    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.

    Spring Meeting 2011 - Prague

    Theme: Sustainable Architecture: Space for Living

    Date: 24th-27th March 2011

    Location: Prague

    Organising Team:

    Stepan Trojanek and team (oikos Prague)

    Harriet Jackson and Patricia Mesquita (oikos International)

    For updates

    Join this event on Facebook or on Ning




    Sustainable Architecture: Space for Living

    Architecture is an important element of our lives, shaping the environment where we spend most of our time. As such, it is certainly worthy of our attention, as it significantly influences our health, productivity or comfort and the quality of life itself.

    At the same time, heating, ventilating and air conditioning of buildings require considerable amounts of energy and contribute to our overall carbon emissions. In fact, studies show that building insulation is one of the most cost-efficient measures we can adopt in our struggle against climate change.

    During the oikos Spring Meeting in Prague, oikos members from around the world will have the opportunity to find out more about architecture from the sustainability perspective. They will learn about current trends and technologies and will be able to actually see real-life applications.

    Besides the new, the now obsolete buildings and areas such as brownfields and their current potential will not be forgotten.  Together, we will also try to look into the future and what solutions are going to be necessary in face of changing conditions.

    Last but not least, we will explore alternative approaches to architecture and challenge the mainstream thinking. All this in an unforgettable setting of Prague with its rich architectural heritage which should provide a contrast to current trends and help us see the issues from long-term historical perspective.

    Spring Meeting 2010 - Reims

    Sustainable Marketing: goals and processes

    Marketing seems to make sustainable development more and more fashionable. Is it the evidence that our consumption becomes gradually respectful of the environment?
    This year’s oikos Spring Meeting will be held in Reims – a city in the heart of the Champagne region of France.  The theme of the Spring Meeting 2010, “Sustainable Marketing: Goals and Processes”, aims at further understanding how marketing can be sustainable.
    We are facing today a range of environmental issues: pollution, loss of biodiversity and climate change, many of them having roots in the way we consume. Sustainable marketing is a process of using traditional marketing tools for products that respect the environment and ecosystems. Thus, sustainable marketing fosters a change in consumption patterns.
    Sustainable marketing is used not only by companies with strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices but also by some pioneering companies which proved that moving towards more sustainable marketing practices can be a shrewd business move. For many, operating in an ethically and environmentally responsible way proves to be a cost-effective strategy to win new customers. In addition, sustainable marketing practices often make a company more attractive for investments thus enabling easier funding. At the same time, sustainable marketing also contributes to sustainable development since it encourages a more responsible consumption.
    Visiting students will be able to meet companies that promote sustainable development through their products while remaining profit-making entities. The students will also have an opportunity to enjoy an eco-fashion show. Moreover, since Reims is in the region where champagne is produced, visiting students will be introduced to organic champagne.
    However, sustainable marketing does not always mean a sustainable supply chain: visiting students will be able to participate in various workshops to discuss controversial issues around sustainable marketing.

    Organising Team

    • Gabrielle Le Chevalier
    • Maxime Blanc
    • Patricia Mesquita & Anna Ritschel

     Date and place:

    25-28 March 2010, Reims, France