oikosSpring Meeting 2018

Spring Meeting 2018

  • The 2018 oikos Spring Meeting will be hosted in Barcelona, Spain, from March 8 to 11, 2018 and the focus will be an issue that affects us all: Sustainable Tourism and Mobility. In a travel destination such as Barcelona, tourism is a basic and integral part of our daily life and the fundamental role of mobility is evident. Because the city offers so many attractions and tourism contributes so much to its financial wealth, it is important to think about the great impact that a change in sustainable mobility can offer. How is the landscape of sustainable mobility presented today? Where is this mobility phenomenon going?

    Being one of the most visited cities in the world, the oikos Barcelona team has decided to construct a programme which will allow participants to get in touch with local business, entrepreneurs, and experts in the field to create consciousness about the topic.
    The objective of the oikos Spring Meeting 2018 is to gather the international community of oikos members with the aim of sharing ideas and perspectives on the future of tourism and mobility, and to enable an exchange of experiences from locally organised projects. The Meeting is going to be held at the ESADE University in Sant Cugat, a neighborhood in Barcelona.

    We expect the participation of approximately 120 students from all over the world, especially from Europe, who are going to stay in hostels situated in the centre of Barcelona.

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • The Program is tentative and subject to change.
    Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 - LEAP Presidents Track
    14:00 Registration
    14:30 Ice-breakers
    15:00 oikos Aspirations
    19:00 Dinner
    Thursday, March 8th, 2018
    09:30 - 17:00 LEAP Presidents Track
    14.00 Check-in in the Hostel for SM Participants
    17.00 Opening Plenary (ESADE Pedralbes, Building 2)
    17:30 Legislative Meeting (Part 1)
    20.30 Dinner
    Friday, March 9th, 2018
    08:00 Breakfast
    9.15 Way to University (Campus ESADE Sant Cugat)
    10.30 What is Happening Today?
    10.45 Energizer
    11.00 Invited Speaker ( Tourism and SDGs)
    11.45 Invited Speaker
    12.30 Lunch
    14.00 Panel Discussion
    15.30 Photo
    16.00 Health Break
    16.30 Workshop: Solving problems
    18.00 Workshop Presentations
    18.30 Chapter Project Fair
    20.00 Dinner (Sant Cugat: Gilda)
    22.00 Way Back to hostel (Barcelona)
    Saturday, March 10th, 2018
    8:00 Breakfast
    9:15 Way to University (Campus Sant Cugat)
    10:15 Legislative Meeting (Part 2)
    11.45 Healthy Break
    12.00 oikos Workshops
    13.30 Lunch
    14.30 Open Space and Final Reflection
    15.45 Transportation to Hostel
    17.30 Barcelona Tour and Treasure Hunter
    18.30 Transportation to hostel + Getting ready for dinne
    19.45 Way to restaurant
    20.30 Dinner
    22.30 Goodbye party
    Sunday, March 11th 2018
    08:00 Breakfast
    10.30 Check out
    11.00 Surprise Tourism activity in Barcelona

  • Dr. Oksana Udovyk – UNWTO

    Dr. Oksana Udovyk is a former UNWTO PhD Researcher. Dr. Udovyk teaches currently at the UIBS University, IED Istituto Europeo di
    Design and UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya): Master level courses on Sustainability Framework, Sustainable Tourism,
    Biomimicry, Design Thinking and Innovation and works with "MIDI Sustainability Consulting" in Impact Hub, Madrid, Spain. She worked with sustainability issues in Ukraine, Thailand, Italy, Portugal, China, Greece, Canada and now Spain – in Academia, NGOs, international organizations and companies, acted as an adviser to Sustainability Department of KPMG, directed several environmental documentaries, co-founded few youth sustainability initiatives, developed and taught Master level courses on Sustainability Framework, led the application process and coordination of several international projects and events on the interface science-society-policy for sustainability.

    Ricard Santomà - HTSI
    Mr. Santomà is a professor at ESADE in the Tourism and Hotel Management faculty. He previously taught the MBA at the Maastricht Hotel Management School with special focus on Service Quality Management.

  • The oikos Spring Meeting 2018 will bring together a diverse representation from the entire oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. From oikos Barcelona we cordially invite active and motivated student members from oikos chapter network, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners.

    • Last day to apply will be 24th November
    • The first confirmation of participants will be done by 28th November
    • The second confirmation of participants will be done is free slots remain by 12th of December.  
    • LEAP Presidents Meeting: 07.03.2018-08.03.2018
    • Spring Meeting: 08.03.2018-11.03.2018

    Registration | Chapter members

    The oikos Spring Meeting 2018 will offer professional and personal enriching experiences and the most active and committed oikos members are invited to take the best out of it. We aim for the community to actively participate in the event.

    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.

    We encourage you to register now: CLICK HERE

    Registration Deadline: 24th November 2018

    Payment | Chapter Members

    Student participant fee is 90€, to be paid only after acceptance of your application.

    The fee includes:

    • Accommodation (check in 08.03.2018 / check out 11/03.2018)
    • Food & Beverages for the whole stay
    • Transportation within Barcelona Area (arrangement of transportation to and from the airport is not included)
    • Programmed activities

    ▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 25 days before the first day of the conference. The cancellation fee is 20 EUR.
    ▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 24 days before the start of the conference.

    Payment deadline 1st Round: 10th January 2018

    You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).

    Bank Transfer:
    Kindly find our bank details here.

    When paying your participants fee via paypal, paypal charges a fee according to the amount of transfered money. This is why you have to pay a bit more, so that we finally get the 90€/200€.

    Participant Fee (in EUR)
    First and Last Name

    Registration | Alumni, Faculty, Young Scholars, Advisors, Partners

    The Spring Meeting 2018 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.

    Register now: click here

    Registration deadline:  24th November  2018

    If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before the deadline.

    Payment | Alumni, Faculty, Young Scholars, Advisors, Partners

    The participation fee for non-student members is 200€ for all Spring Meeting Barcelona events, including accommodation, food, transportation (in Barcelona, except from or to the airport) and extra activities (tourism, parties, etc.). In case you want to stay in another hotel, please reserve your own accommodation, but fee will not variate.

    Please make the payment only after acceptance of your application.

    ▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 25 days before the first day of the conference. The cancellation fee is 20 EUR.
    ▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 24 days before the start of the conference.

    Payment deadline: 10th January

    You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).

    Bank Transfer:
    Kindly find our bank details here.

    When paying your participants fee via paypal, paypal charges a fee according to the amount of transfered money. This is why you have to pay a bit more, so that we finally get the 90€/200€.

    Participant Fee (in EUR)
    First and Last Name

  • General Questions:

    Who can apply for the oikos Spring Meeting 2018 Events?

    Every member of any oikos Chapter, Alumni, Faculty, Young Scholars, Advisors, Partners, EB Members and board members are invited to join the Spring Meeting.

    How many members from each chapter get to attend the Spring Meeting 2018?

    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.

    When can I arrive at and until what date will the accommodation be provided for me?

    As a chapter representative, you can check in at around 14.00 pm on Thursday 8th of November in Barcelona and check out on the morning of November 11th.

    If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, the Spring Meeting opening session start on Thursday at 18.30 pm. For accommodation, we recommend you to stay with us at the hotel to share the experience with other participants. We also 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 or to help you with your schedule.

    Am I entitled to any travel reimbursement for attending the Spring Meeting 2018?

    Unfortunately, we don’t provide any travel reimbursement.

    I don't know yet who is going to be able to represent my chapter at oikos Spring Meeting 2018. Can we apply for the meeting right now and later switch representatives?

    If you register and you are accepted but finally you can not attend to the Spring Meeting you must not pay the fee, we will assign your slot to someone from the waiting list in the 2nd round following the minimum representation criteria we had established.

    Payment Questions:

    What is included in the 90 Euros participation fees for the Spring Meeting 2018?

    The fee includes:

    • Accommodation (check in March 8, 2018 / check out March 11, 2018)
    • Food & beverages for the whole stay
    • Transportation within the Barcelona Area (arrangement of transportation to and from the airport is not included)
    • Programmed activities

    Logistical Questions:

    How do I get to Barcelona from Barcelona airport?

    There are different options:

    1. Aerobus: is the official shuttle bus service that connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the city center (Pl. Catalunya) in 35 minutes. It runs every day of the year with departures every 5 minutes. From 5,90 €. Ticket can be buy online.

    More information: http://www.aerobusbcn.com/en/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4eXPBRCtARIsADvOjY1FhLidH9G1dwvlafxMGOyu16rc4-whHzlvcFGK1cZU8TE__ZpvhnIaAuRjEALw_wcB

    1. Metro:
      Metro line L9 Sud links Airport terminals T1 and T2 with the city of Barcelona every 7 minutes. There are three stations where you can change to other lines in the metro network: Torrassa (L1), Collblanc (L5) and Zona Universitària (L3). It also goes to Fira de Barcelona (Fira station). The journey by metro from the airport to Barcelona takes 32 minutes. The service operates Monday to Thursday, from 5.00 am to midnight, and Fridays and eves of public holidays, from 5.00 am to 2.00 am. On Saturdays it runs non-stop, from 5.00 am until midnight on Sunday.
    1. Train: The airport train from Barcelona Airport runs twice per hour and heads into Barcelona city centre. It stops at three main stations – Estacio Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot.

    Journey Time:

    • From Airport to Estacio Sants: 19 minutes
    • From Airport to Passeig de Gràcia: 26 minutes

    Train name:

    • Barcelona Airport Train – The R2 Nord RENFE

    Price: 4,10€

    1. Taxi: Taxis from Barcelona Airport take approximately 20 – 25 minutes to travel into the city centre from T2 and 25 – 30 minutes from T1. They have a minimum payment.
    • Taxi Fare from Airport T1: €35.00
    • Taxi Fare from Airport T2: €30.00
    • Minimum taxi fare from the airport: €20.00

    Where is the oikos Spring Meeting 2018 taking place?

    The main conferences and workshops will be held in ESADE Business School. The university has 3 campuses around Barcelona Area and the Spring Meeting will be held in Sant Cugat Campus about 45 minutes away from the city center by train. The journey from Barcelona city center to Sant Cugat is a very pleasant journey going through mountains and smalls villages that surround Barcelona.

  • Oikos Camila Carrascal

    Camila Carrascal

    Project Head

    Spring Meeting 2018

    Oikos María del Carmen Ruiz

    María del Carmen Ruiz

    Project Head

    Spring Meeting 2018

    Oikos Alícia Palmero

    Alícia Palmero

    Project Head

    Spring Meeting 2018

    Oikos Sara Gorordo

    Sara Gorordo

    Head of Admissions

    Spring Meeting 2018

    Oikos Cristina Bote

    Cristina Bote

    Head of Operations & Logistics

    Spring Meeting 2018

    Oikos Julian Beyerlein

    Julian Beyerlein

    Head of Marketing & Communication

    Spring Meeting 2018

  • Spring Meeting 2017 - Hamburg

    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: [email protected]

    Spring Meeting 2016 - Lille

    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: [email protected]

    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.

    Spring Meeting 2015 - London

    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: [email protected]

    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!


    Here are some impressions of oikos Spring Meetings.


    Spring Meeting 2014 - Copenhagen

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

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

    Spring Meeting 2013 - Maastricht

    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: [email protected] (+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.

    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


    [email protected]

    [email protected]

    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