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Winter School 2020

Due to the global pandemic of COVID19 Winter School 2020 will be has been cancelled until further notice. More information will follow.

  • Message from the Winter School 2020 Organizing Team:

    Unfortunately we have to cancel the conference for this winter. We steadily monitored the development and still estimate the health risks for the participants as relatively low as stated before.

    Because of the Corona virus major parts of the program were cancelled at short notice what would have led to a reduced program we cannot do with a clear conscience.

    We are very sorry for the inconveniences that occur and will provide further information as soon as we can estimate if we are able to postpone the Winter School (maybe to summer).

    Winter School 2020 takes place at Witten/Herdecke University from 15th to 22nd March.

    The Oikos Winter School 2020 will reflect on the matter of how to make the working world fairer and more sustainable. Regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released by the United Nations, we will start off at number eight of 17 goals in total. It calls not only for permanent, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, but also for productive full employment and dignified work. These last two points will be emphasized in the course of the conference in order to get to the bottom of their significance, implementation and meaningfulness. We will be trying to apply these on challenges already emerging today, such as climate change, demographic change and digitization in the working world.

    The purpose of the conference is to interact and discuss in a group of young internationals about topics that are relevant for us, our world and future generations. Furthermore, we hope to create a familiar and personal environment where we can learn from each other, connect with people from a variety of different nations and hopefully make a change. The conference will be seven days long, containing workshops, discussion arenas, interactive panel discussions, presentations, excursions and a lot of networking.

    The goal of the conference is to create an environment where we can work together and learn from each other. As the conference will be open for students from all over the world, we are also excited to learn about the working world in different countries and set up the global relevance of the topic “Work in Progress: development of Work & its global consequences”. As we will all be part of the future working world, we should all be aware of current problems and how we, as young innovators, might be able to make a change.

    You can find more information on the Winter School Website

  • In order to enhance the relevance of the topic, we will provide a variety of various workshops and keynotes. On our excursion to Zeche Zollverein a decommissioned Colliery the structural change of the working world can be visualized. Knowing about the past, we want to internalize what our working world looks like at the moment and how it might develop in the near future.

  • Pricing

    Early-bird ticket
    (sold out)

    170,– EUR

    Little-late-bird ticket
    ( 10  tickets left)

    200,– EUR

    Regular tickets


    220,– EUR

    The fee covers the basic cost during the week, including accommodation in shared apartments and food during the day. It doesn’t include your personal journey to Witten. If you have any questions concerning the process of registration don’t hesitate to contact us. For the case that it is not possible for you to afford the full amount please get in touch with us.

    Click here to register

  • The oikos Winter School is traditionally hosted by oikos Witten in Germany in February or March. Every year, the Winter School participants tackle concrete sustainability topics, such as sustainable urban development, food security, or green economy. At the Winter School, students not only discuss sustainability challenges but also develop innovative ideas that can bring a positive change to their local communities. The School also fosters exchanges between oikos members and young people outside of oikos.

    Winter School 2019

    The oikos Winter School 2019 explored a range of topics from Megacities and Smart Cities to new energy and transportation concepts to civic participation. Check out an interactive blog prepared by Janina Hoffmann, one of the participants of the winter school and oikos communications and marketing working group member, you can take a closer look at the topics covered by inspiring speakers and passionate participants.

    Take a look at our video from the Winter School

    Winter School 2018

    In 2018, the Winter School revolved around the topic of Sustainable Development Cooperation and explored main challenges and drawbacks in the field. The Winter School titled “Bottoms Up, Tops Down” took place in Witten, Germany from March 1 to 7, 2018.

    Check out the oikos Winter School video diary.

    Read oikos article about the Winter School 2018.

    In Addition, check out what participants thought about the school here.

    Pictures from the Winter School is available on our Flickr page.

    Winter School 2017

    In 2017, the Winter School was titled “You call it Eco. We call it common sense. Sustainability in the fashion industry” and explored the role and impact of the apparel industry on sustainable development. About 30 participants and a dozen speakers from all walks of life spent the week amidst heated debates, discussing the current situation in the industry and possible solutions to its countless problems. Learn more here.

    Winter School 2016

    The 11th oikos Winter School took place from the 22nd to 28th February 2016. Topic: How to feed the world Find the final report here.

    Winter School 2015

    The 11th oikos Winter School took place from the 23rd to 27th February 2015 in Witten, Germany

    Winter School 2014

    The 10th oikos Winter School was organized by students of the Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. In 2014, the Winter School students asked Green Economy or Post-Growth Society? – How can economics and businesses shift towards a more sustainable future and which way could be the most promising to do so?