Day 4 - Thursday, 19th September 2013


In small groups of 6-10 people, delegates will work together to plan a new student sustainability project in their universities or to further develop an already existing one. The workshops will be led by experienced people who have already established successful student projects. They will briefly present their projects and the lessons they learned during the establishment of the project. But the focus of the workshop will be on the ideas of the delegates. Therefore, they will work with the Oikos Canvas methodology with which they will develop a vision for their project, as well as ideas on how to best get other people involved in their project and on how to organize resources. The goal is, that the delegates develope a specific plan which is ready to be implemented in their home universities.
7:00 - 8:30 am BREAKFAST
9:00 - 11:00 am
Workshops Part I 



Equal Opportunities - Support of Young People from less Privileged Backgrounds

Workshop 1: ROCK YOUR LIFE!

Why ROCK YOUR LIFE! matters: In Germany, the link between a young person’s prospects and his/her socio-demographic background is remarkably strong. The German school system is very selective, allowing little educational mobility. Pupils from a German „Hauptschule” therefore hardly ever make it to university. University students, on the other hand, hardly ever encounter pupils from Hauptschule and know little about their actualities of life and discouraging prospects. These two groups (even if only a few years apart in age) are isolated from each other although being part of the same society.

Our Vision: Sustainable effects for pupils, students, companies and society as a whole: A society, where educational opportunities are irrespective of the social milieu and where social mobility is reality in every young person’s life. A society, where social connections exist throughout established milieus and where everybody is able to unfold their individual potential. A society, where young people are able to literally ROCK their lives.
Our Program: One-on-one coaching: comprehensible and effective: Pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds are coached by college students over two years, thus being empowered to unfold their individual potential and to realize job or education related goals in a self-responsibly and self-consciously way. Our students complete a professional qualification program which enables them to support and accompany pupils on their way to employment or higher education.
By establishing individual one-on-one ROCK YOUR LIFE! coaching relationships between students and pupils, several positive effects in terms of educational and social mobility occur. On either side perspectives are broadened, social skills get trained. Pupils and students discover together what it means to literally ROCK one’s life. On a societal level, we contribute towards social integration, mobility, solidarity and equal opportunity.
Workshop leader: Christin Schitteck & Fabian Ziebell

Urban Gardening

Workshop 2: LEUFARM

Leufarm is a student organized urban gardening project. It was created during the winter semester in 2012 and was implemented at Leuphana campus this summer in form of a vegetable garden. The idea of the project was developed in a course concerning sustainability and the possibilities of urban gardening. Today, Leufarm has a constant group of around seven students that are always part of the garden. But the participation and positive resonance of other students is even greater. The urban gardening project won the first place in the category “service learning”, an award for extraordinary engagement of students. But winning awards is not the reason why Leufarm was built. It is rethinking the way we consume food and natural goods and it opens new ways of us living together.
Workshop leader: Fenja Braasch & Linn Sophie Tramm

Sustainability Transformation of Universities


The student initiative Greening the University was founded in 2007 and has two aims: to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and to introduce education for sustainable development into teaching. The group of students implemented an environmental management system to reduce the university’s effects on the environment and it founded and still organizes a transdisciplinary study program which all students can include into their curriculum. Amongst others, the students initiated a university-wide council on sustainable development, built a group for biodiversity on the campus and so far caused the creation of three positions to foster the transformation of an old-fashioned, conservative university with a huge carbon footprint to a place which does less environmental harm and provides its students, professors, employees and all institutions it cooperates with means to act towards a more sustainable future.
Workshop leader: Nikolas HagemannElisabeth Gebhard (Workshop 3); David Löw Beer & Lena Keul (Workshop 4)


rootAbility develops and nurtures governance structures to advance sustainability at universities. Through recruiting, training and coaching students, it enables its client institutions to realize an often untapped potential: the students themselves can see, think and act to create a more sustainable university. Borne out of the award winning Maastricht University Green Office, rootAbility has been founded in 2012 to promote student driven and participatory sustainability governance mechanisms in the European higher education landscape. After having initiated and driven the Green Office in Maastricht, the four founders who are partly still students themselves, are now working to implement similar changes in other universities in Europe, as well as to promote research and innovation in higher education sustainability.
Workshop leader: Ragnar Martens


Ongoing climate change, unprecedented losses of biodiversity and high levels of inequality are just some of the most pressing problems the world is currently facing. These challenges are calling for immediate and resolute action. Our network „Netzwerk Nachhaltigkeitsinitiativen“ (Network of sustainability initiatives in higher education) addresses these challenges by calling for an overall transformation of our system of tertiary education. Not only do universities and the whole scientific system have the capacity to deliver meaningful contributions, they also have the responsibility to address these issues by thoroughly transforming teaching, research and their administration. In achieving this transformation towards a system of tertiary education fully dedicated to sustainable development, we aim at strengthening the capacity of students to fully lift their potential in becoming change agents for sustainable universities.
Workshop leaders: Joe Geibel & Carla Wember


Become a Social Entrepreneur


The ‚SCHub – Social Change Hub‘ (Leuphana University) is a platform which supports and coaches voluntary work of students and brings forward their ideas in the field of social entrepreneurship. As a point of contact for emerging projects based on the idea of social engagements (includes ecological, economic, social and culture projects) they offer workshops, panels and lectures with established social entrepreneurships and project initiators. The main goal is to create a network between students and people with practical experience.
SCHub understands ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ as a business venture which is mainly focused on an innovative, pragmatic and sustainable development at the global society. SCHub coaches students to create, develop and transform their ideas into business projects. The organization supports small initiatives with impact in their city, regional groups of established NGO’s or creative business concepts. The idea of an innovative approach on social change is important for SCHub, which also supports seminars that focus on the idea of social entrepreneurship.
Workshop leader: tbc

Sustainability in Economics and Management

Workshop 9: OIKOS 

Oikos is an international student organisation for sustainable economics and management. Founded in 1987 in Switzerland, we today empower future leaders to drive change towards sustainability worldwide. Our programs embed environmental and social perspectives in faculties for economics and management. They comprise conferences, seminars, speeches, simulation games and other initiatives to transform teaching and research, and to provide platforms for learning, creating and sharing solutions. In the heart of our organization are our student members that turn ideas into action in currently close to 40 oikos chapters around the world. They are supported by a global community of oikos alumni, advisors, faculty, and partners, as well as an international team based in Switzerland.
Workshop leader: Lenka Parkanova


Upcycling - Turn your Ideas into Sustainable Products

Workshop 10: ENACTUS

Enactus Lüneburg is a student initiative founded in 2011. They are part of the global Enactus network, which exists since 1975 and was started in the US. With entrepreneurial approaches, Enactus tries to challenge social and environmental problems. The personal maxim in Lüneburg is "sustainable ideas for better lifes". The team consists of around 20 members, all students from different disciplines. With this wide range of perspectives, the projects tries to holistically improve prosperity.
Enactus became aware of the huge paperwaste at the Leuphana University and started to think about solutions that could sensitize the participants. What about upcycling, before returning the paper back to its ¨normal¨ lifecycle? Now the group is collecting misprints in and around the campus. This paper comes to a sheltered workshop in which it is transformed into something totally different than garbage - a 2ndPage notebook. On the one hand paperwaste is reduced and wasteproducers are sensitized. On the other hand, every customer supports some people in need of help. And while this project started in a small scale, it is now spreading around the world. Small steps can become a tangible movement, can't they?
Workshop leader: David Raoul Maas



Contribute to International Climate Governance


The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) is an umbrella youth network that was conceived in 2006 in Nairobi Kenya, during the 2nd International Conference of Youth held before the UNFCCC, COP 12. This initiative has continued to connect, share knowledge, ideas, experiences, skills and strategies on youth action around the continent on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It has been identified by African youth as providing an effective platform in order to address regional challenges at international gatherings, such as the UNFCCC COP process among others. Key youth organizations and countries that have been involved and continue to play a major role in the initiative in AYICC are: JVE Togo, AYICC Kenya, YEN Zambia, Energy Crossroads East Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, GYCCC Ghana, Nigeria youth climate Coalition, South Africa, Children for Children Organization - Gambia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Sierra Leone, REJEFAC-Cameroon, Benin, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Rwanda among many others. The members of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change address the bigger picture of climate change by appreciating its links with sustainable development. In this regard, the AYICC will link climate change and poverty reduction targets, especially in terms of utilizing appropriate and ecologically viable strategies. Thus ensuring both positive developments and avoiding the negative impacts of climate change.
Workshop leader: Grace Mwaura
11:15 - 11:30 am


11:30 - 12:30 pm
Workshops Part II
12:30 - 2:00 pm


2:00 - 4:00 pm
Workshops Part III
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Moderated by Lenka Parkánová, President, Oikos International
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Video message from:
  • Prof. Dr. Debra Rowe, President U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development; Advisor Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium; Founder and Facilitator Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability

Review and Outlook:

  • WSES Organizing Team 2013, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
  • WSES Organizing Team 2014, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
8:30 - 10:00 pm
Restaurant "Krone", City Center Lüneburg



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