Thematic Events


Opening Ceremony

All participants, groupleaders and guests of honour are invited to come together and celebrate the conference opening at the official ISWI 2017 Opening Ceremony. We look forward to a varied programme of music, dance and arts. You will be welcomed by:

• Kumi Naidoo, the ISWI 2017 Patron
• Prof. Peter Scharff, the Ilmenau University of Technology Rector
• Babette Winter, Thuringian State Secretary for Europe and Culture
• Petra Enders Ilm-Kreis” district administrative head
• ISWI Board: Andreas Vieregg, Katharina Flinner and Benno Platte

Alternate location: Ilmenau Festival Hall

When: Saturday 13th May, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: city park

Keynote Lectures

For ISWI 2017, there will be several keynote lectures highlighting certain aspects of the topic ‘Global Justice’.

Alicia Cabezudo: Education for Global Justice – Vision, Goals and Actions.

Prof. Dr. Alicia Cabezudo is a Professor for Peace Education at the National University of Rosario in Argentina, as well as being Co-Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau and coordinator of its educational activities. Furthermore, she travels the world to visit universities, pass on her knowledge and work together with other educators.

Prof. Dr. Cabezudo has dedicated her life to promoting peace and human rights through education. Her wide experience in this area allows her to assist the participants in coming up with ways to work towards the global establishment of peace and human rights in their daily lives.

When: Saturday, 13th May, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Audimax

Bernard Lietaer: Economic Justice – Theory to Practice.

Bernard Lietaer is an expert on monetary systems. In 1969 he submitted his Master’s thesis on the system theory of international finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since then, he has been Professor of International Finance at the University of Louvain in Belgium, financial advisor to several Latin American governments, Head of Organization and Electronic Data Processing at the Belgian central bank, manager of a hedge fund whose profits were used for social and ecological projects, and advisor and speaker on various alternative financial systems. He has published several books and articles on this topic. This wide range of experience gives him the necessary insights to investigate the global economy and make suggestions for improvement, as he investigates possibilities for establishing fairer and more effective monetary systems through ideas such as complementary currencies and mutual credit, among others.

When: Sunday, 14th May, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Audimax

Kumi Naidoo- The Struggle for Global Justice in an unequal, fragmented and fragile World

Kumi Naidoo will present his work in his NGO “Africans Rising“, among other things. A central point will be the bringing together of diverse populations in Africa in order to fight corruption, inequality, climate change and poverty. His work will stand as an example and inspire practical action against inequality.

When: Sunday, 17th May, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Audimax

Wolfgang Lucht: Earth’s Future: From Planetary Boundaries to Social Transformation

Wolfgang Lucht’s research into the Earth as a complete system allows him to investigate questions of justice related to the (often unwitting) impact of people and groups of people on the environment and on people in other regions. His position as an adviser to the German government gives him an insight into the impact that government policies have on the environment as a whole, as well as the potential for each individual to create meaningful change. These are insights which he will be able to share with our participants.

When: Wednesday, 17th May, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Audimax

Exhibition Opening “Barrier:Zones”

The exhibition “Barrier:Zones”, follows people whose lives have been shaped and impaired by war and conflict. Photographer Till Meyer uses photographs to share the stories of people made handicap as a consequence of social unrest, fighting to lead dignified lives. Some stories give hope, others succeed in saddening us. But they all have one thing in common, their demand for respect.

During the Exhibition Opening the photographer Till Mayer will say some introduction words. From Monday the Exhibition will be in the Humbold Building.

Time: Sunday, 14th May, 3:30 p.m.
Location: “Alte Försterei” at the Wetzlarer Platz

Introductory Lectures

For every working group we are organising an introductory lecture to facilitate a smoother access to the respective topic for all participants. You will find more information on the particular lectures, soon.

Groupleader meets Participant

Here you will meet your groupleaders and get to know the members of your group. This is a good opportunity to get to know each other and share your first impressions of Ilmenau and your journey. You can also use this time to get some important information for the week and answers to (almost) all of your questions from the groupleaders. Therefore, it is very important for you to take part in this event. Nevertheless, do not worry if your arrival is later on Saturday. You will also be able to join the group later on.

Group Work

Group work is the heart of ISWI. We offer 27 working groups, each dealing with a certain aspect of the main topic ‘Global Justice’. There are thematic groups and art groups. Here you can find an overview on the groups. Within the group sessions you will have the possibility to share your experiences and views, discuss in detail and work towards solutions for actual and current problems. Within the application process you are asked to decide which working group you would like to join during the conference. You can state your three top preferences, but you will only be able to take part in one group, according to our capacities.

Fair Fair

During the entire evening numerous NGOs, associations and initiatives will have the opportunity to present themselves with information stands in the Humboldt building foyer. The aim is to start discussions through direct interaction, to learn more about the projects, the content and the structures of the individual initiatives and organisations as well as to network.

The opening session from 7 to 7:45 pm will include a conversation featuring representatives of various NGOs, associations and initiatives in which they will talk about the motivation behind their work as well as their role in the context of the topic of ISWI 2017, Global Justice. The conversation shall highlight the role of each different approach to and method of societal participation.

There will also be two 45-minute workshop sessions held after 30 minutes past the end of the opening session:

  • Session 1: 8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Session 2: 9:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The workshops will give insights into selected projects of the initiatives and organisations as well as general tips for the founding, running and development of an organisation.

When: Monday, 15th May, 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Where: Humboldt Building

Panel Discussion “WWWeb of Justice?

The panel will comprise speakers from various regions and backgrounds. The keynote topic will be certain opportunities and pitfalls of social media related to progress towards global justice. Specifically, this includes the ability of social media to be used as a tool for connecting like-minded people to organise political or societal movements to effect real change; but also the risk of information being fabricated by special interests to influence the opinion of individuals and groups as well as the potential for the forming of filter bubbles, where people are only shown the information that fits with their current opinions. The event will consist of an introductory address by each speaker (total length: 1 hour) followed by a moderated discussion lasting around an hour.

When: Tuesday, 16th May 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Helmholz Auditorium

Final Presentations

Of course, there will be a final day of the conference. On that day you will have the possibility to present the results of your group work. Everyone is invited to listen to the presentations and to take part in the final discussions.

When: Friday 19th May, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Humboldt Building

Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony is the last time all participants, groupleaders and all people involved in organizing the International Student Week in Ilmenau will come together. You can enjoy the presentations of the art groups. Together we will look back on a week full of discussions, lectures and celebration before everybody leaves again and takes their new ideas back home to put them into action.

After the Closing Ceremony you will have time to personally say goodbye to everyone and exchange contact details to keep in touch.

When: Friday, 19th May, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Where: Audimax