13th OIKOS Winter School

oikos Winter School13TH OIKOS WINTER SCHOOL

5.-11. MARCH 2017


Thirty open-minded international students come together with 10-15 top-class speakers, to work for one week on the subject of sustainability in the fashion industry. The topic has been brought into the public eye by scandals such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, or alarming studies on the effect of chemicals used in production of raw materials. Low wages, unfair employment conditions and violations of freedom are often associated with parts of the global apparel industry. Furthermore, following the oil industry, the textile industry is the second largest contributor to current environmental pollution. It is evident, that there is a long list of problems that can be observed along the textile value chain. They range from poor working conditions and child labour in production countries to health effects caused by contaminated products, to the salinization of soil, as well as, the massive threat to bio-diversity by genetically modified cotton plants.


Oikos International was founded in 1987 as an international student organization that works at 40 universities worldwide, addressing sustainability issues especially at business schools. The oikos Winter School is hosted by the members of the Chapter at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Every year since 2007 students come together at the University of Witten/Herdecke to develop innovative approaches in the field of sustainable development. Our conference aims to provide international students from different subjects as well as young professionals with a sound knowledge of the topic delivered by experts from the Industry, NGO’s, society and also science.


Each day a top-class key note speaker will offer you brief insights into one dimension of the topic and interactively discuss your challenging questions.

In the afternoons, you can improve your insights and broaden your mind with workshops on different topics related to the key note speech of the day. The conference is all about exchange of ideas, mutual inspiration and critical reflection.

While university courses often end with providing knowledge and examining different topics, we will go further and want you to make a difference. Therefore, we offer you two expert-led practical session for applying your new gained knowledge.

Sustainability and a relaxed atmosphere will be part of our own conference too. Our priority is your learning experience, therefore we give you all the space you need to improve your connections, provide you with freshly prepared and organic food and house you in students flats.

Further Questions: info@oikos-winterschool.org

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