Thematic Events

Thematic events (photo by Wolfram Schubert)

Opening Ceremony

At the official Opening Ceremony of the International Student Week in Ilmenau 2019, we will be coming together to celebrate the start of an interesting and exciting conference.


Keynote Lectures & Panel Discussions

Keynote lecture (photo by Chiung Wu)

For ISWI 2019, there will be several keynote lectures and panel discussions focusing on certain key aspects of the topic ‘tradition and transition’.


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 (photo by Wolfram Schubert)

Group work is the heart of ISWI. We offer 30 working groups, each dealing with a certain aspect of the main topic. There are thematic groups and art groups. Here you can find an overview of 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.


ISWI Open Space

ISWI Open Space (photo by ISWIeV)

It´s all about you to ‘Create your Space’. During this Open Space session, participants will have the chance to get active by contributing their input. There will be no restrictions on topics or the kind of activities. After a short introduction of the basic ideas of the method participants will fill the space with whatever topics, questions, dreams, visions or knowledge they may bring with them. Be curious and open to everything that will happen during this Open Space Session.

The Open Space principles are:

  • Whoever comes is the right people.
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
  • When it’s over, it’s over.

In general, every participant should make use of the ‘law of two feet’:

  • If at any time during our time together you find yourself in any situation where you are neither learning nor contributing, use your two feet, go someplace else.

Final Presentations

Final Presentation (photo by ISWIeV)

Of course, there will be a final day of the conference. 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.


Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony (photo by Chiung Wu)

This 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 some groups and the art groups in particular. 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.