Synergies Event

Ensuring long-term existence of student initiatives

Friday, 2. December | University of Basel
Kollegiengebäude, Petersplatz 1
This event is dedicated to the question of how student initiatives for sustainable development can be sustained over a longer period of time. It will address questions like
  • what are successful models of sustainability oriented student project support structures or activities?
  • how can students be motivated to develop their own project?
  • how to design student initiatives with long term ambitions?
Who should attend?
  • Student project incubators and student projects that aim to further develop their initiatives once the sd-universities funding ends (or has already ended)
  • Members of universities, universities of applied science and universities of teacher education that plan to develop a student project support platform and submit a proposal with in the new funding programme Nachhaltige Entwicklung an Schweizer Hochschulen - Studierendenprojekte
  • Other student initiatives and institutions dedicated to facilitate, foster and finance student projects

Participation is free of charge, food and drinks will be provided.

Languages: E/D/F

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9:30    Coffee and inscription

10:00  Welcome note and introduction (incl. short overview on new funding programme)

10:15  Inputs of student project incubators, focusing on their goals, organisational structures and on how they
           approached and supported the students
           Intermittent: short 2’ presentations of supported projects

11:15  Approaches to effectively reach students, and to support and foster student projects
           Discussion based on the experiences of project incubators and supported projects

11:40  Exploring promising models for student project support platforms including collaboration among
           universities, universities of applied science and universities of teacher education

12:15  Lunch

13:30  Presentations of student initiatives, focusing on approaches to sustain them

14:15  Continuity vs. innovation, structure vs. flexibility: Challenges for student initiatives with long-term ambition
           Workshop, 2 rounds; coffee break between rounds
           - Finding members, succession and hand over
           - Funding (including short input on innovative fundraising – tbc)

15:35  Working together with existing bodies/institutions/structures or building up own

16:05  Closing remarks

16:15  End

This event is organised by the Sustainable Development at Universities Programme in cooperation with the University of Basel, and is supported by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

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