The Conference

The International Student Week

The conference (photo by Christiane Bredehorn)

The “International Student Week in Ilmenau” (ISWI) is a conference for students organized by students. It takes place every other year at the campus of Technische Universität Ilmenau. Over 300 participants from more than 70 different countries took part in the last ISWI in 2013. Compared to other similar events ISWI is known for its focus on group work, lectures and debates on a certain main topic, to which the conference is dedicated. As main topic the organizing committee always tries to find areas of tension that include recent problems and developments in the world.
The main aim of the ISWI is to bring young people from all over the world together and serve as a platform for exchange and getting to know each other as well as for discussion and working out ideas to solve recent problems. The official language of the conference is English.

The following list gives a review of the past ISWIs:

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The people behind ISWI: The association ISWI e.V.

ISWIeV 2014 (photo by Felix Dürrwald)

The “Initiative Solidarische Welt Ilmenau e.V.” (ISWI e.V.), established in 1992, is an incorporated society and NGO led by students who organize the projects as volunteers. Its status is that of a non-profit and benevolent organization. We set ourselves the goal to fight against social inequality, racism and intolerance as well as to promote mutual understanding. To reach this aim, we organize projects that raise awareness to recent problems and offer an open platform to get to know each other, exchange views and work out solutions for these problems. Our main project, the “International Student Week in Ilmenau” (ISWI), takes place every two years since 1993 at the Technische Universität Ilmenau.

If you are interested in more information on ISWI e.V. and its projects, please visit our homepage