Konferenz „SEDE 2019 – Sustainability, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship"

Since 2017, there has been a subject-related university partnership between the University of Kassel and the Universidad de Sancti Spiritus in Cuba, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.

Within the framework of this partnership, the Department of Work and Labour Studies of the University of Kassel organizes an international conference on the topics of Sustainability, Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Education. Especially because of the current political, social and economic developments in Cuba, these topics are highly relevant. In times of current private-sector opening approaches in Cuba, a critical and differentiated consideration of the associated opportunities and risks is required.

As part of the subject-related university partnership, modules have been and are being developed with the aim of implementing them in the Universidad de Sancti Spiritus and later also at other Cuban universities. These modules focus on Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship Education and Economic Thinking for Sustainable Development. Both modules will be presented and discussed on the second day of the conference.

We look forward to interesting contributions from international scientists and stimulating discussions together with experts from the fields of research, practice and politics.

The conference will take place at the 1st and 2nd of July 2019 at the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos (CELA) of the University of Kassel.

Participation in the conference is free!


  • 01.07.2019, 10:00 - 11:15

Katharina Gapp (Head of the Institute for Sustainability of the Berlin School of Economics and Law): "Sustainable Economics as a new paradigm to manage the challenges of the 21st century"

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Katharina Gapp is a guest lecturer at the HWR Berlin. She is also the director of the institute for sustainability at HWR Berlin. Her research focuses on the effectivity of governmental programs in order to reach the sustainable development goals.

Mrs. Gapp has developed the Concept of Sustainable Economics in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Holger Rogall. This concept is developed out of the Economics and Sustainable Science (esp. Ecological Economics). The focus here is on the question of how sufficiently high economic, socio-cultural and ecological standards can be achieved for all people and generations within the limits of natural capacity in order to enforce the intra- and intergenerational principle of justice


  • 01.07.2019, 13:30 - 14:45

Gregor May (Premium Cola Collective): "Hacking Economy - towards a cooperative economy of needs."

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Gregor May is a trained media and information services specialist, studied industrial engineering and history of technology. In 2012 he joined the Premium Collective after a series of projects in the field of Cooperatives and Trade Unions. Since 2015, he has been a regional Sales manager, lecturer and consultant for other companies. He is also active in various collective and cultural initiatives.


  • 02.07.2019, 13:30 - 14:45

Prof. Dr. Rainer Harms (University of Twente): "Entrepreneurship Education – Curriculum Development for (sustainability) oriented EE."

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Prof. Dr. Harms is passionate about helping entrepreneurs to realize their ambitions. Hence, his research interests are technology entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. He writes on entrepreneurial learning and Lean Startup in technology ventures, product-market selection, and entrepreneurial orientation. His research spans more than 60 articles in journals such as JSBM, BJM, ORM, ERD, TFSC, Technovation, and others.


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