Formats

The conference consisted of various formats. For better understanding, these are split up into general, scientific, practical and social movement oriented as well as artistic events. However, there was inter- and transdisciplinary thinking and working in most events.

1. General events

Keynotes: lectures from renowned speakers to kick start the day
Panels: discussion rounds with three to four speakers, who debate controversial questions among themselves and with the audience
Open Space/World Café: open formats, where participants can discuss their own topics and explore ideas in open or rotating groups. > More information on the Open Space at the Degrowth-Conference 2014
Group Assembly Process (GAP): thematic discussions in small groups that meet daily and work on concrete proposals for degrowth; they can build on processes of the previous Degrowth conferences. The groups’ results are presented on the last conference day. > More information on the GAP
Introductory course: comprehensive introduction to the subject degrowth for all beginner
Fair for Degrowth: a place of meeting and networking of organisations, initiatives and projects related to degrowth
Book presentations: authors of books on degrowth discuss the content of their publications with the audience
Special event: an event with a special format which doesn’t fit into any of the other categories

2. Scientific events

Scientific lectures: scientific evening lectures
Scientific paper sessions: short presentations of scientific papers based on full and short papers; please note: the respondents’ names are not included in the programme. Respondents give a five minute comment on a full paper to start the following debate
Special sessions: scientific debates with short presentations on a specific topic
Special sessions with other format: scientific debates with workshop format
Poster presentations: presentations of individual inputs in the form of posters

3. Practical and social movement events

Discussion workshops: interactive events where speakers reflect and discuss jointly
Practical Workshops: events, where participants get actively involved, research and reflect – at the interface of practice, activism and art
Excursions: tours of projects and interesting places in Leipzig
Films: film presentations followed by discussions

4. Artistic events

Performances and interventions: in theatres, lecture halls, public spaces, before a large audience and in one-on-one meetings
Installations and exhibitions: artists from the fields of architecture, photography, visual and performing arts as well as activism exhibit their art on the conference premises and in the city centre
Short film walking-tour: presentations of short films on screens and projected on building facades in the city of Leipzig
Concerts: space and time to listen to music together, to jam and to dance