The student conference is a one week long extra curricular event for university students and academics to engage into an interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange on challenges to reconstruction and reconciliation in post war Iraq by collaboratively reviewing scientific findings and developing ideas on how young people, academia and the wider society in Ninevah and Iraq can contribute to reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The conference will take place from 6.-10. March 2022 on Mosul University campus. The conference will the biggest academic student event in the history of the University and the first international conference event of Mosul University after it’s return to the Mosul campus. The organizers consider the conference of major relevance as it will bring back life to the campus and after the reopening of the recently reconstructed student hall, library and faculty buildings and a phase of pandemic caused distance learning.
As part of the conference about 600 students from all academic disciplines will work in about 30 interdisciplinary, problem and SDG oriented workshops, that were carefully prepared by professors and lecturers from Iraq, Germany and Austria. Results of the workshops will be exhibited and discussed with regard to possible applications and policy considerations with the University presidency, professionals and policy makers in a big final public conference event. The conference concept has been carefully developed by a team of professors and successfully implemented in five similar events between 2018 and 2021.
The program comprises three major elements:
– a conference opening (06.03.2022) with introduction to the conference and a keynote
– about 30 parallel four-day workshops (07.03.2022-09.03.2022) and
– a closing conference (10.03.2022)
Conference theme 2022
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which we consider a powerful global normative reference to discuss scientific concepts and possible solutions and strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to make Mosul and the region sustainable, serve as the umbrella theme for the 2022 student conference. We believe that understanding sustainability through the United Nations definition as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, can be a powerful concept to think about approaches for reconstruction and reconciliation in Mosul and the region in short and long‐term perspectives and as chance for building a more future‐oriented society. The key questions we wish to address and discuss with all participants are:
– What are the current challenges to a sustainable reconstruction and reconciliation in Mosul and the region? How can we design these processes in a sustainable way?
– Which scientific concepts can help us to better understand current processes and challenges?
– What role can the University of Mosul play in the current reconstruction and reconciliation challenges in Mosul and the region? What can the University do to help the processes to be sustainable?
– What role can students of the University of Mosul play?
The student conference will take place at Mosul University in the environmental college, the oil engineering college and the university library. The opening and closing ceremony will take place at a big theatre hall and will be broadcasted via live‐stream. All rooms will be big enough to allow for social distancing.
A conference for 600 students from all academic disciplines of Mosul University, with a minimum of 20 percent from other Universities to ensure for diversity and representation of minority groups.
You can learn more about the concept here
The conference opening will take place on 06.03.2022 in the Grand University Theater. You can learn more about the schedule here
The closing conference opening will take place on 10.03.2022 in the Grand University Theatre Hall. You can learn about it here
We will work in about 30 interdisciplinary, problem and SDG oriented workshops, that were carefully prepared by professors and lecturers from Iraq, Germany and Austria. Find about more about the workshops here