Thematic Events

Amongst other student conferences, ISWI stands out for its extensive thematic portion, which revolves around a central topic and consists of small-group works, discussions, lectures and debates on the topic. The topic itself is usually inspired by current conflicts and areas of tension as well as global developments. The main aim is to give participants from all over the world the possibility to get to know each other, exchange their opinions and work on potential solutions, independently of their personal, social or cultural background.

To provide deeper insights into certain aspects of the topic, and to inspire the group work and further discussion, we host experts, institutions, NGOs, and activists at each ISWI. To give lectures and conduct workshops during the conference, we invite speakers from all over the world who are well-known for their experience and work.

For ISWI 2023, there will be several keynote lectures and panel discussions focusing on certain key aspects of the topic ‘Knowledge, Information and Data’. The official language of the conference is English.

Group Work

The essential part of the thematic program of ISWI will be the group work. You’ll be able dive deep into one aspect of the ISWI 2023 topic and discuss it with students from all around the world, each bringing their specific point of view into the discussion. Besides the in-person group work, we plan to have specific online groups for people who couldn’t travel to Ilmenau.
The group work will be only accessible for invited participants of ISWI 2023!

Keynotes & Panel Discussions

Get excited and dive with our notable speakers from all over the world into the topic of ISWI 2023. During the Week we will offer several keynotes and panel discussion that focus on different aspects of the topic of “Knowledge, Information and Data”. The speakers and panelists will be announced before the conference.


Always wanted to learn how to do pottery? Then you should definitely take part in our practical workshops. You’ll be able to learn interesting new skills, international dances and much more. More information about the available workshops will be announced before the conference.

Movie Night

After a week full of long nights, you’ll get a chance to catch a breath, take out some snacks and enjoy a movie with the other participants. The movie will deal with the topic of ISWI 2023, but of course it will be a surprise!