Public Lecture Series

02.11.2020 | 18:00-19:30 | in german

[lecture in german]

"Implementing social sustainability in textile supply chains" - Mariska Przyklenk (FairTrade Germany, Head of Non-Food)

In contrast to supply chains in the food sector, textile supply chains are much more complex and globally and widely distributed. Where are the risks and how can companies counter these risks in a credible and appropriate manner? FairTrade's activities in the textile sector show how critical aspects of social sustainability can be addressed.

Location: Zoom (online)

09.11.2020 | 18:00-19:30 | in english

[lecture in english]

“UNODC’s anti-corruption work with NGOs” - Dr. Sigall Horovitz & Viktorija Nesterovaite (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-UNODC, Vienna)

The presentation will address UNODC’s collaboration with NGOs in the context of developing and promoting teaching modules on anti-corruption, integrity and ethics under the E4J initiative. I will provide specific examples of good practices and challenges of such collaborations. I will also invite the students to propose new ways for UNODC to work with NGOs on such projects, with a special emphasis on “out of the box” ideas. We will spend some time during the session discussing the students’ ideas.

Location: Communication building at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (9938) & Zoom (online)

16.11.2020 | 18:00-19:30 | in english

[lecture in english]

Thema: “Social innovation through NPOs and Social Business” - Dr. Hagai Katz (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel)

Why is Social Innovation all the rage today? It is so because of recent understanding that we are repeatedly failing in solving major social issues, such as poverty, pollution and infectious disease. Part and parcel of this is the realization that existing social and organizational structures and models to seek and deploy solutions are part of the problem. We will discuss, through examples of effective social innovations, why NPOs and social business are best positioned to identify and legitimate social problems, and how the hybrid business models that they employ are able to generate sustainable solutions that are innovative in both form and process.

Location: Communication building at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (9938) & Zoom (online)

23.11.2020 | 18:00-19:30 | in english

[lecture in english]

„Ethical Perspectives on Regional Sustainable Development” - Prof. Dr. Yotam Lurie (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel)

In a sense, “sustainability” has become the reigning ideology of our time, and there are experts on many practical dimensions pertaining to sustainability, touching upon practical questions, such as, how to implement sustainability and shape the future in order to make it more sustainable or on how to measure sustainability, using various benchmarks, indicators and sustainability standards, so as to assess where we stand and set new goals for sustainable development. While these are legitimate and important practical endeavors, the following talk will be a bit more theoretical and much less practical. Within the talk, I shall discuss three different ethical perspectives through which I hope to make sense of the ethics of regional sustainable development.

Location: Communication building at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (9938) & Zoom (online)

07.12.2020 | 18:00-19:30 | in german

[lecture in german]

"The German Red Cross in Saarland: global responsibility - borne locally" - Dr. Martin Rieger, Managing Director, Saarland Regional Association of the German Red Cross and Lisa Geimer-Klein, M.A., Head of Human Resources and Organizational Development, Saarland Regional Association of the German Red Cross

The Red Cross and Red Crescent is the largest humanitarian movement in the world: based on seven principles, active in over 190 nations and supported primarily by volunteers, the (D)RK has been part of global and local society for almost two centuries. How does the aid organization shape the processes of change in society in the areas of civil engagement, civil protection and educational development, and what are the effects of the increasing demands on the development of associations both locally and internationally?

Location: Communication building at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (9938)

14.12.2020 | 18:00-19:30 | in german

[lecture in german]

"Presentation of the Stefan Morsch Foundation" - Susanne Morsch (Chairwoman of the Board Stefan Morsch Foundation, Birkenfeld), Dr. Wolfgang Peter (Head of R&D Stefan Morsch Foundation, Birkenfeld)

The leukemia illness of the 16-j?hrige Stefan Morsch from Hoppst?dten Weiersbach moved in the middle of the 1980's many humans in Germany and world-wide. His sister and today's chairperson of the Stefan-Morsch-Stiftung, Susanne Morsch, reports on the beginnings of Germany's first stem cell donor file and what the non-profit organization is doing today both nationally and internationally in the fight against blood cancer.

Location: Communication building at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (9938) & Zoom (online)

Public lecture series in winter semester 2020/2021

Public event series "Nonprofit organizations and sustainable regional development" for students and interested citizens from the region. On site (registration necessary) and as live stream. 



If you have questions regarding the lecture series, Prof. Dr. Milena Valeva (Professor for Non-Profit Management and Sustainable Regional Development) is at your disposal via E-Mail: ringvorlesung[at]

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