Let’s Talk:Campus

Let’s Talk:Campus is a one-day hybrid event on the future of campus life. The event will focus on issues of student participation and sustainability. The day’s programme is based primarily on submissions from the community. At a parliamentary evening we will bring politicians and students togehter .

The campus: the place of study. The place where students, teachers and university staff come together. A campus can be a digital place, a physical place or both. How do we want to design the campus in the future? How can we create inclusive, sustainable and participatory places – a campus where everyone feels welcome and comfortable?

As the Corona crisis subsides, these questions are coming up with renewed vigour. The shift to digital changed many things. Universities have made a start to form new models of teaching and learning, which many summerise under the heading of “blended university”. But what does this term mean? Can campus life, which thrives on encounter and community, ever become hybrid or even entirely digital? What are the optimal interfaces between physical and digital places of learning? And what challenges must be faced in this transformation?

Therefore Let’s talk Campus creates an open space for this renegotiation of the campus on 20 October 2022. We will bring student concerns together with the perspectives of teachers and decision-makers from higher education and politics onto the stage.

Let’s Talk: Campus: Who we address and why

Let’s Talk:Campus is meant to be a place to discuss and amplify student issues and concerns. Accordingly, you as speakers and participants, are the most important target group of the event. We especially address students who are interested in higher education, participation and the future of higher education. Furthermore, we want to address university teachers, administrators and managers as well as political actors.

Let’s Talk:Campus is intended to a create space for ideas and innovations and to facilitate exchange between students, universities and politicians. The aim is for the event to ensure that student concerns are taken more into account in future decisions by universities and politicians.

Framework & Formats

Let’s talk:Campus is a digital event with presence elements. It focuses on interactive formats on the virtual stages. The planned formats include:

  • Presentations (either as lightning talks of 5 minutes or as talks of 30 minutes)
  • Idea Sprints (120 minutes)
  • Workshops (60 minutes)

There will also be a live stage in Berlin, which will be streamed to the event platform. The Berlin stage will mainly present talks and possibly panels.

The exact formats will be developed with the Student Advisory Board (see below).

Let’s Talk:Campus – Network & Community

Let’s Talk:Campus actively seeks partnerships with key student stakeholder groups. Therefore, we offer student organisations a network partnership based on the classic University:Future Festival. More information about the partnership can be found here.

The programme of the event is primarily based on a public call. In addition, the organising team will invite outstanding VIP speakers.

The thematic focus will be determined by the organising team in cooperation with the Student Advisory Board.

Parliamentary Evening

Education policy is political. That is why Let’s Talk:Campus will end with a parliamentary evening. A panel discussion with excellent politicians is planned. In order to adequately bring the different student concerns into the discussion, the topics will be introduced by means of content-related interventions by students.

Student Advisory Board of Let’s Talk:Campus

Let’s talk:Campus will be advised by a Student Advisory Board, which is primarily composed by students and experts in participation.