Below you find some questions, we have been asked before. If you have a question, which you do not find below, please write us and we will answer you the question and put the answer online.

WSEN Summit



Future Host of a WSEN Summit

Newsletter, Information, Contact


WSEN Summit

What is the WSEN Global Summit?

Our WSEN Global Summit is the annual event of the WSEN, organised each year by dedicated students for other students and taking place at a different university around the world. At the end of 2013, the term 'Global Summit' replaced the title used so far, 'World Student Environmental Summit (WSES).' These summits are opportunities once a year to work intensively on our common goal meeting fellow WSEN members in person, to exchange our experiences and projects, interact with expert speakers, create new ideas and broaden widely our perspective in such a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

How can I participate in a WSEN Summit?

We cooperate with universities that send their students as delegates to the summit. If your university has been a regular cooperating university, the organising team of the next summit will contact our contact person about 9 months in advance. If your university has not been sending students to a WSEN Summit yet, you need find a staff member at your university who is willing to be the contact and either have this person email us, or you need to email us their contact details so we need to contact them. The university will normally run an application process within their university for students and select four potential delegates. The application of the four potential delegates is send to the organising team of the next WSEN Summit. Members of the organising team select two delegates who are invited to join the WSEN Summit.

Who can take part in a WSEN Summit?

Students enrolled at universities and colleges that cooperate officially with us are legitimate to participate in a WSEN Summit. It does not matter if students are in the undergraduate or graduate (master, PhD) studies. The university will normally run an application process within their university for students and select four potential delegates. The application of the four potential delegates is send to the organising team of the next WSEN Summit. Members of the organising team select two delegates who are invited to join the WSEN Summit.

What are the costs of participating in a WSEN Summit?
Participating universities are asked to fund the travel costs (incl. visa costs) for the student delegates. The organising team of the WSEN Summit provides food and accommodation for free for the participating students. The Summit as such (workshops, lectures, summit dinner) are free. This means there are no costs for the participating delegates.


Can I join the WSEN even though I didn't participate at a WSEN summit?

Yes, you can. Anybody interested in building the WSEN and supporting change markers around the globe in creating a more sustainable world on and off campus are welcome to join the WSEN. If you are interested in supporting the WSEN with your ideas, time and creativity, please contact us via email, on facebook or twitter.

Can I be part of the Executive Board after graduation?
Yes, you can. If you are elected as Executive Board member during the General Assembly, you are part of the Executive Board until the General Assembly of the next year.
What is the range of the WSEN in terms of countries and universities participating ?

Despite the W in its name, the WSEN does not have a universal ambition to represent the world and all its universities and students. It aims rather at including representatives from all regions of the world, with as much balance between regions as possible.
The network is limited, mostly to 1 university per represented country, and often 2 or more in countries that have hosted a previous summit. This is to reach a maximum number of participants close to 80 delegates, ideally 2 from each invited university. This maximum is set to allow each Summit to remain of a manageable size for a group of dedicated students, and also to maintain a close friendly atmosphere to allow maximum contact and interaction between the participants.
Each year's organising team receives the list of participating universities. Universities that have participated to a few summits already are invited, the same for past Summit hosts. The organising team of a WSEN Summit is however free to adapt the rest of the invitations to match a better representativeness of various regions, including, for instance, universities with which the host university holds a particular partnership.

What is the relationship between the WSEN and Doshisha University Kyoto Japan?

The WSEN was created in 2008 after the 1st WSES organised by students from Doshisha University Kyoto Japan. For this reasons, there is a historical head office at Doshisha University. Doshisha University has also been supporting financially every single WSEN summit until now. The WSEN Doshisha office has not been involved in itself in any action/decision whatsoever regarding the WSEN and the summits. Inquiries will need to be made with students members of this WSEN Doshisha office for feedback.
The WSEN Doshisha Office is composed of both administrative and student staff. These students have been over the years active members of the WSEN Steering committee and the primary contact between the WSEN and the founding university. Among others, they have represented the WSEN in international conferences (e.g. COP 15 and 16 of the UNFCCC or Rio+20), handing over the latest WSES Outcomes Report to officials.


What are the advantages of being a partner university of the WSEN?

The WSEN partner universities are seen and promoted as worldwide precursors in the field of sustainability in higher education. They pledge to take responsibility and conduct concrete steps to become more sustainable, involving their student community as key stakeholders of this undertaking. With the WSEN, these universities are explicitly reaching out for an international engaged student community, to share their experience and learn from others through their student representatives. These universities and their actions are presented on the WSEN homepage.

Future Host of a WSEN Summit

How is the future host of a WSEN Summit selected?

So far, the final selection has been made by the WSEN committee itself. First, a call for application for hosting the next summit is sent to all participating universities and delegates. This call asks that if interested, a university/student/group of students should form a motivated group of students and get in contact with the WSEN. Then to those who reply, the WSEN sends back an application form including a number of questions, among others on the sustainability strategy/ engagement of the institution, the actions already put in place, the potential public, the expectations or general concept regarding the summit and the objectives, the available resources (strong emphasis on funding, most difficult part) and also the organising team recruitment potential. On this basis, the WSEN committee has taken decisions together so far.
At the same time, a more active role, the WSEN has tried to maintain contact and encourage individuals or institutions who have expressed their initial interest in hosting a future WSEN Global Summit in order to get them to apply formally, taking concrete steps forward.

Can my university be the host of a WSEN Summit in the future?
We are happy if you are interested in hosting a WSEN Summit. If you are interested to host a WSEN Summit, please contact us. We strongly recommend, that students of your university take part in a WSEN Summit at least once before the WSEN Summit take place at your university, so the participating students can experience the WSEN atmosphere once before you create it at your university!

Newsletter, Information, Contact

Where do I get the latest information of the WSEN

We regularly post information on the WSEN, but also on student lead sustainability projects on and off campus on facebook and twitter. In addition, we publish four times a year the WSEN Newsletter.

How do I subscribe to the WSEN newsletter?

You can subscribe on our homepage to our WSEN newsletter. It is for free and is published four times a year.

How can I contact the WSEN?

There are various ways to get in contact with us. You can email us, contact us on facebook or on twitter.

How to subscribe to articles, comments, tags on our pages?
We use RSS to let you follow specific subsets of our content.
On wsen.org and all summit sub pages there are two orange icons in the right top corner = RSS-feed to subscribe to either all articles or all comments.
To subscribe to comments of a specific article, head over to the specific article and the orange RSS sign on top of the page changes to
"subscribe to all comments for this article"
To subscribe to a tag on our page, please head over to an article with this tag, click on the "tag" ( e.g. "2012") and the RSS sign at the
top of the page changes to "subscribe to all things tagged with this tag"

Mailing list

How to join the WSEN mailing lists?

Subscribe via: wsen-join@listserv.uni-tuebingen.de (write a simple mail, content doesn’t matter)
or via https://listserv.uni-tuebingen.de/mailman/listinfo/wsen
This list is open to everyone.

WSEN-orga (only for WSEN core team!):
Subscribe via: wsen-orga-join@listserv.uni-tuebingen.de (write a simple mail, content doesn’t matter)
or via https://listserv.uni-tuebingen.de/mailman/listinfo/wsen-orga
This mailing list is the main communication path for the WSEN orga team. Consequential this list is invite-only and you should check with Ronja or Agnes when encountering problems.

Attachments are restricted to 5MB (and some special attachment file endings are restricted like .exe), emails by non-subscribers are held for moderation but not deleted, explanation text is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Russian for both lists.
The email-list of the subscribers are only visible for admins.

Basic documentation: http://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/docs.html

How to change the email address for the WSEN mailing lists:

You have to do it on your own, we can't do it for you!

For your old email address see: How to leave the WSEN mailing lists
For your new email address see: How to join the WSEN mailing lists

How to leave the WSEN mailing lists?
  • Search for the monthly email „listserv.uni-tuebingen.de mailing list memberships reminder“ you get. There you find the link to the list and a password at the bottom of the email.
  • Use the link. (Be aware to use the full link!)
  • Type in your password.
  • Delete your email address from the list.

This should work!
(If not, please drop us a note via support@wsen.org)

Subscribe to Comments for "FAQ"