Sustainable Fashion Consumption Symposium


June 19th 2017 (9:00- 18:00), University of Ulm, Institute of Sustainable Management

Recent environmental and social problems caused by the fashion industry, such as water and air pollution, high level of carbon emission, unfair labor conditions or child labor are calling a need for fostering sustainability within the fashion industry. The current proposed solutions of producing and buying sustainable fashion products have not solely been able to overcome the problems within this sector. Furthermore, by releasing low priced products every season, fast fashion has encouraged a throw away culture and has consequently allowed fashion industry’s problems to persist. Thus, more than ever, would be the proper time to slow down the fashion consumption and to discover the possibilities consumers have to minimize the environmental and social damages of the current unsustainable fashion production and consumption.

The University of Ulm organized a one-day interdisciplinary symposium aiming to bridge the gap between the niche of sustainable fashion and everyday fashion consumption. In this regard, this symposium provided the opportunity for academics, researchers, designers, practitioners and PhD students from different disciplines of textile, clothing, fashion, and consumer behavior as well as marketing to exchange the latest academic findings, innovative ideas (solutions) and practical examples addressing a sustainable fashion consumption in everyday life.

The “sustainable fashion consumption” symposium was held at the university of Ulm on June 19th 2017. The symposium comprised presentation sessions, a PechaKucha and poster session and an exhibition.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Kirsi Niinimäki, Aalto University, Aalto (download presentation: kirs-niinimaki_sfcs_ulm)
Prof. Ines Weller, University Bremen
Mr. Rolf Heimann, board member HessNatur GmbH download presentation: rolf-heimann_sfcs_ulm)
Prof. Elke Schüßler, Johannes Keppler University, Linz (download presentation: elke-schuessler_sfcs_ulm)
Prof. Alastair Fuad-Luke, Free University of Bozen (download presentation: alastair-fuad-luke_sfcs_ulm)


PROGRAMM (download Programm for Presentations as PDF)

09.00-09.15 Welcome & opening speech, Prof. Martin Müller, Ulm University


09.15-11.00 Keynotes

„Rana Plaza: A Threat to the Fast Fashion Model?“, Prof. Elke Schüßler, Johannes Keppler University, Linz

“Innovative business thinking through product service systems for sustainable consumption”, Prof. Kirsi Niinimäki, Aalto University, Aalto

„Sustainability as a Value Driver“, Mr. Rolf Heimann, CEO HessNatur Stiftung

11.00-11.20 Coffee break
11.20-13.00 Parallel sessions
13.00-13.45 Lunch break
13.45-15.00 Keynotes

“Hybrid clothes, hybrid cultures: How research x design x social actions can help re-make local economies”, Prof. Alastair Fuad-Luke, Free University of Bozen

“Nutzungsmuster von Bekleidung in Bewegung? Richtung Nachhaltigkeit?” (In German), Prof. Ines Weller, University Bremen

15:00-15:45 Speed presentations (PechaKucha)
15:45-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:30  Panel discussion with keynote speakers: “Sustainable fashion consumption – a viable future pathway or only a myth?“
17:30- 18:15 Poster presentations & fashion exhibition
18:30 End of symposium
19:30 Joint dinner and networking



For any further information please contact:

Samira Iran, Universität Ulm
Tel.: 0731 50 32361

Carolin Becker-Leifhold, Universität Ulm
Tel.: 0731 50 32358