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 is organizing 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 will provide 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.

You are invited to submit proposals for the “sustainable fashion consumption” symposium to be held at the university of Ulm on June 19th 2017. The symposium will consist of presentation sessions, a PechaKucha and poster session and an exhibition. To this end, we seek contributions from academics, practitioners, policymakers, business leaders, journalists and entrepreneurs. Please submit abstracts of no more than 1000 words to

Submissions by female attendants are particularly welcome. In addition to the scientific exchange the University Ulm promotes the establishment of a Sustainable Fashion Network for female researchers and seeks to support their academic exchange.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Kirsi Niinimäki, Aalto University, Aalto
Prof. Ines Weller, University Bremen
Mr. Rolf Heimann, board member HessNatur GmbH
Prof. Elke Schüßler, Johannes Keppler University, Linz
Prof. Alastair Fuad-Luke, Free University of Bozen

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



All participants should be registered no later than May 10th 2017. If you would like to join us for dinner, please transfer the dinner fee together with the registration fee.

Registration fee (*P8322002*): 35 Euro
Dinner fee (*P8322003*): 45 Euro

Please make sure you write the reference number: *P8322002* or *P8322003* in addition to your full name and affiliation. If you would like to join us for dinner, please write “dinner” in addition to all the other mentioned information in the payment reference.

Money transfer from European countries:
Account name: Kasse der Universität Ulm
Bank name: Bundesbank Ulm
IBAN: DE72 6300 0000 0063 0015 05
Payment reference for participation fee: *P8322002*, Full name, affiliation
Payment reference for dinner: *P8322003*, Full name, affiliation, dinner

Money transfer from other countries:
Account name: Kasse der Universität Ulm
Bank name: LBBW/BW-Bank Stuttgart, Filiale Ulm
IBAN: DE15 6005 0101 7439 5032 50
Payment reference for participation fee: *P8322002*, Full name, affiliation
Payment reference for dinner: *P8322003*, Full name, affiliation, dinner

Location of symposium:

Villa Eberhardt
Heidenheimer Straße 80
89075 Ulm


Hotel am Rathaus & Hotel Reblaus

Maritim Hotel Ulm 

Comfor Hotel Frauenstrasse

Golden Tulip Park Hotel Neu-Ulm

For any further information please contact:

Samira Iran, Universität Ulm
Tel.: 0731 50 32361

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