Restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we decided that the conference will be online.

But do not be sad! Right now we are working on a concept where everyone can join online streams of the opening and closing ceremonies, keynote lectures, etc. We also continue reviewing the applications and hope that we will be able to organise online groups for the selected participants. We try to make it as interactive as possible. More information will be coming as soon as possible. Please, check your emails regularly.

We know that this will definitely not be the same as having everyone here in Ilmenau and interacting with each other, but we are sure that it will still have some value to it. We hope that you understand our decision.

We will limit the in-person-participation to people residing within Germany. We held onto the dream of inviting people from all over the world for as long as possible, but given the current infection numbers it is reasonable to take this decision.


 Right now we are working on a concept where everyone can join online streams of the opening and closing ceremonies, keynote lectures, etc. and we hope that we will be able to organise online groups for the selected participants.

The conference

We will try to give you your first choice, but due to capacity reasons it is possible that we can only offer you your second or third choice topic. Note: You will only be able to participate in one working group during the conference.

You will participate in only one of the three working groups you selected during the application process (see the preceding question). Due to the necessary changes in our concept we also have to adjust the groups. We will keep you updated.

Currently we are working on an exciting and varied program. We will keep you updated.

The application 

To apply for ISWI 2021 you have to be at least 18 years old (on 28th May 2021) and you must be a student. Unfortunately we cannot consider other applications.

The application starts not until the 1st of October. It consists of two steps (1. Registration 2. Filling out the application form, writing two essays & submitting the application)

  • Essay 1: A statement on your personal connection to the topic of ISWI 2021 ‘Our future, Our responsibility – There is no Plan(et) B’ and your motivation to join ISWI 2021.
  • Essay 2: A statement concerning the choice you made regarding the working group.

The essays will serve as the basis for choosing the participants of ISWI 2021. They will be assessed by the Organising Committee of ISWI 2021.

Tip: Use a text document to compose your essays before you apply. This way, you can take your time writing the essays. Furthermore, your essays won’t get lost if your Internet connection breaks down.

The deadline for the application has been extended to November 18th for students currently outside Schengen countries (at 11:59 pm Central European Time). The deadline for student’s in Schengen countries was December 20th.

Note: The difference between deadlines is established due to the time needed to complete the visa process and the COVID-19 situation.

Do not copy any texts from the Internet, books, friends or other sources. Mark every quotation and state the source. Applications containing plagiarism will not be taken into consideration for ISWI 2021! Please be sure of this as we will read every essay and check for plagiarism.

After the deadline we begin reading and assessing your applications. This can last for about two months. If we have chosen you to participate in ISWI 2021, we will send you an official invitation letter. (We would appreciate your patience until all of the applications are reviewed and you receive your official invitation.)

After you have received the message saying that you are invited, please contact us if you will not participate, so that we can give other people the chance to the part of ISWI 2021.

In case that some circumstances prevent your participation, please contact us as fast as possible.

Invitation letter 

Yes, you will get an official invitation to ISWI 2021. We will send the invitation as soon as we checked all the applications.

The official invitation confirms that you are invited to the 15th International Student Week in Ilmenau. It is signed by the president and the vice president of the ISWI 2021 Organising Committee as well as by the Rector of “Technische Universität Ilmenau”. The ISWI 2021 is officially supported by Technische Universität Ilmenau.
The invitation is important for obtaining a visa to enter Germany (that is if you require one – you can check here). You can also use it as a confirmation for your university that you are officially invited to ISWI 2021, in case you need a document in order to be released from your classes.


Since the conference is online there won’t be any costs for you. 

No. There is no participation fee for ISWI 2021.