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In addition to promoting the cause of ethics in business through various dialogues and multi-stakeholder conferences, the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) regularly convenes the World Youth Forum to actively engage young minds in this cause.

The WYF creates an open platform for university students (Undergraduate, Masters, Ph.D.) and young professionals from across the globe to voice their message to the world’s top decision makers in today’s global environment, and to the world community at large.

The Forum comprises of a 2.5-day holistic leadership-training workshop for selected youth. The workshop includes the following:

  1. Engaging youth from diverse backgrounds in an inter-cultural dialogue;
  2. Learning time tested and state of the art self-management methods that help students and young professionals live and deliver their potential in the demanding, multi-cultural 21st century global village;
  3. Interacting with global leaders from various disciplines;
  4. Participating in state of the art research projects designed by world renowned academic institutions;
  5. Students presenting the findings of the workshop at the larger WFEB conference scheduled immediately after the workshop (the ‘Call of the Youth’).

World Youth Forum 2017 (23-25 June 2017)

This year, the WFEB partners with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (MPI) and the Peter Löscher Chair of Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich, for the WYF 2017 scheduled to take place from 23-25 June 2017 at the MPI, Munich. WYF 2017 will take place just before the 1st Ethics in Innovation (EII) Conference. The theme of the WYF 2017 is linked to the theme of the EII conference and is titled ‘Understanding and Promoting Ethics in Innovation in the 21st Century Global Village’.


Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich
Marstallplatz 1
80539 München

Main Partners




Aim & Objectives of WYF 2017: An Overview

Innovation is recognized today, as a powerful tool for social, economic and even cultural growth and evolution. Yet, ‘innovation’ is often considered to be either an end in itself, or primarily a means of promoting socio-economic efficiency and increasing corporate profits. In several instances, only innovations that emerge from capital intensive technical industries are considered ‘innovations’ in the commonly understood sense. In the 21st century global village, however, the world is increasingly observing the adoption and growing popularity of innovations arising not just from the global north, but also the global south. There is also a growing recognition of the need to not only ensure and encourage innovations as such, but also to ensure and encourage innovations that achieve specific societal goals, such as environmental protection, sustainability, affordability, and even larger goals such as democracy, peace, inclusiveness, fairness and competition. There is a need, therefore, to broaden the academic, socio-economic, cultural and political discourse pertaining to ‘innovation’ on the one hand. On the other hand, it is also necessary that in addition to the current emphasis on efficiency and profits, a complementary emphasis is placed on ‘ethics’ (as understood in diverse cultures of the globe) as a specific goal towards which societal & industrial innovation must aspire and adhere.

With the aim of expanding the dialogue pertaining to ‘ethics’, ‘innovations’ and ‘ethics in innovation’, the World Forum for Ethics in Business, in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition (MPI) and the Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich are convening the World Youth Forum (WYF 2017) for Ethics in Innovation at the MPI, Munich from 23-25 June 2017. The aims and objectives of the WYF 2017 are as follows:

  • Foster among the attending youth/students an in-depth and practical understanding of the importance of ethics in innovation (from a multi-disciplinary perspective, with focus also on inter-cultural sensitivities and best practices);
  • Develop and strengthen skills and capacities of the youth that are key to nurturing ethical behavior and innovative outlook while dealing with practical challenges of everyday life;
  • Provide opportunities to learn through interactive sessions with top academic, business and political experts and leaders to understand the practical dynamics of ethics in business and innovation;
  • Identify and discuss urgent challenges in the global scenario, and define possible solutions together with young minds from diverse but inter-related educational and professional backgrounds;
  • Give the participating youth a chance to recommend changes in laws, policies and practices that would positively impact the cause of promoting ethics in innovation;
  • Allow the youth to share their views and insights in the main conference ‘Ethics in Innovation’ (26-27 June 2017) through the ‘Call of the Youth.’

More information about the 1st Munich Conference on Ethics in Innovation, which has a special focus on information and communication technologies, is available here: www.wfeb.org

Research Goals and the ‘Call of the Youth’

There are two research projects/goals associated with the World Youth Forum 2017. The student-participants of the World Youth Forum are expected to participate in each of these projects:

Research Project 1: (Coordinated by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition) Students participating in the WYF will be split into multi-disciplinary groups to look into the following three questions and make a presentation based on the group’s suggestions at the Ethics in Innovation conference in the form of a ‘Call of the Youth’. Individual contributions of each student will also be recorded via detailed research questionnaires that will be analyzed and published in the conference volume containing contributions by all experts participating in the conference. The three questions that each youth-group will look into are:

  1. how individuals (especially youth) from different cultures, countries and educational background understand the terms ‘ethics’ and ‘innovation’ (e.g. through case studies);
  2. what, in their opinion, constitutes an ‘ethical innovation’ and why; and
  3. how existing laws, policies and practices can/should be modified to promote ethical innovations.

Research Project 2: (Coordinated jointly by researchers at the Technical University of Munich and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition) Students participating in the WYF will be split into groups and each student will participate in a computerized experiment. The experiment is designed to study how individuals (especially youth of different culture/country groups) respond to various ethical dilemmas. The findings of the study aim to help guide policy makers and corporations to design better and more culturally sensitive institutions. There will be two sessions per individual – one before and one after the WYF for a comparative study.

How to Apply

Participation in WYF 2017 is open only to selected youth. To apply, please fill out the application form on this link and send us the following by email:

  • Your updated CV, and
  • A written letter of motivation of no more than 700 words, OR a video recording of no more than 2.5 (two and a half) minutes that describes the motivation behind your applying for WYF 2017 and why you are an appropriate candidate (see ‘Selection Criteria’ below for details).

Please send your CV and Letter of Motivation/Video by email to: wyf2017_Munich@wfeb.org on or before 10th May, 2017 (overseas applicants that require a visa to come to Munich, are advised to send all application materials by or before 20th April, 2017).


Applicants must either be registered students (at the bachelors, masters or PhD level) at any recognized/registered academic institution in any country (student ID and evidence of student status would be required for the confirmation of selection) OR must be young scholars/professionals in the age group 18 – 33 years. All students/young professionals from any background, including especially students from the following disciplines/backgrounds, are invited to apply:

  • Law, including intellectual property law and patent law
  • Management, including business management, business ethics, IP management
  • Information and Communication technologies (including engineers, IT students, researchers & professionals)
  • Governance and Political Science
  • Media & communications, including journalism

Selection Criteria

Selections will be made by a panel of experts representing each of the partners of the WYF 2017. Selections shall be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s CV, and most importantly, the contents of the motivation letter/video attached to the application form. The motivation letter/video should take into account the theme of the World Youth Forum, its aim & objectives, and its research goals. It can also relate (for example) personal experiences in your educational, research or professional career where you had to deal with issues at the intersection of ethics and innovation, especially in the light of your personal or your country/region’s unique innovative potential and understanding of ethics. All short listed applicants will be invited to attend the WYF 2017 at their own cost. The best applicants will also be awarded a full scholarship to attend the WYF, including flight, accommodation, and training fee (Note: All selected students, including scholarship winners will have to bear their own conference food and materials costs).

Application Deadline

Only completed applications submitted by or before 10th May, 2017 will be evaluated. Overseas applicants who need a visa to visit Munich are advised to submit their applications by 20th April, 2017. All selected overseas candidates will then be notified via email or phone by 10th May, 2017 (so as to permit them to apply for a visa). All selected European applicants will be notified via email or phone by 25th May, 2017.

‘Confirmation of Participation’ and WYF Training Fee

Students/young professionals selected for the WYF are invited to attend the WYF 2017 and the Ethics in Innovation Conference. The following expense heads will be payable by all short listed candidates (including those receiving scholarships) as part of the ‘Confirmation of Participation’ and WYF Training Fee:

Students (with student IDs):

  • WYF Registration fee (inclusive of three lunches and six coffee breaks + conference materials): 87€ + 21% VAT
  • Ethics in Innovation Conference Registration Fee: 49€ + 21% VAT

Young Professionals:

  • WYF Registration fee (inclusive of three lunches and six coffee breaks + conference materials) : 150€ + 21% VAT
  • Ethics in Innovation Conference Registration Fee: 80€ + 21% VAT

N.B. If you provide us with a VAT N° the 21% tax won’t be charged. Lunches are included in the price from 23rd to 27th June. Transport and accommodation are not included in the price and are at the charge of participants.”

Information for Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor or partner with the WFEB or the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition for the World Youth Forum 2017 or the associated research projects, please contact us. Sponsorship options include providing scholarships to brilliant young students from around the globe to facilitate their participation in the forum; sponsoring any one or more meals at the conference or covering miscellaneous expenses.

World Forum for Ethics in Business
Avenue des Courses 16 (B11)
1050 Brussels |Belgium
E-mail: office@wfeb.org
Website: www.wfeb.org

Research Contact:
Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai
Program Director, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC)
Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Marstallplatz 1
80539 München
Phone +49 (89) 24246-5463
Fax     +49 (89) 24246-522
E-Mail: mrinalini.kochupillai@ip.mpg.de


World Youth Forum – Event Office
Bad Antogast 1 • 77728 Oppenau (Germany)
E-Mail: WYF2017_Munich@wfeb.org
Website: http://wfeb.org/ethics-in-innovation-youth