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The 2023 Annual Conference of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Regensburg

Sustainability and Firm Performance in Europe and the Americas

When? 30 November – 1 December 2023
Where? Room 319, IOS, Landshuter Str. 4, Regensburg

Registration to join the keynote lectures via zoom will remain open.

The Leibniz ScienceCampus Europe and America in the Modern World, a joint project of the UR and Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) is delighted to invite you to the LSC 2023 Annual Conference in Regensburg. Titled Sustainability and Firm Performance in Europe and the Americas, this year's conference is organized by Dr. Olga Popova (IOS) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Steger (UR), co-coordinators of the LSC module “Trade and Institutions”. The conference will take place from 30 November to 1 December at the Altes Finanzamt, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set a global roadmap for reducing inequality, improving institutions, and enhancing economic growth while tackling climate change. This brings both opportunities and challenges for firms worldwide, ranging from technological development and reorganization of value chains in response to the green energy transition to the implementation of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG). This conference will take a closer look at firm-level sustainable behavior, its drivers, costs, and benefits. Following the SDGs, we focus on different aspects of sustainability, including but not limited to institutional frameworks, inequality, and the environment. Our aim is to generate a better understanding of the role of sustainability in firm behavior and performance. We use a broader definition of "firms" and their performance that includes looking at profits, employment, corporate social responsibility, and ethics issues while focusing on firms of all sizes from individual entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to multinational corporations.

Conference Programme

We are delighted to welcome two keynote speakers to the conference. Both keynote talks will also be available via Zoom. For more details of each keynote talk, please click on the title.

An outline of the schedule and other panels is presented below. The full programme can be found here.

Please use the form below to register to attend the event in person. Registering by 26 November will help us to better plan the event.




09.00–09.30 Introduction and Welcome

09.30–10.30 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Marcus Wagner (Augsburg) – Employee Green Behavior and Sustainability-Related Tensions in Teams

11.00–12.30 PANEL 1: Energy Transition and Green Entrepreneurship

13.30–15.00 PANEL 2: Corporate Social Responsibility and Reporting

15.30–17.30 PANEL 3: Environmental Sustainability and Firm Performance


08.30–12.00 Company Visit: Sustainability at the Continental Automotive Technologies GmbH (event for conference speakers only)

13.00–14.00 KEYNOTE LECTURE: Claudia Doblinger (Munich/Straubing) – Climate-Tech Startup Collaborations and the Underrated Importance of Governmental Partners.

14.30–16.00 PANEL 4: Sustainable Business Models

16.30–17.30 PANEL 5: Incentives and Firms’ Resilience

17.30 Concluding Remarks


Registration Form | Anmeldung

Please use this form to register for the event on 30 November to 1 December. Please register by 26 November to help us plan catering requirements. | Nutzen Sie bitte dieses Formular, um sich für die Veranstaltung am 30. November und 1. Dezember anzumelden. Melden Sie sich bitte bis zum 26. November an, damit wir die Bewirtung effektiv planen können.