Welcome to the website of the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity. The conference will take place in the German city of Leipzig from September 2-6, 2014.
  • registration closed

    Registration closed!

    We have reached 2500 participants and have therefore closed the registration. If you'd like to participate and didn't manage to register in time, check out our livestreams!
  • crowdfunding

    Support our crowdfunding-campaign!

    We still need some additional funding and have therefore started a crowdfunding-campaign. Check it out, there are some really nice goodies for your support!
  • slide programme

    Programme is online

    We are constantly updating the programme, so check it out from time to time.
  • Livestream of the conference

    We'll have at least one livestream channel during the conference, so if you can't be in Leipzig, just check our website. You'll also find extensive video documentation here afterwards!
  • slide - what does degrowth mean


    We had a debate about what "degrowth" means to us within the organizing group of the conference. Here you can read what we agreed on.
  • Lea Brosch snail By Lea Brosch 

    What makes the Degrowth-Conference special?

    We are trying to organize a conference which corresponds to the idea of degrowth. But what does that actually mean? Find out here!
  • Stream towards Degrowth

    The Stream towards Degrowth informs you about events in the run-up to the conference. There's also reports and interviews. Check the page to see what's on and how you can participate!

The focus of the 2014 conference is on concrete steps towards a society beyond the imperative of growth. The conference will give room for scientific debates, exchange between activists and economic pioneers as well as artistic approaches to the subject. Both scientific insights and concrete projects and policies will be presented, experimented with and discussed. It is part of an international cycle of events: so far, there have been conferences on degrowth in Paris 2008, in Barcelona 2010 and in Venice and Montreal 2012.

Why degrowth?

Many analyses from various scientific disciplines imply that a growth-based economic and social system cannot have a future: Despite a growing number of technological solutions for “Green Growth”, inequality and the destruction of nature are significantly on the rise. It is high time to develop economic and social models that are independent of growth and can provide for a good life for everybody.