Young Scholars (students, or scholars within 2 years of graduation)

are highly encouraged to participate to the

Young Scholars Event on Wednesday 7 July 2021

Event open only for scholars

A pre-registration via this Google form is mandatory at last 4 July

- If you have already registered  for the conference, you only have to let us know your commitment to take part in 1 or 2 Workshop(s) by completing the Google form “pre-registration” at last 4 July
- If you are not registered for the conference as active student or student auditor, fill in the Google form, then register specifically for the Event (30 €) or for the whole conference as Auditor (50 €) via the online registration platform on this page


Workshop - Theory U
Consciousness-Based Systems Change:
Theory U as a Method to Create Your Own Path
2 sessions on Wednesday: (Part 1) 10:00-12:00 / (Part 2) 18:00-20:00
Workshop - Publication Strategy
1 session on Wednesday : 09:00-10:00
Goal: To introduce young cooperative scholars to the participatory, experiential approach of Theory U, its methods and tools.

Scope: Theory U is a conceptual framework based on a set of theories, methods, and tools, whose application enables individuals, organizations, or any other social system to achieve consciousness-based systems change. In simple words, Theory U helps people and their organizations move from what they do today to their desired, emerging future. Young scholars will learn the basics of how to design their research programs and set their research goals and priorities. The workshop uses experiential learning, with participants working in dyads, small groups or in the plenary session.

Preliminary Schedule
1) Introduction (topic and get to know each other)
2) Experiential Exercise #1: Journaling
3) Experiential Exercise #2: Small group work
4) Some theory on Theory U
5) Experiential Exercise #3: Listening Task + Journaling
6) Debriefing for Exercise #3
7) Experiental Exercise #4: Social Presencing Theater: Stuck Exercise
8) Debriefing for Exercise $4
9) Examples/Cases of Transformation using Theory U (videos, etc.)
10) Closing the Wokshop

Download here the pdf for detailed presentation of the Workshop

In this session, we will discuss the publication strategy. We will discuss the process of preparing and publishing scientific articles. Publications are essential in academia. Even if you do not want to pursue an academic career after your PhD project, in most universities it is common to publish the chapters of your PhD thesis as journal articles. Journal articles are the gateway to an academic career.

Publishing implies entering into an academic debate, joining the discussion in the academic community. As your paper makes a specific contribution, you need to be selective in where to publish your paper. While seeking publication, many hurdles may appear. We will discuss how best to deal with these barriers.

A selection of the topics that will be discussed in this workshop:
  • Going for impact or for impact factor
  • How to find the proper journal
  • Writing a good journal article
  • The review proces
  • Choosing a cooperative journal or generic journal?
Duration: 2 hours in the morning of July 7, followed by 2 hours in the afternoon.   Duration: 1 hour in the afternoon of July 7
Constantine (Costas) ILIOPOULOS, PhD
Constantine’s mission is to co-create with people, cooperatives and communities, innovative, effective and sustainable solutions to pressing organizational challenges and social dilemmas through action research, writing, effective facilitation, experiential training, systems-wise team building, and team coaching/mentoring. He accomplishes this by combining his: 1) 25+ years of experience in leading and participating in top-quality research projects in numerous countries; 2) passion since childhood and deep knowledge of agricultural cooperatives and team dynamics that stems from his 25 years of collaboration with the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL) of the University of Missouri, USA; and 3) training in systems thinking and system dynamics at AKMA, one of the most recognized systemic training and therapy centers in Europe. He holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, USA, and is widely published in international academic journals and books, while he is regularly invited as a speaker on cooperative governance and organization in numerous countries. Currently, he serves as director of the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (AGRERI), and professor, MBA in Agribusiness Program, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece. He is co-founder of the Co-opAbility Institute (

Dr. Irini Theodorakopoulou is an expert on rural innovation management and supply chain economics and organization.She applies systems thinking methods and tools in groups, organizations and rural communities in order to co-create with them economically, socially, environmentally sustainable solutions to their problems, and help them identify a common vision and mission. Her research interests are directed towards bringing together core competencies of policy development, research, extension, strategic appraisal and business planning, socio-economic and environmental impact analysis to create an integrated framework that can be used by rural stakeholders. When working with groups she uses a rigorous set of experiential learning tools and exercises that help people make progress on stuck challenges by bridging differences and creating paths to systemic transformations. Social labs, platforms, dialogue and in-depth interviews, story-telling, solution focus workshops, to mention a few, are the methods used to bring together people from across a system and help them work on solutions to their problems. Dr Theodorakopoulou received her BA and MS in Agricultural Economics from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece (1994), and her Agribusiness Economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia, USA (1999). Since 2015 she has been training at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos on the principles and applications of the Systemic - Dialectic Epistemology. Her education comprises a series of experiential workshops that include stimulus presentations by the trainers on themes of: the human being as a biopsycho-social living system, individual behavior/symptoms as an outcome of interacting systems, dynamics of human relationships, relations in groups and broader systems, change in the social context and its impact on living systems.


Jos is professor of cooperative organisations, as the Business Management & Organisation Group, of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is also fellow at the Berlin Institute of Cooperative Studies, at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. His research focusses on business collaboration, inter-organisational relationships in agrifood value chains, and sustainable business models. He is an expert on the evolution of cooperatives and producer organisations in the agrifood sector, in both developed and emerging economies. He has published on cooperatives in The Netherland, in Europe, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, etc. He has been manager of the 2012 Support for Farmers' Cooperatives project, which presented a state of art of agricultural cooperatives in all EU Member States. Currently, he is Work Package leader in the H2020 project CO-FRESH, which studies the success factors of collaboration for innovative and sustainable agrifood value chains. In addition, he is involved in several research and innovation projects on how cooperatives can support their members in the transition towards more sustainable food systems.