OLMUN – international debates and social interaction since 2001
Being founded by the former grammar-school pupil Gero Elerd the first Oldenburg Model United Nations Conference took place at the “Altes Gymnasium Oldenburg” with about 100 pupils. Admittedly the majority of the participants of the first session in 2001 were originally German, but, nevertheless, a delegation from St. Petersburg provided a certain international flair to the OLMUN which has been built out over the years. After 450 participants in 2006 the conference became the biggest one in Germany by 2013 with over 850 participants. With more and more participants the number of committees also increased over the years – from 3 in the beginning to currently 8 committees.
Special about OLMUN is the fact that from the first session on, the conference has been – and still is – completely organised by only a little number of pupils. The so-called ‘Inner Circle’ does not only do the whole planning and paperwork, but also sets the topics, watches out for financial supporters and holds responsibility for the accomplishment of the conference. For this purpose, the OLMUN Foundation was founded in 2005 with major involvement from Kersten Stamm. The aim of this foundation is to create a reliable base for the annual organisation of the conference.
Of course there are also some teachers involved, but only in their function as MUN-Directors, who serve as connecting links between the OLMUN and the schools. On the one hand, they provide help for their own pupils and on the other hand they serve as reference persons for the Inner Circle. This form of cooperation does not only secure the status of the OLMUN as a MUN conference fully organised by their participants but also marks an unprecedented interaction between the schools. Moreover, the membership in the JUNON (UN Youth association), a union of several German UN-Groups, since spring 2007 means a further step towards national cooperation and gives the OLMUN the chance to exchange experiences and socialise with other MUNs.
As more and more pupils from foreign countries attended at OLMUN the need of a well-organised network of host-families evoked over the years. While the externs of the first generation were also part of an exchange-program, some years later the ‘Housing Coordinator’ was introduced in order to organise and administrate the increasing number of accommodations of the participants from foreign countries.
In 15 years of OLMUN history not only does the big development in the number of participants stand out, but also the diversity that comes with this conference: An entire framework programme was established around the committee sessions and friendships for a lifetime find their roots at the OLMUN conference.
List of the Secretariats of Oldenburg Model United Nations Conferences
|2001||Gero Elerd||Rebecca Beerheide||Sebastian Bick||Ole Seidenberg|
|2002||Gero Elerd||Ole Seidenberg||Katja Ferenz|
|2003||Meike Wübbenhorst||Ali Aslan Gümüsay||Sientje Möller||Susanne Beerheide|
|2004||Dennis Ströh||Kersten Stamm||Ali Aslan Gümüsay||Swantje Wübbenhorst|
|2005||Kersten Stamm||Swantje Wübbenhorst||Merle Frömel||Jantje Kuil|
|2006||Sören Koselitz||Dirk Romey||Julian Heick||Henrike Haueisen|
|2007||Timo Schulze||Madjar Navah||Manuel Becker||Dörthe Johannes|
|2008||Arja Frömel||Felix Bayer||Amelie Hartmann||Hendrik Bäumler|
|2009||Julian Heno||Giulia Jonetzko||Birthe Rindt||Arne Gellrich|
|2010||Greetje Grove||Sören Zuppke||Fabian Wiesenäcker||Hannes Felix Grosch|
|2011||Carla Henckel||Sebastian Klotz||Alex Schmidtke||Felix Virmani|
|2012||Catharina Jantos||Finn-Ole Metscher||Phillip Kuck||Sebastian Katzer|
|2013||Helge Wellmann||Catharina Jantos||Yannick Meißner||Felix Seliger|
|2014||Julian Maskow||Kim Eickmeyer||Onno Winters||Gareth Edwards||Tim Kempermann|
|Kim Eickmeyer||Emma Beelen||Eva Carlotta von|
|Josefine Went||Alke Hochwald||Yannick Bargfeldt||Esther Eriksen|
|2017||Josefine Went||Clara Feldmann||Dominik Ulke||Alexandra Kovalcikova||Tammo Strack|