Haniel Seminars Haniel seminars are special seminars as part of the Contextual Studies. The Haniel Foundation supports and finances them. The topic is the Leadership Skills of future leaders. "We support and promote personal development": integrated into the Contextual Studies, the Haniel seminars realise this guiding principle of the University of St.Gallen. For one semester or the entire academic year, a topic is addressed that has previously been under-represented in German-language academic discourse but is highly relevant for the leadership skills of future leaders - topics such as power, charisma, decision, innovation or aesthetics & management. Internationally renowned researchers are invited to speak; at the same time, inclusion and financing of a young researcher in the respective field who has attained outstanding research achievements ensures creative tension and innovative stimulation. To integrate these topics into the St.Gallen University education and to make student participation possible, the seminar series is integrated into the on-going, regular lectures as part of the Contextual Studies. This fact emphasises the significance that the University places on topics relating to leadership skills and their importance for our society. At the same time, the seminars are open to the scholarship recipients of the Haniel Foundation, leading to a greater heterogeneity of the course participants, enriching the discourse. Since the Winter Semester 2006/07, the Haniel Seminars have been held in cooperation with the University of Leuphana Lüneburg. As part of the Haniel Seminars, public podium discussions are held in which the interested public can discuss the topics addressed with people with relevant practical experience, the invited researchers and students of the University. These seminars go beyond the scope of the course and are meant to reflect the research discussion in the environment of the University. Since the academic year 2007/08, the Haniel Seminars have been supplemented with an annual “PostDoc” research position, which takes on the respective subject from a research perspective. On the one hand, this allows the Haniel Seminars to go more in depth with additional seminars and research colloquia that address the content of the topic; on the other hand, in addition to the personal development of the students, a young researcher, a “Haniel scholar”, is supported with his or her academic career.