THE CONFERENCE

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SUSTAINABILITY

We are living the spirit of sustainability during and in preparation for the conference, thus setting an example for eating, travelling and living in an environmentally friendly way” – Basic Agreements of EuroEnviro 2020 –

At EuroEnviro we aim to incorporate sustainability in every possible way. We will provide only vegan and vegetarian food, in cooperation with well-known environmentally friendly restaurants and firms from Graz. All lectures and workshops will be hosted at the University of Graz, which is EMAS certified since 2016. To motivate our participants to travel to Graz sustainably, we aim to provide a sustainable travel compensation (STC) for journeys by public transport.

You can find out more about our commitments to sustainability in the “Sustainability Statement EuroEnviro 2020”.

 

Commitment to Sustainability EuroEnviro2020
 

OUR program

We offer you a varied and multifaceted program: 

  • Scientific lectures by professors from Austrian universities on climate change from the perspectives of natural sciences, technology, law, systems sciences, psychology and philosophy
  • Insights into the current research situation of climate change 
  • Group work to develop sustainable solutions at different levels 
  • Excursion to the company Zotter as a prime example of a sustainable and environmentally friendly regional company 
  • Initiatives Fair with international and local initiatives 
  • Public presentation of the results at the closing event in the auditorium of the Karl-Franzens-University
  • Platforms for networking, interchange and discussion combined with an amusing social program for the evenings

THE LECTURERS

Prof. Dr. Lukas H. Meyer

Prof. Dr. Lukas H. Meyer is Professor of Philosophy and spokesman for the Department of Practical Philosophy at the University of Graz. One of his main areas of research is climate justice. Since 2019 Lukas Meyer has been co-spokesman of the profile area “Climate Change Graz” and since 2013 spokesman of the FWF Doctoral Program “Climate Change”. Lukas Meyer is the lead author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and strives for a broader understanding of the ethical issues in the debate on the climate crisis.

Univ.-Prof. Karl Steininger

Univ.-Prof. Karl Steininger studied economics in Austria and the USA and is currently a lecturer at the University of Graz and head of the research group “Economics of Climate and Environmental Change” for the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change in Graz. His research focuses on the economic effects of climate change and the transition to a low carbon energy supply. Prof. Steininger therefore regularly advises Austrian politicians on climate policy issues and has, among other things, acted as chairman of the “Climate Change Centre Graz”. His lectures range from topics such as the interaction of humans and the environment, environmental policy to environmental economics and enrich students from different disciplines.

Dr. Georg Jäger

After his doctorate in physics, Dr. Georg Jäger turned to systems science and is now part of the Institute for Systems Science, Innovation and Sustainability Research at the University of Graz as a lecturer and researcher. All students of environmental systems sciences know him from seminars on agent-based modelling which is a main focus of his research. In this field, Dr. Georg Jäger works on the modelling of complex systems aiming to find solutions of current problems of our society.

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Günter Getzinger

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Günter Getzinger’s academic career and scientific activities cover the fields of technology and philosophy. As a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Technology, Work and Culture, he made a significant contribution to linking technology with social issues. His courses on philosophy of technology, ethics of technology and technology policy have always inspired students interested in sustainability.

Dr. Sebastian Seebauer

Dr. Sebastian Seebauer is environmental psychologist at JOANNEUM RESEARCH LIFE – Centre for Climate, Energy and Society. He works on individual motivations for action on climate change regarding household energy consumption, everyday mobility, adoption of energy-efficient technologies and private adaptation to natural hazards.

Dr. Yvonne Karimi-Schmidt

Dr. Yvonne Karimi-Schmidt is a professor of law at the Institute of International Law and International Relations in Graz. One of her research areas focuses on international environmental law, which includes climate protection. She is also a member of the European Society of International Law.

Dr. Leo Kühberger

Dr. Leo Kühberger studied history and cultural anthropology and, in addition to his work as a lecturer at the University of Graz, is a political activist and journalist. He regularly takes part in non-profit events as a speaker and thus enriches the political debate on current crises in Graz. As a lecturer, workshop leader and researcher, he explores the role of social movements for social change. His work makes a valuable contribution to understanding the social construction of our contemporary social system.

Dr. Renate Christ

Dr. Renate Christ has been active in the field of environmental and climate protection for many years, most recently as Secretary General of the IPCC from 2004 to 2015. During this time she managed and coordinated the activities of the IPCC and advised international scientists on the preparation of the reports. Prior to this, the biologist worked for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi in the field of climate and atmosphere and also participated actively in the negotiations of the Kyoto Protocol as a national expert for the European Commission.