"We must be the change that we would like to see in the world." -  Mahatma Gandhi

AEMS is a new academic Summer School that approaches the topic of economic alternatives by considering natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation.

Our goal is quite ambitious: To help solve some of societies’ problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that are putting enormous strains on economic, ecologic and social boundaries. In addition to various new and classical concepts from the field of economic sciences, students are also provided with up-to-date scientific data from natural and social sciences. This enables them to have a level-headed discussion of economic and monetary reform while asking: What is our leeway?

AEMS is organized by:

Economy for the common good

The initiative, which is jointly supported by NGOs, politicians, private individuals and companies, began in October 2010 and is officially supported by more than 1400 companies. With over 80 local support groups, the Economy for the Common Good (ECG) is becoming an international grassroots movement, joined by consultants, auditors, public speakers, editors and public figures to do the hands-on work involved in the movement.

University of Natural Resources and life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)

 The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, sees itself as an education and research centre for renewable resources, which are a necessity for human life. With its wide range of areas of expertise it is the task of BOKU to contribute significantly to the protection of life resources for future generations. With a connection between natural sciences, engineering and economics, BOKU is trying to deepen the knowledge of an ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources in a cultivated landscape.

OeAD Housing Office

The OeAD-Housing Office (winner of the Austrian Climate Protection Award 2013) offers accommodations to about 12.000 students annually in OeAD-Guesthouses and other student accommodations in Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz and Klagenfurt.


Official partners of AEMS are:

Akademie für Gemeinwohl

The Academy for the Common Good addresses issues like the structures of monetary and fiscal policies, the mechanisms of the financial system and the relationship between money and ethics.It is part of the Cooperative for the Common Good (Genossenschaft für Gemeinwohl, GfG) which since its foundation has been pursuing a change in the current monetary and financial system in order to strengthen the principles of sustainability, democracy and the common good. The Academy aims at promoting knowledge, democratic participation and empowerment. Critical financial education as a form of political education questions the ideology of growth and profit maximization as the overall goal of business operations.

 Beauftragter der Stadt Wien für Wissenschaft und Forschung

Through the establishment of a Commissioner for Universities and Research, the city of Vienna underlines the importance of universities and research institutions. As the largest city in Austria and one of the largest cities in the German-speaking part of Europe, Vienna is increasingly present as a cosmopolitan metropolis of research that is innovation-friendly, modern and future-oriented and striving to attract the best minds.

Burgenland University of Applied Sciences

Since 1994, the Burgenland University of Applied Sciences provides education in a wide range of programs. Mixing research and innovation with regional development and intercultural exchange, the University of Applied Sciences provides excellent prospects to about 1.600 students

Chair of Economy for the Common Good (CATEBC)

The Chair of Economy for the Common Good (CATEBC) of the Universitat de València is born with the aim of developing and promoting the Economy for the Common Good in the Valencian Community from the university field through the organisation of different dissemination, training and research activities

Club of Rome

The Club of Rome is an organisation of individuals who share a common concern for the future of humanity and strive to make a difference. Our members are notable scientists, economists, businessmen and businesswomen, high level civil servants and former heads of state from around the world. The Club of Rome conducts research and hosts debates, conferences, lectures, high-level meetings and events. The Club also publishes a limited number of peer-reviewed “Reports to the Club of Rome”, the most famous of which is “The Limits to Growth“.


Danube Rector's Conference

Between its source in the Black Forest and its mouth on the Black Sea, the Danube traverses 2,872 kilometres and shares shores with ten countries. The Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing sustainable contacts per year.


Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) combines the competences for important topics on the creation and on the preservation of our quality of life and of shaping a future worth living in for our children. The Ministry has thus a wide range of competences which includes agriculture and forestry, nutrition as well as water management and environmental policy.

Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy

The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) creates the best possible framework for enterprises and represents at international levels the interests of Austria as a business location. One of the main objectives is to accelerate structural change by actively supporting research, technology and innovation. Its responsibilities are:

- Science and Higher Education

- Research

- Economic Policy, Innovation & Technology

- External Trade Policy & European Integration

- Enterprise

- Tourism & Historic Building Energy & Mining

FHWien der WKW

FHWien der WKW/University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication is one of Austria’s leading universities of applied sciences for management and communication. We work closely with local companies to offer a comprehensive and practice-oriented education for over 2,600 students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s or continuing education programs. We currently offer 17 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. Two thirds of our teaching staff have an economic background, and to date we have over 8,400 graduates. Our tailor-made teaching and research allows us to prepare our graduates effectively for their careers whilst reflecting the needs of companies.


Growth in Transition

In 2008 the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Ministry of Life) started a process dealing with the question, which kind of growth is compatible with sustainable development. The Initiative “Growth in Transition” (“Wachstum im Wandel“) constantly tries to involve as many institutions and persons as possible in a dialogue, how we can frame a process of transition towards sustainability.

IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

IMC University of Applied Sciences KremsLocated in the Wachau region in the heart of Lower Austria, IMC Krems is one of Austria’s most international and innovative universities of applied sciences – with a global network of 120 partner universities and students from more than 50 countries. The university offers 28 full- and part-time degree programmes in Health Sciences, Business Studies and Life Sciences. The strong practical element and high academic standards of IMC Krems bachelor's and master's programmes prepare students to pursue a career in Austria or abroad. Courses are held in both English and German, and students also have the opportunity to complete internships and semesters abroad, as well as participating in international exchange programmes. IMC Krems enjoys a high level of international recognition, thanks in part to certification from the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), and membership of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). IMC Krems receives FIBAA quality seal - The Bonn-based Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), a leading international quality assurance agency, presented its quality seal to the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. This year HR specialists rank IMC Krems as Austria´s top university of applied sciences.

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)

The IDM was founded in 1953 as the "Research Institute for Issues of the Danube Region". As an Austrian scientific institution, it was dedicated specifically to research on the Danube region. In 1993, the Institute was renamed as the "Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe" (IDM). Today, the IDM is an extramural research institution based on an association – constituted by individual and corporate members – with its head office in Vienna.

International Institute for Applied System Analyisis (IIASA)

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the 21st century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by prestigious research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The institute is located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria and one of today’s highest ranked think tanks in the world.

Modul University Vienna

MODUL University Vienna (MU) is an international private university in Austria dedicated to cutting-edge research and education on sustainable development, new media technology, tourism, and public governance. It was established by the Vienna Economic Chamber of Commerce and approved by the Austrian Accreditation Council in 2007. The study programs meet strict accreditation guidelines and, due to their international focus, are conducted in English. The university campus is located at Kahlenberg, in Vienna’s 19th district.

Positive Money

Positive Money is a non-for-profit research and campaign organisation. Their people-powered movement campaigns for a money and banking system that supports a fair, sustainable and democratic economy

University of Applied Science Technikum Vienna

UAS Technikum Wien was founded in 1994 and in 2000 it became the first institution in Vienna to receive the status of a university of applied sciences. With around 10,000 graduates thus far and roughly 4,000 students, the UAS Technikum Wien is Austria’s top address for Technology and Innovation. The educational offerings consist of 13 bachelor’s and 18 master’s degree programs, which are offered as full-time, part-time and/or distance study programs. Eight degree programs are taught in English. The educational offerings are based on a solid scientific foundation and are also practice-oriented. At UAS Technikum Wien, emphasis is not only placed on providing a high-quality technical education, but also on subjects with a focus on business and personal development. Close ties and collaborations with business and industry give students and graduates excellent career opportunities. The combination of theory and practical application is of central importance in both research and instruction.

University of Salford - Manchester UK

The University of Salford has a strong tradition of collaborating with local businesses. They work with hundreds of businesses each year to solve technical, commercial and strategic problems. These interactions range from laboratory testing, consultancy and research through to supporting thousands of students to gain work experience and employment. Innovation is at the heart of their work with business and they were proud to be ranked in the world’s top 50 universities for one of its subject areas in the QS world university rankings in 2017. They also received the Research Project of the Year Award and were ranked as one of the world’s most International Universities at the esteemed Times Higher Education Awards in 2016.

Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna)


For nearly 200 years, TU Vienna has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress. With its 17,000 enrolled students and more than 4,000 staff members TU Vienna is among the most successful technical universities in Europe and Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution. Through its mission it is focusing on „technology for people“, research that develops scientific excellence“ and teaching that „enhances comprehensive competence“.