Academic Courses


A Summer University about sustainable architecture, urban planning and ecological building design (7 ECTS).



Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems.
A level-headed discussion of economic and monetary alternatives
(5 ECTS).


Public Opening Event - 20 July, 2020 starting at 4.30 pm CEST

Fighting climate change in times of health and economic crisis

Limited seats! - Registration necessary!

Are we missing out on an opportunity to re-think our economic, environmental and social systems? 2020 has exacerbated how closely those systems are connected and how important it is to tackle those challenges as a whole. More information and registration here.

Update (04.05.2020)

GBS and AEMS go Online!

We are happy to announce that both of our award winning Summer University programs will take place online for this 2020 edition!

We are strongly committed to bringing you that world class knowledge on sustainable buildings, passive houses, renewable energies, as well as exploring the alternatives to the current economic and monetary systems in our GBS-Online and AEMS-Online Summer Programs.

By avoiding travel, this year’s edition will also have a much lower carbon footprint, all contributing to a healthier environment and still being that great chance to connect with people from all over the world within an immersive online experience.


Highlights of the GBS-Online 2020 program:

+ Inspiring talks about sustainable architecture, ecological building alternatives, passive house technologies, renewable energy production and integrated urban planning

+ Virtual onsite tours guided by experts demonstrating Vienna’s best practices in low energy housing

+ Unique building simulation workshops (Sefaira and Polysun)

+ Interdisciplinary project work in international groups with dedicated tutorship

+ Completing the summer university still gives you a certificate of 7 ECTS from the BOKU University.


Apply now for GBS-Online!

Highlights of the AEMS-Online 2020 program:

Exciting lectures and exchanges on:

+ How can financial markets serve the broader interests of society rather than to dominate them? 

+ What are the solutions to the financial crisis triggered by COVID-19?

+ What are the alternatives to the current economic and monetary system?

+ What role does the economic and financial system play in the global climate crisis?

+ Completing the summer school still gives you a certificate of 5 ECTS from the BOKU University

+ Interdisciplinary project work in international groups with guidance from climate expert Helga Kromp-Kolb


Apply now for AEMS-Online!

More good news and conditions:

+ The registration deadlines have been extended to June 21, 2020 for scholarships. Please bear in mind the allocation of the scholarships is an already ongoing process, and the number of participants is limited, so act today to secure your spot.

+ Special offer*: Spend one summer week in one of our student guest houses in Vienna within the next two years – for free!

+ Reduced participation fees down to 990 Euro (costs for eligible scholarship holders remain at 490 Euro)

+ The existing programs will be completely adapted. The high quality of the content delivered by our valued speakers, along with the learning modules, is preserved in the online format.

+ All activities in the program take place in English language and planned during normal hours Central European Time i.e. between 9:00 and 20:00 CET (tba)

* GBS2020 and AEMS2020 participants are entitled to a full week accomodation in OeAD dormitories, potentially redeemable in July and August 2021 or 2022 as the global travel situation allows.

We are intensively working on the adaption of the programs 2020 for online!

If there are questions, please feel free to send an email to or We are always here to help.

GBS and AEMS summer university team

COVID-19 Update (31.03.2020)


Deadline for scholarship application extended!


Due to the current situation, the application deadline for scholarships for the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems and Green.Building.Solutions. Summer Universities has been extended to 30 April, 2020.


Updated information:


Considering the global and national developments of COVID-19, right now there is no final decision possible about holding the international summer universities in Vienna in July and August. We are currently busy preparing for the programs to take place as planned from 20 July to 7 August, 2020 (AEMS) and 18 July to 9 August, 2020 (GBS). However, if this is not possible, we will take into account to offer them as online courses alternatively. Further information will be provided at the beginning of May.


For those who have already have applied: the selection and nomination processes for scholarships are on hold at the moment. We will let you know at the end of April (GBS) / at the beginning of May (AEMS), if you are nominated for a scholarship. However, we will do our best, to inform you as early as possible.


For those who have been already selected to take part and who have paid already: if the summer schools are cancelled, the fee will be fully refunded. Also we recommend not booking your flights yet.


In the meantime, we prepare everything that is necessary to have a smooth start of the summer schools in July.


For all questions related to the summer programs, take a look at our GBS FAQs and AEMS FAQs.


If there are any specific questions, please feel free to get back to or


We hope you stay well. Take care!


Carina and Barbara for the whole AEMS and GBS team




You certainly have followed the media coverage of the last days and weeks about the corona virus (COVID-19). We are also monitoring the situation very closely and are in constant communication with authorities, ministries and local partners. The situation in Austria is currently changing on a daily basis, and it is difficult to assess the development for the coming weeks and months. The health of everyone is currently our main concern and so we are very attentive to the health risks and our duty of care.


At the same time, we are convinced that, especially now, in times of climate change and a possible economic and globalisation crisis, we urgently need to take care of our future and rethink our economic and monetary system and also ensure sustainability in building and urban planning.  


We therefore are currently preparing to hold the summer school as planned from 20 July to 7 August, 2020 (AEMS) and 18 July to 09 August, 2020 (GBS).


However, in any case we have to cancel the summer universities you will get your paid participation fee back.  


We will keep you up-to-date. If you have time to read in the meantime find some book recommendations from our CEO Günther Jedliczka below. Here you can also find a more extensive list of articles and books recommended for AEMS students.  


Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!


The AEMS and GBS team


Book recommendations: 

·         Christian Felber: Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good.

·         Erich Fromm: To have or to be

·         Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker: Come On!: Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet

·         Joseph Huber: Sovereign Money: Beyond Reserve Banking

·         Kate Raworth: Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist.