"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:

OeAD student housing


The OeAD student housing (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.

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.

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.

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.


Canada Green Building Council


Central European University (CEU)

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate institution of advanced research and teaching, dedicated to socially and morally responsible intellectual inquiry. CEU’s distinctive educational program builds on the research tradition of the great American universities; on the most valuable Central European intellectual traditions; on the international diversity of its faculty and students; on its commitment to social service; and on its own history of academic and policy achievements in transforming the closed communist inheritance. CEU is a new model for international education, a center for study of contemporary economic, social and political challenges, and a source of support for building open and democratic societies that respect human rights and human dignity.


Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS)

The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), is a student-initiated, transdisciplinary centre at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, with the explicit ambition to contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Student-faculty collaboration weaves as a golden thread through the history and organization of all activities at the centre.
Since its inception in the early 1990’s, the centre has initiated and expanded the space for transdisciplinary student-led higher education as well as research and collaboration that transcends traditional academic disciplines and boundaries between academia and society at large.

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.

Danube University Krems

Danube University Krems is the leading public university for continuing education in Europe. As university for continuing education we specialize in enhancing the qualifications of working professionals. Our strength is providing university courses that keep pace with the times and are oriented toward current and future societal challenges. Danube University Krems combines ongoing innovation in research and teaching with the highest standards and holds the seal of quality of the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria.)

Environment Europe 

Environment Europe Limited is a vibrant social enterprise based in Oxford. We are focusing on three different areas of work: executive education, research and consultancy and environmental art. A leader in sustainability education we have organized 17 executive Spring, Summer and Winter Schools in Ecological Economics educating participants from 58 different countries. Our clients include UNDP, UNEP, ILO, IUCN, OECD, WWF, GGGI, governments, NGOs, companies and leading universities. The spectrum of our existing clients can be seen on our new website. We conduct research and publish regularly, including the new book, ‘Sustainable Cities Reimagined’ and the ‘ECOSYSTEMS’ album, which we produced in 2018. It has been praised by Sir David Attenborough, Pope Francis, President Macron and leading sustainability thinkers around the world.
We are maintaining an active presence internationally and recently took active part in two United Nations forums: UN HABITAT World Urban Forum and UNFCCC International Conference on Climate Change, COP24. We frequently act as invited speakers and consultants.
In the field of environmental art we are actively involved in public outreach programmes and organized several exhibitions with Saatchi Art in London, Bristol and also INDEX in Dubai and the British Pavilion at the United Nations.



Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

The responsibility of the ministry covers the entire school system from primary school to the completion of secondary school education and school leaving examination, plus adult ecudation and lifelong learning, school management, university colleges of teacher education, universities, universities of applied sciences, as well as research in cooperation with other EU countries. Furthermore, the ministry is involved in establishing a European Research Area.


Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

The Austrian Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.

FH Campus Wien


With about 7000 students, FH Campus Wien is the largest universitiy of applied sciences in Austria. Students can choose from more than 60 bachelor's and master's degree programs and master courses in the departments of Applied Life Sciences, Building and Design, Health Sciences, Applied Nursing Science, Administration, Economics, Security, Politics, Social Work and Engineering. FH Campus Wien works closely with a number of universities including University of Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, BOKU, VetMed, Vienna University of Technology and University of Leoben. The therapeutic and diagnostic degree programs in Health, including the training program for midwives, are offered in cooperation with the Vienna Hospital Association (KAV). Public Management was developed in cooperation with the Federal Chancellery, and Tax Management with the Federal Ministry of Finance. Numerous R & D projects in the degree programs and external contract research are conducted through our own research societies. FH Campus Wien works closely with a strong network of companies, associations, schools and public facilities. In addition, recognized certifications are proof of FH Campus Wien's high standards in quality management.


FH Vorarlberg


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.


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Green Energy Lab

Green Energy Lab, a research initiative for sustainable energy solutions, is part of the Austrian innovation campaign “Vorzeigeregion Energie” (“Flagship Region Energy”) of the Climate and Energy Fund. More than 200 partners from research, industry, and the public sector join the energy suppliers of four Austrian provinces, namely “Wien Energie” in Vienna, “EVN” in Lower Austria, “Energie Burgenland” in Burgenland, and “Energie Steiermark” in Styria, in order to develop demand-oriented, scalable solutions all the way from prototypes to marketability. By 2025, Green Energy Lab will have invested more than 150 million euros in innovative projects and make a significant contribution to the energy transition and 100 percent supply renewable energy. The diverse range of topics of the GEL projects ranges from the reduction of CO2 emissions in the district heating sector, to the usability of used e-car batteries as storage modules, to the optimized distribution of network resources.


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 Graduate Center (IGC)

The International Graduate Center is part of Hochschule Bremen - City University of Applied Sciences Bremen (HSB) and is the leading institution in continuing education in Northern Germany. It is an interdisciplinary Graduate School for Management and Leadership, and has roughly 300 students, 25 staff members, and 99 full- and part-time lecturers. With 6 full-time and 3 part-time MBA and Master programs, the IGC has one of the largest range of courses of all graduate schools in Germany. All full-time courses are taught entirely in English. The IGC guarantees a postgraduate education which equally satisfies academic and job requirements. Team-oriented lectures and seminars in small groups facilitate a constructive dialog between the participants and provide students with skills necessary to address complex and interconnected global issues and trends.


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.


Lund University School of Social Work

The School of Social Work was integrated into Lund University in 1977, as a department within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Social work is an interdisciplinary field that includes questions about social problems, their definitions, origins, causes and solutions; conditions and living conditions of vulnerable groups and individuals and social interventions. The field also covers organisational and professional research, that is, studies of how social work is organised and carried out.



Management Center Insbruck (MCI)

The Management Center Innsbruck was founded in 1995/96. It links the best out of science, business and consulting to the unique concept of an international Entrepreneurial School®. MCI stands for internationality, academic quality, practice orientation, innovation, close cooperation with industry; solution-oriented R&D; first-class infrastructure; high level of customer and service orientation; and international renown. Internationalisation is one of the salient pillars of MCI. Its international orientation is mirrored in its diverse student and staff population; numerous partner universities; international curriculum at undergraduate and post-graduate level; international projects and research and international accreditation such as AACSB, FIBAA.


Masaryk University Department of Environmental Studies

has an internationally respected research program and state-of-the-art infrastructure. The Department of Environmental Studies, with background in environmental sociology, environmental evaluation and ecological economics, takes as its starting point the historic and cultural causes of the environmental crisis and looks for possible solutions in the areas of social, economic, legal and political studies and their interactions, considering also natural sciences approaches. The Faculty of Social Studies is continuously receiving top ratings among social sciences faculties.


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.

Municipal Department 22 - Environmental Protection

Municipal Department 22 – Environmental Protection is responsible for all important aspects of environmental protection in Vienna. The main tasks include strategic air quality management, the operation of the air quality monitoring network in Vienna, nature and landscape protection, sustainable development, noise protection, waste and resource management, making environmental aspects part of urban and transport planning, and a wide range of activities in the areas of public administration, drafting laws, and providing expertise.

oikos Vienna - students for sustainable economics and management

oikos Vienna is a student-driven organization for sustainable economics and management at the Vienna University for Economics and Business. The goal is to empower future leaders to drive change towards sustainability. oikos Vienna provides platforms for learning, creating and sharing solutions. Conferences, seminars, speeches, simulation games and other initiatives focusing on different aspects of sustainable development are organized. oikos also promotes the integration of sustainability in curricula.

oikos Vienna ist part of the international student organization oikos which was founded in 1987 in Switzerland. Currently 50 chapters around the world  are part of the network and meet regularly. They are supported by a global community of oikos alumni, advisors, faculty, and partners.

ÖGUT - Austrian Society for Environment and Technology


Paris Lodron University of Salzburg



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.


R&D (Research and Degrowth)

Research & Degrowth is an academic association dedicated to research, awareness raising, and events organisation around the topic of degrowth. R&D defines degrowth as a multi-level voluntary path towards reduction of production and consumption aiming at ecological sustainability, good life, liberty, and social justice. For R&D, degrowth is grounded in ecology, ecological economics, anthropology, psychology, and social sciences in general.
R&D strives to bring scientists, civil society, practitioners, and activists together to think, imagine, discuss, and create proposals for sustainable degrowth.
R&D organises a Summer School on Degrowth and Environmental Justice, and a Master's in Political Ecology, Degrowth and Environmental Justice at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

SDG-Watch Austria

Senat der Wirtschaft

Society for Pluralism in Economics Vienna

is a collective of students, researchers and professionals who share a common goal: to introduce theoretical and methodological pluralism into economic teaching and research. The outbreak of the global financial crisis 2008 has highlighted a severe structural problem in the economic discipline: the monopoly power held by very few schools of economic thought. We counteract this by emphasizing that there are multiple ways for conceptualizing and explaining economic interactions. Different economic theories could offer a broader set of policy measures to resolve pressing economic issues.


University of Applied Science Technikum Vienna

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 Applied Sciences Upper Austria

With 6000 students FH Upper Austria counts among the leading universities of applied sciences in Austria. Its four faculties in Hagenberg, Linz, Steyr and Wels foster a network of around 240 partner universities in over 60 countries. At FH Upper Austria we provide innovative teaching and sustainable research at university level while maintaining practice-orientation and the highest quality standards. With our wide range of areas of expertise, we seek to develop practical solutions for the challenges of the future and actively support the transfer of knowledge.


University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt

The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (state university - tuition fee 363€/semester) was founded as the first of its kind in 1994 and counts among the top educational institutions in our state. Currently, 3800 students are enrolled in a Bachelor or Master programme at one of our campuses: Wiener Neustadt, Wieselburg, Tulln and Vienna.
At present, we offer 37 Bachelor and Master programmes in five faculties: Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Security, Sport. Our university, 40 km from Vienna, is a place with students from around the world (80 nations), excellent network of companies, obligatory business internships and projects and 95 partner universities.
In the 2015 Universum Talent Research study, the excellent job perspectives were confirmed by our students who voted the FHWN first as the university with the greatest “employability” – the competence to apply the acquired skills directly on the job.
Our many research labs, functional spaces and seminar rooms are equipped with up-to-date technology guaranteeing a first class education. Furthermore, our engineering and scientific degree programmes in their research- and development projects are supported by FOTEC, the FHWN’s own research company.


University of Barcelona - ICTA (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology)

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona is a multidisciplinary centre that promotes academic research and postgraduate education in the environmental sciences. It aims to improve our understanding of global environmental change, and the nature and causes of environmental problems. In addition, it studies policies, strategies and technologies to foster a transition to a sustainable economy.

The dynamics of university studies in Environmental Sciences created the demand for a centre open to students and lecturing staff and is a flexible communication tool between the university, administration, businesses and society in general. The PhD programme in Environmental Science and Technology and the Master's degree in Environmental Studies make up the current PhD programme offered at UAB in Environmental Science and Technology, which has been awarded the Mention of Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education.


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.

University of Tokyo


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“.

Waterford Institute of Technology




Weltethos-Institut of the University of Tübingen


The University of Tübingen, with its more than 500 years of history, is one of Germany’s oldest. Many great intellectuals have studied and worked in Tübingen - including Kepler,

Hegel, Hölderlin, and Schelling. The genius loci - the spirit of the place - is now stronger than ever. The University of Tübingen has: some 28,000 students, more than 330 study programs, 7 faculties, more than 500 professors and more than 4500 other scientists and academics.