G.B.S. is organized by:
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“.
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
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.
Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research institute. With its eight Centers and around 1,300 employees, AIT regards itself as a highly specialised research and development partner for industry. Its researchers focus on the key infrastructure issues of the future: Energy, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control, Mobility Systems, Low-Emission Transport, Technology Experience and Innovation Systems & Policy.
University of Applied Science Technikum Vienna
University of Applied Science Technikum Wien became the first institution in Vienna to receive the status of a university of applied sciences. With around 11,000 graduates thus far and roughly 4,400 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. Four 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 Vienna
Our working group deals with theory-led, evidence-based, and policy relevant research on spatial aspects of economic activities and societal as well as technological transition processes. We especially focus on issues related to the spatial configuration of innovation and knowledge exchange processes, disparities in regional development, and regional policies and planning. By drawing on economic, institutional, social, and political approaches we seek to contribute to a better understanding of the evolution and the transformation of socio-economic structures and processes from a spatial perspective.
Our particular fields and specialisations in research and teaching include:
Geography of innovation with specific consideration of disruptive technologies and institutional dynamics, regional structural change and regional development, innovation policies and regional development, gender studies, territorial protection policies and land use management, peripheral rural areas, political geography.
In cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austrian Academy of Science, University of Agder and Kiel University the working group publishes the working paper series Papers in Economic Geography and Innovation Studies.
Official partners of G.B.S. are:
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.
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
The University for Continuing Education Danube University Krems is the university for continuing education. Its courses are specifically oriented toward the needs of working professionals. The University offers exclusive master's programs and short programs in five areas of study. Serving about 9,000 students from 93 countries and with 20,000 graduates, it is one of the leading providers of further education courses in Europe. Danube University Krems combines 20 years of experience in postgraduate education with innovation and highest quality standards in research and teaching and bears the AQ Austria seal of quality.
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.
University of Applied Sciences Burgenland
The University of Applied Sciences Burgenland with its two campuses in Eisenstadt and Pinkafeld, has been offering its unique degree programmes for 25 years. At the moment 4,000 Students study in the fields of Business Studies, Information Technology and Information Management, Energy and Environmental Management, Health and Social Work. With four subsidiaries, the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland is involved in promoting research, continuous academic education, professional qualifications in the public sector and health-promoting measures for businesses.
FH Campus Wien
At present, buildings account for some 40 percent of total energy consumption. The aim of the graduates of the program “Architecture – Green Building” will be to change this situation as creatively as possible. The focus is on designing and planning innovative, resource-saving and energy-optimized constructions, which meets high aesthetic standards and the requirements of sustainability in economical, ecological and social way throughout the entire life cycle of a building. The degree program provides a full architectural education with focus on sustainable construction in a compact form: detailed know-how in design, planning and project management, moreover deep insight into integrated planning including BIM (Building Information Modeling), from design to detailed planning. Additional benefits are the framework of interdisciplinary projects together with structural engineering students.
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.
GRÜNSTATTGRAU is the Austrian competence centre and central coordination unit for raising issues about the future of urban green environment, innovations and ideas for green cities, for activities targeting research dissemination and knowledge transfer, technical implementation knowledge, participation management and economic and social cooperation concerning Green Infrastructure and nature based solutions on buildings.
The aim is to promote all levels of green on buildings through communication, demonstration projects, business incubators, law and policies activities – not only on national, but also on European level. The intention is to upscale and share the results with all partners in the European network and market (knowledge transfer). The instruments of GRÜNSTATTGRAU include a large-scale demonstration testbed, the entirely green implemented neighbourhood in Vienna, a mobile Green Living Laboratory on roadshow and a multi-stakeholder online platform to develop and offer own supporting tools, services and technologies.
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.
klimaaktiv is the Austrian climate protection initiative and integral part of the Austrian climate strategy. klimaaktiv’s primary objective is to launch and promote climate-friendly technologies and services. In doing so, klimaaktiv focuses on high standards of quality, provides education and training of professionals, gives advice and cooperates with a large network of partners. Learn more about the goals, activities and actors.
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.
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.
Media partners of G.B.S. are:
Lebensart VerlagsGmbH is a private publisher of sustainable information. Launched in 2005, ‘Lebensart’ is now the largest sustainability Magazine in Austria with a circulation of 60,000 copies, seven times a year. In 2012 the company launched a second magazine – BUSINESSART – dealing with CSR and sustainable economy.