About the conference

Europe’s Transformation: Where People Matter

The Initiative Growth in Transition has many reasons to celebrate! It can now look back on ten years of successfull work and the organisation of three international conferences.

This year, the Initiative Growth in Transition is organising its fourth international conference, entitled ‘Europe’s Transformation: Where People Matter’, on 14 – 15 November 2018 at the Austria Center Vienna.

During the two-day event, plenary and parallel sessions will feature inspiring speakers from politics, science, civil-society and the private sector. Participatory conference formats will enable a dialogue between relevant stakeholders.

With Austria holding the EU Presidency in the second half of the year 2018, the conference will reach out to an international audience.


The conference will address the transformation towards a resilient and sustainable society from very different perspectives.

Conference topics will range from social and distributional aspects of a fair society to the role of the financial sector enabling a sustainability transformation. In order to sustain and increase prosperity and quality of life in the long term, we will need economic strategies which use the planet’s resources responsibly.

A special focus will be put on the sustainable management of natural resources use and the mitigation of climate change. What measures need to be taken to achieve decarbonisation and a low-carbon society on the National and European level?

In view of the challenge of a sustainable transformation of society, the role of the media will be examined. How can we create an encouraging vision of the future?

The digital revolution has already transformed the world we live in. The question raised at the conference will be whether there is a chance of shaping a sustainable digital economy.

Main topics

» The sustainability transformation in Europe

» The role of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

» The societal challenge of climate change and digital economy

» The implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement

» Social and ecological innovation

» The role of business in a low carbon transition

» Circular economy and beyond

About the Initiative Growth in Transition

The Initiative Growth in Transition was launched in 2008 by the Environmental Ministry. It is organised as an interinstitutional stakeholder network and brings together transformation activists and decision makers from politics, public administration, research institutes, enterprises, NGOs, universities, Austrian and European interest groups, business and civil society. The initiative encourages the dialogue and exchange on growth, prosperity and quality of life in Austria, Europe and worldwide. It provides an international platform addressing questions of growth and an alternative, sustainable economy.

The conference ‘Europe`s Transformation: Where People Matter’ is jointly organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (MoE) and the Environmental Agency Austria (EAA), with support from more than 30 stakeholder organisations.

Read more: https://www.growthintransition.eu/

The Austrian EU-Presidency

Austria will be holding the EU Presidency in the second half of the year 2018 and the conference is part of the official Presidency programme. The Trio-Presidency consists of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. The three countries have jointly decided to put its main focus on eco-innovation. Thus, this conference will examine the leverage effect of innovation to the societal transformation process.

Pre-Conference „Science in Transition“

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 9:15 – 18:00
Austria Center Vienna, Bruno-Kreisksy-Platz 1, 1220 Wien

This conference will emphazise the necessity of a transformation in the knowledge system and will take place (in German language) as a pre-conference to „Growth in Transiton 4th International Conference“.

More information here

Organized by Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria in cooperation with ÖFSE, Runder Tisch Hochschulbildung Global, OeAD und FHK.