Parallel Sessions Wednesday, 14 November 2018 | 15:40 – 17:30

  • Parallel Sessions | Day 1 - Part 2
    15:40 - 17:30 | Plenary Hall D
    Are Media Encouraging Transformation?
    Julia Wippersberg, Austrian Press Agency
    Martin Kugler, Editor in Chief, Universum Magazin
    Jasmin Godemann, Professor of Communication and Engagement in Agricultural, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen
    Caja Thimm, professor for Media Science at the University of Bonn

    In this session we will focus on the difference between the media logic and the necessities for transformation. How is media – or different media channels – dealing with sustainability issues and in what form? Is/Could there be a transformational logic/intention behind coverage? What seems interesting to the audience? What do media need in order to be interested in sustainability issues? Are there differences between European countries, various channels, broadsheet or yellow journalism? And how can sustainability issues be communicated to catch attention of media practitioners?

    Organised by: Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    Helene DallingerHelga WeiszKate ScottMartin DistelkampNina Eisenmenger
    15:40 - 17:30 | K1
    Resource Efficiency Contributions to Decarbonisation

    Martina Schuster, Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism


    Paul Ekins,
    "No climate stability without resource efficiency"
    Director of Research and Professor in Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, London, UK; Member of the Expert Panel of the UN International Resource Panel

    Helga Weisz,
    "The resource -climate nexus: Tracking global resource use and emissions"
    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

    Mark Meyer,
    "Synergies between decarbonisation, resource decoupling and prosperity in Europe - recent findings from the MeetPASS project"
    Research Associate, Institute of Economic Structures Research (GWS), Head of Global Developments and Resources, Osnabrück

    Kate Scott,
    "How can resource efficiency contribute to meet UK carbon budgets"
    Department of Geography, University of Manchester, UK

    Nina Eisenmenger, Institute for Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

    Panel Discussant:
    Helene Dallinger, oikos Vienna – Students for Sustainable Economic and Management

    Moderator: Stephan Lutter, Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    International reports and political programmes are more and more emphasizing the likely contribution of resource efficiency to climate protection in general and in particular to the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement. Nonetheless there are only few studies investigating this correlation on an economy wide scale. According to the UN International Resource Panel a positive correlation between climate and resource policies can be assumed. This means that an ambitious climate policy comes along with a significant decline in resource use and at the same time with positive effects on the economy ( In this breakout session we will talk about this assumed relationship between climate and resource policies. European and international studies on this topic are going to be presented (UN International Resource Panel, G20, Germany, UK, Austria) and discussed.

    Organised by: Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Institute of Social Ecology

    Nkemdi BeghoRodrigo Aranda
    15:40 - 17:30 | G1
    Best Practice Examples

    Julian Paul Melchiorri, CEO and founder of Arborea ltd., United Kingdom
    Reet Aus, Founder of Fa. Upmade, Estonia
    Nkemdilim Begho, Founder and Managing Director of Future Software Resources (Futuresoft), Nigeria
    Victoria Soelle, The DO School Innovation Lab, Germany
    Rodrigo Aranda, Co-Founder and CEO of Sintala Design, Spain
    Michael Fassnauer, Founder and CEO of UBIMET

    Moderation: Peter Woodward

    Cases of conclusive and convincing eco-innovative projects have been selected. These innovation projects are clearly aimed at promoting sustainable development. They have either achieved market entry or established a significant social position. Thus we invited the founders of these start-up companies to explain their vision, to discuss initial venture capital financing, the risks and operational hurdles including their causes and how to overcome them, and to demonstrate the potential for profit as well as important success factors. As all of these projects represent success stories, they will motivate new innovators and incentivise further innovation. In an interactive setting, participants will be in close contact with the speakers.

    Format: Interactive

    Organised by: Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism

    Alexandra StricknerPlaceholderLittigPlaceholderPlaceholder
    15:40 - 17:30 | B2
    Social-Ecological Transformations in Research and Politics

    Beate Littig, Sociologist and Head of the Division Socio-Ecological Transformation Research at the Institute for Advanced Studies
    Christina Plank, post doc researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
    Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi, works in the area “Education and Society” at the Federation of Austrian Industries
    Alexandra Strickner, Economist and Co-founder of Attac Austria
    Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler, Head of the EU Coordination Environment in the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    Moderation: Fred Luks, Head of Sustainability Competence Center, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    The term “transformation” has gained much traction in recent years addressing problems of unsustainability. Yet, the term is used ambiguously and key issues of unsustainability remain unsolved. The session will therefore discuss different understandings of social-ecological transformations as well as the role of transformation research within sciences and politics. It will address challenges that have to be faced when “growth in transition” is on the agenda of European societies.

    Organised by: Network Socio-Ecological Transformation Research

    15:40 - 17:30 | 3A
    Responsible Production and Consumption
    Co-operation along value chains in conflict areas

    Tanja Dietrich Hübner, Head of Sustainability, REWE International AG
    Leonore Gewesseler, Political Director, GLOBAL 2000, Friends of the Earth Austria, Heinrich Böll Foundation

    Moderation: Klaus Kastenhofer, MD, independent consultant

    Since more than 15 years the Austrian environmental organisation GLOBAL 2000/Friends of the Earth Austria and REWE International AG have formed a unique partnership on pesticide reduction. In collaboration with the agricultural sector innovative methodology, alternative plant protection strategies and significant and consistent reduction of pesticide residues have been achieved. Solutions in areas where the necessity of change was common sense but implementation was lagging have been deployed. A partnership which can be considered as frontrunner on the issue of pesticide residues in conventional produce including transparency. Is collaboration along value chains a sustainable role model for future endeavors? What kind of framework is supportive of such partnerships?

    Organised by: REWE International AG and GLOBAL 2000

    Armand ColardMartin Spolc
    15:40 - 17:30 | 3B
    Good deal?
    Preconditions for Sustainable Finance

    Aim of this session is to present an overview of initiatives in the European Union on different levels of possible Action - European Commission, Corporate, Private - to foster ecologically and socially sustainable investments. In this setting we want discuss supporting factors and barriers to greening the finance sector.

    Martin Spolc, DG FISMA, Deputy Director General Financial Markets, Head of unit Capital markets Union: “Current State of the EU Action Plan on Sustainable Finance”
    Armand Colard, ESG Plus GmbH & “How sustainable is the Austrian Fonds landscape? What can a private Person do?”
    Martin Bruckner, Chief Investment Officer, Spokesperson of the Board of Allianz Investmentbank AG and Board Member of Allianz Pensionskasse AG: “Institutional Investors Turn Their Backs on Fossil Assets?”
    Katharina Muner-Sammer, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology “SEFIPA - Sustainable Energy Financing Platform in Austria”

    Moderation: Georg Günsberg, policy and strategy advisor

    Organised by: Ecosocial Forum, Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

    Vilim AnneliesAnnika LindblomMangalagiu DianaGiovannini EnricoWukovitch FlorianMarkus Hametner
    15:40 - 17:30 | B1
    Bringing the SDGs to Life
    From Status Quo to a Sustainability Transformation

    The session explores options for effective implementation of the SDGs for different governance levels and stakeholder groups. Four input presentations will provide an EU-wide comparison of progress towards the SDGs, an overview of conditions for successful implementation at EU, national and local levels (with examples from Finland and Italy), and a critical view from civil society. A panel discussion with representatives from business, social partners and academia will then develop critical success factors for SDG implementation together with the audience.

    Markus Hametner, Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Enrico Giovannini, Professor of Economic Statistics, University of Rome Tor Vergata
    Annika Lindblom, Secretary-General, Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development
    Annelies Vilim, Director, Global Responsibility - Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Member of SDG Watch Austria

    Additional Panellists:
    Nastassja Cernko, Sustainability Manager, OeKB Group, Austria
    Diana Mangalagiu, Professor, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and NEOMA Business School, France
    Florian Wukovitsch, Economist, Austrian Chamber of Labour

    Moderation: Gerald Berger, Senior Researcher and Project Manager at the Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business

    Organised by: Environment Agency Austria, Institute for Managing Sustainability, University of Economics and Business

    Anneke EngelChristine LinsEvelina LundquistFlorian SturmMarianne GuglerMelanie Mettler
    15:40 - 17:30 | B3
    The Role of Women in Transformation
    Sharing Experiences with Change Processes

    In public perception, decision makers are mainly men. But is it really mainly men who initiate change processes, drive them forward and lead them to success? Is there a difference between men and women in the approach, in the willingness to change? Are there success factors or obstacles that are more likely to affect men or women? Do men and women have different roles in change processes? This is what we want to work out in this interactive workshop, to which we explicitly welcome men and women. Five role models (women and men) from different areas of expertise related to sustainability will tell their personal stories of how they initiated and implemented change. Participants are invited to listen to these stories and explore common patterns and differences..

    Our role models are:
    Christine LINS, Co-Founder, Global Women’s Network for Energy Transition (GWNET)
    Melanie METTLER, CEO, Sunraising Bern; and Co-President, SIBA - Social Innovation Accelerator Bern
    Marianne GUGLER, Co-Founder, Employment Cooperative Otelo eGen
    Florian STURM, Employment Cooperative Otelo eGen
    Evelina LUNDQVIST,Founder, The Good Tribe
    Anneke ENGEL, Board Member, Austrian Small Farmers Assocation (ÖBV)

    Facilitator: Astrid Reinprecht, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology

    Organised by: Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology
    15:40 - 17:30 | Foyer
    Art Workshop: Growing Pictures - Transformation with Brain, Heart and Hand

    Flag workshop run by Wolfgang Weinlich, in collaboration with artists Emmerich Weissenberger and Nora Ruzsics (ArtEmbassy). Transformation into a joint work of art- creating commin holistic social structures. Living in dignity is fundamental for all human beings. Which common human quality is needed to deal with this topics? Messages inspired by 7 lectures of the conference appear on individual areas of the fabric of the flag. These messages can be retraced, expanded, reworked, overpainted or associated with the objects, materials and tools on the tables provided. The flag will be raised the next day and will be used after the conference concludes for a number of sustainably printed art book covers, to continue with the artistic and reflected Messages produced at this conference. We pass your and our Messages on and so become ambassadors for sustainability.

    Organised by: Wolfgang Weinlich, in collaboration with Emmerich Weissenberger - ArtEmbassy, artist