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Working together for a sustainable future

In the project UniNEtZ, scientists and artists from 18 partner institutions have joined together to present options on how the UN Sustainable Development Goals may be implemented.


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An Outlook
The Options Report

The options elaborated by the SDG groups are to serve as a means of communicating to the federal government which concrete options can be set by Austria in order to implement the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The options report will be published on 02.12.2021.


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The Perspectives Report

Based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), at the UN Summit in New York in September 2015, all member states committed to work toward implementing the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at international, national and regional levels by 2030 (Agenda 2030).



Call for abstracts: Climate Day 2022

  • Submission deadline: 4th November 2021

The 22nd Climate Day will take place under the motto "Pushing boundaries: science, art, climate" from 20 to 22 April 2022 in Vienna. This time, the Climate Day will be conceived and organised in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology.

There are the following types of submission:

  • Talks and poster contributions for the general scientific sessions incl. artistic research projects
  • Art, design and architecture projects
  • Poster contributions to the ACRP Quality Assurance for 2022 in the presence of the ACRP Steering Committee
  • CCCA Young Investigator Award 2022

A collection of answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.


The Nexus of World Electricity and Global Sustainable Development Icon SDG7 iz Icon SDG17 iz

Veronika Wittmann, Elif Arici and Dieter Meissner

Publication 2021 SDG 7 SDG 17

The main part of mankind’s ecological footprint is the carbon footprint, a measure of the environmental impact of humanity’s energy release from fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuels will have to change in the forthcoming decades to a largely climate-neutral use of solar energy enabled by dramatic cost reductions for PV and wind energy systems. The impact of this trend on world society has been discussed in a previous paper. In connection with these important technical developments, the role of electricity, its transport and storage will alter in the coming decades, allowing the design and use of larger and larger electricity grids and a parallel use of hydrogen for both storage and energy transport. This will further change the energy landscape of the world. All these developments and their relationship to global sustainable development are elaborated in this cross-disciplinary paper by specifically analyzing whether the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations are an effective road map for humanity to handle global climate change risks.


Staging climate change

  • Moderation: Sybille Chiari
  • Panel guests: Werner Boote, Natalie Driemeyer, Martina Fröschl, Marlies Wirth
  • Location: Museum of Applied Arts (Lecture Hall), Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
  • Date: September 30th 2021, 18:00-21:00

Together with pioneers of (climate) art and culture, scientists and the audience, we want to discuss the role of the art and culture sector in climate communication.

Further information can be found here (.pdf)

»It is too late for pessimism. We cannot afford pessimism, because it paralyzes. The point is to work actively to achieve change.«

Helga Kromp-Kolb
UniNEtZ Lenkungsausschuss


Degree Theses

Wohnraum, Macht & Exklusion: Die Rolle des Wohnraums für die sozialräumliche Exklusion von geflüchteten Menschen in der Stadt Salzburg von Susanne Liedauer - Download (.pdf)

Nebensache Sustainable Development Goals? Entscheidungsträger_innen über die SDG 4.7 Implementierung in der österreichischen Sekundarstufe von Viktor Steindl - Download (.pdf)



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The involvement of and cooperation with students is one of the central concerns of UniNEtZ. As an austrian student association, Forum n acts as a bridge between students and other members of the university.




Would you like to look in more detail at the most important literature on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals? We have prepared the most essential literature for you.



Conceptual framing of sustainability Icon all SD Gs

Peter Messerli, Nebojša Nakićenović und Martin Stuchtey

Talk (Video) 2021 SDG 1-17

Three presentations by three scholars: Peter Messerli (The Future is Now), Nebojša Nakićenović (The World in 2050) as well as Martin Stuchtey (System Change Compass) present three systematic classifications of sustainability concepts, which UniNEtZ will use as a basis for discussion for structuring.