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UniNEtZ- Policy Statement

In the second project phase, the main focus of UniNEtZ is on making contributions to the transformation of society toward sustainability. In order for universities to credibly live up to this claim of being pathfinders of societal transformation, they must first undergo a transformation process themselves.


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UniNEtZ Options Report:

150 options for sustainable development in Austria from the perspective of UniNEtZ


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UniNEtZ Reflection on the Ukraine Crisis:

No sustainable development without peace, no peace without sustainable development

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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.



GAIA annual conference: transformation of universities and the role of transformative research

  • Location: Innsbruck
  • Date: 21.04.2023

The UniNEtZ project will be presented at the GAIA annual conference in the afternoon, and the topic of transformation of universities, based on the aforementioned policy statement, will be explored in greater depth during a panel discussion.


Guest commentary by the others in the Standard on the role of science in the climate crisis Icon all SD Gs

Georg Gratzer, Patrick Scherhaufer und Reinhard Steurer

Reflexion 2023 SDG 1-17

Georg Gratzer, Patrick Scherhaufer and Reinhard Steurer from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) have written a guest commentary in the Standard on the role of science in the climate crisis. In their text, they advocate for science to become more involved in the political discourse in order to be effective. After all, traditional scientific work in the sense of writing papers and presenting research results is not enough.


Symposium: Sustainability in Science (SISI)

  • Location: Berlin
  • Date: 06. – 07.06.2023

The sixth SISI Symposium "Towards a Sustainable Higher Education and Science System" will take place on 06 and 07 June 2023 in Berlin in cooperation with the German Rectors' Conference (HRK).
Panel discussions, the marketplace and workshops will present new approaches from the BMBF initiative "Sustainability in Science", enable the exchange of experiences and discuss exciting topics related to sustainability in science.
Current information can be found here.

»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


Students in UniNEtZ

You are interested in sustainability and would like to work in an academic context for the socio-ecological transformation of Austria and its universities? Then join UniNEtZ!



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The association forum n, which operates throughout Austria, networks students and student initiatives that are committed to sustainability at their universities. It has been involved in UniNEtZ and represents the student perspective. Since 2022, the association has also taken over the sponsorship of the priority area IV. More


Parliamentary Cooperation

In order to advance the transformation of our society, the transdisciplinary dialogue with political actors is central. The cooperation on the 2030 Agenda with the Austrian Parliament, which started in September 2022, offers an effective platform to further advance this dialogue.

These SDGs have already been in parliament: SDG 14SDG 9SDG 16 SDG 5