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280250 SE Transformative Change towards Sustainable Futures (2021S)

Environmental Engagements: talks (PI)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ATTENTION: Only 6 of the scheduled dates below will take place. The talks are from 17:00 to 18:30. All classes will be digital.

03.03.2021 Sabine Pahl: "The role of human perception and behaviour in plastic pollution" (Department of Urban and Environmental Psychology, University of Vienna) - english

24.03.2021 Stefan Wallner: "Light pollution - An interdisciplinary view on the impact of artificial light at night" (Department of Astrophysics, University of Vienna) - english

21.04.2021 Alexandra Brausmann: "The economics of the climate challenge" (Department of Economics, University of Vienna) - english

12.05.2021 Andreas Richter: "The times they are a-changing: feedbacks, thresholds, and tipping points in the climate system" (Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna)

26.05.2021 Antje Daniel: ""Climate Justice Now!" Fridays for Future as a new wave of environmental activism" (Department of International Development Studies, University of Vienna) - english

16.06.2021 Gerhard Herndl "Towards sustainable ecosystem services of the ocean" (Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology, University of Vienna) - english

Wednesday 03.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 10.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 16.06. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital
Wednesday 30.06. 17:00 - 18:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The complexity and multiplicity of sustainability crises humanity is facing requires a specific scientific expertise: a combination of sound yet cutting-edge basic research, increased connectivity of knowledges through inter- and transdisciplinary research, and the responsible communication of both. Only by integrating and engaging with perspectives from all disciplines are we able to grasp the bigger picture, understand the depth of the problem, and critically consider the pathways of transformative change we need within the nexus of the social, ecological, and economic sphere towards more sustainable futures. This is what the “Environmental Engagements: talks” format hosted by the Environmental Research Network of the University of Vienna aims for. Giving a platform to researchers from all disciplinary backgrounds conducting cutting edge environmental research at the University of Vienna through engaging, highly timely talks, it caters to a broad audience beyond disciplinary boundaries.


Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance at the talks

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Pass / Fail
Attendance of 4 out of 6 talks

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Tu 30.03.2021 14:29