2020 Sustainability Centres Community Workshop

Disclaimer: We are currently still working on the Workshop agenda, thus, it is subject to change throughout the next weeks.

June 24: Multi-Sector Dialogue





9:00 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 15:30

15:30 - 15:50

16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

18:30 - 22:00

Radical Change vs. More of the Same? What is Needed for a Transformative Sustainable Change 


One day of multi-sectoral engagement, bringing together game changers from academia, business world, and the civil society. Around 150 guests are expected.


House of Engineers, Eschenbachgasse 9, 1010 Wien (See venues for details on the location)



Conversations on topics including:

  • How can purpose-driven leadership ignite sustainable change?

  • Speaking out for human rights: the business of business? 

  • Decarbonization: realistic without radical change?

  • Can small players guiding the way to global change?

  • The role of business schools in catalyzing sustainable change


In small groups, audience formulates questions to the final panel


Final panel: What is the role of business schools in catalyzing transformative sustainable change?


World Café will explore where and how academia can collaborate with practice


Opening dinner


June 25-26: Sustainability Centres

Two days to share ideas on improving sustainability centre research, teaching, outreach, and strategy. All activities will emphasize peer learning and transformational change.


WU Vienna campus (See venues for details on the location)


Opening and logistics

Impact: Defining and Reframing the Problem (panel)

Coffee / socializing

Impact: Finding Solutions (design thinking / visioning)

Brown bag lunch, on-site catering

Breakout sessions, round #1, parallel sessions




Coffee break

Breakout sessions, round #2, parallel sessions



Conference dinner, in town


Opening and logistics. Yesterday's reflections?

How to Create Change and Impact: Keynote by the current (first female) president of WU, Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

Breakout sessions, round # 3, parallel sessions


LUNCH, on-campus restaurant. Includes possible WU “sustainable campus tour” and themed lunch tables

Open Mic/ Lightning Talk

Coffee break

Impact through Co-creation: Inspiring Examples


Building Interdisciplinarity in Education and Research

The Why, What, and How of Integrating Sustainability into a Business School

Going Beyond the Case:

Incorporating Games, Simulations, and Other Digital Learning into the Sustainability Curriculum

Students Supporting Social Impact:

Alternative Model

A Conversation   on What and   How Can Make Academic Lives Meaningful

Skills for  Collective Organizing towards Sustainability (illustrated with:   A Positive Impact Rating for  Business Schools)

Rethinking the Curriculum and Teaching Formats   - from SDG Teaching Map to 21-Day Challenge and Escape Room

B Impact Teams: Connecting Students and Businesses to  Build a Regenerative and Inclusive Economy

Building Climate and Carbon Literacy into Business School Curricula: A Toolkit for


The emotional dimensions in Teaching Sustainability: Balancing Hope and Fear

Exploring Sustainable Futures: A

Serious Board Game

UN PRME – Responsible Education and Student Project Management Teams



June 25

9:00 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:00

10:00 - 10:45

10:45 - 11:15

11:15 - 12:30

12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:45




14:45 - 15:15

15:15 - 17:00





June 26


9:00 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:15

10:45 - 12:00



12:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 17:45

As in the previous years, there will be significant peer-to-peer learning and sharing, as well as some talks by topic experts. 



With questions regarding the program, please contact Maya Fischhoff at NBS. 

Optional Activities

June 23



June 27

Launching celebration, Institute for Business Ethics & Sustainable Strategy


FH Wien der WKW

Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Vienna

Room C517, 6:00 pm.


More information and registration here!

High altitude conversations  

This guided hike in the outskirts of Vienna will be followed by beer/wine. We’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery and, over drinks, discuss sustainability issues with current and former chief executives.


The hike leader is Josef Waltl, former executive vice president of Shell Oil and a keen hiker. 

More information to follow soon.

As in the previous years, there will be significant peer-to-peer learning and sharing, as well as some talks by topic experts. 


With questions regarding the program, please contact Maya Fischhoff at NBS.