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University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Description/achievement of initiative

Teach sustainable development conceptsEncourage research on sustainable development issuesIncorporation of indicators on the societal and sustainability impact of research in the BOKU research documentation systemEvaluation of current and past research projects at BOKU with regards to sustainability impactPresenting research projects with high societal and sustainability impact on the university homepageGreen our campusesEngage with and share results through international frameworks

Implementation methodologies

The project is a part of a Federal Ministry for Science and Research programme and has the goal of integrating sustainability themes and concepts into various disciplines in university teaching. The primary function is to create a resource-pool of contents and materials that aim to ‘bring to life' concepts, processes and relationships of sustainability, which will be made available to all teaching staff from all universities via an internet platform. With the help of innovative teaching methods, systemic and holistic thinking will be encouraged across disciplines. The focus upon ecological and natural science aspects should also help awaken interest, particularly in female students, for MINT-subjects: mathematics, IT, natural sciences and technology.Next to providing the aforementioned building blocks to teaching staff, the project also aims to create a lecture consisting of several such modules. In the coming years this lecture could form the basis of a sustainable development module for all (first-semester) students at the university, regardless of the respective discipline.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Progress reports
Goal 4
Annual Sustainability Report
Staff / Technical expertise
Expertise of students and staff committed to sustainability

Basic information
Time-frame: 2012 - 2013
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Contact information
Martin Gerzabek , Rector Univ.Prof. Dr. DDDr.h.c, martin.gerzabek@boku.ac.at
United Nations