This site is dedicated to strengthening the Third Mission of our university and the societal responsibility associated with it. WU defines the Third Mission as having a comprehensive role in the broader society, whether by partnering in innovation networks, coproducing contextual solutions, or serving as an anchor in the community (Entwicklungsplan der Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien). The various internal and EU-funded projects presented below are currently carried out at RCE Vienna and coordinated by Christian Rammel from STaR team. Our long-term aim is to expand this list with Third Mission activities across WU’s campus and regularly issue a Third Mission Report. If you are a WU researcher and would like to contribute, please contact Christian.
(Funded by Erasmus plus Knowledge Alliances)
BUILD solutions aims to boost innovation, entrepreneurship and subsequent market uptake of intelligent living, biotech and biomimicry solutions to help green cities.
To achieve this objective BUILD Solutions will provide a unique and innovative platform for HEIs and SMEs interaction offering many events that will take place in Barcelona, Vienna, Nancy and Copenhagen. All the events programmed will establish interdisciplinary links between architecture, bio-tech and business knowledge and will promote a rich discussion through which to generate insights and visions, ideas and proposals that help to envisage and prototype nature/metabolic-based solutions for urban re-naturalization and resilience.
Project partners: Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Université de Lorraine, Vienna University of Economics and Business, ERSILIA Foundation, Econick, Plant-e, City Facilitators, Green Tech Challenge.
Interested to learn more about BUILD?
(Funded by Erasmus plus Knowledge Alliances)
SDGs Labs aims to build a culture of collaboration and knowledge exchange between different stakeholders involved in agribusiness and food production with the goal of holistic incorporation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into modern business practices of the sector.
SDGs Labs is translating the abstract SDGs into practical business solutions for actors all along the supply chain in the agribusiness and food production sector including HEIs, start-ups and established companies. The project is building on existing experience and gathered expertise throughout the project flow to develop innovative means and methods dedicated to co-learning environments for future collaborations. Furthermore, we will produce an interactive learning tool “Making the SDGs your business” for European start-up academies and incubators as well as a “SDGs business pioneers facilitation workshop” series for existing companies aiming at incorporating the SDGs holistically into their business practice.
Project partners: Vienna University for Economics and Business (Austria), University of Vechta (Germany), Universidade de Trás-o-Montes e Alto Douro (Portugal), Terra Institute (Italy), ISEKI-Food Association (Austria), Wiesenhof (Germany), CEIFAcoop (Portugal), and Regia-Douro Park (Portugal).
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Connecting university students, established enterprises and social businesses to reach the SDGs.
The Sustainability Challenge is a unique, innovative and transdisciplinary university course based on Education for Sustainable Development. It is coordinated by RCE Vienna and held together by Vienna’s four largest universities on a yearly basis. The Sustainability Challenge is dedicated to the objectives of sustainable development, with particular emphasis on the SDGs. Every year, 60 - 80 students from all fields are selected through a detailed application process. The sustainability challenge offers two participation tracks: service learning and start-up. Students may either work in close collaboration with enterprises, ministries or NGOs to tackle real-life sustainability issues (service learning track), or develop their own sustainable business idea (start-up track).
Project partners: Austrian Development Agency, TU Wien, BOKU Wien, Universität Wien, numerous companies, ministries and NGOs acting as service learning partners
Interested to learn more about the Sustainability Challenge?
(Funded by INTERREG Central Europe)
In SITU brings together the fields of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in order to tackle some of today’s urgent social challenges. The project aims to change the narrative of what it means to be a “social entrepreneur” and who gets to be one, by offering an opportunity for socioeconomically disadvantaged youth and long-term-unemployed adults – groups that are all too often perceived as passive receivers of social innovations – to become solution co-creators. Another key aim is to increase the labor market access for these untraditional groups of Social Innovators.
Our Mission is to foster positive societal impact and make Social Entrepreneurship more inclusive by creating spaces of inspiration and empowerment where every citizen – disregarding their background – is seen as a co-creator, rather than target, of social innovation.
The IN SITU team seeks to achieve this through a series of training and workshops, offered free of cost, in which participants will get a chance to discover the potential of their ideas, expand their creative social thinking as well as business-planning skills, and develop their own social projects. This is a case study on transformative learning environments in the context of education for sustainable development (ESD).
Project partners: Board of Education for Vienna, European Office (Austria), Region of Veneto - Department of Labour & ENAIP VENETO SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (Italy), Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation & Stuttgart Media University (Germany), City of Rijeka & STEP RI Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka Ltd. (Croatia), Regional Authorities of Ślaskie Voivodeship & The University of Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland), Foundation for Improvement of Employment Possibilities PRIZMA & OZARA d.o.o. Service and Disability Company (Slowenia)
Interested to learn more about IN SITU?
(Funded by the WU Jubiläumsfond der Stadt Wien)
SDGs Map will perform a social network analysis on the SDG-oriented startups and their ecosystem in Vienna. The network data will be visualized and used to explore and understand the dynamics of the ecosystem in order to provide inputs for tailored support and policies.
The overall aim of the project is to stimulate the development and growth of an innovative and successful green business ecosystem in Vienna. Thus enhancing the potential of the city to tackle challenges connected to societal challenges and sustainable socio-economic development. As innovative, new and sustainable business models like those based i.e. on circular economy will become even more important in the future, the project will contribute to the overall competitiveness of the city - and help to establish Vienna as a frontrunner in the field of green and social businesses & start-ups and use the SDGs as important driver for innovation and business.
Building on existing knowhow of the RCE Vienna the project also has the aim to consolidate and enhance the already established knowledge base and provide a valuable resource for future projects focusing on the SDG-oriented Startup ecosystem in Vienna.
Interested to learn more about SDGs Maps?
Communities for Science (C4S)
Funded by Horizon 2020
Communities for Sciences (C4S) is a H2020 project, fully starting in September 2020. C4S will be implemented in eight European cities (Milan - Italy, Brussels - Belgium, Manresa - Spain, Vienna -Austria, Budapest - Hungary, Sofia - Bulgaria, Lund – Sweden and Berlin - Germany). A local science education HUB led by the local partners of the Consortium will coordinate the activities that will be implemented in each city. Each HUB will focus on a specific vulnerable community (immigrants, Roma community and disabled citizens) working with and for children and youth from 0-16 years old and their families. C4S will study the relations between science and society by focusing upon vulnerable communities because they often are not visible as active social agents.
This will be done through science education activities, through formal and non-formal education institutions, from an inclusive standpoint, to provide them with better science awareness and capacities and to make them progressively aware of exclusionary practices that at times may occur in science. Special emphasis will be put on engaging them in an intersectional approach to fight against the gender discrimination suffered by women and girls at multiple levels. In addition to this, each HUB will engage with policy-makers, educators and institution representatives to promote their role in supporting and promoting an inclusive science education approach and to consolidate such inclusive practices on more solid grounds.
Project partners: University of Vic- Central University of Catalonia (Project Lead) (Spain) ,Board of education for Vienna (Austria), IB Hochschule Berlin (Germany), Galileo Progetti (Italy), Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (UNIMIB) (Italy), Comune di Sesto San Giovanni (Italy), Erasmus Hogeschool (Belgium), New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), Lund University (Sweden)
Interested to learn more about C4S?