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Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility (STaR)RSS

Welcome to STaR!

The WU Vienna Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility is an interdisciplinary home for research, teaching and broader societal engagement concerned with the grand challenges of our times, such as the ones embodied in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  

Our overarching aims are to provide a collaborative platform for networking, knowledge exchange and dissemination of exemplary academic scholarship on environmental, social, and economic sustainability, AND to support WU’s societal responsibility as a driver of sustainable transformations. In order to meet these aims, we host academic and public events, provide online space for sharing relevant content, and serve as a liaison between WU community (students, faculty, staff) and external stakeholders.

Upcoming Events

SDG-Day (May 19)

Together with a dedicated group of student organizations and volunteers, STaR is planning for the SDG-Day 2020 (7th annual sustainability day at WU). Stay tuned for more information!

Fundamentals of Education for Sustainable Development: Why knowledge transfer is not enough (Nov 27)

Together with the Alliance of Sustainable Universities of Austria, RCE Vienna and STaR are organizing a workshop on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). . .



Our team sincerely thanks everyone who supported us throughout a very busy first year. Especially the many WU employees who work tirelessly “behind the scenes” to make things happen. . .

1st STaR Research Conference on Responsible Innovation

The 2-Day conference brought together internationally recognized scholars from various fields and disciplines to further our knowledge of the nature, drivers, and outcomes of Responsible Innovation .…

Post-event Reflections: SDGs Matter at the WU Matters

STaR hosted its first event at the WU Matters WU Talks public lecture series, titled “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should They be Your Business?”. . .

Brand New WU Energy Screen in the TC Building!

From now on, WU students, faculty, staff, and visitors can see how much electricy and water have been consumed on our campus. . .