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IST2020 – Internationale Konferenz zu Sustainability Transitions an der WU

IST2020 – 11th International Sustainability Transitions Conference at WU

Research field: Smart Cities, Sustainable Urban Development and Urban Transformations

From 18-21 August 2020, the 11th International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST2020), co-organized by Prof. Verena Madner was hosted as an online event at WU with more than 680 international participants. The annual IST conference is the central event of international transitions research. The research network behind it, the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN), comprises more than 1500 international researchers from various disciplines and produces more than 500 publications in scientific journals every year. The research network and the annual conference address the question of how radical changes and innovations in socio-technical systems can evoke sustainability transitions.

The IST2020 conference on "Governance in an Era of Change – Making Sustainability Transitions Happen" was organized by the Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance, the Institute for Law and Governance and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)  in collaboration with the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN). A total of 285 full paper, speed talk and dialogue sessions took place during this four-day event. More than 400 individual contributions were presented in nine different conference tracks, dedicated to, for example, governance in an era of change; theoretical contributions to transitions frameworks; power, agency and politics in transitions; organizations and industries in sustainability transitions; geography of transitions: spaces, scales, places; or ethical aspects of transitions: distribution, justice and poverty. A particular focus of this year's event was to increase the City of Vienna’s visibility as a smart city and as central location for research, technology and business around sustainability transitions. To achieve this goal, Viennese administration and local practitioners were brought together with the international research community in specially designed dialogue sessions.

You can find more information on the IST2020 conference here and here.

WU Project Lead: Univ.Prof. Dr. Verena Madner

Partner: Austrian Institute of Technology

Supported by: Vienna Business Agency

Duration: 01.03.2020 - 30.09.2020

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