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May 2018 – UniNEtZ Project Meeting

The university project UniNEtZ (Universities and Sustainable Development Goals) was initiated by Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria and connects fifteen Austrian universities to a common goal: to work towards the SGDs. UniNEtZ was presented to representatives of different ministries on the 7.5.2018 in Vienna. The participation of Montanuniversitaet Leoben in the set-up of the project was supported by RIC Leoben. The project, which starts in 2019, aims to create a report of Austria’s current SDG implementation. This report can be used to derive options for Austria’s future development in the light of the SDGs. The project will assess research, education, further education, responsible science and higher education management. Additionally, the project shall foster interdisciplinary work in and across the fifteen participating universities. The innovative linking of gathered knowledge and research among the universities shall, however, not be limited to them but spill over to political stakeholders, administration, economy and civil society. Furthermore, the project aims to enhance competences regarding questions posed by the SDGs. In this respect researchers and students will build up competencies to attempt answers on how to achieve the SDGs.

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April 2018 – CLC East Partners meet in Berlin

The first of two CLC East Partner Meetings in 2018 was organized in Berlin on the 24th and 25th April 2018. The participation of partners was high and it was important for the RIC Leoben team to be present in order to jointly envisage future strategies in the CLC East. In more detail, the need for an ESEE Education strategy was discussed. The new CLC East Education Officer Imre Gombkoto presented a roadmap for a newly to be established Working Group on the ESEE Education Strategy. RIC Leoben is planning to support this Working Group. It is vital for the ESEE region to tackle issues such as brain drain and tertiary education renewal together. The partner meeting involved two group activities that showed the CLC East partners willingness to work together on their innovative ideas for the ESEE region.

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March 2018 – A Festival for the SDGs

From the 21st-23rd March 2018 the Global Festival of Sustainable Development took place in Bonn, Germany. To observe the new trends in SDG implementation and to learn how to raise SDG awareness RIC Leoben visited the event. The event was structured around impact (local, national, global initiatives), methods (data, events, social media, virtual reality) or organizational levels (EU, national governments, municipalities) instead according to the SDGs 1-17. This allowed for a mix of stakeholders and ideas. For example, the session “Mobilizing action through the power of events” presented different event types to raise SDG awareness while at the same time input of how to organize events in line with sustainable development.

RIC Leoben’s presence allowed establishing valuable connections to SDG agents working with Virtual Reality to support sustainable development via education. Furthermore, connection to the Circular Economy Club was made and mutual support was discussed.

Finally, the festival shared the spirit of global change and a spark of it was carried back to Montanuniversitaet Leoben.

http://globalfestivalofaction.org/