Let’s empower Sustainability-Driven Entrepreneurs(hip) – Final CASE Event

Manuela Fried (Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research)

From 8.11.-10.11.2017 the CASE knowledge alliance met for the final project event at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). About 70 guests from 10 different countries participated at the public event on 9.11 certified as an ecoevent and supported with a microfund by the Copernicus Alliance.

Stefan Pichler Vice Rector for Research (WU) welcomed all guests and Manuela Fried from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (Department Head European Higher Education Area) started the day with her input on “ERASMUS+ and Higher Education Policy – Added Value of University Business Cooperation”. In an inpsiring keynote we learned from Bettina Steinbrugger, CEO and Founder of the sustainability-driven company erdbeerwoche GmbH, how it is to be an sustainability-driven entrepreneur in practice. After a coffeebreak core results of the CASE project were presented and dicussed interactively with the audience in 4 different corners (See Posters).

Discussion on CASE results

Ilse Stockinger (Wiener Stadtwerke), Rudolf Dömötör (WU), Sara Landstroem (UNIDO), Theresa Imre (markta) and Marco Rieckmann (Vechta University) discussed in an interactive panel on “The Future of Learning for Sustainability-driven Entrepreneurship”. The panelists shared their views on important competencies and the creation of transdisciplinary learning environments. Finally a deeper insight into the CASE project was offerend in different workshops in the afternoon. The event ended with a networking session. Drinks and snacks were served from Brotpiloten, an austrian start-up offering catering services with bakery products which would have been thrown away.



CASE Master Program and Key Competencies
CASE Pilots and tested Cooperation Formats
CASE Sustainability Performance Tool
CASE Sustainability Competencies Tool
CASE Evaluation and Quality Assessment


Final Event Website
More impressions from the final event

Setting new horizons for collaboration at Hamburg Sustainable Development Summit

From 26-29.9.2017 Petra Biberhofer (WU Vienna) and Mara Bauer (Vechta University) from the CASE team participated at the Hamburg Sustainable Development Summit (HSDS) 2017, organized by the Center for a Sustainable University at the University of Hamburg. The summit focused on aspects of sustainable development at Higher Education Institutions and in particular on the contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within education, research, governance, operation and outreach initiatives.

During the CASE workshop on “Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship – curriculum for new approaches to business development” we shared and discussed the CASE project milestones and future steps. The CASE team was inspired and proud being part of the broad international network platform for sustainability initiatives and projects. And definately the summits aim to set new horizons for collaborations, using innovative network formats and inviting sustainability researchers and agents to be part of the global community to foster sustainable development in Higher Education Institutions as well as in society in general was fulfilled.

Find our more about the Summit results on the Conference Website

CASE Poster Sustainable Development Summit 2017

CASE at the International Transdisciplinary Conference in Lüneburg

f.r.t.l. Helena Guimarães (Universidade de Èvora/Portugal), Petra Biberhofer (WU Vienna), conference participant

From 11.-15.9.2017 Michael Ambros (BOKU) and Petra Biberhofer (WU Vienna) from the CASE Team participated at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 co-organized by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. The overall objective of the conference was to strengthen communities of transdisciplinary research and education, and to create visibility for theoretical, empirical and transformative advances/results. In particular the conference focused on interculturality. Together with many inspiring participants we explored transdisciplinary research and education as intercultural endeavours concerning epistemologies, world-views, practices, and place-based differences. During our session on Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship – Curriculum for new approaches to business development we presented the CASE milestones such as our master curriculum and the current stage of the knowledge platform. As part of our session we had a very rich and inspiring discussion with the session participants and would like to thank the hosts for the great opportunity to share experiences about the CASE project.

Conference Website

CASE Presentation


Petra Biberhofer (WU Vienna) presented the CASE project during a poster session at the EARLI conference

From 27.8. until 2.9.2017 the 17th Biennial EARLI Conference was hosted by the University of Tampere, Finland on “Education in the crossroads of economy and politics – Role of research in the advancement of public good”. The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) is an international, scientific community with the primary goal to support an active research culture in the field of learning and instruction. At the conference the CASE project was introduced by Petra Biberhofer (WU Vienna) who presented a poster focusing on how learning and collaborating within sustainability transitions can be fostered. Based on the the CASE results she highlighted transformative learning settings and collaboration formats in university-business cooperation.

Conference Website

CASE Poster

Terra Summer Forum for Sustainable Business in Brixen (I)

Business representatives and Terra consultants

The yearly Summer Forum of the CASE partner Terra Institute gathered consultants and high-level business representatives to discover, experience, reflect and discuss the topic Mindful Organization. More than 50 participants – from individual enterprises to multinationals with 100.000 employees – had the chance to exchange in an informal setting on their good practices and challenges in the context of sustainable development.

In the naturally rich environment of South Tyrol, the perfect setting included workshops, presentations and discussions as well as hiking. Sharing experiences was thus possible in the plenary and smaller groups or bilateral conversations.

Max Schachinger (Schachinger Logistics), Johanna Bernhardt (Terra Institute) and Michael Ambros (BOKU)

For the two CASE participants this was the occasion to spread the results of the project and encourage consultants to act as multipliers in their field of activity. Once more, the need for support in the process of accompanying organizations in their change towards sustainability was strengthened. Potential partners for university-business cooperation in teaching and learning were identified and invited to participate at the final event of CASE.

More information on Terra Institute: www.terra-institute.eu