Sustainability is a shared transatlantic priority to address today's global challenges. By bringing together Austrian and North American experts in dialogue, this series explores creative approaches to sustainability across different fields. How does urban design support livable, equitable communities? What does environmental history teach us about a sustainable future? How can digital technology create greener transportation and smarter cities? How do the arts and humanities help envision a more sustainable world? These questions and more guide our conversations on the ecological, scientific, and cultural dimensions of sustainability, with a focus on knowledge-sharing and international exchange.
Presented in partnership with the Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), Washington DC, and the Austria Centers of North America
Upcoming Events - Fall 2021
Contemporary Developments in the Environmental Humanities
October 6, 2021 | 10 am PT // 7 pm CET | Zoom link to come
Innovations in Urban Studies, Lived Space, and Everyday Life
As cities grow and change, urban studies researchers must answer a difficult question: How can we make urban spaces more liveable? In this program, Mag. Xenia Kopf (PhD Candidate, University of Salzburg and Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria) leads a discussion with Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein (TU Wien) and Dr. Jim Morrow (University of Alberta, Canada) about the role of everyday life in urban design and planning. They will also explore how ideas developed in Austria are transforming urban environments; examine the relationship between local issues and global urbanization; explain what resources and tools are available to build more equitable cities; encourage intersectional perspectives in urban research; envision solutions for future challenges.
Sustainability and Renewable Energy: Learning from the Alps
Spanning eight countries, the Alps are widely recognized as one of the world's most iconic, idyllic destinations. Less known is their important role as a source of clean power for Europe throughout the twentieth century. In this session, Professor Marc Landry (University of New Orleans) joins Prof. Patrick Kupper (University of Innsbruck) and Anna-Katharina von Krauland (PhD Candidate, Stanford University) to discuss the Alps as a historical case study for renewable energy production, and the lessons these mountains hold for a sustainable future.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law
Sustainable Transportation and Smart Cities
This session considers the role of digital technology in creating sustainable and low-emission mobility. Focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of urban transportation, panelists will discuss trends and dynamics of shared mobility and automation that are predicted to impact the future of transportation systems in California and Europe. With Susan Shaheen (Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center and Innovative Mobility Research Lab, UC Berkeley); Guenter Emberger (Head of the Institute of Transportation / Research Center for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering at TU Wien); and Alexander Keimer (Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies).
Moderated by Johanna Pirker, Assistant Professor, Software Engineer, and Researcher at the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science at Graz University of Technology (TUG).
Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law, and the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies