800701 EU Project lab: designing and communicating sustainability

summer semester 2020 | Last update: 21.03.2020 Place course on memo list
EU Project lab: designing and communicating sustainability
EU 2,5

In this interdisciplinary course, students with diverse scientific backgrounds will be introduced to the basics of sustainable development in the context of the SDGs. The participants will get to know measures and projects related to Sustainable Development on different scales (with a special focus on the project UniNEtZ - Universitäten und nachhaltige Entwicklungsziele). Theories of science communication in general and sustainability communication in particular will be discussed. Further, students develop action knowledge on how to implement sustainability concepts in their own spheres of activity. The interdisciplinary setting of the course allows to take different perspectives on sustainability topics.

methodical aims: gain competencies to plan and implement projects, science communication, team working and communicative skills, systemic thinking (i.a. interactions between SDGs), creative approaches towards sustainability topics (e.g. poetry slam). Each group writes a concept paper on their topic describing the scientific background of the planned project. In the frame of the final event, which will be organized in cooperation with the working group "science and responsibility" (WuV), students get the opportunity to experience science communication in action and present their results also to a non-scientific audience.   



basic contents of sustainable development and SDGs, measures and projects in the field of sustainable development with a focus on the Austrian-wide project UniNEtZ, science communication


- inputs to sustainable development, SDGs, science communication

- cooperation with local sustainability initiatives depending on the focus of the projects

- concept development, planning and implementing of a project for each group: engaging with Sustainable Development Goals and visualisation at the University of Innsbruck in the frame of a project, e.g. art intervention, workshop, exhibition, poetry slam, discussion forum etc…

- synthesis and reflection of the course

- closing event in cooperation with the working group "science and responsibility": students present their projects in this public event. The event is part of a series of events on the topic of "social-ecological transformation" held by the working group "science and responsibility". Students help to conceptualize the final event and can thus acquire skills in event management and planning.

combined: planning and implementing a project concept, short summary with scientific background and reflexion on the projects, engagement during the course


- SDSN (2017): Getting started with the SDGs in universities. SDSN. Melbourne, Australia. 

- UN (2015): Transforming our world. The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. UN, New York.

- Vaughter (2018): Beacons, not Towers: How Higher Education Can Help Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. United Nations University.

- Additional relevant literature will be announced at the beginning of the course

interest in topics of sustainable development, motivation for project work and team work, interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation

not applicable


to be announced
04.06.2020 18:00 - 21:00 Uhr, Haus der Begegnung
Group 0
Date Time Location
Mon 2020-03-09
17.15 - 18.15 40506 SR 40506 SR Barrier-free Vorbesprechung
Fri 2020-03-13
08.30 - 11.30 40506 SR 40506 SR Barrier-free Inhaltliche Einführung OLAT
Fri 2020-03-20
08.30 - 11.30 40506 SR 40506 SR Barrier-free Methodische Einführung OLAT
Fri 2020-04-24
08.30 - 11.30 40506 SR 40506 SR Barrier-free Konzeptentwicklung
Fri 2020-06-19
08.30 - 11.30 40506 SR 40506 SR Barrier-free Reflexionstreffen