18 November 2016

Award for sustainable development summer school

IIASA researcher Brian Fath was a lecturer in the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) summer school, which has received a major award from the Austrian government.

On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management the Environmental Education FORUM (FORUM Umweltbildung) awarded the prize in the category 1 “Political support” to the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) Summer School on November 22, 2016 at the Landhaus St. Pölten. The prize honors outstanding projects by individuals, institutions and organizations related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Brian Fath was one of the lecturers at the AEMS and gave an invited lecture on Cycles and Time Constants in Nature on 8 August, 2016.  The course was delivered at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). BOKU and IIASA are strategic partners since 2013 and linking their research and educational programs in various areas including food security, ecosystem services, forest management, climate change, biodiversity, and renewable energy.

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems Summer School

At the AEMS students investigate and debate how economic, political, monetary and environmental factors need to be changed to be more sustainable. Looking at alternatives to the current system, where profits still count but factors such as life-work balance, ethics, sustainability and the environment are not considered, the summer school also offers a unique opportunity for students wanting to understand how happiness and satisfaction are key drivers rather than material goods.

The course will be offered again July 26 - August 11, 2017; please circulate to students you think may be interested. 

Education for Sustainable Development is included in three targets of the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015. The overall objective of ESD is “is to equip people with knowledge of and skills in sustainable development, making them more competent and confident while at the same time increasing their opportunities for leading healthy and productive lifestyles in harmony with nature and with concern for social values, gender equity and cultural diversity.” (UNECE 2016)

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Brian Fath

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