03 October 2018
Vienna, Austria

Young Scientists' SDG & Energy Forum 2018

Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Energy is crucial for achieving most of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations to ensure global sustainable economic, social and environmental development. Nevertheless, more than 1 billion people live without electricity and more than 3 billion cook without clean fuels and more efficient technologies - there remain major challenges on our journey to a a future with access to sustainable energy for all.

The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs invites to a discussion on global energy issues with students and high-level experts from the European Union and the Global Network of Regional Sustainable energy Centres.

  • Date: Wednesday, 3 October 2018
  • Time: 6pm-7:30pm
  • Venue: Vienna School of International Studies Favoritenstraße 151, 1040 Vienna


6.00 – 6.05 Opening Remarks by Désirée Schweitzer (Director General Department for Development/ Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs)

6.05 – 6.20 Statements by

  • Felipe Zaccheo (Head of Unit Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Directorate General Int. Cooperation and Development/European Commission)
  • Mahama Kappiah (Executive Director/ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency)
  • David James Molden (Director General/International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development)

6.20 – 6.50 Presentation of research findings from a trans- and interdisciplinary perspective by students of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

6.50 – 7.30 Discussion/Q&A

Subsequent possibility for an exchange with buffet and drinks

Registration by 26 September 2018: ">

This event is organized in collaboration with:

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

TU Wien (TUW)

Vienna School of International Studies

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