The Centre for Global Change and Sustainability was launched in June 2010 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) with an initial staff of eight. Broadly speaking, the main purpose of the Centre is:
- to foster collaboration and promote research at the BOKU both internally (interdepartmental) and externally (at local, national and international levels) in the fields of global change and sustainability;
- to promote sustainability within the BOKU in academics (teaching and research) as well as daily BOKU operations (operational ecology).
In order to achieve its goals, the Centre undertakes a number of activities and functions. It serves as a "coordination point" for a number of initiatives (the BOKU Ethics Platform, Sustainable BOKU, EU Joint Programming, Climate Service and the Virtual Climate Centre. Additionally, it takes an active role in the stimulation and coordination of BOKU research (locating relevant calls for proposals, coordinating between BOKU institutes, drafting proposals and taking part in the implementation of projects) and the transfer of knowledge (e.g. organization and management of events; arrangement of fact sheets and position papers). In so doing, the Centre seeks to increase the visibility of the BOKU, raise awareness of issues of sustainability within and outside of the BOKU, and provide valuable information to the public and decision-makers, thus keeping with the university's socio-political responsibilities. For more information regarding the Centre's work, feel free to browse our homepage! If you don't find what you're looking for, you can contact the Centre directly and we'll do our best to answer any questions that you may have.