Applications for the summer school Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS; 5 ECTS) are open! Against the background of the climate crisis, AEMS is an interdisciplinary program focusing on alternatives and reform proposals for our current growth-based economic and financial systems. The program takes place from 18 July to 5 August 2022 in Vienna.

Application for scholarships is possible until May 2nd, 2022.
The application deadline for regular participation ends June 30th, 2022.

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AEMS Scholarship

The BOKU is offering 3 scholarships for highly qualified students in need of financial support to participate in the AEMS for a reduced fee of 490,- €.

AEMS Summer School 2022

Hard facts - AEMS in short

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems is an interdisciplinary summer school focusing on alternatives to the economic status quo: International participants deal with limits of growth, as well as the instabilities of our financial system. They learn why a drastic system change is necessary to reach the target of stabilizing the world climate at 1.5°C - and most importantly: they are presented with an array of innovative approaches!

The AEMS is an academic summer school and held in English.
In 2022, it takes place for the 9th time from July 18th to August 5th.

Course aim and credits

The aim is to raise awareness for the urgently necessary shift in our economic system and for the many alternatives available. Participants learn about the interconnections between economy, finance, society and the environment and gain knowledge of an array of reform proposals that consider natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation.

After successful participation, students receive a certificate of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU University) for 5 ECTS. Continuous attendance during the full-time program is mandatory!


Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems

From 1970 to 2008 the world experienced over 400 economic crises, including 145 banking crises that encompassed the entire sector. It is therefore legitimate to question the economic, monetary and financial system. The Summer School "Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems" (AEMS) focuses on alternative and innovative concepts for economic and monetary systems and researches the extent to which these take ecological limits and social standards into account. Since its etablishment, internationally recognized speakers have discussed theoretical concepts, empirical data and practical examples with around 50 students from all over the world - at the BOKU. The summer school goes back to an initiative of the common good economy and the ÖAD housing management, is under the scientific direction of the gW/N and fills a gap in the current range of university offers. You can find more information about the Summer School here.