About the Conference

How constraints make us grow
Society in transition

22nd–24th February 2016
Vienna University of Economics and Business

Our understanding of the natural constraints of our planet is continually growing and deepening. What prevents us from making changes to our lifestyles and economic activities and especially from placing them on a sustainable footing? Why is no change of direction taking place?

The third international Growth in Transition Conference in Vienna at Europe’s largest university of economics included panels with inspiring speakers, fascinating breakout sessions tackling different aspects of the Conference theme, participatory conference formats and the opportunity to exchange insights with leading figures from the spheres of politics, science and civil society.

The Conference focused upon three key subject areas:


What are the constraints upon our actions and behaviours?
How do they manifest themselves and what impacts do they have?
What approach should we take to them?
How can we transcend them?


How are constraints already making us grow?
In what areas are we actively transforming and growing towards a sustainable future?
What examples can be found of sustainable action?


What conditions lead to development rather than growth?
What skills and competencies are required to actively promote transformation?


Internationally renowned speakers participated:

Tim Jackson
Professor for Sustainable Development, University of Surrey

Sigrid Stagl
Professor for Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Gerald Hüther
Professor for Neurobiology, Universität Göttingen

Hans Bruyninckx
Executive Director of the European Environment Agency

Karl Aiginger
Director of the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)


Here you can download the conference programme as pdf-file:
Programme Growth in Transition-Conference 2016
Her you can download the collected descriptions of the parallel workshops:
Workshopdescriptions Growth in Transition-Conference 2016

About the initiative Growth in Transition

The Growth in Transition initiative brings together transformation activists and decision makers from politics, science, the economy and civil society and promotes dialogue and exchange on growth, prosperity and quality of life. It provides an international platform addressing questions of growth and an alternative, sustainable economy. The initiative is jointly organised by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, the Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) and Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), with support from more than 20 partner organisations.

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