The Congress:

The Con­fer­ence is being ini­ti­at­ed and orga­nized by Green4Cities, the inter­na­tion­al com­pe­tence cen­ter for urban green infra­struc­ture, and BOKU, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nat­ur­al Resources and Life Sci­ences Vien­na. We have been occu­pied by the ques­tion how green infra­struc­ture could make our cities future- and cli­mate proof and more liv­able for some years now.

Over the past years, tech­ni­cal and polit­i­cal pre­con­di­tions have changed. How­ev­er, imple­men­ta­tion has to hap­pen at a much faster pace than it is now. We have to be bold­er and more rad­i­cal – and we have to see this in the coop­er­a­tion of all the rel­e­vant actors and cit­i­zens. This is the rea­son for the ini­ti­a­tion of this inno­v­a­tive con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ences focus and its core is the elab­o­ra­tion and ini­ti­a­tion of real projects, from project design to financ­ing. Keynote lec­tures will give the par­tic­i­pants a the­mat­ic overview at the begin­ning of the con­fer­ence. The con­gress aims to present real life prob­lems in the form of project ini­tia­tives. These then will be processed by par­tic­i­pants com­ing from diverse sec­tors and from all over Europe.

This way we want to enable even crazy, rad­i­cal and com­plete­ly new ideas to cul­mi­nate in viable project designs. In a final work­shop in front of the whole con­fer­ence plenum, the projects will be pitched and based on this will receive feed­back. At the adja­cent farewell cof­fee event, fur­ther feed­back can be giv­en.

Jury & Criteria:

The projects will first of all be ass­esed by a jury. This ass­es­ment will be based on five cri­te­ria, that will rate the projects on a scale of one to ten each. 

  • Fea­si­bil­i­ty: We think that, although a lot of knowl­edge about urban green infra­struc­ture, even in par­tic­u­lar­ly dif­fi­cult tech­ni­cal sit­u­a­tions, exists, fea­si­bil­i­ty still is a weak point. At the same time how­ev­er, there are enor­mous time con­straints and the need for the green­ing of urban land­scapes. Each project ini­tia­tive there­fore will be rate accord­ing to its prac­ti­cal and time­ly fea­si­bil­i­ty in the next three years.
  • Effec­tive­ness: The jury will look at the cli­ma­to­log­i­cal effec­tive­ness with respect to urban cli­mate change adap­ta­tion mea­sures.
  • Scal­a­bil­i­ty: Cer­tain projects can lead to fast real­iza­tion, when they are tech­ni­cal, socio-eco­nom­i­cal and legal­ly scal­able. They could either them­selves be designed for scaled dis­tri­b­u­tion or they could be designed in a way so oth­er actors can real­ize them with a sim­i­lar design.
  • Inno­v­a­tive char­ac­ter: The inno­v­a­tive char­ac­ter in this case refers to the con­clu­sive fea­si­bil­i­ty of the project that goes fur­ther than the state of art. How­ev­er, any inno­va­tion in the field of urban green infra­struc­ture will be con­sid­ered (prod­ucts, ser­vices, meth­ods, orga­ni­za­tion­al inno­va­tion, etc.).
  • Finan­cial fea­si­bil­i­ty: The goal of every project ini­tia­tive will be a suc­cess­ful project design. Either a financ­ing option is already includ­ed in the sub­mis­sion and lat­er assessed by the jury or the jury’s finance experts will assess the finan­cial fea­si­bil­i­ty sim­ply based on the con­tent of the sub­mis­sion. The project ini­tia­tives should be real­iz­able rather soon after the end of the con­fer­ence.


The jury itself con­sists of eight indi­vid­u­als, two of each of the fol­low­ing areas: Entre­pre­neur­ship, Sci­ence, Munic­i­pal­i­ty, Finance. Their names will be announced here in the fol­low­ing weeks.


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