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.

Submitting a project idea

Do you have a project idea that you want to real­ize? Does your idea need the sup­port and exper­tise of an inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty? 

Please add to your sub­mis­sion:

  • CV
  • Project descrip­tion of max. 2.000 char­ac­ters plus a descrip­tion of your ini­tial the­sis and ques­tions
  • Request­ed num­ber and back­ground of those you want to work on your project
  • A visu­al pre­sen­ta­tion (ren­der­ings, pic­tures, etc.) of your project

Your advan­tages:

  • New inputs for your ini­tia­tive
  • Greater inter­na­tion­al atten­tion
  • Due to the co-cre­ative coop­er­a­tions, devel­op­ment of com­plete­ly unthought of tech­ni­cal and con­tentu­al solu­tions, financ­ing mod­el and coop­er­a­tions
  • Fan­tas­tic net­work­ing pos­si­bil­i­ty
  • Great euro­pean com­mu­ni­ty with a broad set of qual­i­fi­ca­tions to sup­port your project
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.
    Team
    Dipl-Ing. Doris Schnepf

    Dipl-Ing. Doris Schnepf

    Green4Cities, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor and Co-Founder

    Prof. Dipl-Ing. Dr. Rosemarie Stangl

    Prof. Dipl-Ing. Dr. Rosemarie Stangl

    Head of Insti­tute of Soil Bio­engi­neer­ing and Land­scape Con­struc­tion (IBLB)

    Oliver Weiss

    Oliver Weiss

    Green4cities, Con­gress Organ­isator

    Andrea Wieser

    Andrea Wieser

    Green4cities, Con­gress Organ­isator

    Walter Kneitschel

    Walter Kneitschel

    DKT, Pub­lic Rela­tions

    Mario Simon

    Mario Simon

    Stu­dio MS, Graph­icde­sign

    Maximilian Simon

    Maximilian Simon

    Stu­dio MS, Web­de­vel­op­ment

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