Conference Committees

Conference Chair

Klaus Kubeczko

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Innovation Systems & Policy

Verena Madner WU

Verena Madner

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Law and Governance/Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance

Local organizing Team

Gudrun Haindlmaier

Gudrun Haindlmaier

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Innovation Systems & Policy

“Get me some coffee (and a GinTonic) – and I’ll work it out!”

What’s your relationship
with sustainability transitions? 
A complex world needs complex solutions – for me, sustainability transitions studies bring the much-needed different perspectives, actors and disciplines together to make change happen.
What are your expectations regarding IST2020?The IST2020 is a great opportunity to create a new form of conference experience. And even though it can’t replace a personal meeting, the digital experience connects the community worldwide in troubled times.
Beatrice Fröhlich-Rath

Beatrice Fröhlich-Rath

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Innovation Systems & Policy

“Let´s say it with Max Frisch: A crisis is a productive state. You just have to take away the taste of disaster. And if nothing else helps: Chocolate Please!!”

What’s your relationship
with sustainability transitions? 
Sustainability Transitions and I met in Spring 2019. I can’t say that it was love at first sight, but now we are in an intensive and caring relationship 😉
What are your
expectations regarding IST2020?
I hope that we can get all our ideas across well to our conference participants and at the end of the day they will shut down their computer with a smile on their face.

Heike Wiesner

Heike Wiesner

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Law and Governance/Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance

Foto Michaela Neumann

Michaela Neumann

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Institute for Law and Governance/Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance

„It’s Friday 5 pm – but sure we can video call for the next 3 hours!“

What’s your relationship with sustainability transitions? The topic of sustainability transitions has accompanied me for years. I am most driven by the stories of people who contribute to creating an alternative world today, both ecologically sustainable and socially just.
What are your expectations regarding IST2020?After months of lonesome thesis writing, I am looking forward to new input and vivid exchanges with the STRN community. In particular, I am keen to learn how sustainability transitions can integrate ethical aspects of distribution, justice and poverty.

Vanessa Schuster

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Innovation Systems & Policy

„Okay, no problem, we’ll work it out somehow!“

What’s your relationship with sustainability transitions? Sustainability Transitions and I still have a very fresh relationship – we met in summer 2020 during the preparations for the virtual IST2020 conference. So, for me, everything is still very new, and I am looking forward to discovering new sides every day.
What are your expectations regarding IST2020?My wish is that we create a great virtual experience for the participants and that everyone has the feeling of being very close despite the distance.

Merlin Ralf Schmid

Trainee @ AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Center for Innovation Systems & Policy

“Yes, I’ll think of something funny until the end of the day!”

What’s your relationship
with sustainability
transitions? 
I’m interested in sustainability transition because only a sustainable way of life today gives future generations the chance to make a difference themselves.  
What are your
expectations regarding IST2020?
Working on the IST2020 gives me the chance to learn about my future field of work while also getting some first-hand work experiences myself.

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Scientific Committee

The scientific committee consists of members of the sustainability transitions research community involved in the reviewing process of the submitted papers.

Floor AlkemadeEindhoven University of Technology 
Dierk BauknechtÖko-Institut e.V. Freiburg
Christian BinzEawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology
Simon BolwigUNEP DTU 
Marie-Claire BrisboisUniversity of Sussex
Lars CoenenWestern Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen
Sabine DörryLuxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research 
Tim FoxonUniversity of Sussex
Lea FuenfschillingCIRCLE, Lund University
BipashyeeGhoshUniversity of Sussex
Marko HekkertUniversity of Utrecht 
Verena HermelingmeierUniversity of Wuppertal 
Kirsten JenkinsThe University of Edinburgh 
Florian KernInstitute for Ecological Economy Research, Berlin
Paula KivimaaUniversity of Sussex
Jonathan KöhlerFraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe
Derk LoorbachDRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Jochen  Markard ETH Zurich
James MeadowcroftCarleton University 
Susan MühlemeierÉcole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 
Andreas Novy Vienna University of Economics and Business
Michael OrnetsederInstitut für Technikfolgenabschätzung – Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Bonno PelUniversité Libre de Bruxelles 
Rob RavenMonash University Melbourne
Harald RohracherLinköping University, Lund
Daniel RosenbloomUniversity of Toronto 
Björn SandenChambers University of Technology
AntonSenticUniversity Fribourg 
Sigrid StaglVienna University of Economics and Business 
Jennie StephensNortheastern University Boston
Jonas TorrensUniversity of Utrecht 
Michaela Trippl University of Vienna
Bernhard Truffer University of Utrecht 
Bruno TurnheimUniversity of Manchester, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, University of Sussex
Jeroen van den BerghUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Geert VerbongEindhoven University of Technology
Matthias WeberAIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Julius WescheFraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe; Utrecht University
Anna WieczorekEindhoven University of Technology 
Elizabeth WilsonDartmouth College