Information on individual speakers can be found here.

A detailed schedule can be found here.


Our panels will take place in the Festsaal — the main auditorium of the Diplomatic Academy. They will last approximately one hour each, with some extra time at the end in case there are more questions. At the beginning, each speaker will be shortly introduced. Our panels will consist of a group of experts in their field, talking and debating with each other. One of our very own students will moderate each panel. Questions from the audience are taken towards the end of each panel.

Panel I

Participants: Federal President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, Wolfgang Anzengruber, and Katherina Rogenhofer

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Panel II "From the Outside In: The Exchange between Politics and Society for Climate Action"
This Panel brings together experts from the governmental and non-governmental sides. It will be discussed how NGOs, academia and think tanks can contribute to climate policy and which opportunities and limits exist to this cooperation.

Pariticipants: Monika Fröhler, Elfriede-Anna More, David Reinberger, and Alfred Strigl

Time: 11:15 - 12:30

Panel III "The Future of non-renewable Resources"

Focusing on oil and steel as two examples of non-renewable resources, this panel investigates how our reliance on these resources impacts climate change and which opportunities exist to preserve them for following generations. Is our reliance on these resources a hinderance to climate action or a necessary precondition to facilitate gradual change?

Participants: Julika Dittrich, Mohammad Zarie Zare, Adrian Frey, Tamojit Chatterjee, and Thomas Jakowiak

Time: 13:30 - 14:45

Dialogue Sessions

The three dialogue sessions will take place at the same time at various locations at the Academy. Participants of the conference can hence choose which topic they are most interested in. 
Each session will be led by one of the students. They will introduce the speaker and the topic and start the discussion with questions for the speakers. Afterwards the audience can ask questions any time. Dialogue sessions are more open in the direction they take on the topic. We encourage an exchange of ideas and views — not only of the speakers but also of the audience. The intimate format makes it possible to ask more detailed questions about the work and experience of the speakers. 

Dialogue Session I "Combatting Climate Change from Brussels: the Role of the EU"

This Dialogue Session will focus on the role of the European Union on the issue of creating climate change policy. It will be inquired which role civil society organisations and European citizens can play in this process.

Participants: Bernhard Zlanabitnig and Arnaud Schwartz

Time: 14:45 - 15:45


Dialogue Session II "No future? The Use of our Resources"

This Dialogue Session focuses on the sustainable use of resources. Which role do natural resources play in the current economical system and how can we ensure that future generations benefit from natural resources? In how far do we need to adapt our own consumption behaviour or is change only possible from above?

Participants: Kirsten Glenn and Stefan Giljum  

Time: 14:45 - 15:45

Dialogue/Trilogie Session III "Street or Office: How can the Fight against Climate Change be supported?"

This Session focuses on the question of how one can translate an interest in environmental matters into tangible action. From raising awareness through civil disobedience, to organising events with young people, and working in the private sector developing strategies for more sustainable business: Our experts will speak from their area of expertise and offer insights into their individual climate actions.

Participants: Isabella Steger, Jonas Wigger, and Fabian Samec

Time: 14:45 - 15:45


The presentations are short, inspirational talks which encourage the audience to think about a topic and gain a new perspective. Each presentation should last approximately 10 minutes and speakers may accept questions from the audience at the end. All presentations will be held in the Festsaal.

Presentation I "Global environmental Governance and the Framework of Climate Action" by Philipp Pattberg

Time: 9:45 - 10:00

Presentation II "Green Finance" by Roland Mechtler 

Time: 11:00 - 11:15

Presentation III "Klimaklage: A constitutional fight for Climate Action" by Michaela Krömer

Time: 16:15 - 16:30

Presentation IV "Changing Perspective: An Outlook on Climate Change from Space" by Markus Woltran

Time: 16:30 - 16:45

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