Action for Sustainable Future hub (ASF hub)

We live in times of multiple crises: economic crisis, ecological crisis, biodiversity crisis and crisis of distribution. As these crises intensify and amplify each other, also voices for a radical transformation of society get louder. With this in mind, the University of Applied Arts and the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft established the Open Innovation in Science Lab: „Action for Sustainable Futures (ASF) hub“, which aims to find answers for the pressing question: What could a sustainable transformation of society look like?
The ASF hub pursues the following aims:
  • Fostering societal awareness for sustainable development
  • Enabling possibilities for action through the participation of civil society representatives within projects
  • Supporting inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations between civil society, science and arts
  • Developing impact criteria for participatory scientific and artistic research
  • Increasing democracy through offering possibilities for participation while considering diversity within society
The ASF hub will fund key project that will be oriented towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), working on practical solutions with high societal relevance. Citizens will play an active part in shaping these projects, which will combine scientific and artistic strategies. To enable participation for citizens with little experience in project funding, the process of submitting projects is divided into two parts. Actors from different parts of society can submit sketches for project ideas until the 30th of June, 2021 and will get support in writing and submitting project proposals. Full proposals can be submitted until the 30th of September, 2021. The call for proposals can be found here.
Sustainability Board
The Sustainability Board supports and advises the ASF hub in scientific and artistic matters as the hub’s working committee. The Sustainability Board is involved in planning the project call, selecting projects for funding, supporting projects and advising with Capability Building.
The board is inter- and transdisciplinary in composition, comprising members from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, members of UniNEtZ and representatives from civil organizations.
Members of the Sustainability Board:
Ulrike Payerhofer: Leitung der UniNEtZ AG Dialog
Katharina Rogenhofer: Leitern des Klimavolksbegehren & Mitbegründerin Fridays for Future Österreich
Kyoko Shinozaki/Katharina Kreissl: Leitung des SDG 10 „Reduzierte Ungleichheit“ im UniNEtZ
Bernhard Zlanabitnig: Steuerungsgruppe SDG Watch Austria & Leitung EU-Umweltbüro
Key Projects
Projects funded within the ASF hub are offered support through project coaching, which starts already with the application process, to enable accessibility and diversity among applicants. For their entire duration project will be continuously supported through workshops, in order to refine and revise research questions. Experts from various disciplines will lead these workshops and in turn can participate in Capability Building activities. Additionally, networking between projects will enable a peer-to-peer network. 
Capability Building
Scientists and experts who are part of the ASF hub have the possibility to participate in diverse possibilities to develop and advance their capabilities in regard to transdisciplinary research, participatory methods and cooperation between society, science and arts. 

Dorothea Born
Tel.: +4316603832945