23rd Austrian Climate Day in Leoben

The 23rd Austrian Climate Day, the most significant interdisciplinary networking event of the Austrian climate research community, is currently taking place at Montanuniversität Leoben. Under the motto "Resources in Transition", scientists are discussing the current challenges in the fields of resources, climate, energy and environment. In a newly designed "Junior Conference", young people interested in research will also be participating in the conference.

Montanuniversität as a Conference Venue

Montanuniversität Leoben is the ideal setting for Climate Day, thanks to sustainability research gaining more and more importance and also being reflected in the core competence areas of the university: Advanced Resources, Smart Materials and Sustainable Processing. Not least for this reason, the Resources Innovation Centre Leoben (RIC Leoben) was established. Among other things, this centre oversees the university's international participation in the fields of sustainable research, education and industrialisation. The vision is to drive a climate-friendly and sustainable future in the raw materials sector. This makes Montanuniversität Leoben the ideal host for the 23rd Austrian Climate Day.

Resources in Transition

From April 11 to 13, climate researchers will meet at Montanuniversität Leoben to discuss the latest findings. Climate Day acts as an interdisciplinary platform for all Austrian research activities. It also offers young researchers the opportunity to network with established scientists. Furthermore, it aims to promote dialogue with stakeholders in politics, administration and business. In addition to scientific sessions with presentations on current climate research, there will be a scientific poster exhibition and numerous workshops. The program will be rounded off by the art performance The Beauty of Climate Change and an evening event at voestalpine. Climate Day is certified as a Green Meeting. The interest in the conference is considerable; 250 participants  are expected.

Junior Conference

In addition to the scientific conference, a "Junior Conference" for students of the 11th to 13th grades will take place for the first time. In a separate program block on the morning of April 12, 2023, Montanuniversität Leoben scientists will offer age-appropriate lectures and workshops for those young people attending. In addition to gaining compelling insight into several fields of research, the Junior Conference will enable the participants to have authentic contact with researchers and to get a first taste of science in the context of an established conference. Around 200 students will be taking part.

CCCA – Climate Change Centre Austria

The CCCA is the largest climate research network in Austria and is the contact point for research, politics, media and the public for any question on climate research, promoting a sustainable climate dialogue. The term "climate research" encompasses the scientific examination of climate change, its physical, political, economic, cultural and social causes. It entails the consequences of climate change for society, the economy and the environment, strategies for climate protection (mitigation) and adaptation to climate change (adaptation), while identifying vulnerabilities and capacities. Montanuniversität Leoben has been a member of the CCCA since 2018 and has been represented on the board since 2022.

Resources Innovation Centre (RIC)

The Montanuniversität Leoben Resources Innnovation Centre (RIC Leoben) consolidates all of the university raw material innovation and sustainability activities and acts as a coordinator and catalyst for topic and project development with internal and external stakeholders across institutes and chairs. The RIC Leoben supervises research projects on the topics of digitalisation of extraction, preparation and processing processes, supply chains for raw materials, innovative raw materials for digitalisation as well, along with the substitution of critical raw materials, such as high-purity elemental carbon. With its raw material innovation activities, RIC Leoben has been addressing the topic of climate change and the effect of both circular and linear raw material flows in this context. This has led to the development of activities in the area of climate protection and planetary boundaries.

For further informationen contact

Anna Meyer, BA BA MA
Resources Innovation Centre
E-Mail: anna.meyer(at)unileoben.ac.at
Tel.: 03842 402 7604



Bei der Eröffnung v.l.: Rektor Wilfried Eichlseder, Helmut Hojesky (Leiter der Abteilung VII/1 - Koordinierung Klimapolitik im BMK), Harald Rieder (CCCA-Obmann), Karolina Begusch-Pfefferkorn –(Referatsleiterin V/3e - Umwelt- und Erdsystemwissenschaften inkl. Klimaforschung im BMBWF), Andrea Gössinger-Wieser (Land Steiermark), Bernd Vogel (Geschäftsführer Klima- und Energiefonds) Foto: Montanuniversität Leoben | Martina Stöbbauer

Erstmals fand im Rahmen des Klimatages eine Juniorkonferenz für Schüler*innen statt.