Lectures for Future OÖ (EN) | Summer term 2022


The lectures series „Lectures for Future“ (L4F) hosts a wide range of experts from all fields of research considering topics of climate crisis and sustainability in a very broad perspective. This series is part of the Austria-wide „Lectures for Future“ network and aim to a borad public audience. They are streamed live on our Youtube Channel.

Dates & Overview Lectures for Future

BASEhabitat – Architecture for Change
Univ. Prof. Siegfried Atteneder
Livestream: https://youtu.be/wSKvglfxqks
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How do we want to live?An introduction to boundaries, sustainability & footprints
Dr. Martin Hoffmann
Zoom discussion: https://jku.zoom.us/j/92365639541
Livestream: https://youtu.be/Do9Wv5z277g
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System Dynamics for Future?
Dr.in Nathalie Spittler
Zoom discussion: https://jku.zoom.us/j/92365639541
Livestream: https://youtu.be/G3CWUxNlnPo
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Climate neutrality in the energy intensive industry – a challenge to us all
DI Dr.in Irmela Kofler, K1-MET
Zoom discussion: https://jku.zoom.us/j/92365639541
Livestream: https://youtu.be/G3CWUxNlnPo
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Dr.in Isolde Reichel MAS TanzKultur
Gesundheit und Klimawandel
Prof. Dr. Erika Zelko, PhD,
Institut für Allgemeinmedizin, JKU Linz


The event takes place in hybrid mode. We are required to check a 2G proof at the entrance. KHG, Mengerstraße 23, 4040 Linz, Österreich.

Online Format

The online discussion for the Lectures for Future will take place exclusively via Zoom (All the more we are happy about attendees). During the event from about 18:00 to 19:00 the Zoom room will be closed. For online participation, we therefore ask you to either log in before or to use the livestream (link below). Zoom discussion: https://jku.zoom.us/j/92365639541

Details for students

Besides informative character, the Lectures for Future are an official course at the Johannes Kepler University Linz. You find the details about the course in this PDF. You can register here or via E-Mail (). In case of any questions send me an E-Mail.


„BASEhabitat – Architecture for Change“ by Siegfried Atteneder | Monday, 07. March 2022, 18:00

Livestream: https://youtu.be/wSKvglfxqks

Picture of Sigi Atteneder

Sigi Atteneder is professor of sustainable architecture and spatial development at the Linz University of Art and heads the architecture department there. His design studio BASEhabitat focuses on planning and building with affordable, local and sustainable building materials and collaborations with local communities.

Sigi Atteneder studied architecture at the Linz University of Art and the University of Hong Kong. He worked, among others, for Shigeru Ban Architects in Tokyo and led a planning and construction project in one of Johannesburg’s townships in South Africa. He was invited to a Research Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2008. His dissertation at University College London (UCL) explored the interplay of open, relational spaces with the concept of „borderlands“ and their role in processes of urban change.


On the one hand, the lecture introduces BASEhabitat as one of the studios of the architecture department of the Linz University of Art. On the other hand, it discusses the main aspects of the studio’s work on the basis of projects that have been created. The data show: the building stock and the construction sector contribute significantly to the climate catastrophe. In addition, there are social distortions that can just as often be traced back to spatial circumstances.

The cornerstones of BASEhabitat are therefore climate justice and social justice. Since 2004, BASEhabitat has been researching, planning and building in the field of sustainable architecture and spatial development. Sustainability means dealing with resources in a way that enables future generations to have a world worth living in and to be able to shape it. BASEhabitat understands the concept of sustainability comprehensively and tries to include its political, social and ecological dimensions in its projects.

On the social level, BASEhabitat seeks to create livable buildings and spaces primarily with and for disadvantaged people and communities. Cooperation is usually with NGOs or comparable initiatives. Local economic cycles are strengthened, local and affordable building materials are used, and local companies and workers are involved.

Since its foundation, numerous projects have been implemented, initially in the Global South, but now also in Europe and Austria. Some of these projects are presented and explained on the basis of the aspects discussed.

„How do we want to live?“ by Martin Hoffmann| Monday, 4. April 2022, 18:00

Livestream: https://youtu.be/Do9Wv5z277g

Dr. Martin Hoffmann is Secretary General of Club of Rome – Austrian Chapter, Lecturer at Johannes Kepler University Linz, and coordinator for the regional group in Upper Austria of Scientists for Future Austria. He studied physics and worked 10 years in the area of theoretical material design.


The presentation will give a brief introduction to sustainability. Here, sustainability is understood in terms of long-term stable, sustainable living of our society – regional and international.

We are living and acting inside a well-defined system, on one planet. Today, we define 9 planetary boundaries – one of them the climate system. Those are understood as the absolute limits of the current stable ecosystem. On the other end, we define social standards and needs, which must be fulfilled – at best for all people.

Both limits – planetary and social ones – are significantly unbalanced at the moment. Several planetary boundaries are critically overreached while basic social needs for many people are not even in reach. Within these two limits, we must find long-term, stable solutions of living together – a sustainable life.

We will cover some of the problems here – like the energy system, agriculture, production, and mobility. In order to understand and know how to reduce our impact to the ecosystem, we need to measure it – for the individuals, companies, regions, countries, etc.

One measurement system is provided via the concept of footprints. There are usually 4 different footprints considered: carbon, water, ecological, and material footprint. Will you take the challenge and reduce your footprint? See what you can change and where the system must change.

„System Dynamics for Future?“ by Nathalie Spittler | Monday, 9. May 2022, 18:00

Dr.in Nathalie Spittler
(Centre for Global Change and Sustainability, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences – BOKU)


The lecture will explore the System Dynamics method and how it might help us to understand complex current and potential future dynamics of our social, environmental, and economic system and especially the connections between them. The System Dynamics method was originally developed by Jay W. Forrester. It was used for the World3 model, which provided the basis for the famous Limits to Growth report by the Club of Rome in 1972.

The talk will touch upon the following questions relevant to understand (sustainable) systems‘ dynamics: Why do we need to understand feedback processes in our system? How are reinforcing and balancing dynamics created? Why do processes of accumulation matter? What is a delay? What does all of this have to do with exponential growth and non-linearity? What are low and deep leverage points?

These questions and their answers will be linked to different topics of sustainability. Through this the lecture will give insights into how we can comprehend many of today’s complex issues. Most importantly though it will discuss ways of exploring solutions for the future and capturing their systemic impacts.

„Climate neutrality in the energy intensive industry – a challenge to us all“ by Irmela Kofler | Monday, 16. May 2022, 18:00 (Vortrag in Deutsch)

Zoom discussion: https://jku.zoom.us/j/92365639541
Livestream: https://youtu.be/uYZde57PvE8

Irmela Kofler

Dr. Irmela Kofler holds a PhD in process engineering from Graz University of Technology, was employed by VTU Engineering and Siemens VAI as a process technologist, and has been head of the research area „Low Carbon Energy Systems“ at K1-MET, the Competence Center for Metallurgy, since 2015.


The European Green Deal 2019 with Europe as a CO2-neutral continent in 2050 and the Austrian targets of 100% renewable electricity generation in 2030 as well as climate neutrality in 2040 pose major challenges for the province of Upper Austria as the center of resource-intensive industry.

Cooperation of energy intensive industrial sectors, massive transformation initiatives and the development of innovative technologies in the field of carbon direct avoidance and carbon capture and utilisation will be required.

Green hydrogen and thus electricity generation with 100% renewable energy is a prerequisite but has massive surpluses in summer that are needed in winter. Sector coupling converts the surpluses into storable products such as hydrogen or hydrocarbons and is thus the factor for stabilizing the energy system.

Upper Austria has the best prerequisites for this with its industrial sectors of steel, cement and fertilizers, renewable energy generation and large-scale underground storage facilities for natural gas and renewable gases.

Cooperation partners

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