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Research area awareness raising

What does "life cycle thinking" mean for my industry? How can sustainability principles be communicated to young adults? Within the research area awareness raising we are working intensely on questions like these. We create training materials for companies, schools and universities, develop educational games and translate ECODESIGN principles for the specific requirements of individual industry sectors.

For detailed information or inquiries please contact DI Stephan Schmidt.


Ongoing research projects

SPECTRE - Seminar for circular economy-inspired product and business model development

Goal: competence development for manufacturing businesses related to the circular economy



CircularStart - Circular Start into Business (since 2019)

Goal: Support incubators and consultants to integrate in sustainability aspects in their trainings for start-ups


Completed research projects

KATCH_e - Knowledge Alliance on product-service development towards a Circular Economy and sustainability in higher education (since 2017)

Goal: Development of training materials for the development of product service systems based on the model of a Circular Economy

AbBau - Waste prevention through sustainable building products (since 2017)

Goal: Development and Integration of training materials for polytechnic schools



SInnDesign - Sustainable Innovation through Design (2013-2015)

Goal: Developing "design for sustainability"-training materials for the furniture and textile sector

Sustainable Product Report Austria 2009 (2008-2009)

Goal: Development of criteria for a sustainability comparison of different product types

SuLi - an educational game for schools and youth organisations (2007-2008)

Goal: Understanding sustainability principles in a playful framework

ECODESIGN - An Innovative Path toward sustainable development (2005-2007)

Goal: Integrating ECODESIGN competences to the curriculum of engineering courses

Starkholz - Optimising the utilisation of large dimension timber in Austria (2003-2005)

Goal: Developing new fields of application and product concepts for large dimension timber

ECODESIGN University Course (2002-2004)

Goal: Conveying implementable ECODESIGN skills for employed graduates.

ECODESIGN Infopoint (since 1996)

Goal: Collecting and processing ECODESIGN information and making it accessible for a wide audience