CSH–ETH Preparatory Workshop: “City Climate Olympics”

May 07, 2018 | 9:0017:30

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The preparatory workshop, organized by Dirk Helbing and Stefan Thurner, will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.



The Olympic games are held every two years and attract hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide, just to see how people compete in different sports. Why not adopt this idea in other areas, such as countering climate change and fostering sustainability?


Cities and social communities can be important agents of global change. We are interested in the ways a participatory approach can contribute to reaching the United Nation’s Sustainability Goals, as laid out in the Agenda 2030, the Paris Climate Accords, and elsewhere.


We invite you to brainstorm with us on a new way to organize the Global City Climate Olympics, where cities and regions around the world would regularly compete for the best environmental-friendly, energy-efficient, resource-saving and crisis-proof solutions.


We meet on May 7 at the Complexity Science Hub in Vienna for a one-day workshop on the 1st Climate City Olympics. We will gather leading visionaries from universities, governments and civil society institutions. Take the chance and join us at the beginning of a new worldwide movement.




Preliminary schedule


09:00Check-In & Welcome Coffee
09:30Welcome by Stefan Thurner (CSH) & Dirk Helbing (ETHZ)
09:45Intro to City Olympics by Dirk Helbing
10:30Smart City Vienna (Brigitte Bach, AIT)
11:00Coffee Break
11:30Keynote Block (e.g. C40 initiative, Hack4Climate, …)
12:00Keynote Block continued
12:30Lunch Break
13:30Potential Support by the UNFCCC (UNFCCC, TBC)
14:00World Café (led by Stefan Klauser, ETHZ)
Organization of the 1st Climate City Olympics
Financing of the 1st Climate City Olympics
Outreach for the 1st Climate City Olympics
Content for the 1st Climate City Olympics
16:00Plenary Session – Conclusions from the World Café Session
17:00Next Steps




May 07, 2018


Complexity Science Hub Vienna
+43 1 59991 600
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CSH Vienna
Josefstaedter Straße 39
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+43 1 59991 600
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