PROGRAM 2017/18


ORT: GH01, Guttenberghaus (1. Stock), Feistmantelstr. 4, 1180 Wien

Beginn: 18:30 Uhr - Ende: 21:00 Uhr


Before the flood
(in English - Fisher Stevens, 2016, 96 Min.)
Prominent leaders and politicians, with whom actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has met, comment on the consequences of climate change – among the interview partners: former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, former presidents of the United States of America Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, his foreign minister John Kerry as well as Pope Franziskus. In what way are humanity and environment affected by climate change? What can be done by society to fight poverty and the extinction of endangered species, whilst preserving the eco systems and indigenous tribes of the planet? Can we reach these goals with the Sustainable Development Goals?

Moderation: Andreas Melcher, leader of the Center for Development Research, member of the SDG-Group (BOKU)


  • Reinhard Steurer, Institute of Forest-, Environment- and Resource Policy (BOKU)
  • Markus Fiebig, deputy chairman of the ethical plattform, Institute of Applied Geology (BOKU)
  • Daniela Knieling, Geschäftsführerin von Global Compact Netzwerk Österreich, einer weltumspannenden Bewegung, die die SDGs als zentrales Ziel verfolgt (requested)
  • Thomas Alge, Geschäftsführer von ÖKOBÜRO - Allianz der Umweltbewegung. This environmental NGO is founding member of SDG Watch Austria. This is the platform of the civil society in Austria, which is campaining for the realisation of the Agenda 2030 and for the goals for sustainable development of the UN.

Population Boom
(in English - Werner Boote, 2013, 90 Min.)
Seven billion people on the earth. Dwindling resources, toxic mountains of rubbish, famine and climate change – a result of overpopulation? Who claims that the earth is overpopulated? And which one of us is too many? Insights into the western centers of power and finance, gigantic slums and uninhabited expanses… general certainties which are circulating: “the earth is overpopulated”, “existing resources are barely sufficient for the present let alone more people”, “the growth of population is uncontrollably fueling climate change and its devastating consequences”, “the population has to shrink, especially where it is growing the most”. And the more film director is confronted with this, the more he starts having doubts.

What position holds the Club of Rome? How do we handle our resources? What has to be done for a successful environmental protection? What qualifications do we need for this?

Moderation: Lorenz Probst, Centre for Development Research (BOKU)


  • Martin Kniepert, Institute of sustainable economic development (BOKU)
  • Klaus Schwertner, managing director of Caritas
  • Florian Leregger, UBRM-Absolvent and leader of the Institute for environment, peace and development (IUFE)
  • Michael Obersteiner, Program director, Ecosystems services and management, IIASA (requested)


In cooperation with AKGL
Madame Curie (in German - Marie Noëlle, 2016, 100 min)
Marie Curie is famous for her unremitting spirit of research and didn’t let herself be stopped from the considerable resistance she was faced with as a woman in science and research at her time. She was extraordinarily talented – her perseverance and tenacity helped her to two Nobel Prices (1903 in physics, 1911 in chemistry). A special personage that invites to engage with the situation of women in the field of science: What are todays possibilities, obstacles and limits for female scientists? What should students watch out for? What can the University or politics contribute? Why is gender one of the Sustainable Development Goals? And: are there cases, in which men make an effort for equality?

Margarita Langthaler, Austrian Foundation for Research Development (ÖFSE)


  • Barbara Hinterstoißer, vice rector of teaching and international matters, long-time chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Working Party (BOKU)
  • Anita Thaler, intramural research center of technology, work and culture, Graz, editor of “Social gender equality in society and research”
  • Barbara Brandstätter, ÖH Women's Unit 
  • Erik Reimhult, Institute of biologically inspired materials


TOMORROW (Cyrill Dion, Melanie Laurent, 2015, 123 Min)
The documentary sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road... TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

20:30 p.m.
Dialogue with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union:

Saving our planet for future generations – Is the EU doing enough?

Renewable energy, fight against climate change and the future water supply are key issues related to the UN sustainable development goals and eminent questions for the future of our planet.

Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič is looking forward to discuss with you the EU policies in the area of energy and climate change as well as future action to be taken by the EU!

Supported by Marion Huber-Humer, Institute of Waste Management (BOKU), Herwig Waidbacher, Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (BOKU), Gernot Stöglehner, Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (BOKU).

Moderation: Hubert Hasenauer, Rector (BOKU)

Commissioner Dr. Maroš Šefčovič studied law at the Comenius University Bratislava, held several important positions in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, inlcuding the position of Ambassador, Slovak Embassy, Israel and Slovak Permanent Representative to the EU. From 2009-2010 he was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, 2010-2014 he was European Commissioner and Vice - President for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. Since 2014 he is Commission Vice - President for Energy Union.


The Golden Genes
(in English - Ursula Hansbauer, Wolfgang Konrad, Clemens Stachel, 2016, 90 Min.)
Millions of deep-frozen and bodiless genes of plants, animals and humans are stored in biobanks all around the world. In these modern time capsules old dreams are travelling: the rescue of endangered species, the end of world famine, a human life without diseases. But biobanks do more than just this. They question the way we see the world: What does it mean to be part of nature in the genomic era? The storage of DNA of all life on earth is one of the biggest international research projects of the upcoming centuries. Part nature film, part political documentary, Golden Gene emphasizes, how the research of biodiversity challenges the way our society perceives humanity.

Moderation: Barbara Korbei, Institut für Angewandte Genetik und Zellbiologie


  • Oskar Haas, Facharzt für Medizinische und Chemische Labordiagnostik (St. Anna-Kinderspital, Wien)
  • Christa Schleper, Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology (University of Vienna)
  • Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern, Institut of soil research (BOKU)

Konzerne als Retter? – das Geschäft mit der Entwicklungshilfe
(in German - Caroline Nokel, NDR + ARTE, 2017, 87 Min.)

More and more the state development aid counts on the private sector. Only here can poverty and world famine be efficiently fought against. This documentation takes the audience to Kenia, Sambia and Tansania. How do public and private partnerships work? Are the poorest of the poor actually profiting from them – how can this be ensured? What about the requirements of local communities: what role do empowerment on a local level, political stability and fair distribution of resources play?

Moderation: Michael Hauser, CDR (requested)


  • N.N. Südwind
  • Teo Kausel, former GIZ, editor of Decentralisation and regional development: experiences and lessons from four continents over three decades (2016) (requested)
  • Caroline Nokel, film producer

cooperation with [sic!] - students' innovation centre and Cycle Cinema Club
Location: big meadow in the Türkenschanzpark (bad weather: auditorium in the Schwackhöferhaus)
Wachstum - was nun? (in English - Marie-Monique Robin, 2014, 90 Min)
More growth is being demanded in times of economical, environmental and financial crisis, the “more and more”-ideology is considered as a guarantor for a healthy economy. However, an increasing number of experts campaign for the end of the infinite growth. In the north and south of the earth, new economic models are being experimented with and are now obtaining first results. New environmentally conscious and regional models are emerging, which arm us better against foreseeable problems with climate change, lack of fossil fuels and financial crisis’.

David Dorfner, Florian Scheidegger


  • Carla Weinzierl, Vorstandsmitglied und Obfrau von ATTAC Österreich
  • Reinhard Steurer, Institut für Wald-, Umwelt- und Ressourcenpolitik (BOKU)


FIXED – The Science/Fiction of human enhancement (in English - Regan Brashear, 2013, 101 Min)
The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. Over 300 universities and colleges around the world are now including FIXED in their curriculum, including Stanford, Princeton, Columbia. Researchers at Notre Dame used the film for a study titled "Macro ethics exploration with impact: technological innovators reconsider profound personal and societal questions after viewing the film FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” published in the Journal of Responsible Innovation in May 2015.

Moderation: Eric Reimhult, stv. Vorsitzender des Senats (BOKU) (requested)


  • Marc Elsberg (author of HELIX) (requested)
  • Martin Gerzabek, rector until end of January 2017 (BOKU) (requested)
  • Ruth Scheiber-Herzog (staff position for people with special needs, BOKU) (requested)


Die Zukunft ist besser als ihr Ruf
(in German - T. Distlberger, N. Mayr, G. Schweiger, N. Scherg, 2017, 185 min)
A film about people who make a difference - dealing with SDGs like "quality education" and "participation for the goals". We get involved for a lively political culture, sustainable solutions for food and constructions, transparency in thinking about the economy, for social equality. Everywhere we hear about crisis, medias stir up uncertainty. How do we react? Eyes closed, ears closed? Or better roll up our sleeves to do something? The film gives courage: six examples tell about the possibilities of how to shape the course of things yourself. What role do universities play for empowerment, for engagement and the social commitment of young people? What do students say about this?

Markus Fiebig, deputy chairman of the ethical plattform, Institute of Applied Geology (BOKU)


  • Teresa Distlberger, film director
  • Hubert Hasenauer, rectorate (BOKU)
  • Hansi Spörk, „activist“ (requested)
  • Nadja Harnack, Vorsitz ÖH-BOKU