Overcoming the tower of babel syndrome – Improving knowledge transfer between academia, practice and policy to achieve sustainable development (WU, UNCTAD)

Ideally, academic science is guided by practical relevance and policy making results from evidence based in robust and rigorous science. SDG reality, however, oftentimes faces challenges in connecting science, practice and policy. The discourse suffers from what can be more aptly described as a landscape of disciplinary towers of babel.

The workshop invites experts from the three domains to engage in an open discussion and solutions reflection. This will involve top level executives from Austrian companies, university researchers, as well as ministry officials and representatives of international policy institutions (UNIDO).

The goal is to identify and analyze impediments of knowledge transfer between scientists, policymakers and practitioners from different perspectives and experiences. In a second step we invite audience to join the conversation in formulating concrete policy measures.

Opening by Jakob Müllner

Jakob Müllner, Vienna University of Economics and Business
Henriette Spyra, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK)
Cristiano Pasini, UNIDO
Bernhard Bauer, SIEMENS digital industries CEE / C-Asia
Brigitte Bichler, OMV
Michael Köb, Doppelmayr


Nov 02 2023


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm