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13: The end of oil: Global systems in transition

Breakout / Sustainability
in englischer Sprache

By 2050, the world population is projected to reach 9 billion people. Climate change and resource scarcity will intensify. What can we do to counter the consequences of climate change and how can we cope with food shortages? How do we manage the transition to ecologically sustainable economic and industrial systems? Should we let existing systems collapse in order to build them up in a new and sustainable way?

Member, Club of Rome; Professor, University of Florence
Freelancer and Director, Vienna
Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Vienna
Secretary General, PlasticsEurope Austria, Vienna
Managing Partner, brainbows informationsmanagement GmbH; Director, R20 Austrian World Summit, Vienna Chair


Member, Club of Rome; Professor, University of Florence

 Ugo Bardi is a lecturer in physical chemistry at the University of Florence, in Italy. He is engaged in research on sustainability and energy, with a special view on the concept of circular economy and on the depletion of mineral resources. He is also a member of the Club of Rome, an international think tank dedicated to sustainability. He is active in the dissemination of scientific results in sustainability and climate science in English on the blog "Cassandra’s Legacy" (
 He is the author of numerous papers on sustainability and of several books, including "The Limits to Growth Revisited" (Springer 2011) and "Extracted - how the quest for mineral wealth is plundering the planet" (Chelsea Green, 2014) and "The Seneca Effect, why growth is slow but collapse is rapid" (Springer 2017). Ugo is an Italian citizen, lives near Florence, Italy. He is married and has a son and a daughter.

Werner BOOTE

Freelancer and Director, Vienna

 Born in 1965 in Vienna, Werner Boote started out as a cable boy. He studied drama and theater arts, journalism and sociology at the University of Vienna and at the film academy. After years of being an assistant director (to Robert Dornhelm, Ulrich Seidl, Bud Spencer, Marvin Chomsky and others) Boote began making his own films in 1993. His initial focus was on music, including the videos Anouk - Sacrifice (1999) and Andrea Bocelli - Tuscan Skies (2002). Numerous award-winning music documentaries followed, for example Kurt Rydl - The Gladiator (2007), which was nominated for the FIPA European Film Award. In 2009, his first feature film, Plastic Planet, arrived in Austrian cinemas and won the Golden Romy for "Best Documentary Feature". It went on to appear in over 80 countries and accomplished countless changes in legislation, industry and society. "It is one of those rare call-to-action documentaries that roused viewers to do something against plastics." (Variety) In the movie Population Boom (2013), Boote did away with the widespread worldview of overpopulation and called for distributive justice. The film was crowned with the Green Me Award for the Best Green documentary in Berlin. After the evocative documentary Everything´s under Control (2015) about the self-evidence of pervasive surveillance, his new film The Green Lie opens in March 2018 and premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). From 1993 to 2002, Werner Boote lived and worked in Amsterdam. He now resides in Vienna


Austrian Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Vienna

 Studied journalism, communication and applied cultural studies, University of Klagenfurt
1999-2003 Assistant, Carinthia District Health Insurance Fund, Klagenfurt
2002-2006 Federal Head, Austrian Rural Youth Organisation
2003-2005 Delegate to the European Council of Young Farmers
2007-2012 Federal Chair, Austrian Young Farmers' Association
since 2009 Vice-Chair, Austrian Farmers' Federation
2014-2017 President, Eco Social Forum Europe
since 2015 Vice-Chair, Political Academy, ÖVP - Austrian People's Party
2015-2017 Federal Vice-Chair, Austrian People's Party
2017-2019 Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Vienna


Secretary General, PlasticsEurope Austria, Vienna

1980 Graduation, University of Technology, Industrial Electronics and Theory of Control, Vienna
1980-1990 Guard Control Systems, Hewlett Packard GmbH, Vienna&Boston
since 1991 Independent communications expert, Technology and Public Affairs, Vienna
since 2008 Secretary General, PlasticsEurope Austria, Vienna


Managing Partner, brainbows informationsmanagement GmbH; Director, R20 Austrian World Summit, Vienna

 Monika Langthaler-Rosenberg is scientific staff member at the "Österreichisches Ökologie-Institut" (Austrian Institute of Ecology). Between 1990 and 1999 she was member of the Austrian National Council and spokeswomen for the Green Party for environmental, energy and telecommunication issues. From 1998 to 1999 member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Monika Langthaler-Rosenberg finished her master studies Environmental Management (MSc) at the University of London. Numerous publications in the area of waste management, chemical policy, guidelines for strategic environmental assessments, environmental economics and citizen participation. She is founder and managing partner at the consultancy firm "brainbows the information company" specialized in sustainability and energy & climate, based in Vienna. Since 2010 she is member of the advisory board "Friends of Education Africa in Austria". Since 2014 she is director of the association "R20 Austria & EU" and member of the supervisory board of Allianz Elementar Insurance Group and Allianz Elementar Life Insurance Group.

Political Symposium

show timetable


11:30 - 14:30My Europe – My StoryPartner
15:00 - 16:30OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 18:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Drink receptionSocial


06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in educationPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
13:00 - 14:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
15:00 - 16:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
16:30 - 18:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
16:30 - 18:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
16:45 - 18:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
18:00 - 20:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
18:15 - 19:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politicsPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
11:00 - 12:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
12:30 - 13:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
14:15 - 15:45European Union – Russia: What to do?Plenary
16:15 - 17:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary


07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in businessPartner
07:30 - 08:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary