- Venue and travel
We intend to obtain the certificate ÖkoEvent (EcoEvent) issued by the City of Vienna. In order to be granted such a certificate, a number of criteria need to be fulfilled, all of them designed to decrease the use of resources or the amount of waste and emissions. Measures that need to be implemented for an oekoevent include, e.g., the use of non-disposable products or the replacement of printed material with digital alternatives. This not only means higher standards and better quality for the participants, but also reflects positively on the outside view of the conference in general.
To reach Vienna, there exist many convinient train connections. More details can be found on the Travel subpage. Furthermore, the conference will take place in one of the downtown campuses of TU Wien, located close to the central square Karlsplatz; a nearby transportation hub. Thus, the venue (see also Venue subpage) can be reached perfectly by public transport. Generally, the excellent public transportation system in Vienna will allow you to get around easily within the city. Another possibility to explore the city is provided by the public bike sharing service WienMobil Rad. In summary, Vienna offers many options for traveling with low emissions, which suits well the sustainable focus of the conference.
We are pleased to announce that the catering of the Welcome Reception and the daily coffee and lunch breaks will be delivered by the company Gaumenfreundinnen. The Gaumenfreundinnen live sustainability on all levels, which means: sustainable eat & drink, sustainable work, and sustainable business. They, therefore, fit perfectly into the concept of our event. The following points make up their offer and thus contribute to a sustainable catering:
For food and beverages, Gaumenfreundinnen rely on an organic full-range offering, from the basic products to the smallest ingredient. Furthermore, the food offer is exclusively vegetarian or vegan.
Seasonal cuisine reduces the ecological footprint. That's why they vary their food offerings as much as possible with freshly harvested ingredients according to the season. In addition, regional procurement shortens delivery routes, saves C02, and promotes the local economy.
Gaumenfreundinnen use only reusable, returnable tableware and place a high value on sustainable, recyclable packaging materials.
Reusing helps to conserve natural resources. Therefore, their work equipment comes from second-hand sources wherever possible.
They protect the environment wherever they are - with electricity from renewable energies and, since 2023, also with an e-vehicle.
Nothing ends up in the trash unnecessarily. And if something should be left over, they cooperate with the association Foodsharing Wien.
All the values they represent to their customers are naturally also lived out in their own corporate culture.
The company Gaumenfreundinnen is managed by two women and maintains a socially responsible personnel policy at all levels.