Sustainability at the FH Salzburg

Sustainability is an important topic for the FH Salzburg. The areas in which sustainability plays a role are as diverse as the term itself - be it in teaching, research, infrastructure, social or student engagement or in university operations.

Giving more attention to the topic of sustainability is an important concern of the FH Salzburg. FH Managing Director Dominik Engel: "As a university, we have a special social mission. We stand for developing sustainable solutions and being a source of inspiration. By anchoring the topic of sustainability in our range of courses, we want to create the basis for this and sensitise and enable our students to make contributions in the future."

"There is already a lot that is being done in the area of sustainability at our university; now it is a matter of highlighting the initiatives and bundling the ideas," explains Daniela Molzbichler, Sustainability Officer at the FH Salzburg. One of the goals of her work is therefore to communicate existing activities, to anchor the topic of sustainability more firmly at the FH and to further promote networking. 

The colleague is looking forward to exchanges and suggestions on these topics.

Sustainability Coordinator

Mag. Dr. Daniela Molzbichler
Head of Department Applied Social Sciences

T:    +43-50-2211-1158

What is the FH Salzburg doing in terms of sustainability?

Sustainability or sustainable development means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the satisfaction of the needs of future generations [Brundtland Report]. The cornerstones for this are: ecological, economic and social sustainability as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed from them. For us as a university, the topic of sustainability in the core tasks of teaching, research and transfer is indispensable and should continue to be expanded.

Sustainable university operation
Sustainability in teaching
Networking and exchange
Beyond the Plate
Sustainability in Focus - Action Week with Lecture Series, Discussions and Open Lectures

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at a UN summit in New York. It consists of a total of 17 goals for joint sustainable development: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ecological, social and economic sustainability are equally weighted and jointly pursued here. It should be emphasised that the 17 goals are not disconnected from each other, but are interwoven.

In the meantime, the SDGs are increasingly becoming an integral part of the three missions of teaching, research and transfer at the university level in Austria. On the part of the universities, there is a stronger orientation towards the SDGs, for example the Uninetz or the Alliance of Sustainable Universities. In the area of research funding, such as the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the SDGs are also increasingly being included, to name just a few examples.

Opportunities for exchange:

  • Mail to
  • FH internal: Exchange platform "FH Sustain" (internal):  MS TEAMS channel (staff in teaching, research and administration, as well as students, can contribute and exchange ideas on the topic of sustainability)

News in the area of sustainability at FH Salzburg

July 09, 2024

NETTLE: From Mountain Meadows to the Laboratory - Collecting Alpine Plants for Research

What could be more beautiful than collecting the alpine plants that are needed for the extraction in the research project directly from nature? Of course, you first need to know where these plant species grow in sufficient quantities. The best contact point in Salzburg for this is the Botanical…

June 13, 2024

First mentoring programme for female students completed

The mentoring programme for female students was launched for the first time in October 2023. On 12 June 2024, the 22 "tandems" celebrated the successful completion of the programme after 9 months. The starting signal for the second programme from October 2024 has been given.

May 28, 2024

Circular economy against food waste: ‘CEFoodCycle’ award presented

According to a study by the United Nations, more than one billion tonnes of food ends up as waste worldwide every year. That is almost a fifth of global production. This is where the EU project Interreg Alpine Space "CEFoodCycle", led by the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, comes in. The…

April 17, 2024

Sustainable design: award-winning exhibits at Campus Kuchl

Berlin, Paris, Innsbruck, Vienna and now Salzburg! The inspiring travelling exhibition of the Federal Ecodesign Award 2023 is making a stop at Campus Kuchl. From 18 April to 23 May 2024, visitors will have the opportunity to discover design projects that impressively combine environmental…

January 16, 2024

Submit now: CEFoodCycle Award

The Interreg research project CEFoodCycle honours companies, initiatives or individuals who are actively committed to reducing food waste and are planning or have already implemented innovative concepts for the circular economy. The deadline for submissions is the end of March.

November 23, 2023

Symposium "Change.Climate.Resilience" 2023

On November 17 and 18, 2023, the symposium "Change.Climate.Resilience" (CCR) took place for the third time at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. The symposium offers a platform for academic exchange, especially for first-semester and Bachelor students as well as incoming students, and is…

November 20, 2023

'Luffa Aegyptiaca': New research cooperation with Uganda

As part of an Africa-UniNet project of the Austrian Agency for Education and Internationalization (OeAD), a cooperation between the Nkumba University in Uganda, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences started in June. The opening excursion to Uganda has…

November 08, 2023

Opening of the Karl Polanyi exhibition

On November 7, the travelling exhibition on the life and work of the economist and social scientist Karl Polanyi was opened at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. The event attracted numerous students from the Departments of Business & Tourism and Applied Social Sciences, who actively…

November 08, 2023

"Beyond the Plate": Second Sustainability Week at the FH Salzburg

"Whose planet is it?" - This is the motto of the second Sustainability Week at FH Salzburg. Daily keynote speeches and discussions will take place during the week of November 20-24, 2023. The week will conclude on Friday with workshops and a world café.

October 23, 2023

15th anniversary of the Ethics & Sustainability Symposium at the FH Salzburg

This year's symposium, which was attended by over 400 FH students from various degree programmes and departments, was held under the motto "Empowerment and Democratisation". A full programme with top speakers awaited the Master's students on Friday, 20.10. and Saturday, 21.10. at the 15th…