BOKU Sustainability Award in the category “Research” goes to Dr. Miriam Lettner


The 5th BOKU Sustainability Day (April 10th 2019) provided exciting workshops and lectures on the topics of cooperation and sustainability. The day was topped by granting the Sustainability Award in the category “Research” to Miriam Lettner from the team Market Analysis and Innovation Research (MAIF).


The motto of this year's BOKU Sustainability Day was "Together! Cooperation as a future principle". Numerous lectures, workshops and networking activities discussed how cooperation can contribute to sustainable development in business, science and society.


Science Buster & Game Theorist: Outstanding Keynotes

Mathematician and game theorist Prof. Karl Sigmund spoke at the opening about the topic "Principles of Success Cooperations: From primeval soup to social systems". Dr. Elisabeth Oberzaucher - behavioural biologist and member of the Science Busters - gave a lecture on the topic "Helping makes happy - the psychophysiology of cooperation and altruism".


Pecha Kucha: Presentation in a different way

The academic theses nominated for the BOKU Sustainability Award were presented in Pecha Kucha format. With this presentation technique, 20 images are displayed for 20 seconds each. Miriam Lettner told a story and what Albert Einstein, flying cars and pedestrian traffic lights have to do with sustainability and cooperation can be found at:


BOKU Sustainability Award: “The light of the future”

The recently completed dissertation from Miriam Lettner is titled “Rethinking Technology and Product Development in the Context of the Emerging Bioeconomy". Successful innovations, especially from interdisciplinary research and development projects, are important for the implementation of the bioeconomy. Cooperation (science, industry and politics) is needed to provide economically competitive, ecologically sustainable and socially accepted innovations. The prize-winning dissertation deals with the derivation of a system-analyzing and practice-oriented approach by means of including the various dimensions of sustainability in the technical R&D process. Through the integration of ecological and techno-economic factors into the early phase of technology and product development, innovation can be accompanied from laboratory scale to market launch.