Dialog Fields

Through customised services and products tailored to the needs of our users, the CCCA offers knowledge transfer between research, policymakers, administration, economy, and society at large.

  • Single Point of Contact for all climate change issues

The CCCA is the central point of contact for policymakers, administration, economy, and society at large in all matters relating to climate change and climate protection. The entire Austrian research community’s diversity of methods and opinions is accessible via the CCCA. As a result, we can provide overall consistent answers to climate change issues.

  • Dissemination & utilization of research results

The CCCA closely cooperates with scientists and serves as knowledge facilitator for researchers. Research results should not disappear in a drawer. They should be customised for a reception on various social levels and thus made accessible to a broad public (federal, regional and local authorities as well as schools and interested private individuals) via open communication channels and the CCCA Data Centre.

  • CCCA Climate Dialogues

The CCCA offers the highest level of competence in developing innovative and customised formats for the dialogue between science, administration, politics, and economy. The dialogue formats are geared to the needs of various target groups – such as stakeholders, decision makers, or different levels of federal and state governments – and can rely on the excellent research results of the CCCA member organisations. This provides the means for the best possible dialogue at the interface between science, administration, politics, and economy. The flagships listed below serve to illustrate successful formats established in the CCCA, which shall in future be extended and adapted according to the needs and wishes of our users.


Flagships of the CCCA climate dialogues

The Austrian Climate Day is a scientific conference and the most important networking event for climate (change) researchers in Austria. It focuses on networking across disciplines and faculties, as researchers from the natural, social, cultural and economic sciences as well as from the humanities partake in the Climate Day. To address the topic of climate change from different perspectives and to convey the issue to different target groups, the Climate Day pursues innovative collaborations. A special focus is placed on the cooperation and dialogue with stakeholders from politics, administration, and society at large as well as on networking with NGOs, practitioners, and research sponsors. Special program points, such as the “Dialogue Science&Administration” or the “Pre-Conference Day”, have been established to this end, and every year new formats are developed to keep fostering this exchange.

On behalf of (and in close cooperation with) the Province of Styria, the CCCA fosters collaboration and exchange on current climate change issues between scientists and policymakers in the context of the Styrian Climate Forum. The forum’s focal topics are defined in dialogue with the Province of Styria and correlate to current and administration-relevant issues. The Provincial Government’s specialised departments benefit from the workshop’s diverse expert audience and from the fact that a wide range of specialists convene in one place.

The following questions should be covered:

  • What are the user’s needs?
  • Which “services” can research already provide?
  • Which topics and issues does the research landscape not yet cover or address to a sufficient extent?

The Styrian Climate Forum is a successful pilot project which has already taken place four times in Graz and once in Leoben. Due to steadily increasing numbers of participants, it has been prolonged and is being extended to other provinces.

Focus on climate change communication: K3 is a conference that was jointly developed in the D-A-CH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The CCCA functioned as conference organiser in 2017. Highly renowned national and international speakers convened to give an overview of the state of international research on climate communication and to break new ground in the field. Scientists exchanged views with climate communication practitioners from Austria, Germany and Switzerland: i.e., with climate change managers in communities or companies, politicians and non-governmental organizations, or with practitioners in the areas of media and public relations. The conference is organised biennially by the partner countries in the D-A-CH region.