What does equitable and sustainable sharing of water resources entail in local and global contexts?

Interdisciplinary and participative workshops and events in cooperation with the Natural History Museum,the Volkskundemuseum, and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, November 2022 – May 2023.

Three glasses and a decanter of water.

Three pioneering models in dealing with water are examined: The commons (water as a common good), peacemaking through mediation in water conflicts (BluePeace Initiative), and the inclusion of a “more-than-human” community by establishing rights for water bodies/ecosystems.

Under the aspect of the external “water footprint”, which maps the global connections of water consumption, these models are made usable for new strategies in dealing with water.

Testing the playanddecide game "Blue Gold"
Testing the playanddecide game "Blue Gold"

SDGs and cooperation partners

The events are part of the SGD programmes of the two museums (17×17 ICOM, 10×17 Museums Vienna), the SDG focus of Austria’s universities (UniNEtZ, Options Report), and the strategic partnership between Austria and Switzerland in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


The public program starts in November 2022. The workshops are addressed to pupils, students and interested parties, the Innovation Hub at the Natural History Museum to experts from science, art, politics and industry. The final event in May 2023 will be public and take place at the Volkskundemuseum Vienna.

25.11.2022,3-6 p.m.
in cooperation with the Swiss delegation of the OSCE and UN, Vienna.

University of Applied Arts Vienna, House for Art and Science (former PSK), seminar room 34, Georg-Coch-Platz 2, raised ground floor (Hochparterre), 1010 Vienna

The public workshop is part of the lecture program „It’s possible, it’s possible“, Doz. Elisabeth Kopf, University of Applied Arts, Vienna,  International Studies for Sustainable Developments.
Registration required:

Read review-blogpost on the workshop here.

Workshop “Commons & Co-Creation”
Sharing Water in the Museum.

Interdisciplinary exchange and discussion workshop. Invited guests only.
Mag. Magdalena Puchberger (Volkskundemuseum) in cooperation with Prof. Konrad Kuhn, University of Innsbruck.
Volkskundemuseum Vienna

17.2.2023, 2-5 p.m.
Workshop: “The More-than-Human Community”
How to Understand a River’s Voice and How to Give it a Voice:
Legal Standing for Rivers.

In cooperation with Dr. jur. Michaela Krömer
Natural History Museum, Deck 50
Public event, registration required.

March 2023: Date coming soon
in cooperation with the Swiss delegation of the OSCE and UN, Vienna.

Cross-disciplinary Workshop for students of various universities, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, in cooperation with UniNEtZ.
Public event, registration required.

22.3.2023, 6 p.m.
Book Presentation
“Das Wasserbuch. Überschwemmungen, Dürre, Gletscherschwund. Vier Expeditionen im Herzen Europas.”
Mathias Plüss, Regina Hügli, Echtzeit, 2022

Swiss Embassy in Vienna.
Public Event, registration required.

Interdisciplinary Innovation Hub
Virtual Water – the Water Footprint
Empowering local strategies affecting global interrelations of water consumption.

Invited guests only: art, science, politics and industry.
Natural History Museum, Deck 50.

Public Event, participatory, Panel discussion

Empowering local strategies affecting global interrelations of water consumption.
Volkskundemuseum Vienna.

The events are supported by funds of the Embassy of Switzerland in Austria, the Swiss Mission of the OSCE in Vienna, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management, and the Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, Republic of Austria.

Logo NHM
Logo Volkskundemuseum
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Swiss Confederation
Embassy of Switzerland in Vienna
Logo Swiss Mission OSZE