Opening ceremony in Stadtkino cinema, Vienna

Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen in support of the LCOY

Project idea pitch on the last conference day

One of those magical moments in the breakroom

Municipal councillor for climate protection Maria Vassilakou

supported the LCOY

Workshops. Workshops. Worshops.

LCOY Austria participants standing in line during interactive energuzer game at TU WienLCOY Austria participants standing in line during interactive energuzer game at TU Wien

The games can begin.

Getting to know youth representatives of organisations engaged in climate & sustainability

Working on the common output

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to politics, economy, civil society and individuals

Inbetween - chilling and co-working

The LCOY Austria 2018 on 16-18th November 2018 in Vienna was the first ever Austrian youth climate conference under the umbrella of the UN-youth representation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It was also the second such conference in Europe, after the LCOY Netherlands in Amsterdam.

How was it? See for yourselves.

  • 150 engaged participants who took ownership of the conference and made it what it was – a buzzing space full of energy and exchange
  • a video address by Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen, supporting the conference. Watch it here!
  • 45 workshops on topics from Austrian climate politics to marketing to attract new crowds outside the “bubble” or making your own sustainable tooth paste
  • organized by youth for youth and driving a culture of peers – whether participants or organizing team – the LCOY Austria 2018 created a community at the event that still lasts
  • having the opening in an old-style, wall-painting-style cinema. One of the best in Vienna.
  • a letter to the Austrian minister of environment Elisabeth Köstinger demanding ambitious climate politics. Written at the LCOY and signed by dozens of participants.
  • output created with all participants present on the last day of conference with demands towards politics, economy, civil society and individuals.
  • Finally: it inspired young people to get going with own projects and…
  • …most of the new organizing team members were participants last year!

For a short insight watch the trailer of our aftermovie. For a longer one enjoy the whole video with interviews of the organizing team and more moments. (both in German) For insights into the workshop sessions and more pictures check out our Flickr account.

Last year’s organising team:

LCOY Austria 2018 organizing team with Hendrik Hartmann Nina Samer Katja Hummer Adriana Bascone and Rebecca Chizzola

And the conference wouldn’t have been possible without our engaged volunteers:

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The trailer to our aftermovie below!


Es ist nun schon eine Woche ohne LCOY Austria! Wir ist Zeit, diese wunderbaren Momente wieder aufleben zu lassen 🙂 Wir haben mal unsere 1000000 Videos durchgeschaut und etwas für euch und all eure Freunde zusammengestellt! Der LCOY AFTERMOVIE – bald!

Gepostet von Local Conference of Youth Austria am Montag, 26. November 2018


And now some program highlights from last year! 🙂


Opening panel with ministry, science, NGOs & more

Opening panel: climate scientist Prof. Helga Kromp-Kolb on the left

Representatives of the Ministry for Sustainablity & Tourism, WWF and CliMates Austria

Panel with youth party respresentatives

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(c) Leonhard Sensi

Panel on whether economy can save the climate - and how



Signing up for workshops. A hard choice.

Workshop on climate negotiations by Oikos Vienna

Social Impact Award - let's create business ideas for climate action

Playing the 1-hectar-game by Footprint

Climate Communication Workshop

Climate & development cooperation - with the Austrian Development Agency

Women at DIY green cosmetics workshop in Vienna working and smilingWomen at DIY green cosmetics workshop in Vienna working and smiling

Making your own sustainable cosmetics products

Playing the game "Challenge accepted" - for sustainable development

Saving the climate with storytelling, by Teach for Austria

Radio workshop by the Radio Orange 94.0 on climate and gender


Volunteers setting up the vegan lunch at the venue

Apple juice sponsored by the Klosterneuburg Abbey. Thank you!

The menu

Katja Hummer from the organising team member pouring sponsored drinks

A big thank you to Helga for their sponsorship for algae drinks

The first breakfast before the opening ceremony.

Obviously with reusable cups. Thank you to Ströck bakery.

Sustainable snacks thanks to Foodsharing, saved from going to waste


(c) Leonhard Sensi


Here you can view or download the graphically condensed output of the LCOY Austria 2018 (in German)