Vocational Excellence for a Green Europe

Welcome to “Vocational Excellence for a Green Europe,” an innovative conference designed to delve into the pivotal role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in fostering green innovation and sustainable practices. Scheduled for the 5th and 6th of June 2024 in Graz and online, this conference promises to be a cornerstone event for professionals and enthusiasts alike who are committed to shaping a sustainable future. There are no conference fees.

Empowering Sustainable Futures Through VET

Have you ever considered how VET can equip individuals with the essential skills needed in green innovation and sustainable practices? How does VET inspire innovation and provide the necessary tools for individuals to contribute to a sustainable future through entrepreneurial endeavors? Beyond the classroom, we’ll explore the central role of VET in instilling a culture of sustainability. How does it contribute to the European Green Deal? Collaboration with industries is a key aspect of VET. How does this collaboration ensure that VET programs align with the demands of the growing green economy, preparing individuals for meaningful contributions in their respective fields? How does it keep individuals updated on the latest developments in green technologies throughout their careers? 

A Gathering for Change

Embark on this enlightening journey with us as we uncover the transformative power of Vocational Education and Training in shaping a greener, more sustainable future. We look forward to your participation and meaningful contributions to the discussions at the conference.

Event Details

  • Dates: 5 – 6 June 2024
  • Venue: FH JOANNEUM Graz & AIOLA im Schloss. Parts of the conference will be streamed, making online participation possible as well.
  • Target Group: VET professionals (secondary & tertiary), industry representatives, governmental organizations at all levels, and NGOs involved in skills development and the green transition.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge.

Conference Highlights

  • Opening Session: Setting the stage for two days of insightful discussions and networking.
  • Keynotes: Top keynote speakers offer innovative perspectives on VET’s role in green innovation.
  • Parallel Sessions: Dive into topics like generating innovation in classrooms through gamification, the internationalization of VET, green skills around the world, and more.
  • Exhibitions: Showcasing good practices of vocational excellence and green skills.
  • Study Visits: Experience firsthand the impact of VET in institutions like FH JOANNEUM GRAZ, HTL BULME, Wifi Steiermark Talent Center, and TU Graz.
  • Matchmaking event: Enjoy a gala dinner and engage in meaningful connections at the Matchmaking Event at AIOLA im Schloss. This event offers a unique opportunity for participants to network with industry leaders, potential collaborators, and like-minded professionals, fostering partnerships that drive forward the agenda of vocational excellence and green innovation.
  • Agenda: You can find the agenda for on-site participation and online participation here:

Join Us in Shaping a Green Future

This conference is part of the GREENOVET project, an international project in the frame of ERASMUS+ KA3 with 18 project partners from 4 European countries that supports the development of Vocational Education and Training (VET) excellence in the field of green innovation across Europe. The overall objective is to connect actors at regional, national as well as transnational level with each other and with key stakeholders of local innovation and skills ecosystems. This is achieved through the establishment of 4 “Centres of Professional Excellence” (CoVEs), in Austria Finland, North Macedonia, and Portugal.


Ready to be part of this transformative event?

To secure your spot at “Vocational Excellence for a Green Europe.” Together, let’s embark on this journey towards a greener, more sustainable future. 

Hotel: If you wish to book a hotel in Graz, you will receive a discount at the Hotel DANIEL if you are also a conference participant. For more information, please contact Ingrid Kienberger at


There are 2 exhibitions as part of the conference:

  1. Good practices in vocational excellence (Date: June 5, 2024): This exhibition aims to present concepts, tools, methods, collaboration practices in: Vocational excellence (collaborations in the skills ecosystems), VET (learning and teaching methods, tools, curricula, inclusion of stakeholders, etc.), Other innovative relevant experiences.
  2. Teaching initiatives for Green Skills development (Date: June 6, 2024): This exhibition aims to present concepts, tools, methods, learning and teaching practices regarding green skills development (both technical and generic) in formal, non-formal, and informal education.

Would you like to exhibit your work in one of the two exhibitions? Then apply HERE

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. 





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