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.


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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 is one exhibition on June 6, 2024. The exhibition focuses on 2 thematic blocks:

  1. Good practices in vocational excellence: 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: 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 the exhibition? Then apply HERE

Green Meeting

As the host of the GREENOVET final conference, FH JOANNEUM is committed to climate protection and sustainability. That’s why we chose to get certified by the Austrian Ecolabel for “Green Meetings and Green Events”. The Green Meeting certification process helps to identify areas where sustainability can be improved.

Our goal is to make the GREENOVET final conference as eco-friendly as possible. All the food and drinks provided during the conference for refreshment will be particularly scrutinized by us in terms of origin and quality. We consciously refrain from single-use beverage as well as unnecessary printed materials or environmentally harmful giveaways. For the name badges, we deliberately avoid plastic covers. Waste will carefully separate from each other.

As a Green Event organizer, we make every effort to make your journey to Graz as easy as possible. Therefore, we encourage all participants to travel to the FH JOANNEUM as environmentally & climate friendly as possible. Tips for your travel can be found at

The venue (Eggenberger Allee 11) is easily accessible by public transportation (tram line). Additionally, there are plenty of bicycle parking spaces available in front of the building. Barrier-free access is provided.

Participants with disabilities will be supported by our team according to their specific needs. 

The aim is to organize the event in accordance with the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings.

Travel Information

The aim is to organize the event according to the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings. The venue is easily accessible by public transportation or by bike.

Arrival at the Airport of Vienna
Please find below options on how to get from Vienna to Graz.

  • with the bus directly from the airport to Graz,
  • with the train directly from Vienna airport.

You can book all your tickets through internet:
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– train (
NEW_ÖBB app on your travels

You can quickly and easily get your ÖBB and/or transport association tickets at the ÖBB Ticketshop and through the ÖBB App: No matter whether you book online or using your mobile phone, purchasing tickets always works the same way thanks to the uniform interface and is done in just a few clicks. The app also acts as a guide for your journey and provides you with up-to-date and relevant information (e.g. real-time timetable information, the platform from which my train will leave, where I have to change trains etc.).

Travelling in Graz – Public Transport
The venue is easily accessible by public transportation, you can buy tickets in the central railway train station (Hauptbahnhof) and in the trams itself.

Take a tram (line no. 7) in direction of “Wetzelsdorf”. Get out at the stop called “FH Joanneum/Eggenberger Allee”. Tram line 7 stops directly in front of FH JOANNEUM at Eggenberger Allee 11.

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Additionally, you can plan your personal route here: Audimax FH Joanneum – Google Maps 

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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