LIFE – Institute for Climate, Energy and Society


LIFE - Institute for Climate, Energy and Society is one of the leading research institutes for key issues relating to climate change, climate risks and transformation research towards a climate-neutral society.

The more than 40 LIFE researchers are characterized by their comprehensive overall system understanding of the complex correlations in the fields of climate, energy and society in economic, technological, ecological, social and political terms. Based on its scientific excellence, which is based on consistent analysis, modeling and methodological competence, LIFE is a powerful and trustworthy partner in research, for business, industry and the public sector. The clear social mission of LIFE is:

  • Strengthening resilience to climate and weather risks
  • Transition to a climate-neutral economy / society by 2040

Against the background of current challenges due to climatic, technical, social and spatial changes, LIFE helps to develop decision-making bases and application-oriented solutions for burning questions of our time: How can society better cope with the risks of global warming and keep the economic damage as small as possible? Does climate change also create economic opportunities? How can these opportunities be used? What steps are necessary to put our society on a climate-neutral development path so that climate change can be slowed down? All of these research questions are closely related and require similar methodological approaches.

New EU initiative puts renovation projects in the hands of citizens
New EU initiative aims to encourage citizens to realise energy-saving renovation projects.
JOANNEUM RESEARCH and DIH Süd support the establishment of energy communities in Carinthia
Which steps need to be taken to set up a renewable energy community in a municipality?
Life cycle assessment and recycling potential in the life cycle of car batteries
LIFE took part in the cooperation event "Autobatterien Quo Vadis" on 8 November 2023 in Vienna.
Presentation of the new climate information system of the city of Graz
At the first Climate Symposium of the city of Graz on 29 November 2023 the results of the new climate information system (KIS) for the city and the…
LIFE at the European Urban Resilience Forum in Cascais
JOANNEUM RESEARCH - LIFE was represented by Ingrid Kaltenegger, Francesca Tedeschini and Michael Kernitzkyi at this year's EURESFO in Cascais…
LIFE goes China

Life |

LIFE goes China

Hans-Peter Ellmer and Francesca Tedeschini participated in the International REGREEN Workshop in Ningbo for LIFE.

22nd Annual STS Conference Graz 2024 - Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies

TU Graz, hybrid, from 09:00 (multi-day)