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Contact personMag. Stefanie Kothgassner
Project coordinator 
StreetPanoramaweg 1 
Address 4553 - Schlierbach (Austria) 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)11-25 
Organisation TypeNon profit 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Business and Management
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Education (incl. persons with learning disabilities)
» Family and consumer service
» Social work

 Brief description of your activity focus
SPES is a regional development and adult education centre with a focus on citizens participation, sustainability and interconnectedness.

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
For more than 30 years SPES has been working on projects for sustainable development and sustainable future
scenarios. Its activities are aimed at the benefit of both today’s society and future generations. In Austria the
association is well-known as pioneer of regional and local development. More than 150 local development
processes have been assisted by SPES focusing on citizen’s participation and ownership. SPES has developed and
carried out many projects concerning local development and life-quality in rural areas and has profound
knowledge in training people for sustainability and entrepreneurial thinking.

SPES also owns a hotel/adult education centre and was coordinator of the local tourism office thus fostering the
founding of the new tourism association consisting of five neighbouring municipalities. The hotel received the
award “Hotel der Zukunft” (“Hotel of the Future”) 2013 and 2014 and was awarded Upper Austrian winner of the
“Genusswirte” competition in 2015 (category “Hotel Restaurant”).

SPES Future Academy has a lot of experience and expertise in processes of interconnectedness and participation
and has organized and conducted many successful conferences and lectures. Thus SPES is offering the
implementation of Agenda 21 processes on local community level.

Since 2000 SPES has participated as subcontractor, partner and lead partner in many different EU projects.
Examples: EQUAL (2005-2007; LEAD): Sozialwirtschaftlicher Cluster Steyr-Kirchdorf; LEADER (2009-2011):
Innovative Nahvorsorge; CENTRAL EUROPE (2010-2013): Vital Landscapes; Leonardo (2013-2015; LEAD):
Bleibeperspektiven in Europäischer Perspektive; Grundtvig (2013-2015): Building Rural Identity; Grundtvig
(2013-2015): Solidarische Ökonomie Lernen; European Integration Fund (2014): Vernetzung Integration von
Familien mit kleinen Kindern; FP7 (2013-2016): Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Up-scaling Regional
Sustainability; ERASMUS+ (2016–2019): “LQN – Lebensqualität durch Nähe”.

SPES Future Academy has its own office accomodation, seminar and conference rooms. Office infrastructure
(computers, printers, server etc.) is state-of-the-art. The adjacent seminar hotel offers 2 large rooms for events
and several seminar rooms. SPES is certified with the ISO 9001:2001 system.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» LC-GD-10-1-2020: European capacities for citizen deliberation and participation for the Green Deal
» LC-GD-10-2-2020: Behavioural, social and cultural change for the Green Deal
» LC-GD-10-3-2020: Enabling citizens to act on climate change, for sustainable development and environmental protection through education, citizen science, observation initiatives, and civic engagement

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