Background
October 2020
Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria
Photo: Zell am See-Kaprun Tourism

ABOUT SATI2020

The Sustainable Alpine Tourism Initiative (SATI2020) is the world’s first two-day conference aimed at progressing knowledge sharing and collaboration on sustainability in alpine tourism, with a focus on circular economy as a lever. SATI2020 is unique as it convenes senior corporate executives, industry leaders, hotels, resorts, policy makers, and sustainability experts in academia and innovation to create tangible ideas and action plans that tackle key sustainability challenges in alpine tourism.

WORLD LEADING PANELS

Panels feature world leading experts from across the alpine sports, infrastructure and hospitality sectors, each presenting a progressive vision and roadmap for how their organisations and industries can support the circular economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SATI2020 includes innovative workshops on circular economy strategies, led by researchers and facilitators from Delft University and the University of Cambridge.

BACKGROUND

The concept for SATI2020 was created by the initiative’s founder, Sarisher Mann. Whilst studying a Master’s at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) starting in 2018, and additionally working in sustainable finance communication for BNP Paribas, Sarisher – a keen skier and hiker – was keen to apply her circular economy research in alpine tourism. There is a huge opportunity to share knowledge on sustainability, and to create cross-industry and sector coalitions that advance the circular economy across the alpine sports, infrastructure and hospitality sectors.

The ultimate aim of SATI is to accelerate sustainability leadership in alpine tourism through collaboration and cross-sector communication, as all stakeholders in the mountain regions can support the achievement of the UN SDGs.





Dame Polly Courtice, Director of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, The University of Cambridge:

“Accelerating sustainability over the next decade to achieve the SDGs will require greater knowledge sharing across industries and disciplines. This applies just as much to alpine tourism as it does to all of the other ways in which we live our lives and spend our leisure.”

Background

Agenda

Please note due to the coronavirus outbreak, SATI2020 has been postponed until October 2020. The below agenda is being revised and will be updated shortly

  • 26/03/2020
    08:30 - 09:00 | Arrival & Registration

    09:00 - 09:05 | OPENING REMARKS: SARISHER MANN (SATI2020 FOUNDER)

    09:05 - 09:50 | PANEL 1: SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN TOURISM: THE GLOBAL POLICY PERSPECTIVE

    World leading experts will be presenting a progressive vision for the circular economy applied to alpine tourism; covering the policy roadmap, environmental imperative and economic opportunities

    • Katharina Mayer - Ertl, Deputy Head of the Tourism-Services (Directorate V/3) at the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
    • Ladeja Godina Kosir - Chair of the CG European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (European Commission & EESC) & Circular Change 
    • Ioannis Pappas, - Mediterranean Director, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
    • Harald Friedl – World leading Circular Economy expert, and CEO of Circle Economy 
    • Moderator – Sarisher Mann, SATI Founder & CISL MSt Sustainability Leadership Researcher

    09:50 - 10:35 | PANEL 2: PROGRESSING CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE ALPINE SPORTS INDUSTRY

    Expert panel discusses how circular economy approaches apply to the outdoor sports industry, tackling issues such as plastics in supply chains, materials innovation and consumer focussed sustainability

    • Adam Hall – Head of Sustainability at Surfdome UK & Trustee of Protect Our Winters (POW) UK
    • Hanno Schwab, CEO & Founder at earlybird skis
    • Scott Nelson – Program Manager, European Outdoor Group (EOG)
    • Sabrina Viitasaari – Founder, Nusa Sentara
    • Eva Karlsson, CEO, Houdini Sportswear
    • Moderator – Matthew Campelli, The Sustainability Report Editor

    10:35 - 10:50 | COFFEE CHATS

    10:50 - 11:40 | PANEL 3: GREENING INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE MOUNTAIN REGIONS

    Specialist panel discuss how greening infrastructure covers a range of key issues, from climate resilience, energy efficiency, and the built environment, to mobility and sustainable finance as an enabler

    • Constance Chalchat - Head of Company Engagement, BNP Paribas CIB
    • Gernot Nischler, Head Of Technical Department, TechnoAlpin
    • Nicolai Jacobi - Officer in Sustainable Resources Climate Resilience Team, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
    • Hannes Mayer- Technical Director, Schmittenhöhebahn AG
    • Michael Ramage – Head of Centre for Natural Material Innovation, University of Cambridge
    • Daniel Elkan – Founder, Snowcarbon
    • Moderator – Michael Holder, Senior Reporter, Business Green

    11:40 - 12:25 | PANEL 4: HOW CAN WE MAKE THE HOTEL INDUSTRY SUSTAINABLE?

    The panel discusses how transitioning hotels towards a low carbon economy requires harnessing renewable energy,
    understanding customer needs, embracing the latest innovations, and connecting sustainability to guest experience

    • Alois Furstaller - CEO, Energie Autonom
    • Matthias Leitner - CEO ACTIVE by Leitner’s Hotel
    • Dr Regina Preslmaier – Senior Representative, Eco Label Austria
    • Dusko Stojakovic – Director, Werner & Mertz
    • Moderator- Lonneke De Kort- CEO, Bookdifferent.com

    12:25 - 13:10 | PANEL 5: THE SDG LENS ON SUSTAINABLE ALPINE TOURISM

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a progressive roadmap for sustainability, and the panel covers how the alpine tourism industry can collaborate towards several goals

    • SDG 4 (Education)– Christoph Bründl, CEO Bründl Sports
    • SDG 15 (Life on Land) – TBC
    • SDG 8 (Decent Economic Growth & Employment) – WKS, Vice Present Andrea Stifter
    • SDG 10 (Diversity & Inclusion) – Catherine Crosby, CEO of Mountains 4 All
    • SDG 17 (Partnerships) – Daniel Elkan, Representing France Montagnes
    • Moderator – Karin Huber-Heim, Board Member, FuturAbility

    13:10 - 14:00 | NETWORKING LUNCH

    14:00 - 14:05 | DEBRIEF & ICEBREAKER

    14:05 - 14:15 | INTRODUCTION TO WORKSHOPS – FACILITATED BY DELFT & CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS

    Led by circular economy experts from Delft University & co-facilitated with experts from the University of Cambridge Masters in Sustainability Leadership, in collaboration with a range of sector specialists.


    14:15 - 15:45 | WORKSHOP 1: MAPPING ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY STRATEGIES – STAGE 1 – SECTOR SPECIFIC

    15:45 - 16:00 | COFFEE CHATS

    16:00 - 17:25 | WORKSHOP 1: MAPPING ON CIRCULAR ECONOMY STRATEGIES – STAGE 2 – CROSS SECTOR COLLABORATIONS

    17:25 - 17:30 | CLOSING REMARKS (DAY 1- SARISHER MANN, SATI FOUNDER)

    19:30 - 22:00 | EVENING NETWORKING DINNER – LOCATION: ROMANTIK HOTEL, ZELL AM SEE

  • 27/03/2020
    09:00 - 09:25 | CABLE CAR RIDE ON SCHMITTENHÖHEBAHN TO SCHMITTENHÖHE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT



    09:30 - 09:35 | OPENING REMARKS DAY 2- SARISHER MANN, SATI2020 FOUNDER

    09:35 - 11:05 | WORKSHOP 3: INNOVATION SESSION TO PLAN IDEAS INTO ACTION ROADMAPS

    (in partnership with Delft & Cambridge University Sustainability Researchers)


    11:05 - 11:15 | COFFEE CHATS

    11:15 - 11:55 | WORKSHOP OUTCOMES PRESENTATION: Coalition identification - session led by facilitators

    11:55 - 12:35 | CLOSING PANEL: HOW TO TURN SUSTAINABILITY IDEAS INTO IMPACTFUL ACTION

    Turning innovative ideas into tangible action plans requires a range of levers. The expert panel discusses different innovation mechanisms to
    accelerate sustainability including people, processes, stakeholders and mindsets

    • Josine Bakkes – AustrianStartUps Program Manager & Circle 17 founder
    • Tom Marshall – Founder, Extraordinary Life
    • Okan McAllister – Founder, kindby
    • Moderator - Martha Grey, Head of Institutional Legal EMEA at Invesco & CISL Masters Researcher

    12:35 - 12:45 | CLOSING REMARKS, SARISHER MANN (SATI FOUNDER)

    12:45 - 13:15 | BUFFET LUNCH & CLOSE

Photo: Zell am See-Kaprun Tourism

Speakers

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Sarisher Mann

SATI2020 Founder

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Adam Hall

Surfdrome | Head of Sustainability & POW UK Trustee

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Alois Furstaller

Energie Autonom | CEO

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Andrea Stifter

WKS | Vice President

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Catherine Cosby

Mountains 4 All | Founder & CEO

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Constance Chalchat

BNP Paribas | Head of Company Engagement, Corporate & Institutional Bank. Slalom ski champion

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Daniel Elkan

Founder, Snowcarbon & Representative, France Montagnes

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Dusko Stojakovic

Werner & Mertz | Director

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Eva Karlsson

CEO Houdini Sportswear

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Gernot Nischler

Head Of Technical Department, TechnoAlpin

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Ioannis Pappas

Global Sustainable Tourism Council | Mediterranean Region Director

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Josine Bakkes

AustrianStartUps | Program Manager

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Karin Huber-Heim

FuturAbility | Founder

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Ladeja Godina Kosir

Chair of the CG European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (European Commission & EESC) & Circular Change

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Lonneke De Kort

Book Different.com | CEO

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Maria Kuzma

Professional Snowboarder, architect & entrepreneur

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Martha Gray

Head of Institutional Legal EMEA at Invesco & CISL Masters Researcher

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Matthew Campelli

The Sustainability Report | Editor

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Matthias Leitner

Active Leitner Hotels | CEO

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Michael Ramage

Cambridge University | Head of Centre for Natural Material Innovation

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Okan McAllister

Kindby | Founder

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Sabrina Viitasaari

Nusa Sentara | Founder

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Scott Nelson

European Outdoor Group (EOG) | Program Manager

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Tom Marshall

Extraordinary Life | Founder

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JAN KONIETZKO

LEAD FACILITATOR, TU DELFT

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PHIL BROWN

LEAD FACILITATOR, TU DELFT

Welcome To Zell am See-Kaprun

Photo: Zell am See-Kaprun Tourism

SATI2020 will be held over two-days in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria. This all-year round destination brings together the diversity of the Alps with its stunning glacier, mountains and lake. In this unique natural paradise at the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park, sports enthusiasts, active holidaymakers and families can enjoy nature through a wide range of experiences in both summer and winter. In winter Zell am See-Kaprun is one of Austria’s most popular sports regions, with over 400km of ski slopes. Summer also attracts hikers seeking adventure in the high alpine mountain trails of the region.

Day one of the conference will take place at the Schloss Prielau, which was first established in 1425 by Christian Glaser zu Prielau . In the 16th century the castle was rebuilt and gained the design it keeps today. In 1987 the Porsche family bought the property, and the venue is now managed by the award winning Mayer family. The evening dinner will take place at the Romantik Hotel in Zell am See, which showcases strong sustainability initiatives through its Ecolabel accreditation.

Day two of SATI2020 will be held at the summit of the Schmittenhöhe mountain, in the conference area of the Berghotel Schmitten. Delegates will have the opportunity to take the Schmittenhöhe Bergbahn to the summit, where the venue provides panoramic views of the beautiful mountains and lake.

BOOK ACCOMODATION IN ZELL AM SEE-KAPRUN AREA

26/03/2020
LOCATION DAY 1 DAYTIME : SCHLOSS PRIELAU
LOCATION DAY 1 EVENING NETWORKING DINNER : ROMANTIK HOTEL, ZELL AM SEE

27/03/2020
LOCATION DAY 2: BERGHOTEL SCHMITTEN CONGRESS CENTRE, SCHMITTENHÖHE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT

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