May 24, 2024, 12:30-14:00 CET

Welcome to our Nature Based Solutions webinar! We are thrilled to have you join us in this enlightening session where we delve into the innovative ways of adapting and building resilience to the impacts of climate change in human-influenced systems.

We have Martin Jung, a geologist with vast experience in environmental and water management. Laura Wendling, a Senior Research Scientist at SINTEF Community, will share insights from the Urban Nature Labs project on nature-based solutions for climate and water resilience. Finally, Sven Nicolai, an Industrial engineer at VITO, will discuss enhancing biodiversity through sustainability parks.

Join us as we explore nature’s power for a sustainable future, Register here!


Martin Jung studied geology and applied geology at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1996 while already working for different civil engineers. He was Austrian representative to COST 637 “Metals in drinking water”. He was lecturer for drinking water management and drinking water purification at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and held lectures about water exploration at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. He has over 20 years of experience in project management of national and international projects (UNESCO, EU) dealing with natural hazards, environment & water management, sustainable use and protection of natural resources. His research at AIT focuses on urban resilience and resources related to environmental and water management.





Laura Wendling is a Senior Research Scientist within the Water and Environment group at SINTEF Community, and co-Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Nature-Based Solutions. Laura’s research is multidisciplinary with a strong focus on nature-based innovation aimed at adapting and building resilience to the impacts of climate change in human influenced systems. She has particular expertise in environmental monitoring and impact assessment. Laura’s presentation will highlight some of the key outcomes from the Horizon 2020 project Urban Nature Labs (, wherein local communities of practice worked together to create, implement, and evaluate the benefits and trade-offs, cost-effectiveness, economic viability, and replicability of nature-based solutions for climate and water resilience, including biodiversity protection, restoration and enhancement.



Sven Nicolai is an Industrial engineer with more than 20 years of experience in research (starting IWT Hogeschool Gent, then central lab ceramics @ Wienerberger, waste recycling tech in VITO) and the last 7 years Facility Manager. In the Nature@VITO presentation, you will get an insight in the steps VITO has taken and is taking to enhance biodiversity. Discover how the VITO Sustainability Park is rich in diverse species and demonstrates a blend of nature and business sustainability going hand in hand (