Knowledge Management Platform

The 9th Knowledge Cities World Summit

12-13 October 2016, Vienna, Austria


Organized by the City of Vienna / KMA & the World Capital Institute

Download here the program and here for the conference website.

The 9th Knowledge Cities World Summit 2016 (KCWS-2016) was held in Vienna, Austria, which has received the Most Admired Knowledge Cities (MAKCi) Award in 2015.

The “Vienna Knowledge City” is a holistic concept of a City that combines knowledge, art, and crafts, intellectual heritage, innovative business, and quality of living.

After painful destruction and loss of knowledge during two world wars, Vienna regained its position as a world-leading Knowledge City at the heart of Europe and of the United Nations.

Since Vienna is willing to be an example for others who wish to follow the same path, the theme of ‘Knowledge for Development’ has been selected as the overall theme of KCWS-2016.

The Summit aimed to contribute to the discussion on the importance and trends of knowledge-based development theory and practice. Academics, professional practitioners, civil servants, and policy-makers of the world are included in the discussions from a wide range of disciplines to share their knowledge and experiences with the summit delegates. In addition to significant academic and professional presentations, the Summit also provided opportunities for practical exercises in workshops and small group sessions in innovative formats.

As part of the KCWS-2016, a “Ph.D. Consortium” provided postgraduate research students an opportunity to present, discuss, and get feedback on their research projects from the international experts in their fields. The Summit was organized as part of the ‘Knowledge Week Vienna’ other events on the topic of Knowledge Management and Knowledge-Based Development also took place during the week. The ICKM International Conference on Knowledge Management (10-11 October 2016), the KCWS 2016 and the International Conference K4Dev – Knowledge for Development (14 October 2015) formed a unique opportunity to meet the global knowledge community and to enjoy the diversity of perspectives that form the knowledge society as a whole.


Summit Theme

  • Advancing Knowledge for Development

Summit Topics*

  • Knowledge cities and regions (including creative, sustainable and smart cities)
  • Knowledge clusters, hubs, precincts and districts
  • Knowledge economy and society.
  • Knowledge management and intellectual capital
  • Knowledge workers and communities
  • Knowledge, creativity, science, innovation and technology policy
  • Knowledge-based businesses, industries, and services
  • Knowledge-based development
  • Knowledge-based urban development


Assoc. Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar

Prof. DI Günter Koch

MMag. Dr. Andreas Brandner


Knowledge Cities World Summit 2016


Phone: +43.1.4702909