About us

alchemia-nova was founded in Vienna in the year 2000 by Hanswerner Mackwitz, an eco-pioneer of the first days. After his death in 2010, we restructured alchemia-nova and led it from a 2-3 person institute to a 30 person research and innovation institute with an international profile. In 2006, we became Cradle to Cradle® partner. Ever since, we are fully dedicated to circular economy principles.TimelineOur strength is creating out-of-the-box solutions by combining different disciplines. We try to connect the dots and use a systemic thinking approach for possible disruptive and game-changing innovations that are fit for future. We are well known as the “plant-guys” and for our pioneering unconventionality. We bring science to the market. Our leitmotif includes research, development and education as well as productisation, selling & consulting of circular economy and nature-based solutions.

We do so by combining and integrating 6 different research areas, which also reflect the 6 colours in our logo.The alchemia-nova group acts in many areas around the world and is open for further expansion.

alchemia-nova world map



Vision

A world in which we think in resource cycles

A world in which “contaminants” become nutrients

A world in which we focus on regeneration

Mission

Exploring new areas by creating circular systems

Defining business models of the future, which are marketable by the broad public

Co-creating systemic approaches by enabling new multi-beneficial networks

Developing a symbiosis of communities, companies and the people by connecting resource flows


Projects

alchemia-nova built up the strong focus to create, initiate, develop and coordinate cutting-edge research & innovation projects. Through this developed strength the team grew to already around 30 members while offering real solutions to existing problems. We supported conceptualisation and project development of many projects worth more than 50 Million Euros. These projects usually deal with anything around circular economy and/or nature-based solutions. From the last series of Horizon 2020 calls, all proposals initiated and to a big degree written by alchemia-nova passed the evaluation.

PROJECTS

European

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PROJECTS

National

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PROJECTS

industry

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Team

Maria Wirth
Maria Wirth

MSc; Project Development, Environmental technology, Climate change adaptation, Water-energy-food nexus. Read more
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Nektaria Efthymiou-Charalampopoulou

LLM, MSc; Project Management; Policy analysis; Technical analysis; Climate change; Energy efficiency; Renewable energies; Nature conservation; Technical analysis. Read more
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Michael Naumann

Projektassistenz. Read more
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Eriona Canga
Eriona Canga

Researcher, Project manager; Environmental engineer & scientist; Science communicator. Read more
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Heinz Gattringer

MSc; Senior developer; Renewable resources, Agriculture and agronomics, Feasibility, Technology transfer . Read more
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Helmut Schabschneider

MA Msc Physics; Envirnonmental Engineering; Upcycling; Networking; Low- tech solutions. Read more
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Francesco Menconi

Managing Director of alchemia-nova GmbH; Business development. Read more
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Helen Dolinšek

B.Sc; subsistence and edible landscape design; ethno ecology; project management. Read more
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Partners

Scientific partners
Industry partners

Press

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