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EFIM Fireplace Talks

Established with corporate partners and students of the Facility & Real Estate Management and Energy & Sustainability Management Bachelor & Master's programs at the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences in Tyrol: the monthly Fireplace Talks. The hosts invite corporations and research institutes to present and engage with students about their ideas, experience, and solution strategies for problems and challenges associated with sustainability, energy, and real estate.  

Invitation to become a corporate partner

Presentation of your corporate ideas and solution strategies at a Fireplace Talk

In a relaxed atmosphere, your company can offer insights behind the scenes. The event occurs monthly on Fridays at the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences in Tyrol. The sessions start between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and last 60 to 90 minutes. The effort for you is in your time and contribution to drinks and snacks. We take care of the rest. As an added value, you take home contacts that you can enthuse for your company, be it as future employees or as multipliers of your company.

We look forward to Your Message.

Looking Back

Fireplace Talks
Topics & Corporations

Lectures for Future 2021

  • Real Estate Asset Management in Austria
    Presenter: Dipl.-Kfm. Frank Brün FRICS, AREAMA
  • Innovations in Fire and Smoke Protection: "From the Watchman to AI"
    Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Reinhard Mermi VDI, Consulting Engineer / Senior Expert at MERMI Engineers & Experts GbR
  • Constructive Solutions against Global Warming - The Role of the Construction Industry in the Carbon Cycle
    Dr. Dipl.-Phys. Robert Koeppe, LIT Soft Materials Lab, JKU Linz
  • Mobility and Climate Change
    Adj. Prof. Dr. Günter Emberger, TU Vienna
  • Accountability in Terms of Sustainability for Austrian Companies and Corporations
    Mag. (FH) Josef Baumüller, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Fireplace Talks 2020

  • Visions of Young Water Management in ÖWAV - How Do We Achieve Sustainable, Efficient, and Resilient Water Management?
    Dipl.-Ing. Arabel Amann, Dipl.-Ing. Martin Hasenhündl and Dipl.-Ing. Lena Simperler, TU Vienna
  • Science Slam on the Topic of Sustainability
    Event as Part of Sustainability Week of the FH Kufstein Tirol
  • Building Technology in COVID-19 Times
    Bernhard Nimbach, Nimbach Engineering and Consulting Company
  • Investments – Ever Thought about Alternatives to the Savings Book?
    Simon Thaler, MSc., University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol
  • Smart City Wil – The Smart City Transformation Process Using the Example of the City of Wil (SG), Switzerland
    Stephan Juen, Smart Community Consign – Identity Communication Design AG & Stefan Grötzinger, Project Manager of the City of Wil
  • 10 Things You Should Know About Elevators (in German)
    Christoph Andert, Thyssenkrupp Elevator AG

Fireplace Talks 2019

  • Mentoring As An Opportunity
    Claudia Zeimes, Bayerngas GmbH
  • "First, Things Come Differently, and Secondly, Different Than You Think." User-Understander, All-Rounder, Enabler – From the Diverse Professional Life of a Facility Manager
    Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Robert Braunert, Gegenbauer Facility Management GmbH
  • Disruptive Technologies in Real Estate Marketing. Main Topics Such as 3D-Scans, Virtual Home Staging, and Other Visualization Options Are Presented
    Niklas Knapp and Michael Riedmann, MSc, Virtual Tour (under establishment)
  • Influence of Company Philosophy on the Development of Retail Spaces
    Lecturer Julia Hagenauer, MA, Biogena Management Holding GmbH
  • Smartly Managing Industrial Maintenance
    Dipl. Ing. (FH) Wolfgang Gossner and Alexander Heidegger, BE-Terna GmbH
  • Sustainable Architecture for Healthy Productivity
    Dr. Heinz Fuchsig, Occupational Physician, Building Biologist (IBO), Environmental Speaker of the Austrian Medical Association, AUVA Regional Office Salzburg, External Office Innsbruck

Fireplace Talks 2018

  • FM & REM Trends and Developments
    George von Staden, GVS Consulting
  • Elevators - Service & Maintenance
    DI Christoph Sengstschmid, Otis Austria
  • Facility Service Catering from Outsourced to In-house Services
    Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Armin Muggendorfer, ISS Facility Services GmbH
  • Research Projects Institute for Facility Management & Real Estate Management
    Miroslav Despotovic, Robert Fröhler & Christian Huber, University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol
  • A Medley of Noteworthy Economic Policy Measures. Award of the Guest Professorship
    Lecturer: Prof. Christian Fritz, LL.M. LL.M. MBA MLS, Fritz & Schauer Law Firm
  • We Move the World - Maintenance and Repair of Elevators and Escalators Using the Example of the Company Schindler
    Lecturer: Mag. (FH) Ing. Gerhard Wurzrainer, Schindler Elevators and Escalators GmbH
  • Multi-Year Planning for Maintenance of Technical Equipment and Buildings Using the Example of SMA
    Lecturers: Fred-Martin Dillenberger, Christiane Baude, SMA Solar Technology AG

Fireplace Talks 2017

  • BIM (Building Information Modeling) Basics and the Requirements from ON A 6241-2
    Dipl.-Ing. Gächter Werner and Univ-Ass. Bmstr. DI Dr. Georg Fröch, University of Innsbruck, Institute for Construction and Material Sciences, Division Construction Management, Construction Economics and Construction Management (i3b)
  • Market Development/Trends/Economic Interrelations in the Real Estate Industry
    Dipl. Robert Becker, MRICS, Colliers International Valuation GmbH
  • Locking Systems
    Dr. Martin Vierthaler
  • ALF - Advanced Location Finder: From Prototype to Product
    Philip Höfler, Prosimpl UG
  • Developments and Opportunities in the FM Sector
    David Martinez, International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
  • Building Information Modeling
    Ing. Günter Grüner, DI Robert Umshaus, Ing. Matthias Prichmoser, Ing. Günter Grüner GmbH
  • Control of Facility Management Services
    Andreas Seibold, Prof. Rotermund Seibold Engineering Company MbH & Co KG, Asc. consulting


Asc. Prof. (FH) Dipl.-Ing. Christian Huber
Director of Studies Bachelor Energy & Sustainability Management, Facility & Real Estate Management / Master Energy & Sustainability Management, Facility & Real Estate Management / Institute for Energy, Facility & Real Estate Management
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