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Education for Sustainable Development: the contribution of universities

June 5: 09:00 - June 6: 17:00

Universities are key players in shaping the future workforce and leaders. By integrating  education for sustainable development (ESD) into their curricula, they can ensure that students, regardless of their field of study, are equipped with the knowledge,  skills, and values necessary to contribute to sustainable development. Also, through ESD, universities can help build  a culture of sustainability that influences attitudes and behaviors of students, faculty, and staff, leading to a more sustainable future  for all.

Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration is another major aspect of ESD at universities. This is because sustainability challenges are complex and require interdisciplinary approaches. Universities can serve as platforms for fostering collaboration across various disciplines, enabling a holistic understanding of sustainability issues. Also, through ESD, universities may also engage with local communities, share knowledge, and collaborate on sustainable initiatives, thus extending the impact of sustainability education beyond the campus.

There is a perceived need for events which may cater for in-depth discussions about how universities can better contribute towards fostering the case of ESD. It is against this background that the  Symposium “Education for Sustainable Development: the Contribution of Universities” (ESD 2024) is being organized. The Symposium aims to provide a platform for researchers and educators engaged with sustainability education, to exchange their knowledge and perspectives through a face-to-face event to be  held at the University of Malta.  The Symposium also aims to offer a valuable platform to enable sustainability educators from the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East regions to enhance their networks. The theme of the Symposium,  “Education for Sustainable Development: the contribution of universities” reflects the intention to offer participants an opportunity to present what their universities are doing, and to showcase their sustainability works.

The event has three primary objectives as follows:

  • To provide a platform for researchers in the field of sustainability education to present their works.
  • To provide a venue for participants to publish their works in a Scopus-indexed, peer-reviewed book.
  • To offer an opportunity for researchers to network and establish future collaboration with other scholars working in the field of sustainability education.

Interested colleagues are invited to submit complete, original and unpublished research papers that address sustainability education. They may be in one or more of the following topics:

  • Introduction to sustainability education
  • Sustainability in the curriculum
  • Teaching approaches and methods
  • Sustainability education and the media (conventional and social media)
  • Case Studies on sustainability education
  • Technologies and sustainability education
  • Innovations in sustainability education
  • Policy and Legislation: Discussion of existing and required policies that could encourage sustainability education
  • Communication and behavior in sustainability education

Other themes may be considered, please contact the organisers to discuss the details.

The Symposium the “Education for Sustainable Development: the contribution of universities”  will be of special interest to researchers, educators and communication specialists working  in the field of sustainable education in the Americas, Asia and Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East region.

The Symposium will be structured around the following sessions:

  • Plenary Sessions: With keynote speakers discussing overarching themes.
  • Breakout Sessions: Focused group discussions on specialised topics.
  • Panel Discussions: Panels with a mix of experts debating and providing
  • insights.
  • Exhibition Space: For organisations to showcase their works on sustainability education.

The Symposium “Education for Sustainable Development: the contribution of universities” will tackle a critical and timely topic, which may significantly contribute to sustainable development goals by fostering innovation and collaboration in the field of sustainability education.

As an output and long-term documentation of the event, selected papers will be published in the book “Education for Sustainable Development: the contribution of universities”, which will follow on the success of the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education” which is a “living edition” and the “Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals”, the world´s largest editorial project on sustainable development ever undertaken. The book will be produced as part of the World Sustainability Series,  published  by Springer Nature, which is fully indexed. All papers are peer-reviewed and publications in the book series have been officially counting for promotion and tenure purposes over the years.

Researchers may submit any complete, original, and unpublished research papers, either conceptual or empirical. The Turnitin similarity index must be below 20%.
To participate, participants need to submit an abstract of 200 to 300 words, along with the authors’ names and full contact details before 20th March 2024. Full papers are due by 30th September 2024. Abstracts should be submitted by using the following registration form: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/events/translate-to-english-malta2024/

The details will be discussed with the selected authors.

This event is part of the Continuing Professional Development Programme on Sustainable Development, undertaken by the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) and Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP). An official certificate of participation, useful for professional development purposes and to be shown to employers, will be issued to participants, with the equivalent of 20 hours, including attendance to the event and preparation time.

In other to offset the costs with staff time, organisation, and preparation, book production and follow-up, a registration fee of Euro 270,00 (plus taxes) will be charged per delegate.  The fees entail the coffee breaks and lunch breaks during the 2 days. For cancellations made up to 2 months before the event, a full refund -minus handling charges- will be possible. For registrations up to 30 days before the event, a 50% refund-minus bank charges- is possible. For cancellations within less than 30 days, no refunds are possible.

The details about the payment will be sent to the participants.

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