Tag: sustainability & HE

Call for papers: SRHE conference “Higher Education as if the World Mattered”

SRHE SRHE has issued a call for papers on to the conference “Higher Education as if the World Mattered”, to be held 25 and 26 April 2013 in The University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK.

Keynote speakers include: Professor Melanie Walker (Free State University, South Africa), Professor Monica McLean (University of Nottingham, UK), Professor Jon Nixon (Hong Kong Institute of Education, and University of Sheffield, UK), and Professor Ray Land (Durham University, UK).

The questions that have been stated as the focus of  the event include: To what extent and how do higher education policies and practices make a difference to this world? What are present priorities and how could things be otherwise? To what extent does higher education address community and environmental concerns? To what extent are participants encouraged to make a contribution to the world?

Proposals for papers addressing these issues are expected in two parts:

  • Part 1 Abstract: a 150 word summary of the proposal which will be printed in the published conference programme and also made available at conference on the CD Rom.
  • Part 2 Outline: a maximum 1000 word paper (not including references)

The deadline for submission is 1 March 2013. All proposals must be submitted via email to fsmit@srhe.ac.uk. 

For more information, see conference website.




Conference: 2012 EUA conference

The European University Association 2012 conference will be themed “The Sustainability of European Universities and take place 22-23 March 2012 at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

The context for this theme is the current difficult economic situation and the need to assure the long term development of higher education institutions in Europe. Programme includes both plenary sessions and various thematic working groups.   The aim is to bring together different stakeholders: university leaders, researchers, students, policymakers and partner stakeholders – to discuss the future of higher education in Europe.

Please note that the early registration deadline is 10 February 2012, and in some cases the maximum number of participants from member countries and organisations will be limited. You can find more information about the registration procedures here.

EUA is the Association of European institutions of higher education, and represents members from 47 countries. Members of EUA include European universities, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.




Call for Papers: UNESCO conference on sustainable development in HE

The UNESCO chair ‘Sustainable Development in Higher Education is arranging its 4th International Conference, this time themed “Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Moving the Agenda Forward“. The conference takes place on 14-16 September 2011 at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany. The conference is arranged around three key thematic areas:

  • Management Education for Sustainable Development,
  • Sustainable Consumption in Higher Education Institutions, and
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Central and Eastern Europe.

Important deadlines:

  • Submissions are accepted until 30 June 2011
  • Accepted papers are announced on 11 July 2011
  • Deadline for presenter registration: 1 August 2011

Presenters of a paper are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words for a 15-minute presentation. For those interested in displaying a poster, please submit an abstract of no more than 150 words. Download the call for papers as a pdf file here.

You can find more detailed information about the conference on the conference website.




Podcast on “Universities and Environmental Sustainability”

Arjen Wals

Professor Arjen Wals

The University of Oslo hosted the first workshop on UNICA Green Academic FootprintUniversities Committed and Connected towards Environmental Sustainability on 3rd and 4th of May 2011.  Hedda guest blogger Maryam Faghihimani who participated in the workshop, recorded this session entitled “Universities and Environmental Sustainability”, presented by Arjen Wals who is a Professor of Social Learning and Sustainable Development at Wageningen University and UNESCO Chair in the same field.


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Presentation slides (pdf)

UNICA is a network of 43 universities from the capital cities of Europe, with a combined strength of over 120,000 staff and 1,500,000 students. Its role is to promote academic excellence, integration and co-operation between member universities throughout Europe.




COPERNICUS – new environmental policy at UiO

The Hedda blog would like to congratulate the University of Oslo for putting more focus on environmental issues: the decades long passive COPERNICUS signatory status is now finally incorporated into actual policy. However, introducing a new policy is only the first step in the process, and we hope that this new policy will result in concrete action as well. Hedda guest blogger Maryam Faghihimani has written a brief introduction of the initiative.

The CRE COPERNICUS Charter for Sustainable Development was introduced by the Co-operation Program in Europe for Research on Nature and Industry through Coordinated University Studies (COPERNICUS), an organization established by the Association of European Universities (CRE)* in 1988. It was a follow-up on previous sustainability declarations and the UN Agenda 21 to further the efforts of universities with regards to sustainability. The Charter was presented to over 500 universities in 38 countries. By 1994, 213 European universities’ rectors had signed the Charter and the number increased to 328 in 2006.

University of Oslo has been among signatories of the Charter for some time now, however, it was only in 2011 it was taken into consideration when developing university policies. Since the new leadership team has taken the office, sustainability (and in particular environmental sustainability) has been underlined as one of the core agendas of the university. In a progressive move, UiO has set up COPERNICUS Charter as Environmental and Sustainability policy of the University of Oslo.