E.F. Schumacher’s 40th anniversary Conference | All SYSTEMS Go: SUSTAINABILITY in the 21st Century

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The Schumacher Institute will hold a one-day conference, titled ‘All Systems Go: Sustainability in the 21st Century’, in Bristol (Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW) on 6 September 2017 (10am–5pm).

 

This commemorative event of the 40th anniversary of E.F. Schumacher will take a positive look at what is happening in the sustainability and social justice movements.

 

The programme is structured around the institute’s four themes:

  • Living Futures | What is the future we want and how do we get there
  • Prepare for Change| Facing up to inevitable changes, how do we cope
  • People Matter| Making sure that what we do is inclusive and values the human spirit
  • Making Sense| The promotion of systems sciences, transdisciplinarity and participation

 

E.F Schumacher

 

An internationally influential thinker with a systems perspective of the world, E.F Schumacher developed a series of connected ideas in energy, work, technology, development, organisation and ownership, education, traditional wisdom and spirituality. His seminal book, Small is Beautiful, was published in 1973 – four years before his death.

 

The Schumacher Institute

 

The Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems is an independent think-tank based in Bristol, UK, working towards a world of reducing inequality that provides for everyone within the limits of the planet.

 

The Institute builds on the ideas of E. F. Schumacher, particularly appropriate technology at the right scale, local actions, peace and non-violent approaches, simplicity and the sense that all people matter.

 

More….

 

Conference page (for registration) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-systems-go-tickets-36018935606

 

The Schumacher Institute http://www.schumacherinstitute.org.uk/

 

Systems Learning | Systems thinking for a sustainable future http://www.systemslearning.org

 

E. F. Schumacher on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._F._Schumacher

 

What is a system? From flu via oil to recession… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-system-from-flu-via-oil-recession-asitha-jayawardena

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

POETRY | Destroy parent system? Growth for the Dead! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/destroy-parent-system-growth-dead-asitha-jayawardena

 

STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability Engagement

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Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries – illustrated with examples https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wave-hypothesis-sustainability-engagement-across-asitha-jayawardena

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Facilitation of Interdisciplinarity for Sustainability Education and Research

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Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/ (under construction)

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

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Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

 

Knowledge JOURNALISM for Sustainability | Four types of press articles with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/knowledge-journalism-sustainability-four-types-press-jayawardena

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Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

Asitha’s Poetry

Part of #SUpoetry | https://supoetry.wordpress.com/

 

CLIMATE CHANGE | Will we change? Yes, we will, says Al Gore https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climate-change-we-yes-says-al-gore-asitha-jayawardena

 

Humans, save yourselves from climate change ~ Mother Nature https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/humans-save-yourselves-from-climate-change-mother-asitha-jayawardena

 

Destroy parent system? Growth for the Dead! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/destroy-parent-system-growth-dead-asitha-jayawardena

 

So growth isn’t supreme if it’s not green? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-growth-isnt-supreme-asitha-jayawardena

 

Let’s leave foolish humanity alone ~ Aliens https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-leave-foolish-humanity-alone-aliens-asitha-jayawardena

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/education-for-sustainability-efs-pioneering-lsbu-course-celebrates-21st-anniversary/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

Making UCL Grand Challenges even grander | Seven questions, one answer https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141112160707-101066234-making-ucl-grand-challenges-even-grander-seven-questions-one-answer

 

STORY | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum – Gloucestershire style | Nine projects, from Fashion through Sports to Religion https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140901134854-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-the-curriculum-gloucestershire-style-nine-projects-from-fashion-through-sports-to-religion

 

Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/civil-structural-engineering-press-articles-including-jayawardena

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

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The Sustainable University Support (SUS) Model https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-aspiring-do-better-sustainability-sus-hand-jayawardena

LinkedIn Group | SUSTAINABILITY | Education, Research & Engagement https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8102240/profile

Twitter | https://twitter.com/sustainableuni1

UEL Research & Knowledge Exchange Conference 2017 | Building Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration

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The University of East London (UEL) Research and Knowledge Exchange Conference 2017, titled ‘Co-creating the Research Environment: Building Interdisciplinarity & Collaboration’, will take place in London (University Square Stratford Campus, 1 Salway Place, London E15 1NF) on 6 July 2017, 10am to 4.30pm.

 

This year’s conference will focus on building the university’s research environment to encompass the challenges and opportunities for interdisciplinary research and the identification and building of cross/inter/multi-disciplinary research ideas.

 

Dr Lisa Mooney (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Exchange, UEL) will deliver the keynote and the other key elements of the programme includes two sets of parallel sessions, a session on interdisciplinary case studies, Q&A sessions, a poster session and networking opportunities.

 

Parallel sessions 1:

  • Global Challenges | Chair: Prof Tine van Bortel
  • Data, Manipulation and Hacking | Chair: Prof Andrew Ravenscroft
  • Human/ Machine Interaction | Chair: Prof John Preston
  • Culture and Practice | Chair: Prof Stephen Maddison
  • Work | Chair: Prof Erika Calvo

 

Parallel sessions 2:

  • Risk | Chair: Prof Duncan Turner
  • Languages, Signals and Understanding | Chair: Prof Mansour Moniri
  • Perspectives on Wellbeing | Chair: Prof Cynthia Fu
  • Place Making | Chair: Prof Stuart Connop

 

The event intends to provide more opportunities to convene with others and discuss current or emerging areas of mutual interest and synergy rather than focusing on the presentation of traditional papers.

 

The event is FREE to attend but prior registration is required (see link below).

 

 

More…

 

Eventbrite page for registration https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uel-research-conference-2017-tickets-35559805335

 

Research | University of East London (UEL) https://www.uel.ac.uk/research

 

UEL Research, Innovation and Enterprise https://uelresearch.wordpress.com/

 

Wave Hypothesis for Sustainability Engagement

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Wave Hypothesis for SUSTAINABILITY Engagement across boundaries – illustrated with examples https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wave-hypothesis-sustainability-engagement-across-asitha-jayawardena

 

New websites of the Sustainable University Experiment

 

Facilitation of Interdisciplinarity for Sustainability Education and Research

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Interdisciplinary Library for Sustainability https://idls.wordpress.com/about/ (under construction)

 

Sustainability Education and Engagement through STORYTELLING

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Sustainability Storytelling website | https://sustystory.wordpress.com/

 

Sustainability through Science & Research COMMUNICATION (Knowledge journalism)

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Sustainability Communication website | https://sustycomm.wordpress.com/

Press articles:

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PRESS ARTICLES based on:

 

Asitha’s Poetry

Part of #SUpoetry | https://supoetry.wordpress.com/

 

CLIMATE CHANGE | Will we change? Yes, we will, says Al Gore https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/climate-change-we-yes-says-al-gore-asitha-jayawardena

 

Destroy parent system? Growth for the Dead! https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/destroy-parent-system-growth-dead-asitha-jayawardena

 

Humans, save yourselves from climate change ~ Mother Nature https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/humans-save-yourselves-from-climate-change-mother-asitha-jayawardena

 

So growth isn’t supreme if it’s not green? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/so-growth-isnt-supreme-asitha-jayawardena

 

Let’s leave foolish humanity alone ~ Aliens https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-leave-foolish-humanity-alone-aliens-asitha-jayawardena

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Ashden Conference 2017 | International Winners showcase work on Scaling Clean Energy innovation https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/ashden-conference-2017-international-winners-showcase-work-on-scaling-clean-energy-innovation/

 

Limits to growth, audacity of hope and moral imagination reign at CUSP Reinventing Prosperity event in London https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/limits-to-growth-audacity-of-hope-and-moral-imagination-reign-at-cusp-reinventing-prosperity-event-in-london/

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Newcastle Conf | Public engagement as a promoter of policymakers’ uptake of sustainability research findings? https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/newcastle-conf-public-engagement-as-a-promoter-of-policymakers-uptake-of-sustainability-research-findings/

 

Education for Sustainability (EfS) | Pioneering LSBU course celebrates 21st anniversary https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/education-for-sustainability-efs-pioneering-lsbu-course-celebrates-21st-anniversary/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

STORY | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

Making UCL Grand Challenges even grander | Seven questions, one answer https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141112160707-101066234-making-ucl-grand-challenges-even-grander-seven-questions-one-answer

 

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum – Gloucestershire style | Nine projects, from Fashion through Sports to Religion https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140901134854-101066234-embedding-sustainability-in-the-curriculum-gloucestershire-style-nine-projects-from-fashion-through-sports-to-religion

 

STORY | The talking elephant and the SYSTEMS light | A modern folk tale (with two morals) https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/talking-elephant-systems-light-modern-folk-tale-two-jayawardena

 

Civil and Structural Engineering | PRESS ARTICLES (including sustainability-related) with experts as resource persons https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/civil-structural-engineering-press-articles-including-jayawardena

 

What is a system? From flu via oil to recession… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-system-from-flu-via-oil-recession-asitha-jayawardena

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140421183727-101066234-sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson

 

STORY | A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

Sustainability Engagement | Seven INNOVATION secrets discovered through my Sustainable University experiment https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainability-engagement-seven-innovation-secrets-my-jayawardena

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

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Researching the way for a Sustainable Prosperity | Surrey-led CUSP Centre begins journey

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January 2016 saw two great walks by three Tim’s. The first is the well-known space walk by two astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra, which lasted for several hours. The second walk, more down-to-earth though not so well-known, was launched by a group led by Professor Tim Jackson and will last for a couple of years.

 

The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), a multi-disciplinary centre led by The University of Surrey and funded by The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), launched in January 2016 its journey of researching the way for a sustainable prosperity. Its overall aim is to explore the economic, ecological, social and governance dimensions of sustainable prosperity and to make concrete recommendations to government, business and civil society in pursuit of it.

 

Vision

 

CUSP’s guiding vision for sustainable prosperity is one in which people everywhere have the capability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. Its work will explore not just the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions, paying particular attention to the pragmatic steps that need to be taken by enterprise, government and civil society in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity.

 

Work programme

 

The CUSP work programme is organised around five core themes, MAPSS:

  • Meaning and moral framings of the good life;
  • the role of the Arts and culture in developing visions of prosperity;
  • Political and organisational dimensions of sustainable prosperity;
  • Social and psychological understandings of the good life;
  • Systems analysis to explore narratives of sustainable prosperity.

 

The MAPSS themes are drawn together through three cross-cutting projects:

  • A unique cross-theme case study to develop An Economy That Works.
  • A collaboration on sustainable finance with a coalition of thought leaders including the Aldersgate Group.
  • A new Sustainable Prosperity Dialogue: a public engagement process which reaches out to a wide, international participation from research, policy, business and civil society.

 

Partners and the team

 

The CUSP takes the form of a rich international network, drawing together expert partners from academic and non-academic institutions as co-producers of the work programme. Its research programme is coordinated from the University of Surrey under the direction of Professor Tim Jackson.

 

CUSP’s academic partners include: University of Surrey, Anglia Ruskin University, Keele University, Goldsmiths College London, University of Leeds, Middlesex University, York University (Canada), University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). It has also established a vital link to industry and policy by including the Aldersgate Group and the World Future Council. The former is an alliance of leaders from business, politics and society that drives action for a sustainable economy; the latter is an NGO working closely with business leaders to envision An Economy That Works.

 

CUSP team comprises:

 

Director | Tim Jackson
Deputy Director | Fergus Lyon
Centre Manager | Julie-Anne Hogbin
Knowledge Exchange Coordinator | Ian Christie
Communications Manager | Linda Geßner
PA to Director | Gemma Birkett
Co-Investigators:

  • Marit Böker
  • Kate Burningham
  • Philip Catney
  • Will Davies
  • Brian Doherty
  • Angela Druckman
  • Birgitta Gatersleben
  • Bronwyn Hayward
  • Aled Jones
  • Nick Molho
  • Kate Oakley
  • Charles Seaford
  • Peter Victor

Research Fellows:

  • Victor Anderson
  • Daniel Hausknost
  • Simon Mair
  • Roberto Pasqualino
  • Susan Venn
  • Ian Vickers
  • Jonathan Ward

PhD candidate | Joanna Kitchen

 

CUSP’s partner institutions are:

 

The centre will widen this collaboration still further through an international network of CUSP Fellows hailing from a variety of academic and non-academic institutions.

 

Note: This post is based on the content of the CUSP website. Logos in the graphic are also from the CUSP website.

 

 

More…

 

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) http://www.cusp.ac.uk/ | @CUSP_uk

 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ | @esrc

 

Professor Tim Jackson (University of Surrey) http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ces/people/tim_jackson/ | @ProfTimJackson

 

 

#AlienLETTER series | Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing

 

#AlienLETTER 1 | Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-galactic-award-un-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 2 | Earth could learn from Milky Way’s Galactic Convention on Successful Life https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/earth-could-learn-from-milky-ways-galactic-convention-jayawardena

 

#AlienLETTER 3 | Mother Nature is in charge but humanity can take control of her https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mother-nature-charge-humanity-can-take-control-her-3-jayawardena

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research/

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-cafe-who-depends-on-whom/

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/cant-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could/

 

Three BIG business leaders, one BIG concern | Can they all be wrong? https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/three-big-business-leaders-one-big-concern-can-they-all-be-wrong/

 

Sustainability-oriented poetry | Ten unforgettable pieces from Byron to Tennyson https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-poetry-ten-unforgettable-pieces-from-byron-to-tennyson/

 

Sustainability-oriented quotes and sayings | Twenty gems from Native Americans to Einstein https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/sustainability-oriented-quotes-and-sayings-twenty-gems-from-native-americans-to-einstein/

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions/

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources/

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website

 

Complexity, Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Prosperity shine at Food-Energy-Water-Environment Nexus Conference 2015 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/complexity-interdisciplinarity-and-sustainable-prosperity-shine-at-food-energy-water-environment-nexus-conference-2015/

 

Sustainable Lifestyles conference | Good life of the good person is only possible in a good society, says Prof Jackson https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/sustainable-lifestyles-conference-good-life-of-the-good-person-is-only-possible-in-a-good-society-says-prof-jackson/

 

UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ucl-grand-challenges-celebration-how-does-civilisation-get-to-22nd-century-without-collapse-asks-professor-price/

 

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

 

 

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New book | Professional development of European university educators on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

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A new book, titled Leading Practice Publication: Professional development of University Educators on Education for Sustainable Development in European countries, was launched at COPERNICUS Alliance Conference on Evaluation and Assessment of Higher Education for Sustainable Development in Madrid Spain in November 2015.

 

This book, which brings together – for the first time – best practice in higher education professional development and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), presents 13 best practice examples from 10 European countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Spain and the UK. It is the result of nearly two years of work (2013-2015) on the EU-funded project University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD).

 

The book | Leading Practice Publication

 

This publication aims:

  • To provide an overview of the best practice examples of professional development opportunities for European university educators in the area of ESD
  • To inspire the reader to engage in supporting further developments in this field

 

It is structured around six main chapters:

  • PURPOSE highlights the importance of the higher education (HE) sector in addressing the challenges of sustainable development and in educating the future generation of leaders.
  • POLICY provides an overview of ESD strategy documents and current global developments including the UN Decade on ESD, the Global Action Programme and the UNECE Strategy on ESD.
  • PRINCIPLES deals with basic principles of ESD, teacher competences, quality enhancement and professional development at HE level.
  • EXAMPLES presents information on the selection process and development of the 13 best practice examples from 10 European countries providing university staff development on ESD.
  • REFLECTION summarises on the 13 case studies and provides an overview of key lessons learned.
  • PATHWAYS concludes with key messages and recommendations for future developments.

 

This publication is expected to serve as a reference point for current best practice in this important field of European higher education.

 

Two best practice examples from the UK

 

Among the 13 best practice examples are two from the UK:

  • Green Academy programme
  • Learning for Sustainable Futures programme

 

Green Academy programme, run by UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA), is a change programme that brings together staff teams from different universities to plan, develop and implement ESD institution-wide change initiatives.

 

Learning for Sustainability Futures programme of the University of Gloucestershire provides professional development in ESD for both teaching staff and staff who support student learning.

 

The project | UE4SD

 

The University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) project (2013 to 2016), funded by the European Commission under Lifelong Learning Programme Erasmus Academic Networks (2013–2016), comprises 53 partners from 33 countries across Europe, divided into four regions.

 

The lead partner, the University of Gloucestershire (UK – North Hub), works closely with three core partners: the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain – South Hub); Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic – East Hub); and Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany – West Hub). Moreover, activities of this project are closely associated with COPERNICUS Alliance – the European Network of Higher Education for Sustainable Development.

 

The project comprises three distinct stages, building an understanding of the situation at European HEIs and developing an effective response.

 

The first stage (2014) mapped the status of ESD in higher education and existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators in Europe. The resulting four regional reports (UE4SD North, West, South, East), which summarised national mapping exercises conducted by the 53 partner institutions, were compiled as part of the State of the Art Report (link below for free download). This report analysed the situation and drew conclusions for all 33 countries across Europe. The mapping exercise showed that ESD is gaining importance in higher education across Europe, but the understanding of ESD and approaches to it differ.

 

The second stage (2015–2016) includes the development of practical resources for university educators in ESD, building upon the experience gained from the mapping stage of the project. This Leading Practice Publication and an associated Online Platform of Resources are part of this stage. The Online Platform of Resources is a collection of good practice examples of professional development opportunities for European higher education.

 

The third stage (2016) will include the development of an Academy for ESD in Higher Education based on the methodological materials and other resources collected in the first two stages.

 

Note: Logos in the graphic are from respective websites; cover of publication from the UE4SD website

 

 

More…..

 

News post on UE4SD project website http://www.ue4sd.eu/outcomes/111-leading-practice-publication-launched-at-the-ue4sd-annual-conference-in-madrid

 

Leading Practice Publication launched in Madrid http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/resources/news-archive/126-leading-practice-publication-launched-in-madrid

 

Leading Practice Publication PDF (free download) http://www.ue4sd.eu/images/2015/UE4SD-Leading-Practice-PublicationBG.pdf

 

Full reference

UE4SD (2015) Leading Practice Publication: Professional development of university educators on Education for Sustainable Development in European countries. Editors: Kapitulčinová, D., Dlouhá, J., Ryan, A., Dlouhý, J., Barton, A., Mader, M., Tilbury, D., Mulà, I., Benayas, J., Alba, D., Mader, C., Michelsen, G., Vintar Mally, K. Charles University in Prague, Prague, 136 pp.

 

Green Academy programme https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/workstreams-research/themes/education-sustainable-development/green-academy

 

Learning for Sustainable Futures programme (brochure) http://www.glos.ac.uk/docs/download/Sustainability/Learning-for-sustainable-futures-LSF-brochure.pdf

 

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2015 in pics http://www.copernicus-alliance.org/resources/news-archive/125-ca-conference-2015-in-photos

 

European Commission | Lifelong Learning Programme http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/llp_en.htm

 

 

From The Sustainable University News website | #SUnews

 

A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/a-report-that-spans-53-institutions-in-33-european-countries-esd-professional-development-in-higher-education/

 

Gloucestershire holds event on Student Experience with EfS – with Plymouth, UEA & Wales TSD as guests https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/gloucestershire-holds-event-on-student-experience-with-efs-with-plymouth-uea-wales-tsd-as-guests/

 

Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

 

Universities have an obligation to empower students to deal with climate change, says Porritt at LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/universities-have-an-obligation-to-empower-graduates-to-deal-with-climate-change-says-porritt-at-lsbu/

 

Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/formally-launched-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-for-uk-higher-education-providers/

 

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

 

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

 

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

 

 

From The Sustainable University Library | #LibrarySU

 

A green tale of four UK universities | HEA Green Academy workshops – Worcester, Canterbury Christ Church, Bristol and Nottingham https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/a-green-tale-of-four-uk-universities-hea-green-academy-workshops-worcester-canterbury-christ-church-bristol-and-nottingham/

 

Embedding sustainability in the curriculum – Gloucestershire style | Nine projects, from Fashion through Sports to Religion https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/embedding-sustainability-in-the-curriculum-gloucestershire-style-nine-projects-from-fashion-through-sports-to-religion/

 

Paris climate change deal costs Earth a galactic award, reveals an alien letter to the UN (Sustainability education through storytelling-driven letter writing | #AlienLETTER series) https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/paris-climate-change-deal-costs-earth-a-galactic-award-reveals-an-alien-letter-to-the-un/

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education/

 

New QAA/HEA ESD Guidance | Complementing UK Quality Code for Higher Education https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/new-qaahea-esd-guidance-complementing-uk-quality-code-for-higher-education/

 

Ten ways to supplement QAA-HEA Guidance on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)? Some food for thought https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/ten-ways-to-supplement-qaa-hea-guidance-on-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-some-food-for-thought/

 

A PBL toolkit for Sustainability Education | A Keele-Manchester-Staffordshire collaboration https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/a-pbl-toolkit-for-sustainability-education-a-keele-manchester-staffordshire-collaboration/

 

UNEP Greening Universities Toolkit | A global resource for advancing green and sustainable campuses https://librarysu.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/unep-greening-universities-toolkit-a-global-resource-for-advancing-green-and-sustainable-campuses/

 

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Gloucestershire holds event on Student Experience with EfS – with Plymouth, UEA & Wales TSD as guests

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The University of Gloucestershire (UoG) held its annual Education for Sustainability (EfS) event on 10 June 2015. Titled ‘Raising the Stakes in the Student Experience with EfS’, the event took place as part of the university’s Festivals Fortnight.

This annual event series is the flagship of the university’s Learning for Sustainable Futures Scheme (LSFS). Launched in 2012 as part of the university’s approach to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching across all subject areas, the LSFS is a collaborative initiative between the university’s Sustainability Team and the Academic Development Unit. Through an annual call for project proposals, this scheme provides staff with grants to lead and develop new projects to embed EfS approaches into the curriculum and student learning experiences.

The day started with a welcome by Maureen McLaughlin (Dean of Quality and Standards, UoG).

In her address, titled ‘Promising Futures: 7 Years of Innovation and Change at UoG’, Professor Daniella Tilbury (Dean of Sustainability, UoG) noted that the EfS agenda is moving in the right direction, slowly but steadily and there are many opportunities for EfS action than ever before. She said that the culture of EfS has been embedded in different part of the university in different ways and a learning process is taking place. Although there is much to celebrate, there remains a lot more to be done, she noted.

Speaking on ‘Sustainability and the Student Experience’, Jamie Agombar (Head of Sustainability, National Union of Students NUS) revealed that the fifth HEA-NUS survey on students’ attitude towards sustainable development (which is yet to be published) is indicative of the same positive trend of students preferring sustainability to be embedded in their courses. He also outlined the work of Students Green Fund and Responsible Futures.

The session on welcome and introductions ended with outlining of the event themes by Dr Alex Ryan (Associate Director of Sustainability, UoG) and Professor Sharon Turnbull (Leadership Trust), master of the ceremony.

The programme comprised three main sessions. In two of them, the leaders of the LSFS projects shared their work in areas such as Accountancy, Fine Art, Business, Fashion, Product Design, Sports Placements, Tourism and Libraries.

Session: New EfS pathways for student learning:
• Future Professionals and EfS: Nurturing Responsible Accountants (Michelle Cook, Business School)
• Supporting Sustainability Literacy and Learning through Library Services (Allison Davis, LIS)
• The 2020 Curriculum: Reframing Business Learning Priorities (Colin Simpson, Business School)
• Powerful Placements for Sustainability Skills (Phil Shirfield, School of Sport and Exercise)

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Session: Reshaping the curriculum with EfS:
• Fashion Futures: Designing new Curricula with EfS (Margaret McDonough, School of Art and Design)
• Engaged Citizens: Creating the Future through Fine Art (Katie Pratt, School of Art and Design)
• Designing Sustainable Futures (Michelle Williams, School of Computing and Technology)
• Curriculum for Responsible Tourism Professionals (Angela Kalisch & Richard Harper, School of Leisure)

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In the third main session, a panel comprising guests from three other universities and UoG Student Union’s Greener Gloucestershire team (see main photograph) shared new ideas and initiatives on engaging students in sustainability. At its end, Professor Stephen Marston (Vice-Chancellor UoG) remarked on student sustainability journeys at UoG.

Session: Changing the game for students – institutional innovations
• Students Workbook at UEA (Professor Tim O’Riordan, University of East Anglia)
• Student Experience at TSD (Dr Carolyn Hayles, University of Wales Trinity St David)
• Student Initiatives at Plymouth (Professor Stephen Sterling, Plymouth University)
• Greener Gloucestershire & EfS (Rachel Purdon, Jenny Barnes & Meg Baker, UoG)

The day’s programme came to an end with a discussion group session on Graduates’ Future Horizons.

The workshop was Professor Tilbury’s last EfS event at UoG before leaving the university at the end of June, to take up the post of vice chancellor at the newly established University of Gibraltar in September 2015.

For overviews on the LSFS events of the last two years, please visit:

2014 | Education for Sustainability (EfS) is enriching curriculum and student experience at Gloucestershire, says Professor Tilbury https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/education-for-sustainability-efs-is-enriching-curriculum-and-student-experience-at-gloucestershire-says-professor-tilbury/

2013 | Gloucestershire workshop on Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/gloucestershire-workshop-on-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena. Logo is from the University of Gloucestershire website.

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Gloucestershire to hold event on Student Experience with Education for Sustainability (EfS) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/06/05/gloucestershire-to-hold-event-on-student-experience-with-education-for-sustainability-efs/

University of Gloucestershire (UoG):
• Sustainability http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx
• Learning for Sustainable Futures Awards http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Education/learningforsustainablefutures/Pages/default.aspx
• Education for Sustainability http://insight.glos.ac.uk/sustainability/Education
• Academic Development Unit http://insight.glos.ac.uk/departments/adu/Pages/default.aspx
• Greener Gloucestershire http://www.greenergloucestershire.co.uk/

Plymouth University:
• Sustainability https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability
• Centre for Sustainable Futures https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/sustainability/sustainability-education
• Institute for Sustainability Solutions Research ISSR http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/issr/Pages/default.aspx @ISSRPlymUni
• Pedagogic Research Institute and Observatory PedRIO http://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/pedrio/Pages/default.aspx

University of East Anglia (UEA):
• Sustainability https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/corporate-social-responsibility/sustainability
• 3S Research Group | Science, Society and Sustainability http://3sresearch.org/ @3SResearchGroup

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (TSD)
• Sustainability http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/sa1/sustainability/
• Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/inspire/ @InspireTSD

National Union of Students (NUS):
• Students’ Green Fund http://www.studentsgreenfund.org.uk/
• Greener Curriculum http://www.nus.org.uk/en/greener-projects/greener-curriculum/greener-curriculum/
• Sustainability http://beta.nusconnect.org.uk/strong-students-unions/sustainability

Posts on The Sustainable University Library, tagged:
• UoG https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/gloucestershire/
• ESD https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/esd-education-for-sd/
• Sustainable University https://librarysu.wordpress.com/tag/sustainable-university/

QAA/HEA ESD Guidance document (PDF) http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/Education-sustainable-development-Guidance-June-14.pdf

Related posts on The Sustainable University News & Info website (this website)

Formally launched! QAA-HEA ESD Guidance for UK higher education providers
https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/formally-launched-qaa-hea-esd-guidance-for-uk-higher-education-providers/

HEFCE wants Sustainable Development (SD) to be central to HE, says new SD framework will influence future funding https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/hefce-wants-sustainable-development-sd-to-be-central-to-he-says-new-sd-framework-will-influence-future-funding/

Five questions and 100 delegates from 15 countries: COPERNICUS conference on higher education, sustainability and ESD https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/five-questions-and-100-delegates-from-15-countries-copernicus-conference-on-higher-education-sustainability-and-esd/

ESD London Conference | Sustainability is a core theme in higher education today and will remain so tomorrow, says VC LSBU https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/esd-london-conference-sustainability-is-a-core-theme-in-higher-education-today-and-will-remain-so-tomorrow-says-vc-lsbu/

New website: The Guide to Quality and Education for Sustainability in Higher Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/new-website-the-guide-to-quality-and-education-for-sustainability-in-higher-education/

CONFERENCE: Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD): Creating a Framework for Dialogue https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/conference-quality-assurance-enhancement-and-education-for-sustainable-development-esd-creating-a-framework-for-dialogue/

A report that spans 53 institutions in 33 European countries | ESD professional development in higher education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/a-report-that-spans-53-institutions-in-33-european-countries-esd-professional-development-in-higher-education/

ESD has made inroads in new pedagogical ideas in future flexible higher education – HEA report https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/esd-has-made-inroads-in-new-pedagogical-ideas-in-future-flexible-higher-education-hea-report/

New TOOLKIT: Problem-Based Learning: A Case Study of Sustainability Education https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/new-toolkit-problem-based-learning-a-case-study-of-sustainability-education/

Delivering ESD and graduate attributes through Hybrid Problem-Based Learning https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/delivering-esd-and-graduate-attributes-through-hybrid-problem-based-learning/
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