Expression of interest: Host 2024 ISCN Conference

We are inviting members to submit an expression of interest to host the 2024 ISCN conference.

Requirements to host

  • ISCN member
  • Institution has experience in hosting an international conference (of 100-150 people)
  • Support of senior leadership of the institution to host the conference
  • Identified conference coordinator and team that can deliver

Process

  1. Call for expressions of interest
  2. Shortlisted institutions submit formal proposal
  3. Final decision by ISCN Board
  4. 2024 host announced at 2023 Conference

EOI Submission

If interested, please send the following information to [email protected] by February 22, 2023.

Institution name:
Contact name:
Contact job title:
Contact email:
Please describe why you would like to host the 2024 ISCN conference:


Advancing Sustainability in Fragile Contexts

Register now on Zoom. You must have a Zoom account to attend the webinar.


 

Date: February 23, 2022

Time:
9-10:15am Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

Check the start time in your time zone and download a calendar link for this event.

Details: This is the third of four webinars based on the forthcoming “Bloomsbury Handbook of Sustainability in Higher Education: An Agenda for Transformational Change edited by Wendy M. Purcell and Janet Haddock-Fraser.

The handbook shows that higher education is essential to transformative change for sustainability and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. Part One focuses on sustainability as a driver of change within higher education institutions (HEIs), while Part Two examines how HEIs’ sustainability agenda influences and amplifies change beyond the institution. Cases include Aruba, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Uganda, UK, and the USA.

This session will explore how sustainability is advanced by higher education in fragile contexts drawing on the experience and insights from four universities operating in very different contexts.

Speakers at this session are:

  • Eric Mijts (University of Aruba)
  • Leonardo Fernandes & Andreia Abrahao Sant’Anna (Newton University, Brazil)
  • Aram Yeretzian (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Purna Nepali (Kathmandu University, Nepal)

Organised by ISCN and Professor Wendy M. Purcell PhD FRSA, Professor at Rutgers University and Affiliated Research Scientist, Harvard University.

 


Register now on Zoom. You must have a Zoom account to attend the webinar.


 

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sustainability in Higher Education pre-order flyer

 

Save the date for the final session

Session 4 May 23, 2023, 10:00 Eastern
‘Strategic Sustainability for Change’, featuring authors from Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, and UK


Symposium on Interdisciplinarity for the Net-Zero Transition

Only by joining forces and mobilising all disciplines and parts of the research ecosystem, can we tackle the challenge of the #NetZero Transition.

Register now for the Symposium on Interdisciplinarity for the Net-Zero Transition that ISCN is co-organising with Science Europe, CESAER, the European University Association, UNICA, and Strathclyde University: http://scieur.org/cop27-symposium-registration

🗓️ 3 November
⌚️ 14:00-17:00 Central European Time (UTC+1)


Student Leadership, Community & Entrepreneurship for Sustainability

Webinar for ISCN Members only or by invitation

Date: November 29, 2022

Time:
9-10am Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)

Check the start time in your time zone and download a calendar link for this event.

Details: This is the second of four webinars based on the forthcoming “Bloomsbury Handbook of Sustainability in Higher Education: An Agenda for Transformational Change edited by Wendy M. Purcell and Janet Haddock-Fraser.

The handbook shows that higher education is essential to transformative change for sustainability and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals. Part One focuses on sustainability as a driver of change within higher education institutions (HEIs), while Part Two examines how HEIs’ sustainability agenda influences and amplifies change beyond the institution. Cases include Aruba, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Uganda, UK, and the USA.

This session will focus on students and ways in which three different higher education institutions have worked to create transformative learning communities, develop global leadership by experiential learning, and drive entrepreneurship for green innovation. Speakers at this session are:

Organised by ISCN and Dr. Wendy M. Purcell PhD FRSA, Academic Research Scholar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Register now on Zoom

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sustainability in Higher Education pre-order flyer

Save the date for future sessions

Session 3 February 23, 2023, 09:00 Eastern
‘Advancing Sustainability in Fragile Contexts’, featuring authors from Aruba, Brazil, Lebanon, and Nepal

Session 4 May 23, 2023, 10:00 Eastern
‘Strategic Sustainability for Change’, featuring authors from Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, and UK


From Culture To Sustainable Practices webinar recap

On June 29, 2022, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) and the Tecnologico de Monterrey joined forces for the first workshop organized and promoted by the ISCN Latin American Chapter: “From Culture to Practice of Sustainability. Practices and experiences from Latin American Universities”.

Zinia Padilla of Tecnologico de Monterrey presented a report on the first year of the Culture component of the Ruta Azul. Plan de Cambio Climatico 2025 (2025 Sustainability And Climate Change Plan), an integrated plan built on five key components: Culture of Sustainability, Mitigation, Adaptation, Education, Research, and Outreach. Zinia outlined the challenges to go beyond a general familiarization of the public but rather to insert new knowledge and break paradigms through education, tutoring, and training.

One of our biggest challenges is to provide change management tools, so that the initiatives and activities that arise are in collaboration with the other axes of the project.

Nancy Merary from Campus Morelos of UNAM introduced the Programa Manejo Integral de Residuos Solidos Universitarios con Enfoque Basura Cero (Zero Waste Management Program) as a specific commitment of the university to transform public practices, improve management systems, reduce waste impact, and retrieve subproducts for a more effective recycling chain.

We want to be an example of commitment to the environment. Likewise, we are interested in dignifying and modernizing the management system of campus waste. Unfortunately, the latter is denigrating and precarious for the workers in many other university spaces since it does not grant an actual management of our waste.

The full session recording in Spanish is available on the COUS UNAM YouTube channel:


Embedding Climate Change Education within HEIs

Session 6. Embedding Climate Change Education within HEIs

Friday, June 10th, 15:00 – 16:30 British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Description

Over the last decade Climate Change Education (CCE) at universities has increased (Filho et al. 2021; Thew et al., (2021). There is a range of published examples/case studies illustrating how CCE is embedded within certain courses/disciplines (Madden et al., 2018; Molthan-Hill et al., 2019; Kinakh, 2021). There are still challenges in addressing climate change within the teaching practices at universities.

This session seeks to further the debate on:

  • What are the attitudes of teaching staff to CEE, their knowledge of climate change, and inclusion of ‘climate change’ topics in their teaching?
  • What strategies are more effective in educating modern-day students about climate change (e.g., how educators should teach and how undergraduate/postgraduate students might be engaged to learn about climate change and actions that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to climate change)?
  • To assist in embedding CEE in curricula, can the existing strategies, initiatives, case studies, etc. be replicated in universities across the globe, and can challenges to implement CCE be addressed/resolved promptly?

Professor Petra Molthan-Hill PhD, MBA, MDiv, PFHEA is Co-Chair UN PRME Working Group on Climate Change & the Environment and a Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. Professor Dave Reay FRSGS is Executive Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute , Policy Director of ClimateXChange and Chair in Carbon Management & Education, School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh.

Session organiser

Presenters

Slides

Vitalia Kinakh
Petra Molthan-Hill

Relevant Links

Mainstreaming Climate Change Education in UK Higher Education Institutions
EduCCate Global
QAA Education for Sustainable Development
Carbon Literacy Action Day
En-ROADS Simulator
Climate Literacy & Action Training CLT-ECOS

Session recording

Other sessions

Sustainability in Higher Education: An Agenda for Transformational Change: A Manifesto for Change and ‘Third-way’ People

Radical Reforms for the Campus of the Future

Visualizing Societal Impact: Research and Education Dashboards of the Sustainable Development Goals

Accelerating Sustainability in Higher Education: Perspectives and Experiences from Latin American Universities

How to Report the Transformation in Higher Education for Global Sustainability


Accelerating Sustainability in Higher Education: Perspectives and Experiences from Latin American Universities

Session 4. Accelerating Sustainability in Higher Education: Perspectives and Experiences from Latin American Universities

Wednesday, June 8th, 11:00  – 13:00 Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Description

The ISCN-LATAM Steering Committee members will outline the unique challenges and opportunities universities are facing in advancing sustainability and share work to date on the development of the ISCN-LATAM Chapter. Each member will showcase sustainability initiatives at their respective universities and discuss opportunities for further collaboration. The session will help to generate ideas for the ISCN-LATAM Chapter work for the year ahead.

Session organisers

  • ISCN-Latin American Chapter Steering Committee

Presenters

  • Denise Crocce, Associate Professor, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
  • Emilio Latorre, Director Oficina de Campus Sostenible, Fundación Universitaria Católica Lumen Gentium, Cali, Colombia
  • Héctor Miranda, Gerente General de Regenerativa, Perú
  • José Kanematsu Hazama, Dirección de Infraestructura, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú
  • Leticia Merino, Coordinadora de la Coordinación para la Sustentabilidad e Investigadora del Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Melissa Brown Goodall, Senior Director, Environmental Innovation Initiative, University of Pennsylvania
  • Simone Buratti, ISCN-LATAM Chapter Coordinator

Slides

01-Latin America Challenges and Opportunities
02-A Network Under Construction
03-Opportunities for ISCN-LATAM
04-Denise Crocce ISCN 2022 USP
05-Jose Kanematsu PUCP
06-Integrated Plan for Sustainability UNAM
07-Creating Local Networks of Sustainability RUCAS Cali Colombia

Relevant Links

Primer Campus Universitario Sostenible del Perú Video

Session recording

Other sessions

Sustainability in Higher Education: An Agenda for Transformational Change: A Manifesto for Change and ‘Third-way’ People

Radical Reforms for the Campus of the Future

Visualizing Societal Impact: Research and Education Dashboards of the Sustainable Development Goals

How to Report the Transformation in Higher Education for Global Sustainability

Embedding Climate Change Education within HEIs


How to Report the Transformation in Higher Education for Global Sustainability

Session 5. How to Report the Transformation in Higher Education for Global Sustainability

Thursday, June 9th, 15:00 – 17:00 Central European Time (UTC+2)

Description

The pressure on communicating both internally and externally about universities’ contributions to sustainable development has increased. This session will include four universities presenting how they have tackled sustainability reporting challenges and another presentation describing the survey on sustainability reporting that the Working Group will conduct during 2022.

This will be followed by interactive breakout rooms for more detailed discussions on specific issues related to sustainability reporting. The aim is to create smaller benchmarking groups on specific topics where the participants can continue sharing experiences during the year.

Session organisers

  • Kristina von Oelreich, Sustainability Manager at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • ISCN Sustainable Reporting Workgroup

Presenters

Slides

Kristina Von Oelreich
Anna Berglund
Andreas Dionyssiou
Ana Carla Madeira
Omar Kassab

Break-out room topics 

  • Reporting on sustainability education
  • Reporting on waste, energy, water consumption
  • The reporting process
  • Reporting on the universities climate footprint/reducing carbon emissions

Miro boards from breakout rooms

Session recording

Other sessions

Sustainability in Higher Education: An Agenda for Transformational Change: A Manifesto for Change and ‘Third-way’ People

Radical Reforms for the Campus of the Future

Visualizing Societal Impact: Research and Education Dashboards of the Sustainable Development Goals

Accelerating Sustainability in Higher Education: Perspectives and Experiences from Latin American Universities

Embedding Climate Change Education within HEIs


Visualizing Societal Impact: Research and Education Dashboards of the Sustainable Development Goals

Session 3. Visualizing Societal Impact: Research and Education Dashboards of the Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, June 8th, 15:00 – 16:00 Central European Time (UTC+2)

How can you make the impact of the university on the SDGs visible? In collaboration with the Aurora Alliance, VU has developed an SDG research dashboard that demonstrates the societal relevance and societal impact of research. This dashboard shows the research contributions to these societal challenges, and how policymakers have used the research available to tackle these challenges.

Additionally, VU has also developed an SDG inventory of VU courses. There, students can see what SDG courses the university has to offer. During the session, we will present how the development of the dashboard was approached and what the next steps are.

Session organisers

Slides

Neele van den Bongardt & Ivar Maas

Relevant Links

RESEARCH

SDG Label Suggestion Tool for research
With combined method of Elsevier SDG queries 2021 and Aurora SDG AI, as well as both methods separately

Survey data validation process
You can download the survey data at this link

Information about improvement process
Go To SDG text analysis dashboard

Aurora Working Group: WP5.1 | Deliverables |  SDG Research Dashboard

All data
All data to improve the queries, survey data, text analysis data and queries can be found for free on Zenodo

Evaluation on accuracy of mapping science to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Aurora SDG queries
By Schmidt, Felix;  Vanderfeesten, Maurice

Whitepaper Societal Relevant Impact : Potential analysis for Aurora-Network university leaders to strengthen collaboration on societal challenges
By Maurice Vanderfeesten; René Otten

EDUCATION

Dashboard

If you would like to stay in touch on this, please send us an email: [email protected]

Session recording

Other sessions

Sustainability in Higher Education: An Agenda for Transformational Change: A Manifesto for Change and ‘Third-way’ People

Radical Reforms for the Campus of the Future

Accelerating Sustainability in Higher Education: Perspectives and Experiences from Latin American Universities

How to Report the Transformation in Higher Education for Global Sustainability

Embedding Climate Change Education within HEIs


Radical Reforms for the Campus of the Future

Session 2. Radical Reforms for the Campus of the Future

Wednesday, June 8th, 11:00 – 12:30 Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

Description

A net-zero campus in 2050 probably does not resemble our campuses of today.  In fact, some suggest that even four-year undergraduate degrees may soon be obsolete as the emphasis shifts to life-long learning models and personalized student training.  This means that the combination of net-zero pressures and the restructuring of teaching and learning models will fundamentally transform campuses that are ready (and punish those that are not).  In this session, we will anticipate radical changes we might see in the coming decades and explore ways to get ahead of the curve for a soft (and sustainable) landing.

Session organiser

  • Davis Bookhart, Director, Sustainability/Net-Zero Office, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Presenters

  • Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Professor, and Director of the Common Core, University of Hong Kong
  • John Alejandro Dunn Insúa, Professor and Deputy Director of the CADI Editorial Project, College of Architecture and Interior Design (CADI), Universidad San Francisco de Quito
  • David Galipeau, Founding Partner SDGx.io, Director, SDGx Near Future Lab

Relevant Links

Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab
Sustainability Net-Zero Office

Session recording

Other sessions

Sustainability in Higher Education: An Agenda for Transformational Change: A Manifesto for Change and ‘Third-way’ People

Visualizing Societal Impact: Research and Education Dashboards of the Sustainable Development Goals

Accelerating Sustainability in Higher Education: Perspectives and Experiences from Latin American Universities

How to Report the Transformation in Higher Education for Global Sustainability

Embedding Climate Change Education within HEIs