ISCN 2020 Postponed: Accelerating Climate Action and Sustainability in Education

New Dates: June 2-4, 2021

The ISCN Board of Directors, in accordance with the global efforts to manage, contain and minimize the effects of COVID-19, has decided to postpone the ISCN’s 14th International Conference, ISCN 2020: Accelerating Climate Action and Sustainability in Education to 2-4 June 2021 on EPFL Campus in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The ISCN Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, Secretariat and Conference Planning Committee would like to thank all ISCN members and other Conference contributors who have worked hard to bring ISCN 2020 to life. We look forward to collaborating with you going towards ISCN 2021! The Conference Program that was planned for ISCN 2020 will be kept for ISCN 2021 to the extent possible.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send us an email: iscn2020@epfl.ch.

With our very best wishes to you and your families during these challenging times,

-The ISCN Conference Organizing Committee

Conference Concept and Overview

After education, research and innovation, universities now have a fourth mission, which is to co-create sustainability in collaboration with society and address the most pressing sustainability challenges such as the climate crisis, sustainable energy access, mass extinction of biodiversity and more sustainable consumption and production patterns. Universities are increasingly being recognized as key players in dealing with today’s development challenges due to their role as promoters and generators of innovation, knowledge, capabilities and skills.

Indeed, by training and educating people, strengthening human capital and fostering public awareness about sustainable development, the next generation of citizens and professionals will be better prepared to face fast-changing, complex global challenges. To better integrate sustainable development into the curricula and operations of universities, as well as to overcome compartmentalization, a systemic, multi- and transdisciplinary perspective is necessary. There is a need to focus on skills development that lie at the interface between technical, socio-economic and cultural factors, and where quantitative and qualitative methods intersect in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ultimately shift the world on a more sustainable path.

Aim of the Conference

The ISCN 2020 conference will provide a timely opportunity to exchange ideas on how climate action and sustainable development at universities can be fostered from an academic, operational and student perspective.

ISCN 2020 invites practitioners, researchers, students or anyone interested in sustainability and climate action to submit proposals for sessions and abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

ISCN 2020 gives you an opportunity to:

  • Present your research, case studies, projects and questions at a unique multidisciplinary conference that focuses on best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.
  • Network with practitioners, academics and students that are active in the field of sustainability.
  • Participate in the fabulous social event of the conference that will take place in the Lavaux Vineyards, an exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Main topics of ISCN 2020 conference tracks:

  1. How to create institutional support for sustainability in education?
  2. The Times Higher Education (THE) SDG impact ranking – A leverage point for sustainability?
  3. Students as a driving force of sustainability in academic institutions
  4. The campus as a living lab – education, research and collaboration in campus projects
  5. Tackling the climate crisis: accelerating climate action from the perspective of universities and other higher education institutions
  6. Multi and trans-disciplinarity: de-compartmentalizing sustainability
  7. Sustainable purchasing and  public procurement
  8. Mobility as an avenue to reducing carbon foot-print
  9. Sustainable food: the role of institutions in driving change
  10. Green campus operations: waste management, low and zero carbon emissions
  11. Promoting sustainability by fostering  partnerships between cities and universities
  12. Sustainable meeting solutions: how higher education institutions reduce their own impacts by using technology for travel-free meetings
  13. Sustainable project platforms for university communities: experiences and recent developments
  14. Project-based learning for sustainable development