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 2021 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 2021 gives you an opportunity to:

  • Experience and access cutting-edge research, case studies and projects 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.
  • +500 participants from 40 countries, +40 Sessions, +30 posters, +80 Speakers, as well as networking opportunities and cultural events.

Main topics of ISCN 2021 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