5th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education
Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
23 - 25 November 2010


Final Programme 

Programme

 All the participants at the Conference will receive the next GUNI Report Higher Education in the World 4 'Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action' (to be edited in 2011)


 Monday

22 November


PEACE Conference

 Monday

22 November

16.00-19.30

Public Symposium

United Nations Inter-Agency Committee on DESD

 Tuesday

23 November

09.00-16.00

Fifth Meeting of the UBUNTU Committee of Peers for the RCEs

Attendance is by invitation only

 

11.00-13.00

GUNI Executive Commitee Meeting

Attendance is by invitation only


12.00-15.30

Registration


16.00-16.45

Welcome Address

  • Antoni Giró, Rector UPC and GUNI President
  • UNESCO opening remarks

  • Konrad Osterwalder, Rector UNU (Videoconference)

  • Josep Huguet i Biosca, Minister of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise, Government of Catalonia


16.45-17.00

Conference's Programme Presentation


17.00-18.30

Opening Session

Listening to the Earth: What is at Stake for Education?

 

Chair: Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President, Fundation for a Culture of Peace, Spain 

 

Planetary boundaries and societal challenges: The importance of education

  • Cecilia Lundholm, Researcher, Department of Education, Stockholm University & Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

Changing education to change the World



18.30-19.00 Welcome Reception

 Wednesday

24 November

09.00-10.00


Plenary Session

Higher Education and Sustainablity: What are we Talking About?


Chair: Agustí Pérez Foguet, Commissioned for Sustainability, Cooperation and Development, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

 

Sustainability in higher education: A global overview of progress and possibilities

  • Daniella Tilbury, Director, International Research Institute in Sustainability (IRIS) and RCE Severn, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom


Making sustainable development in higher education a reality: Lessons learned from leading institutions

  • Walter Leal Filho, Director, Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Science”, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany

 10.00-10.20Cofee Break

10.30-13.00

Regional Dialogues

Drawing Regional Maps: What has been Achieved at this Stage?

 

Higher Education and Sustainability  in Arab States
  • Abdel Momeim Osman, Director, UNESCO Office Beirut, Lebanon
  • Ramzi Salamè, Consultant, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Lebanon
  • Barbara Ibrahim, Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy, American University of Cairo, Egypt

Higher Education and Sustainability in Europe


  • Jos Rikers, Senior Policy Advisor, Open University, Netherlands

  • Friedrich M. Zimmermann, President,COPERNICUS Alliance, European Network for Sustainability in Higher Education,Austria


Higher Education and Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

 

  • Ko Nomura, Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University, Japan

  • Zinaida Fadeeva, Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University,  Japan


Higher Education and Sustainability in United States and Canada
  • Tarah Wright, Professor and Associate  Director College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Paul Rowland, Executive Director, Association fot the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, USA

 

Higher Education and Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Director, Murray & Roberts Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainability at Rhodes Unviversity, South Africa
  • Goolam Mohamedbhai, Former Secretary General, Association of African Universities, Mauritius

Higher Education and Sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Miguel Ángel Chacón, Professor, Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala
  • Laura Ortiz, General Secretary, Mexican Consortium of University Environmental Programs for Sustainable Development, Mexico



13.15-14.45

Lunch


14.15-15.15

Poster Session

Sharing Worldwide Experiences and Innovative Practices


15.30-17.30

Parallel Sessions

Good Practices: Sharing Actions for Change


  

Thursday

25 November

09.00-10.15

Plenary Session

Moving from Understanding to Action: Breaking Barriers for Transformation

 

Chair: Cristina Escrigas,  GUNI Executive Director, Spain

  • Arjen Wals, Director, UNESCO Chair is Social Learning and Sustainable Development, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Opening on the Workshops


10.30-13.00


Parallel Workshops

Moving from Understanding to Action: Breaking Barriers for Transformation


  • Workshop 1
Tom Waas, Research Fellow, Human Ecology Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  •  Workshop 2
Hilligje Van't Land, Director Membership and Programme Development, International Association of Universities, France
  • Workshop 3
Magdalena Svanström, Director, Learning Center, Chalmers University, Sweden
  • Workshop 4 
Didac Ferrer, Technical Director, Institute of Sustainability, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Workshop 5 
Rodrigo Lozano, Managing Director, Organizational Sustainability, Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Workshop 6
Mireya Imaz, Director, Environmental Programme, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico 
  • Workshop 7
Stefan Nortier, Lecture, Education and Competence Studies Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands


13.15-14.45

Lunch


14.00-15.00

Poster Session

Sharing Worldwide Experiences and Innovative Practices


15.00-16.00


Plenary Session

Presenting the Regional Maps: What has been Achieved at this Stage

Chair: Daniella Tilbury, Director, International Research Institute in Sustainability and RCE Severn, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 

  • Abdel Momeim Osman, Director, UNESCO Office Beirut, Lebanon
  • Jos Rikers, Senior Policy Advisor, Open University, Netherlands
  • Ko Nomura, Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University, Japan
  • Tarah Wright, Professor and Associate  Director College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Director, Murray & Roberts Chair of Environmental Education and Sustainability at Rhodes Unviversity, South Africa
  • Miguel Ángel Chacón, Professor, Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala
 16.00-17.00

Plenary Session

Taking Stock: Sharing the Workshops’ Conclusions


  • Arjen Wals, Director, UNESCO Chair is Social Learning and Sustainable Development, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Tom Waas, Research Fellow, Human Ecology Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Hilligje Van't Land, Director Membership and Programme Development, International Association of Universities, France
  • Magdalena Svanström, Director, Learning Center, Chalmers University, Sweden
  • Didac Ferrer, Technical Director, Institute of Sustainability, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Rodrigo Lozano, Managing Director, Organizational Sustainability, Ltd., United Kingdom
  • Mireya Imaz, Coordinator,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México 

17.30-18.30

Closing Session

Envisioning the Future of Higher Education in a Changing World

 

Chair: Antoni Giró, Rector UPC and GUNI President

 

Social Responsibility of Higher Education in Addressing Major Global Issues

  • Sonia Bahri, Chief of Section, International Cooperation in Higher Education, Division of Higher Education, UNESCO.


Goals and Purposes of Higher Education in Modern and Complex Societies

  • Sjur Bergan, Head of Higher Education and Research Division, Council of Europe.


Closing Words

  • Marius Rubiralta, Secretary of State for Universities, Ministry of Education, Spain



All the participants at the Conference will receive the next GUNI Report Higher Education in the World 4 'Higher Education's Commitment to Sustainability: from Understanding to Action' (to be edited in 2011) 







 




GUNI's founding members: Sponsored by:
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Unesco United Nations University
 
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Supported by:
Ministerio de Educación Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona