On 31 May and 1 June, a second U4 Workshop on Sustainability took place in Uppsala. In this session, experts of all U4 partner universities participated. The members represented various bodies concerned with sustainability, such as environment offices, green offices, and deptartments on sustainability research, program managers and scientists. Student delegations of all partners also joined the meeting.
The aim of the meeting was to follow-up on the frontrunner approach, initiated at the first Sustainability Peer Review meeting (Ghent, 15-16 September 2016). The frontrunner approach involves the implementation of a chosen frontrunner idea or best practice at the own institution in one of the many dimensions of sustainability: Sustainability Policy, Energy Policy and Mobility, Sustainability Education, Green Office, Involvment of Students etc. On occasion of the meeting other possibilities for joint projects with the U4 sustainability network were also addressed.
The U4 sustainability meeting was organized parallel to the second annual SEDwise meeting, hosted by Uppsala University (SWEDESD and SMED) from 30 May till 1 June. The International Thematic Network 'SEDwise' stand for ‘Sustainability Education – Teaching and learning in the face of wicked socio-ecological problems’. SEDwise gathers teachers from Ghent University who are strongly engaged in integrating sustainability in their education activities. Apart from this group, it also included selected international sustainability education researchers from all over the world.
The central theme of the meeting was Universities as laboratories for a sustainable world/city. During 3 days of lectures, study visits, workshops and seminars the SEDwise partners were engaged in a joint exploration of how universities can connect education and research on wicked socio-ecological problems. In doing so, the workshop became a kind of laboratory where people were collectively exposed to sustainability issues as matters of public concern. Combining practical and theoretical approaches, participants addressed topics such as transdisciplinarity – shifting roles of students, teachers and societal stakeholders – spaces. More information on SEDwise is available on www.ugent.be/en/ghentuniv/internationalisation/sustainability-education.htm