Accelerating the implementation of sustainable development in research programmes
Many higher education institutions have been engaged in sustainable development activites as a whole and on research in particular. Research on sustainable development offers universities a unique opportunity to explore new ideas, tackle new dimensions and open up new perspectives.
Research allows universities to meet their social obligations as innovation- led institutions on the one hand, and to realise their social mission as agents for change on the other. Research also allows universities to cater for a better teaching, and provides a sound basis upon which the principles of sustainability may be implemented.
Making sustainability research a reality does not only require knowledge creation. Rather, it requires an integrated thinking, in the context of which research on, for and about sustainable development, may lead to changes and to improvements in the way society sees, perceives and treat the environment.
But despite the fact that research on sustainable development is important, and it delivers decision-making tools for future oriented action and for a sustainable society, there is at present a need to strenghten and accelerate the initiatives from higher education institutions in this key area. It is against this background that the Symposium “Accelerating the Implementation of Sustainable Development in Research Programmes” is being organised by the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme, the World Sustainable Development Research and Training Centre, the European School of Sustainability Science and Research, the Italian Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (Italy), the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in cooperation with a number of institutions of higher education active in this field.
It will involve researchers in the field of sustainable development in the widest sense, from business and economics, to arts and fashion, administration, environment, languages and media studies.
The Symposium will focus on the means to integrate, promote or otherwise catalyse the implementation of research on sustainable development at higher education institution, assisting them in their efforts to implement the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will contribute to the further development of this central topic.
The Symposium is part of the “Accelerating Sustainable Development Series”, which consists of three related events on sustainable development with a focus on research (Turin, 1st-2nd July 2019), teaching (Stockholm, 9th-10th September 2019) and on campus activities (Spain, 2nd-3rd December 2019).
All questions related to the programme and logistical details on Turin should be sent to:
Mara Baccolla, Politecnico di Torino and Italian Network of Universities for Sustainable Development
All questions related to registrations and abstracts should be sent to:
Dr. Mihaela Sima, Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme: firstname.lastname@example.org.