International Conference on
Sustainable Development Goals:
Higher Education & Science Take Action
5-6th March 2020
After a successful first edition of the International Conference on SDGs: Actors and Implementation, GUNi will be holding the second edition of the GUNi International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Higher Education and Science Take Action on the 5th and 6th of March 2020 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona.
This second edition will put the spotlight on how higher education institutions are embedding sustainable development in their core missions, and will focus on showcasing, explaining and sharing scientific research, innovative practices, projects, programmes and initiatives that university communities are carrying out with the aim of implementing the 2030 Agenda. These will include different perspectives and approaches: from research to teaching, institutional leadership and student initiatives. Taking a pragmatic and multidisciplinary approach, this International Conference will bring together scholars, university professionals, students, experts and practitioners from all around the world.
| Key dates |Call for Contributions (pdf file)
- Opening of abstract submission: 29th April 2019
- Deadline for abstract submission: 15th September 2019 (23:59 ECT)
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: November 2019
- Early bird: 10th September - 1st December 2019, included
- Regular registration: from 2nd December 2019
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Societies need global transformation and clear commitment to sustainable development, the reduction of social inequalities and the improvement of living conditions at local and global levels. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a response to this need: a universal, ambitious, sustainable development agenda involving education, health, environment, industry, justice, governance and cities, among others.
Challenges such as health and demographic change, food safety, quality education for all, safe and clean water, green and energy-efficient sources, climate change, and inclusive and secure communities need the engagement of universities and the higher education community in general to respond on global and local levels. On the one hand, universities need to help to find solutions and transfer knowledge to tackle the global challenges faced by our world (and summarized by the SDGs) and on the other hand, they need to engage with their communities and foster the economic, social and cultural development of their nation, region or society.
It is in this framework that GUNi - as a network of higher education institutions, UNESCO Chairs and research centres seeking to inform policymaking- adopted a strategic line of action around the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs with a focus on partnerships, knowledge and research. Its main activities include the GUNi International Conferences on Sustainable Development Goals, a leading international meeting for analysis and debate between all national and international stakeholders, and most especially universities, governments, cities and public agencies.Why Barcelona?
Barcelona is one of the most exciting cosmopolitan hubs in the world and it has a long history in hosting major international conferences. It is also home to several international organizations. Barcelona is a prominent example of a city becoming more global, multicultural, sustainable and smart. A referent in the Mediterranean, it appears to be the perfect place to debate Sustainable Development Goals both at the local and the global levels.
A combination of keynote sessions, workshops and presentation of experiences and cases are bound to make for an engaging and enriching GUNi Conference.
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The Conference will take place at Ciutadella Campus, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Located just a few metres from Parc de la Ciutadella and only 200 metres from the sea, the Ciutadella Campus is UPF's largest urban site. It comprises six unique buildings, which are connected to one another by a series of broad walkways and terraces. The campus is home to UPF's prestigious Department of Economics and Business and centres for the Political and Social Sciences, Humanities and Law, in addition to various centres for innovation and research.
By Metro: Line 4 (yellow) Ciutadella-Vila OlímpicaBy Tram: Lines T4 Wellington & Ciutadella-Vila OlímpicaBy Bus: H16, V21, 136Barcelona smart map
Registration will open on the 10th September 2019. Stay tuned! We are looking forward to welcoming you at the GUNi Conference in Barcelona!
Registration fees include:
- access to all sessions
- Sustainable Conference welcome pack
- refreshment breaks and lunches
- Official Conference dinner
CONFERENCE FEE WAIVER APPLICATIONS:
For this edition GUNi will be granting 20 fee waivers to students and from around the world who need financial assistance in order to participate in the Conference. Preference will be given to low and lower-middle income countries’ applicants. Please, send a fee waiver application with the requested information below to firstname.lastname@example.org under the topic “GUNi SDGs fee waiver”:
-Institution and position
-Motivation letter – max 300 words
Application deadline: The GUNi Secretariat will review applications on an on-going basis until reaching 20 waivers. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis too.*In case you have been granted a fee waiver but you are not able to attend the Conference, please let us know so that we can award it to somebody else.
Participants are in charge of arranging accommodation directly with the hotels. GUNi will not be able to make hotel bookings for participants. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Barcelona hosts many international fairs and conferences throughout the year. Please be aware of this when making your reservation and book your accommodation as soon as possible.
Hotels at walking distance from UPF Ciutadella Campus:
H10 Marina Barcelona Hotel Yurbban (Sustainability +)
K+K Hotel Picasso El Born Andante Hotel
ibis Styles Barcelona City Bogatell Hotel Neri
Hotel SB Icaria Barcelona Hostal Grau
Sallés Hotel Pere IV Casa Camper
Hotel Rec Barcelona - Adults Only EcoZentric
Catalonia Born Grand Hotel Central
Ciutat de Barcelona
More “Green” hotels certified by the Barcelona City Council:
Hotel Barcelona Princess
Hotel Curious Barcelona
Hotel Golden Tulip Barcelona
Meliá Barcelona Sky
Olivia Balmes Hotel
Twentytú High Tech Hostel
Other options: Lodging Apartments
To arrange your stay in Barcelona, you can also contact the travel agency Viatges Veuremón: email@example.com
Barcelona Sustainable Tourism
Barcelona is no more dangerous in terms of theft than any other large European city. However, please keep an eye on your bags and wallets and never put a bag on the back of a chair in a bar, etc. Should you have any form of trouble in this way the conference team will help you.
Learn more about Barcelona here.
Download Call for Contributions (pdf file)
For this 2nd GUNi International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we welcome any contributions that present scientific research, innovative practices, projects, programmes and initiatives that demonstrate how higher education institutions are working towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Specifically, we would like to invite applications that put the spotlight on activities designed to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their achievement in teaching, research, institutional policies, third mission and student initiatives at higher education institutions. We encourage practices that involve collaboration with other institutions and organisations. We welcome applications from different countries, contexts and disciplines.
The different categories of this Call are as follows:
-Research (experiences and specific research on SDGs and sustainable development)
The evaluation committee will review all abstracts received for each category and session type. The evaluation committee is formed by the Group of Experts on SDGs and Higher Education with support from the GUNi Secretariat and GUNi Regional Offices.
Method for participation
The 2nd GUNi International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has three different types of deliveries:
- Panel sessions (2-3 speakers on a similar topic)
- Poster applications for a poster session, which will be ongoing throughout the conferences
- Speed-dating session, which will introduce initiatives in the form of an elevator-ride pitch (3 min) to a small group of people
Based on the authors' preferences and the accepted proposals, contributions will be allocated to either the panel sessions, the speed-dating session or as poster presentations.Key dates
- Opening of period for submission: 29th April 2019
- Deadline for submission: 15th September 2019 (23:59 ECT)
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: November 2019Rules for submission
1. Participants are invited to submit contributions for either poster or verbal presentation.
2. Based on the authors' preferences and the accepted proposals, contributions will be allocated to the panel sessions, the speed-dating session or as poster presentations.
3. The verbal presentation can either be a simple spoken intervention or can be conducted with the help of visual aids, handouts and similar.
4. Abstracts should be written in English using a clear style. Max. 2,000 characters.
5. We recommend that abstracts should be carefully drafted and thoroughly checked before submission, in particular the list of authors, to avoid last minute changes.
6. Abstracts must be submitted
a. by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
b. with the title of the abstract as the subject of the e-mail
c. in the template provided here
7. The submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation that it will actually presented at the conference by the author or, at least, by one of the co-authors, provided that the abstract is finally accepted.
8. Notification of acceptance or rejection by the Scientific Committee will be mailed to the submitting author to the given e-mail address by November 2019.
9. Accepted abstracts will be published electronically as a single volume on the GUNi website.