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.
→ The Conference was tweeted live at @GUNi_net, as well as by plenty of speakers and participants, under the hashtag #GUNiSDGs. Go to the compilation of tweets here!
→ Photo album
| Key dates |
- Early bird: 10th September - 15th December 2019, included
- Regular registration: from 16th December 2019
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
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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.
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.
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.
- Opening of period for submission: 29th April 2019
- Deadline for submission: 15th September 2019 (23:59 ECT)
- Notification of acceptance/rejection: November 2019
Rules 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.
Download the Conference Programme - GUNi SDGs 2020 (pdf file).
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Jaume Casals - UPF
Francesc Pedró, Director of IESALC-UNESCO
Alfred Bosch - GenCat
María José Figueras - URV, ACUP and GUNi
GUNi TAKING ACTION FOR THE 2030 AGENDA:
Josep M. Vilalta
KEYNOTE: HIGHER EDUCATION 2030: A DECADE OF DISRUPTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
PARALLEL SESSIONS :
1. INTEGRATING STUDENT LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS:
Chair: Ghada Ahmadein
· The Sustainable Water Initiaive: A Case Study of how Higher Education Community Can Foster SDGs, students leadership and Innovation - Hammam Alkezmazy
· Promoting Partnership Working for Integrating Sustainability and the SDGs across Higher Education - Meg Baker and Alison Greig
· Students’ initiatives for achieving Gender Equality in Haryana, India, A Case Study of Bhagat Phool Singh Women’s University - Manju Panwar
· Transformation of a City Black Hole to be a Green Educational Hub, Attain SDGs and Adapt to Climate Change - Mohsen Aboulnaga
2. REVISING INSTITUTIONAL STRATEGIES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE 2030 AGENDA:
Chair: Thomas Jorgensen
· Powering Local SDG Projects Using a Campus Zero Energy Building - Christopher Steuer and Gulbert Lee Brown
· Living Learning Lab for the Javeriana’s students - Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - José María Castillo
· Enhancing the Role of the Arab Gulf States Universities in Achieving SDGs: The Case of Sultan Qaboos University - Khalaf Marhoun
· Integrating SDGs into university policy: the experience at the URV - Josep Ribalta
3. KEY COMPETENCIES APPROACHES FOR SUSTAINABILITY:
Chair: Akpezi Ogbuigwe
· Testing Sustainable Development Goals on Higher Education students - Marian Buil Fàbrega
· aroundersenseofpurpose.eu - where ESD competences and SDG’s meet - André de Hamer and Gerben De Veries
· Transformative evaluation for Sustainability Educators: the experience of a Competence-Based Educational Research Project - Michaela Mayer and Francesca Farioli
PARALLEL SESSIONS :
4. GLOBAL AND LOCAL NETWORKS: JOINT SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES:
· E Pluribus Unum for SDGs: Galician Universities Working Together for Sustainable Development - Vanessa Míguez Martín
· The IAU Global Cluster on Higher Education and Research on Sustainable Development - Hilligje Vantland
· The involvement of university cooperation for development in the implementation of 2030 Agenda and the SDGs - Ángel González
5. DEVELOPING EVALUATION TOOLS FOR CHANGE:
Chair: Charles W. Richardson
· Local SDG Indicators. A collaborative proposal to monitor the SDG and contribute to local appropriation of the Agenda 2030 - Maria Cortada
· Making connections between the Institutional Quality Assessment and the Sustainable Development Goals: A proposal of quality Indicators for Sustainable Development in Higher Education - Marta Fonolleda and Resma Punjabi
· Building a controlled vocabulary on SDGs via Artificial Intelligence and using it to map research efforts on SDGs - Francesco Massucci
· Mapping development pathways for science, technology and innovation that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Ismael Ràfols
6. SOCIAL IMPACT THROUGH SDGs: TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES:
Chair: Carme Gual
· The way to implement the SDGs at the UAS St. Pölten in teaching, research and organization. Raising awareness and increase sustainable acting – chances and challenges - Silvia Udwary
· Weaving communities, the missing link for the social impact of universities. Using network analysis to study the articulation of communities at UPC - Dídac Ferrer and Ginevra Marina Lazzerini
· Fontys and SDGs on Stage; a content and internship platform for SDGs and Higher Education - Elker Van der Valk
· University Social Responsability and SDGs: A Paraguayan Experience - Eduardo Velázquez
RANKINGS AND SDGs: SHOULD HEIs BE RANKED FOR THEIR SDG PERFORMANCE?
The Times Higher Education Approach - Phil Baty
Open Debate with Phil Baty, Ellen Hazelkorn and Thomas Jorgensen
SPEED DATING SESSION 
PARALLEL SESSIONS :
7. INNOVATIVE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT THROUGH SERVICE LEARNING:
Chair: Rajesh Tandon
· Service-Learning in Environmental Sciences: teaching in social responsibility - Mireia Esparza
· The Final Degree Project at the Faculty of Biology: from looking at the world through the window to start changing it. A powerful tool to develop SDG - Teresa Sauras-Yera
· Service Learning for Sustainability in HEIs in Hungary - Judith Juhász and Gyory Málovics
· Sustainable development, community engagement and collaboration with local organizations: Service-learning as an innovative practice in higher education - Rosario Cubero
8. TEACHER TRAINING: SEEDS FOR TRANSFOMATIVE COMPETENCIES:
Chair: Axel Didriksson
· Sustainability Chair UC Transforming Education Sustainable Futures - Francisco Urquiza
· Implementing Education for Sustainable Development (SDG4.7) in Higher Education - Joanne Pagèze
· Professional development of the university teacher: mentoring as a strategy of training in competences for sustainability - Fátima Poza-Vilches and Abigail López Alcarria
9. RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH FOR THE SDGs:
Chair: Gema Revuelta
· The affordances of design thinking and collaborative digital tools (ICT) during the search for solutions to problems of the built environment - Diane Pruneau
· Engaging students in participatory and action-oriented research for sustainability - Catherine Etmanski and Beth Page
· Valuart: a methodogical approach to include direct social action on SDG into Science Communication projects and activities. Discussion on potentials and barriers - Oriol Marimon
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE DINNER
KEYNOTE: TRANSFORMING TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: INTEGRATING EFFECTIVENESS AND JUSTICE CONSIDERATIONS
Chair: Rajesh Tandon
THE CATALAN UNIVERSITY SYSTEM AND THE 2030 AGENDA - Pastora Martínez-Samper
2030 AGENDA: TRANSFORM CATALONIA - Arnau Queralt and Carme Gual
Chair: Rajesh Tandon
POSTER WALK  and COFFEE BREAK
PARALLEL SESSIONS :
10. TRANSDISCIPLINARY CURRICULA FOR SUSTAINABILITY:
· The Higher Education Institutions and SDG project - Solve Sæbø
· The use of SDG as an Indicator to Revisit the Overcall Course Structure in a comprehensive University: A Case of NUK in Taiwan - Sam Lien
· University of Girona: transdisciplinary teaching innovation network on SDG in the context of climate emergency - Leslie Collazo
Chair: Marcello Scalisi
11. VISIONS OF EUROPEAN CLIMATE LANDSCAPES FOR 2030. DEVELOPING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION SCENARIOS IN TERRIFICA'S SUMMER SCHOOLS - Kate Sposob, Norbert Steinhaus, Laura Steinhaus, Joanna Morawska-Jancelewicz, Tanja Adnađević, Marta Cayetano and Minerva Campos
Chair: Arnau Queralt
12. The Planetary Wellbeing project as a transversal strategy of the UPF to achieve the SDGs - Francesc Subirada, Lela Mélon, Josep Lluis Martí, Josep M. Antó, Ester Oliveras and Tània Verge
Chair: Mònica Figueras
13. PROMOTING PUBLIC-PRIVATE ALLIANCES FOR THE 2030 AGENDA
Chair: Carme Gual
"Gender Equality in Education: the Key to Sustainable Development" Alice Ochanda
"Accelerating coherent and concerted action for sustainable development; is higher education fit for purpose?" Birgitte Feiring
CONCLUSIONS and FAREWELL
Joan Gómez - Universities and Research (Government of Catalonia)
Josep M. Vilalta - ACUP and GUNi
All sessions will be held in English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the plenary sessions.
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 Olímpica
By Tram: Lines T4 Wellington & Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica
By Bus: H16, V21, 136
Barcelona smart map
Registration is now closed. 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 email@example.com 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.
Barcelona Walking Tour: (optional)
If you arrive to Barcelona earlier and you are willing to discover the city, come and join the Barcelona Walking Tour on the evening of the 4th March 2020. "Guided Stories and Legends of the Gothic Quarter" is a guided walking tour through the Gothic Quarter of two hours duration where you will discover the old part of the city. Participants willing to join the tour, please add it when you are making the registration at the Conference.
Barcelona Walking Tour meeting point: 4th March 2020, 17h at Plaça Nova, Barcelona (next to the Barcino letters).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
In case you are not able to attend, please note that requests for reimbursements must be sent to email@example.com by 6th February 2020 at the latest (CET/GMT+2). 30€ will be retained to cover administration costs. No reimbursements will be made after this date.
If you need more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org