U21 Educational Innovation Symposium: Teaching for Sustainability

A banner with a picture of a cream building with magnolia blossoms on the right hand side and on the left the title of the event U21 Eduation Innovation Symposium:Teaching for Sustainability. 16 and 17 February 2022.

On February 16 & 17 2022, Lund University & U21 invite member universities to participate in a two-day online Education Innovation Symposium on the topic Teaching for Sustainability.

The symposium will include discussions, best practices and much more! The main target groups for the symposium are those working in education at their universities but we anticipate there being interest in the event across member institutions. Having been contacted by an impressive number of volunteers we are delighted to be featuring student voices in several sessions and thank all our speakers and panellists for contributing their ideas and time. 

Day One

Introduction to Teaching for Sustainability  08:00 - 10:00 GMT

U21 Provost Jenny Dixon and Lund Deputy Vice-Chancellor Lena Eskilsson will open the symposium. This session will then feature speakers from the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and the University of Johannesburg introducing their work establishing virtual exchanges, pedagogy for online international learning, and teaching in a global classroom.  Attendees will be able to ask the speakers questions and connect with colleagues via breakout rooms.

Our Speakers: 

Emily Boyd, Director of Lund University Centre for Sustainaibility Studies and Professor in Sustainability Science. She is a leading social scientist with a background in international development, environment and climate change, with focus on the interdisciplinary nexus of poverty, livelihoods and resilience in relation to global environmental change. Emily Boyd is currently leading work on undesirable resilience, politics of loss and damage and intersectionality in societal transitions, including on transformations under climate change. Emily Boyd  is an author for the IPCC, IPBES, and UKCCRA and a Earth System Governance Senior Fellow.

Solla Zophoniasdottir, Learning services Orchestrator at Climate-KIC where she is responsible for the strategic development of learning and capability building activities across the organization. Solla has over 15 years' experience in the facilitation of learning processes that focus on skill building for climate impact as well as being experienced in organizational change management and working within and across different cultures. Solla holds a MSc in Strategic Leadership towards sustainability and a BA in in Leadership and process management. In addition, she has accreditation in Organization & Relationship systems coaching.

Anisa Khan, will discuss establishing virtual exchanges, pedagogy for online international learning, and teaching in a global classroom. Anisa has 16 years of experience in the education sector supporting teacher education and environment and sustainability programmes through the Fundisa for Change Network and as part of International research and training programmes through SWEDESD, the GIZ Expertnet and Climate Leadership programme. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and was the higher education programme lead for the British Council in South Africa prior to moving to Stellenbosch University where she held the position of Manager for Global Partnerships and Internationalisation Support.

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Teaching Approaches  12:00 - 14:00 GMT

Speakers from Lund University and the University of Hong Kong, including Gray Kochhar-Lindgren Director of the Common Core at HKU, will introduce their ideas and experiences to the group and take questions. We will then hand over to a student panel to discuss their views and answer questions from the audience on incorporating sustainability into their learning. We had over 70 students volunteer to be on the panel and are delighted to be able to feature a selection of these engaged volunteers from across the network and be joined by others in the audience. 

Our Speakers:

Kes McCormick will discuss the Greening The Economy MOOC at Lund University. He is Associate Professor at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden. With a background in political science and environmental science, and 20 years of academic and management experience, he engages in a combination of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, education and collaboration activities. He works in the fields of sustainability, governance, innovation and cities. He is the most downloaded author at Lund University.

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren will speak on Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Learning. Gray is Professor and Director of the Common Core at the University of Hong Kong. The founder of GLADE (Global Liberal Arts Design Experiments), he also served as the Lead for Transdisciplinarity-in-Action, which earned the Outstanding Teaching Award (Team) at both HKU and across the entire sector. His most recent book is Urban Arabesques: Philosophy, Hong Kong, Transversality and he is currently writing on wilding the university, choregraphing deltas, and the monochromatic infinite. 

Our Student Panel:

  • Siri Blomberg, Lund University, Chair
  • Pratham Malik, University of  Delhi
  • Jean Rochat, Lund University
  • Nour Al Zouabi, University of Conneticut
  • Victoria Ivory, University College Dublin
  • Susana Scott Ayala, Tecnológico de Monterrey  

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Faculty Development  20:00 - 22:00 GMT

This session will focus on how staff are supported to deliver sustainable education through their curricula, with speakers from U21 members including the University of Johannesburg and the chance for attendees to share their experiences and ideas in breakout rooms.

Our Speakers:

Susanne Arvidsson & Ellen Hillbom, Lund University. Susanne Arvidsson is Senior lecturer and Associate professor, Accounting and Corporate Finance, Ellen Hillbom is a professor in the development of the Global South at the Department of Economic History. They will be sharing their experiences with interdisciplinary teacher teams as an efficient way to promote faculty development within Agenda 2030.

Dr. Kirti Menon & Gloria Castrillon, University of Johannesburg. Gloria Castrillón, the Director of the Centre for Academic Planning and Quality Promotion, Dr Kirti Menon is the Senior Director of Academic Planning, Quality Promotion and Academic Staff Development. 

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Day Two

Introduction to Teaching for Sustainability  08:00 - 10:00 GMT 

Professor Ian Holliday, Chair of the U21 Educational Innovation cluster will introduce day two of the symposium which will feature contributions from colleagues across the network with experience of implementing sustainability into their programmes. Maja Essebo from Lund University will discuss sustainable pedagogy from an international perspective, and Christelle Not from the University of Hong Kong University will explain how she incorporates the sustainability agenda in her universities courses at the University of Hong Kong, with a particular focus on the use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) tools. After hearing from the speakers, attendees will have the chance to collaborate in breakout rooms.

Speakers:

Maja Essebo from Lund University will speak on sustainable pedagogy from an international perspective with a focus on the international LUMES programme. Maja is a researcher at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Science (LUCSUS). She has a master in political science from Lund University and a PhD in human geography from Gothenburg University. Her research background covers a wide range of issues, including transition to sustainable mobility, urban laboratories, and, first and foremost, all things related to the (political) use of myth. Her current project focuses on the role of myth in American environmental politics. 

Christelle Not, University of Hong Kong will discuss incorporating sustainability into university science courses: how can AR and VR be useful? Dr. Not is an assistant professor in the Earth Science Department and Swire Institute of Marine Science of the University of Hong Kong. She is an environmental geochemist. Her research interests focus on the impact of humans on the ocean and the climate. She is actively working in paleo-climate reconstruction, palaeoceanography and plastic/microplastic pollution. She is dedicated to enhancing the communication of scientific discoveries to society and she is working closely with corporates and NGOs on different topics related to climate change and plastic pollution. She is a fellow of the David C. Lam Institute of East-West Studies (LEWI), HK.. 

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Faculty Development  12:00 - 14:00 GMT

We will hear from colleagues across the network including the University of Queensland who will share their experiences of supporting faculty to embed sustainability into their courses. Kate O'Brien will introduce a course she developed called “Environmental systems and sustainability”. She is currently working with a team of international collaborators on a paper aimed to get more “ordinary” academics teaching sustainablilty in their courses.  This will be followed by the chance for open discussion and collaboration.

Our Speakers:

Kate O´brien, University of Queensland. University education is a excellent intervention point to tackle the sustainability crisis, since universities educate future decision makers across all disciplines. There are multiple barriers to expanding sustainability education in tertiary institutions, however, including the lack of a single clear definition, and the implicit assumption that impact is associated with research rather than teaching. However the wicked nature of the sustainability challenge also provides an opportunities: the competencies required to tackle unsustainable systems and practices are the same competencies in demand by employers, and needed by graduates to tackle a changing workplace and other grand challenges.

Matthew Pryor, University of Hong Kong. Using his entry level Common Core course Designs on the Future as a case study, Mathew will discuss how teachers can enhance their instructional design and teaching practices by encouraging students to examine the language, medium and form of argumentation that has been used throughout history to advocate for sustainability projects, rather than just the project itself.  

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Looking Beyond the Campus: Partnerships for Sustainability and Closing Ceremony  20:00 - 22:00 GMT

Not to be missed, the final session of the symposium will feature contributions from external partners including PwC, civic and charity partners discussing what types of competencies and skills they look for when recruiting our students as change agents. After a Q&A with the panel the symposium will close with a thought-provoking closing ceremony hosted by Climaginaries.

Our Speakers: 

Solla Zophoniasdottir is Learning services Orchestrator at Climate-KIC where she is responsible for the strategic development of learning and capability building activities across the organization. Solla has over 15 years' experience in the facilitation of learning processes that focus on skill building for climate impact as well as being experienced in organizational change management and working within and across different cultures. Solla holds a MSc in Strategic Leadership towards sustainability and a BA in in Leadership and process management. In addition, she has accreditation in Organization & Relationship systems coaching.

Climaginaries: 

Johannes Stripple and Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson from Climaginaries. Climaginaries is a three-year research project initiated in September 2018, financed through the Swedish research council FORMAS with the aim of understanding imaginaries as means through which to catalyse the forms of political, economic, and social responses required for transitioning to a post-fossil society. Through different techniques of imagination, from modelling and scenario techniques to experimentations etc. they  explore the transformative capacity of imaginaries; how compelling narratives are told, and how they can shape and enable efforts to confront climate change. 

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