Personal interaction is a key factor for successful cooperation. In the framework of the UAS partners organize strategy meetings and workshops in the field of teaching and campus management. Further information and short reports from each meeting and workshop are available here.
The core of all measures is an annual “sustainability spring campus”, a one-week event where representatives of all universities come together to reflect on the annual topic from different perspectives, develop joint research projects, and share good practice in sustainable campus management. True to the project’s comprehensive whole institution approach, the spring campus includes activities in all three fields of action (research, teaching, and campus management). The spring campus will take place at Freie Universität in 2016 – 2018 and is composed of four elements:
Public Lecturesare half-day events to kick-off the sustainability spring campus. Select scientists from the partner universities, who are experts in the field, will give key note speeches on the annual topic which present current research perspectives and set the scale for the upcoming events.
Getting impetus from the public lecture, senior and junior researchers will meet to discuss future joint research and teaching activities during so-called “Research Incubators”. The incubators will be used to identify research projects that will be specified and worked on during later explorative visits and research stays. Each university will be able to send three scientist to the annual incubators.
Administrative staff of the partner universities will meet during the spring campus to share good practice. During these three-day workshops, they will develop an understanding of each other’s policies and develop and implement joint ideas and practices, which can be further worked on during the project year.
Parallel to the Research and Management Incubators, a six-day sustainability springboard will give intensive training to up to four doctoral students per university, including site-visits, networking opportunities, and the discussion of their own work. This measure aims at capacity building and the forming of a future research network by bringing together doctoral students working on the topic of sustainability. Places in this spring school will be allocated on a competitive basis by the partner universities.
Detailed documentation of the Spring Campus 2016 is available here.