From April 1-5, 2019, Freie Universität Berlin will be hosting the 4th Spring Campus Conference of the University Alliance for Sustainability.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN member states in 2015 received a great deal of publicity and has heavily impacted scientific and political discourse on the societal transformation to sustainability. While the knowledge of the need to act grows, so, too, do the emissions and risks caused by human activities.
Sustainable development is a work in progress that requires both concerted action and large-scale experiments as well as disruptive technological and social innovation. The most recent IPCC special report reiterates that limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius would require rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.
As we head toward a high-emission future, we need to leave business-as-usual scenarios behind by researching, reacting to, and redefining current practices and policy. Against this backdrop, the 2019 Spring Campus Conference of the University Alliance for Sustainability invites sustainability experts to contribute to the question:
What Are the Levers for Impactful Sustainable Development?
Science shapes the way we think about the sustainability transformation and how we address the challenges of the 21st century. Universities play a key role in this area. They not only develop new knowledge that help us better understand global problems, but also empower generations of students who will have to solve them. The SDGs address three key topics the Spring Campus Conference will focus on:
Energy. Food. Mobility.
Because these are the three biggest causes of climate change, they demand special consideration when discussing the levers for impactful sustainable development. Interdisciplinary research and management workshops at the conference will address the three fields of action.
During the conference we will present innovative sustainability research and teaching formats from various disciplines, facilitate interdisciplinary- and transdisciplinary exchange, and foster dialogue with representatives from politics and business. In this way, the Alliance hopes to contribute to spreading innovative ideas, interesting research, and sustainable campus solutions worldwide.
On Monday, April 1, we invite you to our Opening Day featuring renowned keynote speakers and discussions on the conference’s overall theme.
On Tuesday and Wednesday (April 2-3) we will continue with a program of parallel research and management workshops (exception: workshop III on April 3 only). We invite contributions from all disciplines.
Thursday and Friday (April 4-5) are dedicated to our PhD students, offering two parallel running PhD conferences hosted by professors from the UAS and UNA Europa network. In addition to the conference-style presentation sessions, we will offer different training modules. Topics may range from presentations skills, research ethics, intercultural competence for academic settings, publication strategies etc. Accepted participants can choose one of the trainings offered.
We offer four different training modules in the framework of the PhD workshops on April 4th 3-5:30pm. Accepted participants can choose one of the trainings offered. Please send an email to Katrin Risch (Katrin.firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 1, indicating your first and second choice for a training. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.