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The COPERNICUS Alliance is a European network of universities and colleges committed to transformational learning and change for sustainable development. Working closely with its members and in partnership with strategic stakeholders, the COPERNICUS Alliance seeks to inform international and European higher education policy developments as well as support individual institutions in their journeys toward embedding change for sustainability in their institutional policies, teaching and research. COPERNICUS Alliance is committed to conducting these tasks in an open, transparent way, facilitating a growing exchange of ideas, opportunities to cooperate and mutual support with other actors in society.

Upcoming Events

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Future Forward Summit – CA Conference 2018

Future Forward is a pioneering event for higher education in the heart of Brussels. Embrace a mix of (inter)national sustainable projects and visionary insights. Bring your own idea, share it with colleagues and refine it. Future Forward is a network festival for inspired higher education professionals that aims to show change, to make progress and to welcome the future.

Please see the call for proposals here. Deadline 25th May.

http://www.futureforwardsummit.com/

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Programme

16.15 - 17.15 

Session C: Assessing and evaluating sustainability education 

1. Jean-Christophe Carteron, (Kedge Business School), France

The Sustainability Literacy Test: Can Universities be sure they are producing sustainability literate graduates?

2. Kerstin Sonesson and Birgitta Nordénm (Malmö University), Sweden

Assessing international teacher students' knowledge on environmental and sustainability challenges through a literature seminar

3. David Alba and Javier Benayas (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), José Gutiérrez (Universidad de Granada), Spain

The evaluation of university sustainability programs in Spain: challenges and opportunities

4. Jordi Segalás (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya), Aitxiber Zallo and Iratxe Amiano (University of the Basque Country), Gemma Tejedor (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya), Spain

Backcasting for sustainability in higher education. Assessing Sustainability Education Visions. Seminar at the University of the Basque Country

 

Session D: Sustainability processes at universities

1. Anne Zimmermann, Helen Plüss, Karl Herweg, Lilian Trechsel, Lara Lundsgaard-Hansen and Doris Wastl-Walter (University of Bern), Switzerland

A successful way of anchoring Sustainable Development in tertiary education? Experience garnered at the University of Bern, Switzerland

2. Gisela Cebrián (Camilo José Cela University), Spain

Taking action to create more sustainable universities: a case at the University of Southampton

3. Claudia T. Schmitt and Alexander Bassen, (Universität Hamburg), Germany

Processes towards generating a sustainable university: example of an applied whole institution approach to support an integrated system transformation

4. Jesús Rodríguez-Pomeda, Flor Sánchez, Leyla Angélica Sandoval and Fernando Casani (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility of University Students – A Transcultural Study

5. Mª Jose Bautista-Cerro & Mª Angeles Murga-Meroyo (Unesco Chair in Environmental Education & Sustainable Development), Spain

Curricular sustainability at the UNED. Study for the inclusion of the principles and values of sustainable development in the university degrees.

 

 

 

Getting to Madrid

The following link provides information on how to get to Madrid.

UE4SD partners are encouraged to use sustainable transport to get to Madrid. However, due to the limited budget available and Commission rules, this can be difficult for most participants. As an alternative, you might want to consider compensating your CO2emissions. One of our partners in Austria has developed a really interesting compensation project which funds social and sustainability projects. See: BOKU CO2 compensation project.

Getting around Madrid

To get around Madrid, please visit in this link which includes information about transport and facilities: http://www.esmadrid.com/en/getting-around-madrid/

There are different ways to get to Madrid from the airport using public transport. You can use a bus shuttle (5€, all airport terminals), metro (about 5€) or train (about 3€, preferably from Terminal 4). You can also take a taxi, with a fixed rate from the airport to the city centre of 30€.

Although the Autonomous University of Madrid is 15 kms out the city centre, we have selected meeting venues and hotels located in the centre of Madrid, so that you can walk and use public transport. The section on accommodation includes links on how to get to the Annual Meeting venue from each hotel.

 

Programme 

14.30 - 15.45 

Session A: Whole institution approaches of assessing sustainability in higher education 

1. Miriam Minderman (Sustainable Development Initiative), Netherlands

Towards transformative assessment of higher education for sustainable development

2. Sara Rymenams (University Colleges Leuven-Limburg) and Wim Labrechts (University of Antwerp), Belgium

Assessing sustainability in the university with the AISHE 2.0 instrument: towards a holistic approach?

3. Alan AtKisson, AtKisson (Group/Uppsala University), Sweden; Dana Kapitulčinová (Charles University in Prague) Czech Republic; Markus Will (University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz), Germany and Joanne Perdue (University of Calgary), Canada 

CompassU as a toolset to evaluate and accelerate sustainability practice at HEIs

4. Alonso Gil-Casares and Ignacio Maroto (ISEAD Business School)

PRME Iberian Chapter: PRME Indicators Project 

Session B: Innovative teaching and learning for sustainable development

1. Oscar Marcos and Jordi Serra (University of Barcelona), Spain

Service learning as a key support tool for the University of Barcelona Sustainability Action Plan

2. Petra Biberhofer and Christian Rammel (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Austria

Transdisciplinary learning and teaching as answers to urban sustainability challenges

3. Christine Willmore (University of Bristol), United Kingdom

City Student sustainability engagement as a locale for developing intercultural competences

4. Joop de Kraker, (Open Universiteit, Maastricht University) & Ron Cövers and Astrid Offermans, (Maastricht University), Netherlands

The role of student diversity in competence-based Higher Education for Sustainable Development

5. Miren Onaindia, Ibone Amatzaga and Jasone Unzueta (University of the Basque Country), Spain

Postgraduate degree on Environment and Sustainability, a public-private collaboration for a more sustainable life style

6. Mª Angels Ull, (Valencia University), Spain

Sustainability at the University of Valencia. Study of the inclusion of competences for sustainability in university degrees

 

 

Draft Programme COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2015

November 24th 2015 at Caixa Forum, Madrid, Spain

9.00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 – 10:00 Welcome by

  • Clemens Mader. President of the COPERNICUS Alliance.
  • Fernando Galvan. President of the CRUE Sustainability Commission.

10.00 - 11.30 Partnerships to enable global and local learning for sustainability in Higher Education

  • Mahesh Pradhan. Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit Division of Environmental Policy at United Nations Environment Programme – The Global University Partnership for Environment and Sustainability.
  • Fernando Galvan. President of the CRUE Sustainability Commission & Rector of the University of Alcala de Henares.
  • Dzulkifli Abdul Razak. President of the International Association of Universities.
  • Daniella Tilbury. University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SD) Project Director and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gibraltar.
  • Moderation: Jana Dlouha. Vice-President of COPERNICUS Alliance.

11:30 - 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 - 13.30 Keynotes & Panel Discussion: Sustainability Assessment of Higher Education Institutions

  • Rodrigo Lozano.  Assistant Professor, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University & Associate Editor, Journal of Cleaner Production.
  • Miguel Angel Galindo Martí.  Director The National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation of Spain ANECA.
  • Peter Glavic. University of Maribor.
  • Fuensanta Garcia (CRUE Sustainability Commission). Member of the research group on Evaluation Platform for the Sustainability of Spanish Universities.
  • Moderation: Alex Ryan. Director of Sustainability, University of Gloucestershire.

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 15.45 Parallel Session 1

Session A: Whole institution approaches of assessing sustainability in higher education 

  1. Miriam Minderman (Sustainable Development Initiative), Netherlands -
    Towards transformative assessment of higher education for sustainable development
  2. Sara Rymenams (University Colleges Leuven-Limburg) and Wim Labrechts (University of Antwerp), Belgium -
    Assessing sustainability in the university with the AISHE 2.0 instrument: towards a holistic approach?
  3. Alan AtKisson, AtKisson (Group/Uppsala University), Sweden; Dana Kapitulčinová (Charles University in Prague) Czech Republic; Markus Will (University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz), Germany and  Joanne Perdue (University of Calgary), Canada -
    CompassU as a toolset to evaluate and accelerate sustainability practice at HEIs
  4. Alonso Gil-Casares and Ignacio Maroto (ISEAD Business School) -
    PRME Iberian Chapter: PRME Indicators Project 

Session B: Innovative teaching and learning for sustainable development

  1. Oscar Marcos and Jordi Serra (University of Barcelona), Spain -
    Service learning as a key support tool for the University of Barcelona Sustainability Action Plan
  2. Petra Biberhofer and Christian Rammel (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Austria -
    Transdisciplinary learning and teaching as answers to urban sustainability challenges
  3. Christine Willmore (University of Bristol), United Kingdom -
    City Student sustainability engagement as a locale for developing intercultural competences
  4. Joop de Kraker, (Open Universiteit, Maastricht University) & Ron Cövers and Astrid Offermans, (Maastricht University), Netherlands -
    The role of student diversity in competence-based Higher Education for Sustainable Development
  5. Miren Onaindia, Ibone Amatzaga and Jasone Unzueta (University of the Basque Country), Spain -
    Postgraduate degree on Environment and Sustainability, a public-private collaboration for a more sustainable life style
  6. Angels Ull, (Valencia University), Spain -
    Sustainability at the University of Valencia. Study of the inclusion of competences for sustainability in university degrees

15.45 – 16.15 Coffee Break 

16.15 – 17.15 Parallel Session II

Session C: Assessing and evaluating sustainability education 

1. Jean-Christophe Carteron, (Kedge Business School), France -
The Sustainability Literacy Test: Can Universities be sure they are producing sustainability literate graduates?

2. Kerstin Sonesson and Birgitta Nordénm (Malmö University), Sweden -
Assessing international teacher students' knowledge on environmental and sustainability challenges through a literature seminar

3. David Alba and Javier Benayas (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), José Gutiérrez (Universidad de Granada), Spain -
The evaluation of university sustainability programs in Spain: challenges and opportunities

4. Jordi Segalás (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya), Aitxiber Zallo and Iratxe Amiano (University of the Basque Country), Gemma Tejedor (Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya), Spain -
Backcasting for sustainability in higher education. Assessing Sustainability Education Visions. Seminar at the University of the Basque Country

Session D: Sustainability processes at universities

1. Anne Zimmermann, Helen Plüss, Karl Herweg, Lilian Trechsel, Lara Lundsgaard-Hansen and Doris Wastl-Walter (University of Bern), Switzerland -
A successful way of anchoring Sustainable Development in tertiary education? Experience garnered at the University of Bern, Switzerland

2. Gisela Cebrián (Camilo José Cela University), Spain -
Taking action to create more sustainable universities: a case at the University of Southampton

3. Claudia T. Schmitt and Alexander Bassen, (Universität Hamburg), Germany -
Processes towards generating a sustainable university: example of an applied whole institution approach to support an integrated system transformation

4. Jesús Rodríguez-Pomeda, Flor Sánchez, Leyla Angélica Sandoval and Fernando Casani (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain -
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility of University Students – A Transcultural Study

5. Mª Jose Bautista-Cerro & Mª Angeles Murga-Meroyo (Unesco Chair in Environmental Education & Sustainable Development), Spain -
Curricular sustainability at the UNED. Study for the inclusion of the principles and values of sustainable development in the university degrees.

17.15 – 18.15 Interactive Session 

18.15 – 18.30 Summary of parallel sessions and closing words