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Global Meetings, Seminars, Workshops and other Environmental Events

This is a listing of conventions, workshops, seminars and training programmes on environmental education as per the UNEP's thematic areas. For specific details of the events, please follow the links provided.

 

GLOBAL EVENTS 2014

Sustainability Literacy Test
Summary: The First International Tool to Assess and Verify the Sustainability Literacy of Your Students. The “Sustainability Literacy Test” is a tool for the various initiatives on sustainability lead by HEIs to assess and verify the sustainability literacy of their students when they graduate. It assesses the minimum level knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility for higher education students, applicable all over the world, in any kind of Higher Education Institution (HEI), in any country, studying any kind of tertiary-level course (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs, PhD).
Organisers: KEDGE Business School
Website: Sustainability Literacy Test

Global Change Leaders Program
Date: 1 October, 2014 - March 31, 2015
Location: Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Organisers: Coady Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership
Summary: This program enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities.
Deadline: Friday January 17, 2014 at 11:59 EST
Website: Global Change Leaders Program

2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa
Date: 14 – 17 October, 2014 (4 days)
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Host: The Government of Morocco
Summary: The forum aims at engaging African Ministers in charge of Higher Education, Science and Technology as well as Industry in a dialogue with the private sector, academia, diaspora, civil society and scientific communities globally on how to promote inclusive and green growth through scientific and technological innovation in Africa.
Website: 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

Globelics Addis Ababa 2014
Dates: 29 – 31 October, 2014 (3 days)
Theme: Partnerships for innovation-based development.
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organisers: Addis Ababa University & Adama Science and Technology University, Ethiopia
Summary: The conference intends to bring together scholars from different disciplines to enhance the quality of innovation studies in relation to development and growth in the context of globalization and accelerating pace of change.
Registration deadline: 30 August 2014.
Event focal point email: Conference Organising Committee
Website: Globelics 2014

2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Summit
Date: 4-6 November, 2014 (3 days)
Location: Doha, Qatar.
Summary: WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action in order to build the future of education through innovation. WISE is now an ongoing initiative and a global reference in new approaches to education. Through both the annual Summit and a range of continuing programs WISE is promoting collaboration and building the future of education.
Website: 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Summi t

UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Youth Conference
Dates: 7 November, 2014
Location: Okayama City, Japan
Organisers: UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, City of Okayama and Goi Peace Foundation.
Summary: As a Youth Conference participant you will have an opportunity to exchange your ideas and experiences with peers. You will be able to discuss innovative approaches to ESD and ways to promote young people’s contribution and further involvement in the global ESD movement. And you will help elaborate commitments to future ESD actions.
Registration deadline: 1 June 2014
Event focal point email: Inquiries
Website: UNESCO ESD Youth Conference

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 2014
Dates: 10 – 12 November 2014 (3 days)
Location: Web-based / E-learning
Organisers: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Summary: The end of the Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) will take place in Nagoya, Japan.
Website: UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 2014

Congreso Iberoamericano de Ciencia, Tecnología, Innovación y Educación: “Avanzando juntos hacia las Metas Educativas Iberoamericanas 2021”
Date: 12 - 14 Novembre, 2014 (3 days)
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Website: Congreso Iberoamericano de Ciencia, Tecnología, Innovación y Educación: “Avanzando juntos hacia las Metas Educativas Iberoamericanas 2021”

7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Date: 17 - 19 November, 2014 (3 days)
Location: Seville, Spain
Summary: ICERI2014 provides the ideal opportunity to present your projects and experiences. It is the perfect platform to discuss the latest developments in the field of Teaching and learning methodologies, educational projects and innovations and new technologies applied to Education and Research.
Website: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards
Date: 18 - 19 November, 2014 (2days)
Location: Padua, Italy
Abstract submission deadline: 1 July 2014
Full paper submission deadline: 1 October 2014
Abstract focal point email: Jacquelien Runje
Website: Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards

Mastering Change for Sustainability
Dates: 24 - 29 November, 2014
Venue: Sasin Graduate Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
Summary: The workshop offers intense training and in-depth tools applicable to any organization.
Website: Mastering Change for Sustainability

Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers
Dates: 9 - 11 December, 2014
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Organisers: National Preservation Institute
Summary: Learn to understand conflict management styles, practice negotiation skills, and design a stakeholder consultation process to address issues in a timely manner and prevent conflict from escalating.
Application deadline: 15 June 2014 at 11.50pm GMT
Event focal point email: João Brites e Suelen Marostica
Website: Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills for Cultural and Natural Resource Managers

Strategic Environmental Assessment 2015 A
Summary: The program intends to increase the integration of environmental and sustainability considerations into planning and decision-making processes in the participants’ countries.
Eligible countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia
Providers: The programme is organised by NIRAS Natura AB in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.
Course dates:

  • Course 1: 9-27 March, 2015, in Sweden;
  • Course 2: 14-25 September, 2015, in Tanzania.
Application deadline: 15 October 2014
Website: Strategic Environmental Assessment 2015 A

9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)
Theme: Measuring and enhancing the effectiveness of adaptation
Date: 24-30 April, 2015
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Organiser: International Institute for Environment and Development
Summary: CBA9 will highlight that there are different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation, and underline that effective evaluation considers the perspective of both the donor as well as recipients of adaptation funding.
Contact: Hannah Reid and/or Saleemul Huq
Website: 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation

6th Global Meeting of Associations (GMA-VI)
Dates: 7 - 8 May, 2015 (2 days)
Location: University of Ghana, Legon Boundary, Accra, Ghana
Theme: Private Participation in Higher Education - Today and Tomorrow?
Organisers: The International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Association of African Universities (AAU)
Host: University of Ghana
Target Audience: Leaders of national, regional and international associations/organizations of universities and other higher education institutions.
Summary: 6th Global Meeting of Associations (GMA-VI) will offer a unique opportunity for peer learning and exchanges among leaders of higher education organizations who come together as a relatively small group to discuss trends and issues of importance to higher education development.
Registration: 5 January – 24 April 2015
Contact: Queries
Website: 6th Global Meeting of Associations (GMA-VI)

International Conference on “Innovation for Sustainability under Climate Change and Green Growth/Economy”
Dates: 26 – 28 May, 2015.
Organisers: This conference is jointly organized by the Exxaro Chairs in: Business and Climate Change (University of South Africa), Energy Efficiency (University of Pretoria), Business and Biodiversity (University of Pretoria) and Global Change and Sustainability Research (University of the Witwatersrand), together with the South African Government's Department of Environmental Affairs.
Abstracts can be submitted on the following tracks/themes:

  • Business and Biodiversity;
  • Energy and Energy Management:
  • Water Connections, Global Change and Sustainability; and
  • Climate Change and Green Economy/Growth transition.
For details, including sub-themes, registration and fees please follow the conference website.
Website: Innovation for Sustainability under Climate Change and Green Growth/Economy

Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - B, 2015
Summary: The long term objective of this Sida funded programme is to contribute to an integrated sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of poor people are taken into account. This shall be achieved through supporting change processes in key organisations working with planning and management of coastal zones.
Eligible countries 2015: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar and Tanzania.
Providers: The training programme is organised by NIRAS together with the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
Course dates: Total Programme (14 months part time): May 2015 - June 2016

  • Course 1: August 24 – September 11, 2015, in Sweden;
  • Course 2: November 30 - December 11, 2015, in Tanzania.
Application deadline: February 9, 2015
Website: Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - B, 2015

Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training Workshop 2015
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015 (4 days)
Theme: Adaptation in the Mountains: Issues and Gaps beyond Boundaries
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
The conference program will explore key themes and cases from the “Green Guide for Universities – pathways towards sustainability”.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Engaged sustainability professionals from universities and similar organisations – beginners as well as experienced.
Online Application: Form
Deadline: 24 August 2014.
Contact email: Queries
Website: Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training Workshop 2014

8th International World Environmental Education Congress – Call for Abstracts
Dates: 29 June – 2 July, 2015
Venue: Gothenburg, Sweden
Theme: PLANET & PEOPLE
Summary: The congress is directed towards everyone working on environmental and sustainability education in different contexts. It will be hosted by The Centre for Environment and Sustainability. Over 1200 participants from a wide range of countries are expected to attend the congress.
The congress will discuss 11 themes.
Flyer: Download
Website: 8th International World Environmental Education Congress

Making Universities Sustainable Conference
Dates: 22 – 24 October, 2015 (3 days)
Location: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The conference program will explore key themes and cases from the “Green Guide for Universities – pathways towards sustainability”.
Target Audience: Engaged sustainability professionals from universities and similar organisations – beginners as well as experienced.
Website: Making Universities Sustainable Conference

IAU 2015 International Conference
Dates: 28 – 30 October, 2015 (3 days)
Location: University of Siena, Siena, Italy
Theme: Internationalization of Higher Education - Moving beyond mobility
Host: University of Siena
Registration: 18 May - 21 October 2015
Contact: Queries
Website: IAU 2015 International Conference

1: CLIMATE CHANGE TRAININGS

Climate Change Science and Negotiations
Dates: 16 Oct. – 15 Dec. 2014
Summary: The course introduces students to the science and policy environment surrounding climate change and is based in part on the findings of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP). It details the core of climate science; the reasons for the 2-degree Celsius limit agreed to by governments in 2010; the technological options for “deep decarbonization”; and the pathways and obstacles to a global climate agreement consistent with the 2-degree C limit agreed to by the world’s governments.
Website: Climate Change Science and Negotiations

2: DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS TRAININGS

Disasters, Environment and Risk Reduction
Dates: Open
Summary: The course is made available to instructors in the fields of environmental studies, geography, disaster and climate change studies, etc to be taught at their universities. The materials are free of charge upon reception of a letter of commitment.
Organisers: The course was developed by the Partnership of Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, led by UNEP in partnership with the Center for Development and Natural Resources.
Flyers: English and French.
Focal point email addresses:Karen Sudmeier and Marisol Estrella
Website: Masters Module, Disasters Environment and Risk Reduction

Introduction to Disaster Risk Management
Course Theme: Innovative Solutions for Cities
Sub-Theme: Public Safety and Resiliency
Dates:

  • 25 September, 2014 – 23 October, 2014 – Application deadline: 9 September, 2014; and
  • 27 January, 2015 – 18 February, 2015 – Application deadline: 13 January, 2015.
Organisers: World Bank Institute
Summary: The objective of this course is to familiarize development practitioners with contemporary concepts and practices in disaster management and contribute to a paradigm shift from reactive to proactive approaches in this cross-cutting field of development. It also aims to establish a common language and understanding among development practitioners in order to improve collaboration among various disciplines and integrate risk reduction considerations in development plans and decisions.
The course will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Introduction to DRM: Basic Concepts, Players and Terminology;
  • Module 2: Prevention, Relief and Reconstruction: From Vulnerability and Risk Assessment to Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment; and
  • Module 3: Introduction to Safer Cities, Community-Based DRM and Best Available Tools to Enhance Resilience.
Target Group: City officials and others interested in Disaster Risk Management.
Website: Introduction to Disaster Risk Management

13th International Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate
Dates: 6 – 17 October, 2014 (12 days)
Registration Deadline: 7 September 2014
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organisers: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Summary: The course offers an integrated approach to the development of flood risk reduction strategies, which enables a holistic view of flood risk and required measures for flood risk reduction
Event focal point email: Training Services Department (TSD) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Website: 13th International Course on Flood Disaster Risk Management in a Changing Climate

10th International Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management
Dates: 27 October - 7 November, 2014 (11 days)
Registration deadline: 26 September 2014
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organisers: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, The Asian Institute of Technology, The International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente (ITC) and UNITARS Operational Satellite Applications Program
Event focal point email: Training Services Department (TSD) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Website: 10th International Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management

3: ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT TRAININGS

Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development MENA 2014
Date: March 2014 - April 2015 (14 months part time)
Location: Sweden (part 1: 1 – 18 September 2014) & and Country to be decided (Part 2: 1 – 12 February 2015)
Organisers: NIRAS Natura together with School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg.
Eligible countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia.
Registration Close: Closed
Website: Integrated Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development MENA 2014

Field Courses on the Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Ecosystems 2014
Location and dates:
TBA 14/3 – 14 November - 14 December, Kirindy Forest, Madagascar
Organisers: Tropical Biology Association
Summary: The course provides a rich learning environment and an excellent opportunity for exchanging ideas and making contacts amoung participants; increase thier understanding of current concepts and put theory into practice; design and carry out thier own research project; gain field experience and learn new techniques; and collaborate with an international group of ecologists and conservation practitioners.
Abstract focal point email: Course Coordinator
Website: Field Courses on the Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Ecosystems 2014

Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - A, 2015
Summary: The long term objective of this Sida funded programme is to contribute to an integrated sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of poor people are taken into account. This shall be achieved through supporting change processes in key organisations working with planning and management of coastal zones.
Eligible countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Tanzania and Vietnam.
Providers: The training programme is organised by NIRAS together with the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
Course dates: Total Programme (14 months part time): March 2015 - April 2016

  • Course 1: May 4-22, 2015, in Sweden;
  • Course 2: October 5-16, 2015, in Tanzania.
Application deadline: 1 October 2014
Website: Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - A, 2015

Strategic Environmental Assessment 2014 B
Date: July 2014 – December 2015
Location: Sweden (November 9 -28, 2014) & and Vietnam (May 18 – 29, 2015)
Organisers: NIRAS Natura AB in collaboration with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.
Eligible countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Registration Close: 6 June 2014
Website: Strategic Environmental Assessment 2014 B

Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning
Course Theme: Innovative Solutions for Cities
Sub-Theme: Planning, Finance and Governance
Dates:

  • 24 September, 2014 – 11 November, 2014 - Application deadline: 10 September, 2014
  • 25 March, 2015 – 12 May, 2015 – Application deadline: 11 March, 2015
Organisers: World Bank Institute
Summary: The course aims to: ensure that participants have a functional and integrated understanding of the dynamics of urban land use; and demonstrate how to effectively utilize policies and planning instruments to manage urban growth and achieve sustainable, equitable and efficient development outcomes.
The course is composed of the following modules:
  • Module 1: Understanding How Land Use Planning Contributes to Sustainable Urban Development;
  • Module 2: Institutions, Policies and Tools for Effective Land Use Planning;
  • Module 3: How to Integrate Land Use Planning and Infrastructure;
  • Module 4: How to Manage Growth in Peri-Urban Areas;
  • Module 5: How to Promote Local Economic Development through Land Use Planning;
  • Module 6: Social Equity and Land Use Planning; and
  • Module 7: Climate Change and Land Use Planning.
Target Group: Urban practitioners, policymakers and city managers in developing countries—the very people who are working on urban land use issues on a daily basis and are constantly dealing with the multiple challenges that accompany rapid urbanization.
Website: Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning

Regional Autumn School "Natural Resource Rights in the Arab Middle East and North Africa"
Dates: 23 - 27 November, 2014 (5 days)
Location: Amman, Jordan
Organisers: Heinrich Böll Foundation, represented through its offices in Ramallah, Beirut, Tunis, and Rabat in cooperation with the International Union for Conservation of Nature / Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN ROWA)
Eligibility: Junior professionals, postgraduates, activists, and researchers working at NGO’s, civil society organizations, think tanks or other institutions from Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The age range is between 23 and 35 years..
Summary: It is designed to build the capacities of the participants and to stir a debate about urgent current policy topics. It will also provide the international lecturers with information about and viewpoints from the region, and offer an excellent platform for exchanging ideas, opinions, arguments and sharing experiences across the region. The program shall promote networking among civil society actors, researchers, and activists in the region working in the fields of resource rights, governance, climate, gender and environment.
Application Deadline: 10 September, 2014
Send application documents:

  • Palestine and Jordan: submit documents in English to: Heinrich Böll Foundation Ramallah, Ms. Svenja Oberender;
  • Morocco: submit documents in English, Arabic, or French to: Heinrich Böll Foundation Rabat, Ms. Zainab Elguerrab;
  • North African countries: submit documents in English to: Heinrich Böll Tunis, Mr. Wissam Gallala; and
  • Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria: submit documents in either English or Arabic to: Heinrich Böll Foundation Beirut, Ms. Corinne Deek.

Flyer: Regional Autumn School
Application form: Regional Autumn School
Website: Regional Autumn School

'Methods on Litter Decomposition' Intensive Course
Location: University of Coimbra
Dates: 13- 17 April, 2015
Summary: Litter decomposition is an important functional process in freshwaters, estuaries and soil. The aim of this course is to introduce some techniques currently used in litter decomposition studies to those interested in initiating research in this field.
Target audience: M.Sc. / Ph.D. students as well as Post-Docs initiating research in detritus processing research area.
Website: 'Methods on Litter Decomposition' Intensive Course

Integrated Sustainable Costal Development (ITP: 286 A)
Location and dates:
Course 1: 4 – 22 May 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Course 2: 5 – 16 October 2015, Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Summary: The long term objective of the programme is to contribute to an integrated sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of poor people are taken into account.
Invited Countries: The following countries are invited to nominate candidates - Tanzania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Myanmar and Vietnam.
However, the programme is also open for applicants from other countries with potential and commitment for an integrated sustainable coastal development.
Application deadline: 1 October 2014.
Brochure: download
Application form: download

4: ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE TRAININGS

Master's Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law
Application period: Jan - Feb 2015
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Organisers: Engineering Department of Yildiz Technical University and supported by International Waste Working Group (IWWG)
Summary: The programme provides advanced training in policy, law and impact assessments for climate change and sustainable management of natural resources. It is based on two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance and Environmental and Climate Change Law. All students are required to take courses in Natural Resources Governance, Environmental Law and Policy, and in Climate Change Law and Policy before selecting their major.
Provider: University of Eastern Finland
Event focal point email: Queries
Website: Master's Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law

5: RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TRAININGS

6: HARMFUL SUBSTANCES TRAININGS

 

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