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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 2015

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

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

The Third AfricaLics PhD Academy for Research Training on Innovation and Competence Building Systems (AfricaLics PhD Academy)
Date: 2 -13 March 2015
Location: Mombasa, Kenya
Summary: The purpose of the AfricaLics Academy is to support the training of African Doctoral students engaged in research on Innovation and Technology Systems for Development and innovation management and stimulate their awareness of policy and management issues related to this field of research.
Website: AfricaLics PhD Academy

Leadership in a changing world
Date: 23 - 27 March, 2015
Organisers: The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter
Summary: This programme has been developed for executives, managers and senior staff members (researchers, policy makers and academics) of public and private institutions: people who are interested in deepening understanding on the interrelated ethical challenges humanity faces and on how to address them within a systemic approach.It aims at helping those in leadership positions to deepen their understanding of the systemic view of life and of sustainability principles applied to decision-making in the process of resolving ethical dilemmas. The programme will also offer participants the opportunity to reflect on, understand and internalize the values and principles of sustainability that are articulated in the Earth Charter and associate them with their leadership roles and their areas of work. It will equip leaders with the knowledge necessary to move from a fragmented and short term result-oriented approach to a more sustainable and systemic approach.
Website: Leadership in a changing world

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

13th International Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability (JTEFS)/Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Education Research (BBCC) Conference Sustainable Development
Theme: Culture. Education: Interplay of Traditions and Innovations in Education for Sustainable Development
Date: 5-8 May, 2015
Venue: Riga, Latvia
Summary: We invite all those who feel ready to contribute to BBCC network’s international scholarly efforts targeted at exploring current educational practices and their orientation to sustainability to attend the 13th JTEFS/BBCC conference Sustainable Development. Culture. Education: Interplay of Traditions and Innovations in Education for Sustainable Development.
Course dates:

  • 31 January 2015: paper submission deadline for the authors who would like to participate in the conference paper competition
  • 15 February 2015: final date for submission of abstracts
  • 28 February 2015: paper submission deadline for all conference participants.
Contact email: Ilga Salite
Website: 13th International JTEFS/BBCC Conference Sustainable Development

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)

World Education Forum 2015 (WEF)
Date: 19-22 May 2015
Location: Incheon, Republic of Korea
Website: World Education Forum 2015

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

International Sustainable Campus Network Conference
Theme: Expanding the Dialogue: Sustainability in a Connected World
Date: 17 -19 June, 2015
Hosted by: The University of Hong Kong

8th International World Environmental Education Congress
Dates: 19 June - 2 July, 2015
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Summary: The 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC2015) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. The congress is directed towards everyone working on environmental and sustainability education in different contexts. WEEC2015 is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.
Congress themes: WEEC2015 will discuss 11 themes
Abstract submission dates: 15 September - 19 December, 2014.
Website: 8th International World Environmental Education Congress

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

 

Spatial Ecology & Conservation 3
Date: 13 – 15 July, 2015
Venue: University of Bristol (UK)
Organiser: ERT Conservation
Summary: The conference is being run as a series of eight half-day symposia. In consultation with both academics and practitioners, the content of each symposium has been chosen to tackle difficult issues at the heart of applying spatial ecology to conservation.
Contact: ERT Conservation
Website: Spatial Ecology & Conservation 3

Global Environments Summer Academy
Date: 27 July - 14 August, 2015
Location: University of Bern
Organisers: The Global Diversity Foundation in collaboration with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Summary: GESA is an intensive course in which participants from around the world gather to learn from each other and from resource people. Throughout the course, participants are encouraged to engage actively with the curriculum and to experiment with innovative presentation and learning styles. The three week duration and features such as collaborative sessions offer further opportunities for deeply personal interactions amongst participants and resource persons that result in long-lasting, productive networks.
Website: Global Environments Summer Academy

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: 24 August – 11 September, 2015, in Sweden;
  • Course 2: 30 November - 11 December, 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

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

Formulating project proposals for climate change mitigation and clean energy
Dates: 16 March – 17 April, 2015
Summary: The aim of the course is to develop participants’ skills in writing viable and fundable proposals in the fields of clean energy access and climate change mitigation.
Organisers: CSTM - Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability at the University of Twente; The UNEP DTU Partnership; and Eco Ltd.
Website: Twente Short cources

Climate Change and Development short course
Application period: 29 June - 04 July 2015
Location: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Organisers: University of East Anglia
Target Audience: The course is aimed at professionals who do not have an existing specialism in the field but who may have new responsibility or interest in the integration of climate change management into development planning, projects and policy.
Website: Climate Change and Development short course

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: 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

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

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

Strategic Environmental Assessment 2014 B
Date: July 2014 – December 2015
Location: 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: Closed
Website: Strategic Environmental Assessment 2014 B

Sustainable Urban Land Use Planning
Course Theme: Innovative Solutions for Cities
Sub-Theme: Planning, Finance and Governance
Dates: 25 March – 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

'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.
Registration: Closed
Brochure: download
Application form: download

Education, Ethics and Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter
Date: 22 - 26 June 2015 (2days)
Location: Earth Charter Center for ESD at the University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Summary: Under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, this programme offers an opportunity to deepen understanding on the role of education in fostering sustainability (sustainable development and its implications for education, learning, and change).
Target audience: This Masterclass is designed for educators in formal and informal settings, whether in schools, universities, NGOs, or training centers. .
Abstract focal point email: Inquiry
Website: Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards

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

Forest Governance Operationalising Equity and Justice in REDD+, PES and FLEGT
Dates: 24 August – 4 September 2015
Summary: This new short course provides managerial level professionals with state-of-the-art knowledge, skills and tools needed to design, implement and monitor more equitable and just forest governance schemes. By combining theory and practice, the course offers an excellent setting to reflect on justice challenges in forest governance, to exchange experiences with world leading experts and to develop personal action plans.
Target audience: This course targets managerial level professionals of government institutions, civil society organisations, donor agencies, international organisations and the private sector who are involved in negotiating agreements and/or designing, implementing and monitoring forest governance schemes such as REDD+, PES and FLEGT.
Focal point email: The Coordinator
Website: Forest Governance Operationalising Equity and Justice in REDD+, PES and FLEGT

5: RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TRAININGS

Wind Power
Date: 5 February 2015
Provider: European Energy Centre Ltd.
Location: Edinburgh Napier University.
Summary: Understand the best locations for installing wind turbines. Find out all about wind maps and software to use to calculate wind-speed. This course has a strong focus on feasibility studies.
Target audience: Technicians and individuals intending to learn how to install, maintain and repair wind turbines; Design engineers; and Architects.
Website: Wind Power

Renewable Energy Solutions
Date: 6 - 7 February 2015
Provider: European Energy Centre Ltd.
Location: Edinburgh Napier University.
Summary: This course is aimed at personnel and consultants who need to make an informed decision on which renewable energy technology will meet their specific needs or the needs of their clients. Discover the advantages of zero carbon, low carbon energy sources and their applications.
Target audience: Technicians and individuals intending to learn how to install, maintain and repair wind turbines; Design engineers; and Architects.
Website: Renewable Energy Solutions

Electrics for Renewables (Practical)
Date: 11 - 12 March 2015
Provider: European Energy Centre Ltd.
Location: Edinburgh Napier University.
Summary: Professionals and individuals with a strong interest in the electrical equipment side of renewable systems, safety instruments and controls.
Target audience: Technicians and individuals intending to learn how to install, maintain and repair wind turbines; Design engineers; and Architects.
Website: Electrics for Renewables (Practical)

Solar Photovoltaic Qualification
Date: 13 - 14 March 2015
Provider: European Energy Centre Ltd.
Location: Edinburgh Napier University.
Target audience: Technicians and individuals intending to learn how to install, maintain and repair Solar Photovoltaic equipment; Design engineers; and Architects.
Website: Solar Photovoltaic Qualification

Renewable Energy Management and Finance
Date: 19 - 20 March 2015
Provider: European Energy Centre Ltd.
Location: Imperial College London.
Summary: Understanding policies and finances - fast track to a renewable energy consultancy job.
Target audience: Individuals considering a consultancy job and/or those who have to evaluate the benefits of adopting renewable energy technology. Managers and directors intending to invest in the renewable energy sector.
Website: Renewable Energy Management and Finance

Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners short course
Application period: 7-11 September 2015
Location: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Organisers: University of East Anglia
Summary: Participants will acquire a variety of tools and analytical frameworks from a variety of disciplines and an extended understanding of this key national and global issue. They will leave the course with an ability to critically assess and address current water security policy, to gain an appreciation of the relations between water security and energy, climate, food, human and national security. Participants will also substantially develop their networks and resource bases.
Target Audience: The course is designed for entry and mid-level water and development policy-makers and professionals in government, donor, NGO or implementing agencies as well as for environmental journalists, consultants and activists.
Website: Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners short course

6: HARMFUL SUBSTANCES TRAININGS

 

 

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