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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

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
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
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015
Deadline: 24 August, 2014.
Contact email: Queries
Website: Asia Pacific Youth Forum and Training Workshop 2014

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.
Venue: Tanzania
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:14 - 25 September, 2015
Application deadline: 15 October, 2014
Website: Strategic Environmental Assessment 2015 A

Comparative Learning Journey in Sustainable Living
Summary: The program intends to increase the integration of environmental and sustainability considerations into planning and decision-making processes in the participants’ countries.
Venue: Nepal
Target audience: This course is for students and working professionals seeking to gain gritty, practical insights and experience within emerging economies and successful development organisations, or those looking to deepen their understanding of sustainability and wellbeing.
Themes:

  • Ecological design & eco-literacy;
  • Globalization in emerging economies and how this shapes the designed environment;
  • Traditional building, farming techniques and renewable engineering solutions;
  • Reflection in practices of mindfulness and spirituality;
  • Experiences of wildness and deep ecology in place.
Application deadline: tbc
Website: Comparative Learning Journey in Sustainable Living

33rd International Conference of the International Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
Theme: Creating sustainable societies: Scaling up ESD through the Global Action Programme
Location: Esibayeni Lodge, Matsapha Swaziland
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015
Brochure: download
Focal point email: Honorary Secretary Ms Mumsie Gumede and/or Admin Secretary
Website: 33rd EEASA Conference

2015 Biodiversity Information TDWG Annual Conference
Theme: Applications, Standards and Capacity Building for Sustaining Global Biodiversity.
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Summary: Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) will hold its 2015 annual conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Subprograms will include: Digitization, Semantic Technologies, Phyloinformatics, Outreach and Collaboration, ePublications, Trait Data, and Conservation informatics. A 5-day capacity building workshop for African participants at the conference will be organized, focusing primarily on biodiversity collection digitization, biodiversity databases, data cleaning, and geo-referencing.
Dates: 28 September to 3 October 2015
Contact email: Queries
Website: 2015 Biodiversity Information TDWG Annual Conference

Making Universities Sustainable Conference
Dates: 22 – 24 October, 2015
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

ITC-ILO Gender Academy
Theme: Applications, Standards and Capacity Building for Sustaining Global Biodiversity.
Location: Turin, Kenya
Summary: The Gender Academy is designed for those responsible for promoting gender equality and non-discrimination in their everyday work. These include: Government: Women’s and Gender Machineries, Equality and Equal Opportunities Commissions, Ministries of Labour and Social Policies; Gender units and focal points in line ministries; The social partners and NGOs: gender focal points, gender units, managers of programmes and projects who want to effectively mainstream gender; and Private practitioners and consultants wishing to upgrade their professional skills.
Dates: 16 - 27 November 2015
Deadline for applying for a fellowship: 14 August 2015.
Deadline for registration (if you are not applying for a fellowship): 14 September 2015.
Contact email: Queries
Website: ITC-ILO Gender Academy

International Scholarships for MSc in Tropical Forestry
Location: TU Dresden, Germany
Summary: Over many decades, the international orientation and socio-economic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research & lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. Besides socio-economic and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course also includes specific topics of climate change, carbon forestry, REDD+, agroforestry and land use change. Another plus: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015
Deadline for scholarship applications is 30 October 2015, while for self-funded applicants is 31 May 2016.
Contact email: Queries
Website: International Scholarships for MSc in Tropical Forestry

 

1: CLIMATE CHANGE TRAININGS

2: DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS TRAININGS

3: ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT TRAININGS

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 2: 5 - 16 October, 2015, in Tanzania.
Registration: Closed
Website: Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development (ISCD) - A, 2015

Integrated Sustainable Costal Development (ITP: 286 A)
Location and dates: 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

Environmental Management
Sumamry: Globally, policy makers and professionals are challenged with minimizing the impact of human society and industry on the natural environment. They seek to maximise socio-economic potential, while preventing consequences that threaten the integrity of the land and its resources, and interfere with the pursuit of quality of life. They aim to create long-term policies that will maintain efficient, cost-effective and economically safe systems. Progress in this direction requires study of successful strategies and technologies, as well as an innovative mind set. The Environmental Management Programme offers both.
Target audience: senior government officials, directors of regional offices responsible for the environmental sector, employees of NGOs and the private sector, and consultants in the environmental sector. It is also intended for executives and professionals whose work affects various facets of the environment.
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015
Contact email: Mrs. Shiri Salant
Website: Environmental Management

Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme
Summary: The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme aims to strengthen organisations from the nature conservation sector in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, by developing the personal capacity of early-career conservation professionals to overcoming global biodiversity loss. The training programme catalyzes personal capacity development through training on international best conservation practice and policy, management training, and personal network development.
Modules:

  • Module 1 - Informing Conservation: Types and distribution of biodiversity, trends, causes and root causes of biodiversity loss, conservation rationales, evaluating and monitoring biodiversity; information management and communication for biodiversity conservation, strategic conservation planning and adaptive management (5 – 17 November, 2015);
  • Module 2 - Conservation Economics and Financing: Ecological economics, TEEB, resource mobilization and sustainable financing of conservation measures; fundraising, proposal and technical writing (6 – 17 April, 2016) :
  • Module 3 - Conservation Management in a Spatial Context: Conservation management in protected areas and beyond, integrated land use planning, ecological networks; engaging stakeholders and building collaborative partnerships, leadership skills (29 August – 9 September, 2016); and
  • Module 4 - Conservation Governance and Policy: Decision making processes and structures relevant to conservation at the local, national and international level, user-based approaches to resource conservation; negotiation skills, lobbying and advocacy (16 – 28 January, 2017).
Target group: Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Organisers: German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in partnership with IUCN, the CBD Secretariat and UNEP-WCMC.
Dates Application deadline: 30 June, 2015.
Website: Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme

Competing Claims on Natural Resources
Summary: The overall aim of the course is to contribute to sustainable resources management by building capacity to manage conflicts over natural resources.
Dates: 29 February - 11 March 2016
Application deadline: 18 January 2016
Location: The Netherlands
Organisers: Wageningen University
Target Audience: This course is aimed at resource managers, policy-makers, scientists, practitioners, private sector or civil society representatives and mid-career professionals who work in the field of natural resources management. Candidates should meet the following requirements: relevant tertiary education, at least five years of working experience in the NRM sector.
Website: Competing claims on natural resources.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 2016 A
Summary: The programme seeks to increase the integration of environmental and sustainability considerations into planning and decision-making processes in the participants’ countries. The sustainability perspective on SEA addresses the interlinking of social, ecological and economic aspects, including aspects of poverty alleviation and the rights of the poor.
Eligible countries 2015: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Providers: The training 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.
Programme duration: December 2015 - March 2017
Course dates:

  • Course 1: 29 February - 18 March, 2016 , in Sweden;
  • Course 2: 12 - 23 September, 2016, in In one of the participating countries (to be decided).
Application deadline: 30 September, 2015
Website: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) 2016 A

4: ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE TRAININGS

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

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law
Summary: This programme provides for a thorough study of energy law, environmental law and climate change law from the point of view of international, European Union as well as comparative law, as regulation in these areas with strong roots in public law is increasingly driven by developments at the international and the European Union level. The programme aims to deliver three key anchor points of legal resources: knowledge and know-how, skills (both verbally and written), and the professional approach and intuition required.
Provider(s): Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta and the Institute for Environmental and Energy Law (IEEL) of the University of Leuven.
Start: 14 September 2015.
Focal point email: The Coordinator
Website: Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change Law

5: RESOURCE EFFICIENCY TRAININGS

Solar Photovoltaic Qualification
Dates: 23 – 24 July, 2015
Location: University of London, UK
Summary: Learn how Solar Panels work and gain a thorough understanding of solar PV systems.
Target audience: Technicians and individuals intending to learn how to install, maintain and repair Solar Photovoltaic equipment; Design engineers; and Architects.
Online distance learning: Live tutorial.
Website: Solar Photovoltaic Qualification

Solar Photovoltaic US
Dates and Location: 23 – 24 July (San Francisco, USA); and 24 – 25 September (University of California, Berkeley, USA), 2015
Location: University of California, Berkeley
Target Audience: Technicians and individuals intending to learn how to install, maintain and repair Solar Photovoltaic equipment; Design engineers; and Architects.
Online distance learning: Live tutorial.
Website: Solar Photovoltaic US

Wind Power
Dates: 29 – 30 July, 2015
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, UK
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.
Online distance learning: Live tutorial.
Website: Wind Power

World Food System Summer School 2015
Theme: Organic Agriculture and Food Systems
Date: 1 - 15 August, 2015
Venue: Gut Rheinau, Switzerland
Organiser: The ETH Zurich World Food System Center
Summary: The two-week intensive academic course will bring together students, researchers, and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines and cultures, who are committed to building sustainable food systems. The program includes lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips and farm work together with faculty and experts from leading research institutes, the public, private, and not for profit sectors
Contact: Bastian Flury
Website: World Food System Summer School 2015

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

Renewable Energy Management and Finance
Dates: 16 – 17 September, 2015
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, UK
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.
Online distance learning: Live tutorial.
Website: Renewable Energy Management and Finance

Integrated Water Resources Management
Sumamry: Water is life and is also a key component of development. It is crucial for industry and agriculture, as well as for the health and quality of life of a nation’s citizens. Investment in efficient and sustainable infrastructure, for both urban and agricultural supply, is essential for greater economic return.
Target audience: Officials of ministries responsible for water resources and water supply, water corporations, water boards, water utilities departments; water and sanitation engineers involved in either design, process, construction or plants O&M; officials of international organisations and NGO’s dealing with water.
Dates: 21 – 24 September, 2015
Contact email: Mrs. Dror Issacci-Rodan
Website: Integrated Water Resources Management

Carbon Finance
Dates: 24 – 25 September, 2015
Location: University of London, UK
Summary: How to calculate, monitor and reduce an organisation's carbon footprint and improve green credentials, in line with current legislation and carbon reduction commitments.
Target Audience: Individuals considering a consultancy job in renewable energy and/or those interested in carbon management and trading strategies and carbon reduction commitments for small, medium and large organisations; and Managers and directors intending to reduce the organization's carbon footprint and needing to find out more about carbon trading.
Online distance learning: Live tutorial.
Website: Carbon Finance

Certificate and Diploma of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility
Themes:

  • Understand the different aspects of CSR and how it contributes to institutions meeting global sustainability challenges and opportunities;
  • Master the latest CSR cutting-edge tools, methodologies and strategies; and
  • Enhance your leadership skills to become an innovative responsible leader.
Certificate Date: September 2015-January 2016
Diploma Date: September 2015-June 2016
Venue: Geneva
Organiser: University of Geneva
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.
Application deadline: 31 May 2015
Contact: Leticia Saura
Website: Certificate and Diploma of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility

Electrics for Renewables
Dates: 1st October, 2015
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Summary: An intensive one-day course with exam for the Galileo Master Certificate.
Target audience: Professionals and individuals with a strong interest in the electrical equipment side of renewable systems, safety instruments and controls.
Online distance learning: Live tutorial.
Website: Electrics for Renewables

Renewable Energy Solutions
Dates: 2nd – 3rd October, 2015
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Summary: Learn how to Choose the Best Renewable Energy Solutions. Discover the advantages of zero carbon, low carbon energy sources and their applications.
Target Audience: 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.
Online distance learning: Live tutorial.
Website: Renewable Energy Solutions

Energy Management in Small and Medium Scale Industries
Date: 2 November – 11 December 2015
Location: Van Hall Institute (Leeuwarden City) and University of Twente (Enschede).
Summary: An international course for the public and private sector involved in energy conservation and environmental protection in industries.
Website: Energy Management in Small and Medium Scale Industries

Master in Renewable Energy Award
Location: Online
Summary: The Master in Renewable Energy Award was been created in response to calls from professionals and students within the clean energy sector who need to differentiate themselves in a competitive job market and broaden their knowledge of the fast-growing Renewables industry. This 18-month online and classroom Training Programme has quickly received high visibility, due to its accessibility and Innovative Learning methods: participants from 105 countries worldwide are now accessing the training modules live.
Website: Master in Renewable Energy Award

6: HARMFUL SUBSTANCES TRAININGS

Short Course on Hazardous Waste Management (HWM)
Date: 31 August – 11 September 2015
Location: Delft (The Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium)
Organisers: Consortium consisting of UNESCO-IHE, UNIDO, UNEP, ISWA and the University of Technology of Berlin
Summary: The course gives participants the opportunity to gain knowledge about current practices and state-of-the-art developments as well as the organizational and legislative framework to prevent and handle hazardous waste. The course gives practitioners from various world regions the opportunity to share, discuss and develop case studies from their own professional experience. The course takes place around the ISWA Annual World Congress making attendance of the Congress an integral part of it.
Target Audience: Participants from low- and middle-income countries having at least a BSc-degree in science, technology or engineering, a background in solid waste management and ideally some practical experience in hazardous waste management.
Brochure: download
Email: Maarten Siebel and/or Elisabeth Herbeck
Website: Hazardous Waste Management (HWM)

 

 

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