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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).
Website: Sustainability Literacy Test

Environmental Management in a Changing World: Coping with Sea Level Rise
Dates: 14 - 27 July 2014
Location: Venice International University, Island of San Servolo, Venice (Italy).
Target group: Undergraduate and graduate students from any university and any discipline with an interest in environmental issues, and able to read and write fluently in English. Applicants familiar with these subjects and already working in private companies or public administrations are welcome.
Organisers: The Nicholas School of the Environment (Duke University) and Venice International University.
Application deadline: 1 february, 2014
Event focal point email: Summer School Secretariat
Website: Environmental Management in a Changing World

4th RUFORUM 2014 Biennial Conference
Dates: 21 - 25 July, 2014 (6 days)
Location: Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre, Maputo, Mozambique.
Theme: African Higher Education Week - Celebrating the Contribution of Universities & Partners to Africa’s Agricultural Development
Organiser: RUFORUM Secretariat, Government of Mozambique (led by Eduardo Mondlane University and IIAM) and CCARDESA.
Concept note: download
Website: 4th RUFORUM 2014 Biennial Conference

Amazon Summer School
Dates: 21 July - 6 August, 2014 (17 days)
Location: Tumbira and Manaus, Brazil
Organisers: Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS).
Summary: Training in leadership towards Sustainable Development with the participation of several international and local experts.
Who can apply: Anyone who has already started his/ her university studies is encouraged to apply, regardless of the field of studies, professional experience or country of origin.
Application deadline: 15 June 2014 at 11.50pm GMT
Event focal point email: João Brites e Suelen Marostica
Website: Amazon Summer School

The Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference
Dates: 25 - 26 July 2014
Venue: Johannesburg, South Africa
Organiser: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Summary: Presented by California State University, Sacramento, Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) and The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), South Africa.
Theme: Theme: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peace Studies in Africa: Lessons, Prospects and Challenges
Call for papers: download
Contact person(s): Sabrina Ensenbach and/or Prof. Ernest Uwazie

3rd International Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues
Date: 30 - 31 July, 2014 (2 days)
Location: Colombo, Shri Lanka
Organisers: International Center for Research & Development
Summary: CCSI 2014 offers a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues from many countries who share the same goals. Session themes for the conference cover a rich and diverse range of research topics. Participants will be enlightened with innovative ideas and solutions at CCSI 2014 and take initiatives to forge better solutions to reduce future risks and threats of climate change and social issues.
Abstract acceptance deadline: 15 April, 2014 - * Paper submission not mandatory
Early Bird Registration deadline: 15 May, 2014
Abstract focal point email: The Coordinator
Website: 3rd International Conference on Climate Change & Social Issues

High-level Dialogue on Sustainable Cities, Transport and Tourism & Global Forum on Human Settlements 2014
Dates: 10 – 12 August, 2014 (3 days)
Location: Lievano Palace, Bogota, D.C., Colombia
Organiser: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS) and City of Bogota, Colombia
Hosts: Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Summary: the 2014 ISCN conference will offer a powerful opportunity to examine today’s emerging critical issues for sustainability and explore strategies that push boundaries toward new innovations, identify new opportunities for collaboration, and amplify our measurable impacts globally.
Contact: Mr. William Fernando Camargo Triana and Ms. Christine He
Website: 2014 ISCN conference

Community Based Adaptation and Resilience in East and Southern Africa’s Drylands Conference
Dates: 1 – 4 September, 2014 (4 days)
Location: ILRI complex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Summary: The aim of the event is to facilitate learning from experiences and evidence on climate change adaptation, in particular CBA, and resilience. The conference will explore:

  • What is the added value that CBA practical experience brings to achieving resilience in dryland communities?
  • How are climate change and related responses exacerbating the entrenched drivers of differential vulnerability among communities living in drylands?
  • What are the barriers and drivers to change?
  • What would an integrated and coherent approach to achieving resilience in vulnerable dryland communities look like?
Target audience: Practitioners working with drylands issues (government, non-government and donors) and researchers, who have knowledge and experiences to share on adaptation and resilience in drylands. Policy makers concerned with East and Southern African drylands are also welcome.
Registration deadline: 10 June, midnight (GMT + 3)
Contact: Sylvia Miyumo
Concept note: here
Website: Community Based Adaptation and Resilience in East and Southern Africa’s Drylands Conference

Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development
Course dates: 16 June – 04 July 2014.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Organisers: NIRAS in cooperation with the Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology
Application deadline: 11 April 2014 to a Danish Embassy.
Event focal point email: Course Manager, Mr Henrik Borgtoft Pedersen
Website: Natural Resources Management for Sustainable Development

IV International Conference on Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management - CRETE 2014
Date: 2 - 5 September 2014 (4 days)
Location: Chania, Crete, Greece
Organisers: IWWG, Technical University of Crete, University of Padua, Hamburg University of Technology
Event focal point email: CRETE 2014 Conference Secretariat
Website: IV International conference on Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management - CRETE 2014

2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014)
Date: 3 - 5 September, 2014 (3 days)
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Organisers: Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the Research and Transfer Centre
Objectives:

  1. to provide universities all round the world with an opportunity to display and present their works (i.e. curriculum innovation, research, activities, practical projects) as they relate to education for sustainable development at university level;
  2. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, from successful initiatives and good practice;
  3. to discuss methodological approaches and projects which aim to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curriculum of universities;
  4. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

Event focal point email: Dr. Mihaela Sima
Website: WSSD-U-2014

Environmental Conflicts: Planning, Issues and Resolution
Dates: 4 September 2014
Location: Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Organiser: The conference is organized by the Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, University of Bucharest, in partnership with Faculty of Geography, Association for Biodiversity Conservation, and Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS – UEFISCDI.
Summary: he workshop aims to bring together and to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue between scientists, researchers, practitioners and representatives of local authorities on the subject of environmental conflicts. It provides a forum for presentation of recent results and discussion on environmental conflicts and approaches towards their resolution in spatial planning for sustainable development.
Website: Environmental Conflicts Workshop

32nd Annual Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) Conference and Workshop
Dates: 8 - 12 September, 2014 (4 days)
Location: University of Namibia (UNAM), Windhoek, Namibia
Theme: Reflections on the current and emerging ESD issues and practices informing the post DESD framework programme
Objectives:

  1. to reflect upon the activities in Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within the Southern African region; and
  2. to identify and share best practices and challenges from the first United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) that could inform the post DESD framework programme for the Southern African region and contribute to the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD post-2014.

Event focal point email: Dr. Alex Kanyimba and/or Dr. Elsabe Julies
Bronchure: 32nd EEASA Conference and Workshop

Sustainable Energy Solutions - Technologies, Trends and Policy Options
Dates: 9 - 17 September, 2014 (9 days)
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Organiser: UNIDO and the International Centre for Promotion of Enterprises (ICPE) in Ljubljana
Eligibility: Participation in the course is open to current and future policymakers from emerging and developing countries engaged in the design and implementation of energy policies, as well as to other stakeholders from nongovernmental organizations, academia or the private sector dealing with such issues.
Summary: It aims to address some of the key issues pertaining to sustainable energy by raising awareness amongst a group of selected participants conveying an in-depth understanding of energy policy, technology and financing as planning tools for developing sustainable energy systems.
Application Deadline: 15 June 2014
Flyer: Sustainable Energy Solution 2014
Website: Sustainable Energy Solutions

Climate Summit 2014
Date: 23 September, 2014
Location: New York
Theme: Catalyzing Action
Website: Climate Summit 2014

4th ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC4)
Dates: 23 - 26 September, 2014 ( 4 days)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organisers: Asia-Europe Foundation in partnership with the ASEAN University Network (AUN), International Association of Universities (IAU), Chulalongkorn University (CU) and the Officer of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) Thailand.
Event focal point email: Joel Bassig
Website: 4th ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC4)

Natural Resources Management in Post-Conflict Countries
Date: 24 September - 22 October, 2014
Registration deadline: 17 September 2014
Duration of event: 4 weeks
Platform: Web-based
Provider: United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Website: 2nd EurAsia Waste Management Symposium

Greening the Growth, A Danida Fellowship Course
Dates: 29 September - 10 October 2014
Location: Nakuru and Nairobi, Kenya
Target group: SMEs, trade / business association, trade unions and others in the private sector
Organisers: NIRAS in cooperation with the Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology
Application deadline: 27 June 2014 to a Danish Embassy.
Event focal point email: Course Manager, Mr Henrik Borgtoft Pedersen
Website: Greening the Growth

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

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference
Dates: 3 October, 2014
Location: Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Theme: Education for Sustainability: Building capacity in higher education
Summary: This Conference will review major trends and changes in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years, with an emphasis on whole-of-institution approaches, curriculum change, university educators, ESD competences and quality enhancement.
Deadline: 15 July 2014 (Registration and abstract submissions)
Contact: CA Leadership Team and Charles University
Registration: Online registration

Website: COPERNICUS Alliance Conference 2104

43rd Annual NAAEE Conference
Event Date: 8 - 11 October, 2014
Theme: EE: Building Momentum for the Next Chapter
Location: Washington DC, USA
Organisers: North American Association for Environmental Education
Call for Presentations Deadline: 31 March 2014
Website: 43rd Annual NAAEE Conference

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

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

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

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

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)

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

6th International Training Course on Climate Risk Management in a Changing Environment
Dates: 1 - 10 September, 2014 (10 days)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organisers: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Summary: The course participants will be guided through a number of interactive sessions that will enable them to acquire scientific knowledge to assess climate risks and reduce climate risks strategically through: climate risk management planning, implementation and mainstreaming climate risk management into development policies and programs at different levels. The course will illustrate climate risk management in urban and rural settings focusing on the sector challenges.
Course Modules:

  1. Concepts and emerging directions of Climate Change and Climate Risk Management;
  2. Climate change projections and decision support tools in Climate Risk Management;
  3. Climate change and urban built systems;
  4. Climate change and rural ecosystems;
  5. Climate risk management planning and implementation; and
  6. Future knowledge applications and conclusions
Application Deadline: 19 July 2014
Event focal point email: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Website: 6th International Training Course on Climate Risk Management in a Changing Environment

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

23rd Regional Training Course on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction with a Changing Climate
Dates: 28 July - 8 August, 2014 (12 days)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Summary: The course aims to develop the capacity of CBDRR practitioners who will be the main project implementers at the community level on essential skills and knowledge on community based disaster risk management
Event focal point email: Training Services Department (TSD) Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Website: 23rd Regional Training Course on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction with a Changing Climate

5th Regional Training Course on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into National Development Process
Dates: 22 - 26 September, 2014 (5 days)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organisers: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Summary: The goal of the course is to enhance understanding on mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the development planning process, in order to build the capacities of government officials, development partners and stakeholders to implement disaster resilient development.
Application Deadline: 29 July 2014
Event focal point email: Training Services Department (TSD)
Website: 5th Regional Training Course on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into National Development Process

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

Community-based Mapping
Dates: 6 June – 11 July, 2014 (5 weeks)
Registration deadlines: June 1, 2014
Locations: Duke University / Colorado State University
Summary: This course will explore theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development.
Website: Community-based Mapping

Field Courses on the Ecology and Conservation of Tropical Ecosystems 2014
Location and dates:
TBA 14/1 – 27 June to 27 July Kibale Forest, Uganda
TBA 14/2 – 6 August to 5 September Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania
TBA 14/3 – 14 November to 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

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

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

GEPP Executive Summer School on Global Environmental Policy
Dates: 31 August - 12 September 2014 (13 days)
Location: The University of Geneva, Switzerland
Closing date for applications: 30th April 2014
Summary: In the unique International Geneva setting, the Executive Summer School provides a special opportunity for participants from both the public and the private sectors to enlarge their competences in order to address complex environmental issues. Beyond enlarging the knowledge base of each participant, the modules of this transdisciplinary programme bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and concrete decision-making, problem-solving and negotiation skills.
Event focal point email: Scientific Secretary and/or Queries
Website: 2014 GEPP Executive Summer School on Global Environmental Policy

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

Doctoral Degree Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste
Organisers: A Joint Degree Programme by the United Nations University and Technische Universität Dresden
Summary: The main objective of the Doctoral programme is to provide graduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and tools to take an interdisciplinary and integrated approach towards the management of water, soil and waste.
Contact: Inquiries
Application deadline: 15 June 2014
Website: Doctoral Degree Programme in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste

6: HARMFUL SUBSTANCES TRAININGS

 

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