11th World Environmental Education Congress
Building Bridges in Times of Climate Urgency
14-18 March 2022 PragueCZECH REPUBLIC


Cross-cutting Dialogues

Cross-cutting dialogues are an important part of the 11th WEEC. They aim to link various stakeholders to promote their cooperation and communication to promote positive changes in our field. These are based on discussions of smaller but engaged groups of participants. 

Tuesday 15 March

09:30 AM - 11:00 AM Cooperation and networking in the ESE

Facilitated by Arjen Wals (University of Wageningen) & Judy Braus (NAAEE)

Abstract: To be updated…

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Linking education with local and regional sustainable development challenges 

Facilitated by Tamara Mitrofanenko (UNEP)

Abstract: That education is a key to implementing sustainable development is a notion recognized on the international level. However, to which extent is environmental education linked with the real-life sustainable development challenges, especially on the local and regional levels - both with respect to1) educational programs and materials drawing on informational resources, and 2) educational initiatives, teachers and students contributing to solving these challenges?  We would like to discuss these broad topics with the WEEC 21 participants, especially with a focus on rural and mountainous regions.

01:40 PM - 03:15 PM Developing ESD competencies of educators

Facilitated by Marco Rieckmann (University of Vechta)

Abstract: To ensure adequate implementation of ESD at all levels requires a focus on teacher education. Teacher education is a key requirement for promoting ESD at school because teachers are powerful change agents for delivering the educational response needed for achieving sustainable development. Whether school education and the schools themselves as educational institutions can become more sustainable depends particularly on the competencies of the teachers. But what competencies do teachers need for implementing ESD and how can these competencies be developed?

03:30 PM - 05:00 PM Creating Healthy Publishing Cultures: Being a Researcher in the Capitolocene

Facilitated by Arjen Wals (University of Wageningen)

Abstract: Many researchers in the field Environmental and Sustainability Education working in higher education institutions find themselves caught in a dilemma. On the one hand there is an expectation that they frequently (co)author peer-reviewed papers in scholarly journals that have ‘high impact’ as expressed by a journal’s Impact Factor. On the other hand they feel uncomfortable in having to ‘produce’ articles for commercial publishers whose main mission is to increase the number of journals, special issues, articles, citations, downloads, etc. to gain market share and to satisfy shareholders.

This pressure to produce is not conducive to high quality scholarship as reviewers have less time to review (often reviewing is not rewarded) and the time to read and write is put under pressure (as scholars also have to teach, supervise and attract research grants). Meanwhile the big publishing companies get free labor from the mostly public universities, after all editors, assistant editors,  reviewers and authors are mostly paid, not by the publisher, but by their universities.

In this workshop we explore this dilemma by sharing experiences but also and foremost, by exploring alternative publishing options that are more inclusive, less-exploitative and better aligned with notions of sustainability.

05:00 PM - 06:30 PM Mainstreaming sustainability at the university 

Facilitated by Veronika Šafránková (UNEP)

Abstract: A workshop to highlight the work and initiatives of UN Environment Programme in the field of higher education, including an introduction and closing from Veronika Šafránková, Head of UNEP Brussels Office, the presentation of a range of engagement opportunities in programmes around behaviour change on the campus, decarbonizing universities and creating Green jobs and skills, as well as Environmental Education. The workshop will showcase concrete case studies and achievements of higher education institutions from around the world.


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