Call for Teachers

STS Fryderyk ChopinTeachers wanted for the 2015 SAIL course on-board the tall ship Fryderyk Chopin.

We are looking for motivated teachers coming from different disciplines covering aspects of sustainability in a broad sense, thus creating an inter-disciplinary and international learning environment, which can introduce students in complex issues related to sustainability. We are looking for teachers who are interested in trying something new – combining tall ship sailing with an unconventional teaching environment, which is extra-ordinary but can be both physically and mentally demanding. The teachers are expected to prepare and plan the course beforehand, as well as correct exercises and essays/reports after the course. English is the spoken language of the course.

For further information please see the BUP web site.

ESD Professional Development of University Educators

Summary-State of the art of education for sustainable developmentNew mapping report shows good practices and gaps across Europe.

From February till May 2014 were 54 higher education institutions from 33 countries across Europe engaged in mapping the state of the art of education for sustainable development (ESD) in higher education. The partners represent an area of more than 3,000 European higher education institutions with more than 24 million students. Besides identifying the status of ESD integration, the focus was on mapping existing ESD professional development opportunities for university educators as quality in higher education teaching is seen as vital for preparing students with the competences they need to address 21st century challenges.

For further information please see:
- Press release in English or Finnish
- Summary: State of the art report on mapping opportunities for developing education for sustainable development competences in the UE4SD partner countries in English or Finnish.

or visit the UE4SD web site.

 

Regional Development and the BSR

Regional Development and the Baltic Sea RegionRegional Development and the Baltic Sea Region (pdf pdf)
Editors: Tomasz Branka and Arnold Bernaciak

"This publication from the Baltic University Programme gives a momentary glimpse of the region. In September 2011, the authors gathered to a meeting in Gniezno, Poland, and the articles should be seen as a reflection of that time. The eleven articles span over three different landscapes in the Baltic Sea region; the educational, the political and the social and natural landscapes. They cover aspects from the local level to the international level. The publication was edited by a team from University of Economics in Poznan and Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, and from the BUP secretariat at Uppsala University, Sweden."

From the Preface by Paula Lindroos

Water in the City

SUstainable Development 5: Water in the CityThe Sendzimir Foundation, has just published a new guidebook 'Water in the City' (pdf pdf-file) in the Sustainable Development Applications Series. The guidebook highlights the importance of urban water ecosystems and green infrastructure for sustainable development of a city (quality of life, health, biodiversity and ecosystem services, public space, flood control, water and air quality). In the guidebook, you can also find a selection of best practices showing how to successfully integrate urban greenery management with water management.

Please see the Sendzimir web site for further information.

Facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration

Inquiry Based Approach (IBA)SWEDESD and partners have published a handbook, The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) - a Facilitators Handbook (pdf pdf-file), based on recent experiences and insights from collaborative learning initiatives in 18 cities on three continents.

The handbook describes the Inquiry-based Approach as a way to overcome constraints for collaboration and collaborative learning when addressing sustainability challenges. Such constraints include conflicting interests, unequal power relationships and lack of competence and resources among stakeholders.

The Inquiry-Based Approach (IBA) makes it possible for stakeholders from civil society, public authorities, business and academia to come together as a team and jointly engage in a purposeful process to tackle sustainability challenges with concrete actions at the local level.

SAIL for Students 2015

SAIL for Students 2015Sustainability Applied in International Learning (SAIL) is an international Baltic University Programme summer course offered by the Department of Earth Sciences, Centre for Sustainable Development at Uppsala University. This course includes a 14-day cruise on the STS Fryderyk Chopin. Participants crew the ship and will be departing from Aalborg, Denmark on 4th August 2015 and returning to Swinoujscie, Poland on the 18th via several ports in the Baltic Sea.

The application period is 23 February to 16 March 2015, see the web sites University Admissions.se or www.antagning.se.

For further information se also the BUP web site.