First Call for Papers: “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSDU-2012)

Expressions of interest may now be submitted by persons/organisations interested to take part in the “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSDU- 2012), medical to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 5-6  June 2012, as a parallel event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
(UNCSD).  WSSDU-2012 is organised by the Task Force Earth Summit 2012 at the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of HAW Hamburg, the RCE Hamburg and Region and the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. The aims of the “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012) are:

i. 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;

ii. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of projects, from successful initiatives and good practice;

iii. to discuss methodological approaches and projects which aim to integrate the topic of sustainable development in the curriculum of universities;

iv. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today. To this purpose, a special issue of the “International Journal of Sustainable Development” with selected papers from the conference will be produced.
Furthermore, the book “Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons” will be published, with a further set of papers. This will be volume 33 of the award-winning book series “Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability” (Peter Lang Scientific Publishers), which since its creation in 1998, has become the world´s longest running book series on education and communication on sustainable development.

Delegates attending the “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012) will come from a cross-sectoral range of areas. They are:

i. members of university administrations;
ii. teaching staff
iii. research staff;
iv. student groups;
v. project officers and consultants;
vi. other people interested in the field.

It is believed that this wide range of participants will help to outline the need for integrated approaches towards sustainable development and, hence contribute to the further dissemination of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Further details on the event can be seen at: http://www.haw-hamburg.de/wssd-2012.html