Workshops: University and change


1) The ecological footprint of research, good for rankings but hard on the environment?

Hervé PHILIPPE (University of Montréal, CA)

Hervé Philippe is appointed professor at the Biochemistry Department of the University of Montréal, Canada. Specialist in Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics, he has been increasingly concerned with the ecological footprint of scientific research programmes including his own projects. Besides them, he has thus studied the interdependent relationships between economic growth, innovation, and scientific research, with particular attention to the ecological impacts of this interdependency.

2) University and education – how to teach sustainability and change ?

David LAM (Lund University, S)

After a Bachelor degree from Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (D), David Lam is currently enrolled at Lund University (SE) in a Master programme focusing on environmental sciences and sustainability. His academic background includes a balance of technical, business and social ingredients, completed by a rich variety of extracurricular activities ranging from students associations selling fair-trade coffee or organic fashion products, to the organisation of educational projects with middle schools in Sweden about sustainable consumption and production. Among others, David has also worked as assistant and tutor for the UNESCO-Chair “Higher Education for Sustainable Development”.

3) University and society – producing tools, ideas, knowledge but for whom and what impact on society?

To be defined

4) « Together, we can » - what is the role of student societies and academic networks?

Jamie AGOMBAR (National Union of Students, UK)

Jamie is the Ethical and Environmental Manager at the National Union of Students UK (NUS), a confederation of 600 students’ unions representing seven million students in the UK. Jamie heads up a twenty- strong team that are working to make tertiary education a vehicle for installing pro-environmental behaviours in students, by creating campus- wide social norms of sustainability, leading to habit formation during a significant moment of change in their lives, and therefore making our future leaders more sustainability-literate. They are doing this through three national programmes, Student Switch Off (student accommodation), Green Impact (academic and administrative departments), and by greening the curriculum. As well as greening campuses, NUS’s behaviours work increasingly reaches off-campus into hospitals and local authorities, utilising the 600 students’ unions as a network of green hubs throughout the country, training and empowering volunteer students to green the communities in which they live.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 -
17:00 to 18:30

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