Seminar "Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into Higher Education"

1. Context

The seminar follows the growing commitment of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) to sustainability in a context in which HEIs are increasingly assuming a leadership role in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

The commitment of Higher Education Institutions with the SDGs is reflected in their teaching and learning activities, research and interaction with society, as well as in the operational management of the campus. 

In order to discuss these issues ISCTE-IUL will hold a seminar in partnership with Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, with panel and round table discussions, on March 21, from 09:30 to 13:00, at ISCTE-IUL.

This seminar will cover the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into Higher Education Institutions, particularly those that focus on the sustainability of the Planet. The first panel will present best practices implemented in two International Universities

The roundtable will highlight best practices implemented by various Portuguese Higher Education Institutions. It will also discuss how Higher Education Institutions assumed their leadership role in the pursuit of the SDG through its various missions (teaching, research, interaction with society and best practices).


2. Objectives

  • Contribute to the achievement SDG 4 - Quality Education and SDG 17 - Partnerships for the implementation of the objectives.

  • To promote spaces for debate on the importance of Higher Education Institutions in the implementation of best practices of Sustainability, in particular of the Planet SDGs.
  • Recognize the responsibility of HEIs for the positive and negative environmental impacts of their activities;
  • Clarify the role of HEIs as agents of transformation and social mobilization;
  • Share best practices on process management and campus operations.


3. Program

Date: 21 March  2019

Venue: J.J. Laginha Auditorium, Sedas Nunes Building, ISCTE-IUL


09:30 | Reception and Registration

10:00 | Opening session

             Jorge Costa, Vice-Rector for Quality and Information Systems at ISCTE-IUL 

10:10 | Living and Teaching Sustainability

             Pierre Ibisch, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (Germany)

             Peter Hobson, Writtle University College (UK)

             Moderator: David Avelar, Faculty of Sciences of ULisboa

 11:05 | Coffee break

 11:20 | Sustainable Development Goals and the Portuguese higher education

             Catarina Roseta Palma, Sustainability Director from ISCTE-IUL

             Margarida Santos Reis, Faculty of Sciences of ULisboa

             Helena Freitas, University of Coimbra and member of the European School of                                         Sustainability Science and Research

             Luís Roberto, Vice-President of GRACE 

12:00 | Final discussion about the challenges and opportunities for teaching and practicing sustainability in higher education

             Moderator: Vasco Rato, ISCTE-IUL

13:00 | Closing Session


Free entry

Registration required. Please register here




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