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Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"
Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"

4th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2018)

Following-up the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)


Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th October 2017
Deadline for submission of papers: 30th January 2018
Deadline for full, revised papers: 30th March 2018
Deadline for registrations: 30th May 2018

Since the publication "Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”  – as part of Springer´s World Sustainability Series  – will be launched soon after the Symposium, the deadlines need to be followed.

How to submit an abstract

An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided.  The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided. Abstracts should be written in the third person  and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see page 8 for a sample abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted, will receive further details about how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information.

Please send your abstract to Prof. Walter Leal at: info(@) 

Sample abstract (example):

Some developments on education for sustainable development in higher education institutions

Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
Professor of Environment and Technology
School of Science and the Environment
Manchester Metropolitan University
Chester Street
Manchester, M1 5GD
United Kingdom

The implementation of sustainable development in higher education is a global trend. Yet, the
intensity and the depth with which higher education institutions are taking on the challenge of
sustainability, significantly differs.

This paper presents a global analysis about how higher education institutions are including
sustainability issues in the different areas (e.g. teaching, research, outreach and institutional
management) and describes the progress made in this field during the last 10 years. A special
emphasis is given to the problems and barriers which prevent developments in respect of the
integration of sustainability issues in higher education. Finally, some concrete steps which
may be undertaken in order to allow universities to integrate sustainable development in their
activities but also in regional development, are outlined. This paper will be useful to anyone
interested in the different levels of emphasis given to sustainable development at higher
education institutions across the world.



Letzte Änderung: 04.10.17

An die Redaktion

Confererence Administrator and Contact Point for further Details


Amanda Lange Salvia
World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre

Call for Papers