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

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

Aims of the symposium

Consistent with the goals of the WSSD-U series, the aims of the “4th World Symposium on Sustainable Development  at Universities” (WSSD-U-2018) are as follows: 

  • 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 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;
  • to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation;
  • iv. to enable scalability of existing and future models of use of universities as living labs for sustainable development.

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, the book "Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals” will be published, with all accepted papers. These will be part of the award-winning  “World Sustainability Series”, published by Springer, one of the world´s top five scientific publishers (

As countries of the world currently strive to implement the UN Agenda 2030 and  the Sustainable Development Goals, WSSD-U-2018 will demonstrate how universities can act as living labs and demonstrate approaches, methods and projects which may be replicable outside them.

Profile of Participants

Delegates attending the “4th World Symposium on Sustainable  Development  at Universities” (WSSD-U-2018) will come from  a cross-sectoral range of areas. They are:           

  • faculty
  • members of university administrations;
  • research staff;
  • campus sustainability officers/directors
  • campus facilities and operations staff;
  • project officers and consultants;
  • student leaders;
  • 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.

Letzte Änderung: 10.07.17

An die Redaktion

Confererence Administrator and Contact Point for further Details


Amanda Lange Salvia
World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre

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