2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2014)

3-5 September 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as “Rio+20”, was a  historical event. Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, this landmark gathering agreed on various sets of actions to make the world a better and more sustainable place to live in. In particular, the document “The Future We Want”, outlined many of the measures countries across the world should pursue and implement, in order to translate  the principles of sustainable development into practice.

As a parallel event to UNCSD, the  1st World Symposium on Sustainable Development  at Universities” (WSSD-U-2012) was held on 5-6 June 2012. Attended by 120 delegates from 26 countries, WSSD-U-2012 produced, among other things, the book „Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons“, as Volume 34 of the series „Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability“. This ground-breaking publication on the theory and practice of sustainable development, is one of the most comprehensive publications on sustainability at universities ever produced, focusing on both industrialised and developing nations. But if anything, WSSD-U-2012 demonstrated the need for a continuation of the dialogue among sustainability academics and practitioners, so as to address the issues, matters and problems at hand.

It is against this background that the “2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2014) will be organised by Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), in cooperation with the United National University initiative “Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development” (RCE). The Workshop will be one of the last events to be held as part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD), which concludes in 2014.

The “2nd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities” (WSSD-U-2014) will focus on “transformative approaches to sustainable development across disciplines”, and will contribute to the further development of this fast-growing field.

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Confererence Administrator and Contact Point for further Details


All questions related to abstracts and registrations should be sent to:
Dr. Mihaela Sima Institute of Geography,
Romanian Academy
E-mail: simamik(@)yahoo.com