2b. Educating for Sustainability

NB! This track text is confirmed and approved by track chairs.

Track Chairs

Track chairs:

  • Sandra Caeiro, Department of Science and Technology, Universidade Aberta and Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, School of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. scaeiro@uab.pt

  • Gyula Zilahy, Department of Environmental Economics, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. zilahy@eik.bme.hu


  • Martin Mickelsson, PhD Researcher, Sustainability Learning and Research Centre (SWEDESD), Uppsala Global Health Research on Implementation and Sustainability (UGHRIS), Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University.

  • Emma Oljans, Affiliated Researcher at Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Swedesd – Sustainability Learning and Research Centre, Uppsala University.




Goals and Objectives and Areas of the Track

Education for sustainability (ES) has a very important role to contribute to the main theme of the ISDRS 2021 Conference. ES research and practices have had a great increase during the twenty last years, from campus operations, to curricula development and delivery, to sustainability assessment and communication, as well as organisational management. The aim of this track is to build upon ES knowledge, enhancing current practices, and propose innovative ideas to make and transform societies more sustainable. We invite researchers, educational institutions, practitioners, and stakeholders committed to ES to this track in order to share your knowledge and experiences, and present your research activities in this topic.

Contributions from the following areas include, but are not limited, to the following themes:

  • Innovative and inclusive approaches in sustainability science education;
  • Rethinking education for sustainable development theories, practices and approaches;
  • New competences and pedagogical models for education for sustainable development;
  • Stakeholder engagement and participation for education for sustainable development;
  • ES competence based teaching related to the Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030;
  • Strategies to overcome resistance to sustainability implementation;
  • ES efforts to change attitudes, behaviours, and lifestyles; 
  • Knowledge transfer and partnerships between academia, companies, civil society, and governments;
  • Explore sustainability knowledge/literacy acquisition at individual, institution country level;
  • Evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of Education for Sustainability actions and approaches at short, medium and long term and on the society;
  • Holistic integration of sustainable development into whole educational system, such as education, research, campus operations, outreach, assessment, reporting, on-campus life experiences, and educating-the-educators;
  • Integration of education for sustainable development in all educational chain from kindergarten to university and thereafter, in life-long learning and labour market; and
  • Integrated sustainability assessment tools and benchmarking of ES.

We invite all participants to build upon the many great works on ES already published, to explicitly state what their contribution to ES is, and how other researchers can learn from your experiences.

Length and content of the proposed abstract to the track

Each proposed abstract (in connection to an area pointed out above) of between 300 and 500 words (including all aspects),

  1. shall be best organized (without headlines) along usual structures (e.g. intro/method/findings or results/ discussion/conclusions)
  2. does not need to, but can include references
  3. shall provide in a final section
    a. to which SDG(s) and SDG-target(s) their proposed abstract especially relate to (e.g. “SDG+Target: 14.1.”).
    b. a brief indication how the proposed contribution relates to the topic of the Conference (“SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND COURAGE: CULTURE, ART AND HUMAN RIGHTS”).

Abstracts which do not outline points 3.a.) AND 3.b.) might not be given special consideration in the selection for potential publications and might be considered less relevant in the Review.

Potential publication channels

With regard to potential publications, depending on the number and quality of contributions the following publication opportunities have already been confirmed:

  •  in the Conference proceedings with own ISBN number (each abstract and – later – full paper).
  • In the Special Issue “Applied Sustainability for SDG Implementation” of the ISI Journal  Sustainability (Impact Factor 2.576)(see the callhttps://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/applied_sus_SDG)

Other possibility in peer-review journal are under study.


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