Teaching for Sustainability
Are you an educator grappling with how to navigate the complexities of sustainability in your teaching? Discover practical solutions and personal insights in our upcoming seminars tailored to empower you in the classroom.
In line with Lund University's Education Strategy 2023-2024 – which aims to foster innovative, digital, and sustainable education – we are excited to unveil a series of seminars that delve into the practicalities of ‘Teaching for Sustainability’.
These seminars aim to go beyond traditional academic boundaries by offering tangible tools and insights for educators. As we prepare our students to face the grand challenges of tomorrow, integrating sustainability into all disciplines becomes not just an option but an enriching educational imperative. These seminars offer actionable insights and methodologies to integrate sustainability into your teaching practices.
Teaching for Sustainability – Planned Seminars Fall 2023
We welcome all those involved in education at Lund University to attend the planned seminars. To secure your spot, please register using the links provided below.
Join us at this seminar where we will learn more about how to approach climate anxiety and eco-emotions in the educational setting. During the seminar, we will discuss practices, available resources, needs, and wishes.
The educational sector has a pivotal role to play in addressing the sustainability crises we are facing by, inter alia, providing students with knowledge, skills, and competence development. As educators, how can we share information about sustainability crises including climate change and discuss the seriousness of these crises, while also providing support to deal with the emotional responses that may arise? How can we support each other in this endeavour and reduce the risk of feeling overwhelmed, emotionally drained, or numb?
Climate anxiety is a combination of feelings that someone can experience when having concerns about climate change and the state of the planet. Climate anxiety is sometimes used as a concept to capture different emotional responses to sustainability crises in general. In addition to anxiety, being confronted with any sustainability crisis can give rise to different emotional responses, including anger, fear, guilt, and sadness. While emotional responses can cause great suffering, they can also be a productive force and indicate issues of importance, crossed boundaries, unmet needs, or personal values, all of which can provide us a direction to work towards individually and collaboratively.
Content and presenters
Join our seminar to learn more about how to support students, colleagues, and/or yourself in dealing with climate anxiety and other emotional responses to sustainability crises.
During the seminar, we will:
- Talk about emotional responses to sustainability crises including what climate anxiety is and how it differs from other types of anxiety.
- Learn about the latest research and practice within climate anxiety/eco-emotions including different approaches to deal with climate anxiety/eco-emotions.
- Discuss how to provide space for students to deal with their emotional responses and what support educators as well as the university can provide.
- Learn about available resources and discuss needs and wishes.
We have invited two experts on eco-emotions – Panu P. Pihkala (University of Helsinki) and Marlis Wullenkord (Lund University) – to share their knowledge and experiences. In addition, three Lund University units that are dealing with climate anxiety/eco-emotions in different ways will present their work, experiences, and reflections – the Student Health Centre, the Occupational Health Service, and Medvetenskapens hus.
The seminar will mix presentations with discussions and more interactive parts. Fika will be served – please register following to this event following the link below.
This seminar is intended for programme directors, course coordinators, educators (at all levels including PhD students), and study administrators at Lund University. Others are welcome to register, but priority will be given to those from Lund University with existing educational assignments. Spaces are limited. The seminar will be in English.
Registration is open until September 26 (extended!).
For late registration, contact Terese Thoni: terese.thonicec.luse
The seminar will take place at Kemicentrum, Hörsal A/Hall A (KC:A). Kemicentrum is located in the northern campus area of Lund. From Lund city centre, you can get there by foot (20-30 min walk), bus, or tram. Kemicentrum is located between the tram stations LTH and Ideontorget. There are several entrances. The closest from Lund city centre is Entrance A via Sölvegatan. Signage will be visible.
The seminar is organized by Lund University's Sustainability Forum in collaboration with the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), and LTH Centre for Engineering Education (CEE).
The relationship between supervisor and student is sacred – paving the way for a good outcome regarding time, effort, enjoyment, contribution, and learning for all involved. In this seminar, we explore various approaches to support your supervision of interdisciplinary theses and arrive at your personal supervision plan.
In our changing world, researchers and students will want to address real-world problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, recognising the power and limitations of such an approach. Lund University is teaming with opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, for example, the new LU Profile Areas, Strategic Research Areas, as well as the LU Agenda 2030 Graduate School and Postdoc Excellence Programme. The new LU Strategy for Education highlights the importance of Education for Sustainability (EfS) and students are clamouring for the knowledge and skills to be able to tackle sustainability challenges beyond the classroom. Thus, we can expect more opportunities and more requests to supervise interdisciplinary theses.
An interdisciplinary thesis is an independent student project, which integratesknowledge, methods, and insights from two or more disciplines to examine a complex, often real-world, problem, yielding a richer understanding than a single disciplinary perspective. Whether or not you have experience supervising student theses, there are various approaches that will enhance your interaction with a student embarking on an interdisciplinary thesis – mind mapping, systems thinking, methodological triangulation, concept saturation, Socratic questioning, among others.
During the seminar, we will discuss:
- Integrating disciplinary knowledge and methods
- Setting knowledge and project boundaries
- Dealing with complexity
- Fostering effective communication and collaboration techniques
- Implementing co-supervision or peer supervision
The workshop is hosted by the Division for Higher Education Development at Lund University. Moderated by Steven Curtis (Pedagogical Developer), the seminar is interactive with opportunities to discuss and share experience with others.
The seminar will be in English.
We require registration to attend this seminar. Those that register will receive fika, a summary of the seminar, and resources/questions for further reflection individually or within your department. Spaces are limited to 50 participants. Registration is open until Friday 6 October.
This seminar is intended for those who may supervise interdisciplinary Bachelor's or Master's degree projects or theses at Lund University, including programme directors, grading committees, and supervisors. Others are welcome to register, but priority will be given to those from Lund University with existing supervision assignments. A special invitation is provided to those belonging to the LU Profile Area Nature-Based Future Solutions.
The seminar will take place at Eden in Room 129. The venue is easily accessible by foot, bike, or bus. The entrance is located at Allhelgona kyrkogata 14. From the main entrance, the room is located to the left on the ground floor. Signage will be visible.
The seminar is organised by the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), the Sustainability Forum, and LTH Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), in partnership with the LU profile area Nature-Based Future Solutions.
As educators, how can we prepare students to tackle the complexity of sustainability challenges while providing support to navigate the emotional toll that these problems and their impacts may elicit? The use of a serious game may be one such pedagogical approach to address both needs.
A serious game is any intervention or simulation that integrates educational content, skills development, and learning outcomes into a game-like environment that promotes student engagement, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. By combining game mechanics with pedagogical principles, serious games allow students to explore complex real-world issues, experience decision-making scenarios, and apply theoretical concepts in an interactive and inclusive learning environment.
Join our interactive seminar to explore how serious games are being used as a pedagogical approach to advance student understanding of complex sustainability issues.
During the seminar, we will:
- Introduce serious games as a pedagogical approach
- Discuss the latest research and practice
- Consider any drawbacks or tradeoffs
- Share known examples and experiences
- Explore the possible use of a serious game in our own learning environments
- Learn from others’ experiences at Lund University
The seminar is interactive – participants will demo the game Biodiversity Collage, as well as listen to presentations from practitioners and engage in discussion with colleagues.
The seminar will be in English.
We require registration to attend this seminar. Those that register will receive fika as well as a summary of the seminar afterwards. Spaces are limited to 40 participants. Registration is open until 17 November 2023.
This seminar is intended for programme directors, course coordinators, educators, and study administrators at Lund University. Others are welcome to register, but priority will be given to those from Lund University with existing educational assignments. Spaces are limited to 40 participants.
The seminar will take place at Room O104 in the MNO Building, easily accessible by bike, bus, or tram. The entrance is located at Sölvegatan 16, 223 62 Lund. Upon entering, signage will be visible directing you to the room location.
About the Organisers
The seminar is organised as part of the emerging community at Lund University, called Teaching for Sustainability, for those educators wishing to receive support and inspiration to integrate sustainability into their curriculum.
The seminar is organised by the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), the Sustainability Forum, and LTH Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), with support from Léa Lévy, Associate Senior Lecturer at Engineering Geology.
Why Teaching for Sustainability?
As we face unprecedented challenges that require innovative solutions, the role of education in fostering sustainability has never been more pivotal. These seminars are not just for educators but also for programme directors, study administrators, and anyone invested in shaping the future through education – or interested in learning more about it. They offer a platform to discuss, learn, and share best practices in education for sustainability.
This initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU), Lund University's Sustainability Forum, and the LTH Centre for Engineering Education (CEE).