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1. September 2023

Bern, Switzerland


Teaching and Learning for Change:
Sustainability in Higher Education

Sponsored by:

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Supported by:

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1. September 2023 /
09:30 - 17:00


The focus of this conference is on Education for Sustainable Development. It focuses on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teaching and learning approaches. You will be able to develop your knowledge on how to integrate sustainable development themes, perspectives, mindsets and learning methods into courses. The goal is to promote knowledge, understanding, and competencies for sustainable development, as well as transformative learning theory, which encourages reflection on  values, attitudes, thought patterns, and emotions.


1. September 2023

moderated by Lukas Hupfer (Managing Director Polit-Forum Bern)

08:45 - 09:30

Arrival of Participants

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome Address

Welcome by Prof. Dr. Gisou van der Goot (EPFL), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag (BFH) & Jorge Tamayo (SDSN Switzerland)

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Speech on ESD and Transfer in Higher Education

Keynote by Prof. Dr. Marco Rieckmann (Uni Vechta)

10:30 -11:00

Keynote Speech on Implementing Sustainable Development in HEI's

Keynote by Prof. Dr. Cécile Renouard (Campus de la Transition, Paris)

11:00 - 11:30

Coffee & Croissant Break 

provided by Biohof Heimenhaus Catering

11:30 - 12:30

Workshop Session A

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break + Marketplace

Buffet with vegetarian and vegan food provided by Biohof Heimenhaus Catering

Find the Marketplace Contributors here

14:00 - 15:00

Workshop Session B

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon Break


15:30 - 16:00

Keynote Speech on "Networking" Higher Education Institutions

Keynote by Prof. Dr. Magdalène Lévy-Tödter (DG Hoch N)

16:00 - 16:45

Panel Discussion on Integrating Education for Sustainable Development into Higher Education

Panel Discussion Participants:
Dr. Geneviève Le Fort (Vice-Rectrice Qualité at HES-SO)
Prof. Dr. Judith Walls (Professor and Chair Sustainability Management and Delegate for Responsibility and Sustainability at UniSG)
Dr. Christian Zeyer (Co-Director at swisscleantech) 
Benjamin Pierroz (Student and Board Member National Student Union VSS-UNES-USU)
moderated by Tatjana von Steiger (Head of Global 
Policy Outreach at Wyss Academy and Foundation
President of WWF Switzerland) 

16:45 - 17:00

Closing Statement

Closing contribution from the National Student Union (VSS-UNES-USU)



provided by Biohof Heimenhaus Catering
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