Dare to think Sustainable

Dare to think Sustainable: agro-food-environment, how do we contribute to global solutions?

Sustainability is all over the place. It is a hot topic in any kind of scientific domain. For many people, however, policy-makers, researchers, citizens and students alike, sustainability remains an extremely vague concept. Sustainability is important, it is crucial if we want to safeguard the future of our planet - yes, but how to concretely implement sustainability in our everyday lives. How to make our food, our ways of communicating and travelling, our agriculture, our living and working environments sustainable? How to pay attention to political, social, environmental concerns, all of which being an inherent part of the concept of sustainability. What about north-south relations and different sets of hopes and aspirations in different parts of the world?

This awareness-raising initiative will try to approach the sustainability concept from different angles, deconstructing the concept by making it more tangible, both on a local and on a globale level.
Students will have to reflect on sustainability in their daily lives, brainstorming together to find global solutions for local problems.
Two renowned keynote speakers will draw the broader framework of the sustainability concept, by linking it up to grassroots initiatives as well as to decisions taken on a policy level.

Date: Monday 17 October 2016
Venue: Lecturing halls Oehoe & cafetaria Block F, Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering, Coupure Links 653, Ghent

12h:30 Welcome with sandwich lunch
13h: Introduction and presentations of the organizing platforms and networks (Dr. Annelies Verdoolaege )
13h30: The sustainable development goals (SDG’s): From theory to Action (Wiske Jultz - 11.11.11)
14h: Global visions on the agro-food-environment chain and challenges for sustainable development (Dr. Thorsten Kiefer - Global Hub Paris, Future Earth)
14h:30 Presentation of 4 sustainability-oriented study programmes at UGent (4x 10') - tbc
15h10: Coffee break
15h:30 Sustainability creativity discussion panels - 10 breakaway groups where students discuss on how to implement sustainability in their daily lives
17h: Plenary session where two general questions will be discussed: "What about the vagueness of the sustainability concept?" & "Is it really so difficult to concretely implement sustainability in our daily lives?" (Prof. Peter Goethals)
18h: Reception

This event is free, but don't forget to register here.                             

Organized by:
-CESAM (Central and South America Platform)
-GAP (Africa Platform of Gent University Association)
-ASEANplus (South East Asia Platform)
-International Thematic Network on Sustainability education

Join us for this co-creation event, where we will explore ways to contribute to a more sustainable living environment, both at home and very far away from home.



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