As a result of its own actions, humanity is facing enormous challenges. Declining biodiversity, increasing inequality and climate change are global changes that require action both locally and worldwide. Universities play a key role in combatting and solving climate change and other crises, building the required expertise, and fostering a safe and stable society.

Universities face many expectations related to sustainability given their role as pioneers and producers of effective solutions in cooperation with society and their partners. Are these expectations consistent with the basic roles of universities? To discuss these issues, Universities Finland UNIFI organises the Nordic–Baltic University Rectors’ Virtual Conference on May 12th, 2021.

Schedule

11.00–14.30 EET

11.00–11.20

Opening & Welcome – rector Moira von Wright

Presentation of participants on a map – Unifi secretariat

Info about the practicalities – Project manager Janne Wikström, Hanaholmen Finnish–Swedish Cultural Centre

11.20–12.30

Workshop: The role of Nordic/Baltic institutions of higher education in sustainable development

Introduction to workshop – Vice-director Catharina Groop & Specialist Riina Koivuranta (5-10 min)

Break out to small groups.

Video greetings from Nordic and Baltic universities: “Promoting sustainability in academia” (3-4 videos/small group; 15 min)

Small group discussions 45 min

12.30–13.00

Break

13.00–13.45

Workshop continues

Small group discussions continue 45 min

13.45–14.20

Wrap-up – Vice-director Catharina Groop

14.20–14.30

Next steps – rector Moira von Wright

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