ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 103 (August 2021)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat! This month we are gearing up for the ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme, to be held next month under the theme 'Climate Change: Global issues, local actions and transdisciplinary solutions'. Thank you to all who applied! We look forward to bringing participants this exciting programme.

We are pleased to announce this month details of the ProSPER.Net Webinar on Sustainability in Higher Education, 'Planetary Health Perspectives: Lessons from COVID-19 towards Climate Action', to be held in October. Details on the programme and how to register can be found below.

This month we also held a special session of the ProSPER.Net 21st Board Meeting, with the regular Board Meeting to be held at a later date. Details will be announced in due course.

If you have any news, open calls, upcoming events, or publications you wish to share in a future bulletin, please complete this form and email your submission to the ProSPER.Net Secretariat at (submissions close on the 15th of each month).

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Registrations Open: ProSPER.Net Webinar on Sustainability in Higher Education

22 October, 2021, 15:00-17:00 (JST), online

What lessons can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic that can help us take action against climate change? How can HEIs lead the way towards social and environmental transformation that will build resilience in our communities and promote a healthy planet?

In this webinar titled 'Planetary Health Perspectives: Lessons from COVID-19 towards Climate Action', a panel will reflect on the role of HEIs in ensuring that the lessons learned from the pandemic are put into practice towards inter-/trans-disciplinary and sustained climate action.

This webinar is organised by the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines Diliman, in collaboration with the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.

Registrations are open now. Please see the event page for the concept note, tentative programme, and the link to register. Registration is free and will be open until Friday, 15 October, 2021.

Upcoming Events

The 2nd SEA-STEM International Conference

24-25 November, 2021, online

Prince of Songkla University, as a member of IMT-GT UNINET, is hosting ‘The 2nd SEA-STEM 2021' as a virtual international conference from 24-25 November, 2021. The event will serve as a venue to exchange knowledge on innovation and research progress in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Prince of Songkla University is warmly inviting those in the ProSPER.Net community to join the conference. More information regarding paper submission and the registration process can be accessed on the event website.

Universitas Gadjah Mada Virtual Summer Courses 2021

In 2021, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is offering several interdisciplinary summer course programmes on a number of topics, under the main theme of the SDGs. The programmes gather international lecturers and students around the world to share their expertise, discuss, and learn from others on certain thematic issues regarding sustainability. Students from all over the world are encouraged to participate in these programs, not only to gain knowledge from the theoretical point of view, but also to discuss and share insight about current issues, as well as the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences from experts in the related fields. View the programme details here.

21st Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) Biennial Conference and 4th Research Symposium

Research Symposium: 22 September, 2021, Conference: 28-30 September, 2021

Hosted in Mandurah, Western Australia, the 2021 conference, 'Mandjoogoordap: Changing Tides', aims to showcase innovative, practical and effective tools to help us 'change the tides' of environmental and sustainability education. Physical and virtual options for registration are available. The fourth biennial AAEE Research Symposium, to be held online, will feature research related to the intersections between environment, sustainability and education. Read more

50th North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Annual Conference and Research Symposium

Research Symposium: 7-8 October, 2021, Conference: 12-15 October, 2021

The 50th-anniversary of this conference will be held virtually, celebrating the power of connection and the profound, restorative role of the natural world in our lives. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on learnings about the power of environmental education to bring people of all backgrounds and disciplines together to solve the most pressing problems and to create more just and sustainable communities. Read more

Open Calls

Free Certification Course on Climate Change from MGIEP

The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is offering a free, self-paced interactive course focusing on the role of emotions in the context of climate change, through discussions, reflections, simulations, games, and other interactive activities. The course is designed for middle school students and teachers to acquire a range of social and emotional competencies to deal with climate change and act towards building a more sustainable future. Read more

'Anatomy of Action' Social Media Challenge

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be organising the Anatomy of Action social media challenge during 28 September - 12 October, 2021.

Join the 15-day sustainable living challenge and have a positive impact within your community and contribute to a global movement toward achieving the SDGs.

Find out more on the event page here.

Call for Applications: 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards - Climate Action and the Environment

Are you a female scientist from the Global South working in the areas of #ClimateAction and the environment? Applications to the 2022 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World are now open. Applicants must demonstrate how their research contributes to the advance of knowledge in the area of climate action and the environment and to achieving SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and/or SDG15 (Life on Land). Applications close on 28 October, 2021. Further information is available in the open call here.

Call for Papers: Invitation to Contribute to an Editorial Project on the SDGs

The process leading to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been negatively influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its substantial socio-economic impacts in particular, have led to many setbacks. These vary from the emergence of competing priorities, to restrictions in the availability of financial resources needed to implement the SDGs. This state of affairs suggests that new - and innovative approaches - to support the implementation of the SDGs are needed. One of them is the support to regional implementation efforts across the various geographical regions, and the documentation and promotion of these experiences. It is also important to promote studies, research, projects and good practice, which illustrate how the SDGs may be implemented in practice.

It is against this background that the series 'Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Regional Perspectives' is being produced by RCE Hamburg and Region. The Series aims to support the acceleration needed for the implementation of the SDGs, by mobilising the academic community, industry and the civil society by generating information and communicating on experiences focusing on the SDGs deemed as being most important for the world’s regions.

Expressions of interest are currently open, and the deadline for abstracts is 30 September, 2021. Further details can be accessed here.

This is a publication of UNU-IAS ProSPER.Net Secretariat. The bulletin is a great way to share your activities, events and news as a ProSPER.Net member with the rest of the network. Feel free to send us any information you may deem relevant for the rest of the community by completing this form and emailing it to We look forward to your inputs! Visit ProSPER.Net regularly for up-to-date news and event information.

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