ProSPER.Net E-Bulletin Issue 68 (September 2018)


Message from the ProSPER.Net Secretariat

2018 ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme

Applications have closed for the 2018 ProSPER.Net Leadership Programme, to be held 12-16 November, 2018, at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) under the theme, ‘Leadership for Urban Sustainable Development’. Thank you to all of those who applied. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of September.

Reminder: Call For 2019 ProSPER.Net Event Hosts

The ProSPER.Net Secretariat is inviting members to submit self-nominations to host the upcoming ProSPER.Net programmes and events for 2019:

• Young Researchers' School

• Leadership Programme

• ProSPER.Net General Assembly (may be organised jointly with a Board Meeting)

• ProSPER.Net Sustainability Forum

• Other events (please specify)

Proponents are encouraged to explore any global, regional, or local sustainability-related conferences or other activities that are within their geographic area which may be synergistic with ProSPER.Net activities when proposing a date and venue for the proposed events.

Further details and the process to apply can be found here. Note that the deadline has been extended to 14 October, 2018. We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Upcoming Events

ProSPER.Net Joint Meetings: General Assembly and Board Meeting

The ProSPER.Net Joint Meetings, the 12th General Assembly and the 18th Board Meeting, will be hosted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) on 23 October, 2018, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. ProSPER.Net members will gather to discuss the network’s strategy, activities, and joint projects.

Future Forward Summit on Sustainable Higher Education

The Future Forward Summit, to be held in Brussels, Belgium from 17-19 October, 2018, aims to bring together people from all over the world who believe that higher education has an important role to play in creating a sustainable future. Building such a system that contributes to a sustainable future requires a strong community and cross-border cooperation. Expect a conference that will explore the inspiration driving game-changing pioneers and learn how others have dealt with common challenges.

Highlights of the programme include: a keynote by prizewinning documentary filmmaker Emma Lesuis about how she visualises wicked problems; Dr Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency sharing his strong vision on the future of higher education; and Future Forward Talks (conversations between two inspiring people about what drives them to make a difference in higher education).

For more information, take a look at the programme here. Registrations can be made via this page here.

Open Calls

Call for Papers: Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF)

The Institute for Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE) at Yonsei University in Seoul, in collaboration with the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, will hold the second annual Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF) on 14-15 February, 2019, at Yonsei University. As IGEE’s signature annual event, GEEF is the cornerstone for fulfilling the mission and vision of the organisation - accomplishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. GEEF will serve as a platform for world leaders, academia, practitioners, and the young generation to collaborate towards that goal.

Interested presenters must submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, no later than 15 October, 2018, as an email attachment to Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, parallel sessions during GEEF 2018 covered various topics including water management; climate change adaptation; responsible consumption and production; social economy and community development; youth’s path to engagement and empowerment; safeguarding youth in the digital age; and ICT for higher education.

Abstracts should be single-spaced, within one page, and include the following information: (1) author(s) name, position, affiliation, and official address; (2) contact information of corresponding author(s); and (3) title and abstract of the paper. After an anonymous review by the GEEF 2019 Scientific Committee, abstract decision letters will be sent via email no later than 15 November, 2018 to the authors invited to give oral presentations. A full paper must be submitted to no later than 15 January, 2019. Registration deadline for presenters is 31 January, 2019.

Travel grants can be considered for international scholars and graduate students from non-OECD countries. For questions about the possible travel grants, please contact

Applications Open:

Wege Prize 2019

(Photo credit: Wege Prize)

Wege Prize, organised by Kendall College of Art and Design’s Wege Center for Sustainable Design with support from the Wege Foundation, is an annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Participants contend for over $30,000 (USD) in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem-solving looks like.

Team applications are now being accepted for the Wege Prize 2019. Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the world is eligible to participate. More information can be found here. The deadline is 18 November, 2018 and applications can be submitted here.

Be the first to hear about key dates, deadlines, and announcements for the 2019 competition by signing up to the Wege Prize mailing list here.


Student Perceptions of Sustainability in Higher Education – International Survey

The National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK has been conducting research around students’ attitudes towards learning for sustainable development since 2010-11. Over the years, the findings have been consistent; students expect their universities to be taking action for sustainable development, both in terms of their own impacts but also in terms of the teaching provided to students.

This year, during the spring of 2018, the NUS partnered with a number of international organisations to run an online worldwide survey, to see if the same sentiments were shared globally. Over 3,200 students responded – some of the results included:

• 91% say they agree their place of study should actively incorporate and promote sustainable development

• 70% would like to see sustainable development incorporated and promoted through all courses

• 81% say sustainable development is something they would like to learn more about

• 25% say sustainable development hasn't been covered at all by their course

• 17% rate their university as 'very good' in relation to the action it takes to limit the negative impact it has on the environment and society

• 61% would accept a salary 15% lower than average to work in a company with a good social and environmental record

• 93% say governments from across the world should do whatever it takes to address climate change

• 25% say they've never heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The full report can be found here.

Thailand: Environmental Resources, Social Issues and Related Policies

Due to be published in December 2018 by Nova Science Publishers, this publication reviews the pressures, impacts, and status of selected natural resources and environmental concerns related to Thailand, identifying key management issues and policy options in order to safeguard natural resources in the midst of rapid, dynamic anthropogenic, and environmental changes. The concepts and lessons learned from case studies presented in this book also cover management options for achieving the designated national goals, as well as international commitments on biodiversity conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more

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