Conference on Education and Climate Change


Conference on Education and Climate Change
Berlin, Germany, November 20, 2009

In cooperation with The Danish School of Education/Aarhus University and the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin invites researchers, public officers and NGOs from the Baltic Sea Region of Europe to a one-day conference on education and climate change.

During this time of rapid changes concerning both education and climate, promotion of strategies and practice that address the question of sustainable development within all types of education is of highest importance.

The conference takes place only few weeks prior to the global COP 15 conference on climate change in Copenhagen, December 2009 and aims at bringing agents involved in sustainable development and education in the Baltic Sea region together in order to present and discuss the latest developments, research, experiences, needs, new initiatives and suggestions for next steps within this field.

This will happen by a combination of key note speeches, short presentations, roundtable-discussions and panel-debates.

Detailed program


Morning session Climate change, Societal challenges and the Role of Education

  • Carl Lindberg, Member of the UNESCO high level panel for the Decade for Education for Sustianable Development, Schweden: UN, CLimate Change and the Deacade for Education for Sustainable Development: What is needed?
  • Dieter Gross, Senior Consultant: Sustainable Future Instructions (SFI), Spokesman for ESD (VDSG, e. V), Germany: Barriers and Deficits with Implementing ESD – An Analysis for Isolating efficient Strategies to cope with Global Changes
  • Jeppe Læssøe, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark: Climate Change and Education for Sustainable Development: The Response from Education - Presentation of Results and Recommendations from a Global Comparative Study

  • David Selby, Adjunct Professor, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. And Director Sustainability Frontiers – Climate Change and the Needed Transformation of Education. Points from a recently published book on climate change and Education.

  • Plenary discussion

12.00-13.00 Lunch

Early afternoon session Examples and Experiences.

  • Victoria Thoresen – Hamar University College, Norway, Chair of the European Consumer Citizenship Network (CCN) on Education: Moving in new directions

  • Eigil Larsen, The Danish Outdoor Council, Denmark: Climate Education and Eco-Schools

14.00-14.30 Break


  • Christa Henze, Dr., University og Duisburg-Essen: Sustainable Student Companies – A Good Example of An Education Approach to Climate Challenges

  • Magnes Johansson, Assistant Professor, Malmö University: Developing Professional Education about Climate Change in Higher Education in Collaboration with External Partners Through Action Research
  • Sarah Lubjuhn, Phd Student, University of Duisburg-Essen: Reaching people with climate-friendly lifestyle messages via Entertainment-Education (E-E) – Best practice examples and critical reflections from E-E projects in Germany

15.45-16.00 Break


       •   Agora: The Audience exchange experiences and
           discuss questions written on flipovers. Points are
           noted on below the questions and will be further
           explained and discussed during a concluding plenary.


       •   Concluding dissussion between representatives from
            the differents fields of research, NGO´s and public
            administration on key challenges and next steps.
       •   Questions, comments and suggestions from the

The conference language is English.

The conference is free of charge.
Registration is needed before 1 November 2009.
Click "Sign Up" at the top of the page.

The conference will take place in the vicinity of the beautiful Nordic Embassies close to Tiergarten, in the cultural hub of Berlin.

Pan Nordic Building
Rauchstraße 1
D-10787 Berlin

Further information:
Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions regarding the conference.

Contact persons:
Jonas Greve Lysgaard, Katrine Dahl Madsen Danish School of Education: E-mail: or
Phone: +0045 8888 9611

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