18 - 20 October

Education for sustainability and resilience

Welcome to participate and be a part in the project that aims to address the challenges we face today regarding issues of sustainability. The challenges of how education can meet the new generations’ call for action as demonstrated by the massive school walkouts in 2019-2020. 

When: 18-20 October 2021 
Where: The event takes place at Åbo Akademi University, Centre for lifelong learning in Turku in Finland. Parts of the program will be broadcast online. 



10:00 am Opening session (will be broadcast online)
Catharina Groop, deputy Director at Åbo Akademi / Centre for Lifelong Learning
Eva Marsh, coordinator of the Project Erasmus + Education for sustainability and resilience 

Keynote presentation:
Educational and social futures, climate change leadership. Keri Facer, Professor of Education at the Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University.


Session 2 - Afternoon workshop

  1. Transformative learning – scientific background and implications for education on different levels.Teachers’ role and students’ role.
    Moderators: Margareta Häggström, Göteborgs Universitet and Ann-Catherine Henriksson, Åbo Akademi
  2. Entrepreneurial learning - possibilities and challenges. Examples from different national curriculums. Teachers’ role and students’ role. 21st century skills.
    Moderators: Daniel Lundqvist and Johanna Gagner Nav Sweden

Evening get together 


Tree parallel practical workshops where the participants have the opportunity to try out short episodes from different Storyline topics.
Moderators: Margaretha Häggström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Virginia Lockhart-Pedersen, Østfold University College, Norway. Ylva Lundin, Storyline Sverige, Sweden


Session 2 (will be broadcast online)

  1. Panel session follow by sharing session Dr Panu Pihkala . Eco-Anxiety and Environmental Education Dr Erkka Laininen. The OKKA Foundation for Teaching, Education and Personal Development Dr Maria Ojala. Center for Environmental and Sustainability Social Science Participants both in place and online, are invited to discuss experiences in schools, public organisations, business partners, academia and artists working together in themes around sustainable societies, innovation and learning.
    Moderators: Virginia Lockhart-Pedersen, Høgskolen i Østfold and Ylva Lundin, Storyline Sverige ekonomisk förening

2. Reflections from day 1 and day 2

    OCTOBER 20

    Session 1 

    Workshop, open space for discussion and deeper understanding of UNESCO’s declaration.
    Possible starting point - what does teaching look like when it meets the following goals: “It is not enough to supply each child early in life with a store of knowledge to be drawn on from then on. Each individual must be equipped to seize learning opportunities throughout life, both to broaden her or his knowledge, skills and attitudes, and to adapt to a changing, complex and interdependent world” (UNESCO, 1996: 85)
    Moderators: Daniel Lundqvist and Johanna Gagner Nav Sweden 

    Parallel session for the group of researchers in the project 


    Session 2
    School visit and reflections in groups Project meeting

    15:00  End of the Event

     Practical information The event is part of Erasmus + Programme. Participants, in place and outside the project will payfor their own expenses such as travel, food and accommodation. To participate online, only registration is necessary.

    Deadline for registration 18 th September 2022


    Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Åbo Akademi University, Arken, Tehtaankatu 2, Turku Finland


    Participants have to arrange their own accommodation in Turku. Partners in the Strategic Partnerships for school education will stay at Park Hotel https://parkhotelturku.fi/en


    Ann-Catherine Henriksson e-mail: Ann-Catherine.Henriksson@abo.fi

    Target group: All educational professionals and all who are interested in the learning and teaching area (researchers, university students, teachers, head teachers).


    Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at Åbo Akademi University
    Tehtaankatu 2,
    Turku Finland

    Parts of the event will be broadcasting online


    Erkka Laininen

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    Keri Facer
    Professor of Educational & Social Futures

    Keri Facers overarching research interest is in understanding how to create the conditions for ecologically sustainable and socially just futures and in developing the roles of education and informal learning in these processes. She is particularly interested in developing more democratic, critical and participatory processes for imagining and negotiating routes to sustainable futures.

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    Panu Pihkala
    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Dr. Panu Pihkala (b. 1979) is an adjuct professor (title of docent) of environmental theology in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki. His interdisciplinary research deals with the psychological and spiritual dimensions related to environmental issues and especially climate change. Pihkala has become known as an expert in eco-anxiety. He is also affiliated with HELSUS Sustainability Science Center.

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