EUR Sustainability Summit 2024

What can universities do to enable a just and sustainable society?
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Thursday 16 May 2024, 09:00 - Friday 17 May 2024, 17:00

Erasmus Enterprise Building (day 1) & Van der Goot Building (day 2)

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Mark your calendars for the EUR Sustainability Summit 2024 on May 16th and 17th. Together, we’ll reimagine the role of universities in shaping a just and sustainable society and foster a collaborative movement within Dutch academia. 

Regardless of our fields of study or research, the desire to leave behind a thriving planet for future generations unites us all. 

Currently, however, the traditional university setup falls short in addressing the big sustainability challenges we face. Bound by disciplinary lines and linear knowledge transfer, collaboration and innovation suffer. 

But universities have the potential to lead the way towards sustainability. Across the Netherlands, universities (of applied sciences) are beginning to integrate sustainability into their operations, research, and education. Yet, there's more to be done. How can we further enhance these efforts and amplify each other's impact? 

Now is the time for us to work together 

The EUR Sustainability Summit 2024 invites students and staff from the EUR community, as well as peers from other higher education institutions across the Netherlands, to come together, share insights, and collectively devise common strategies. 

Your voice is crucial, now more than ever

The Summit aims to ensure everyone is represented – students, staff, researchers – offering workshops and hands-on sessions where active participation in decision-making is encouraged. 

Day 1 - Pre-Summit Focus (EUR Community) 

From Words to Action: Institutionalizing Sustainability and Transition at EUR

The Pre-Summit Day is an opportunity for staff and students to meet, exchange and co-create. Based on the results and outcomes of the Sustainability Dialogues, thematic working groups involving different schools will connect leadership, students, and staff. They will explore available resources and create new action steps to tackle current pressing issues. This day will serve as a catalyst to gather the EUR community and bring a more cohesive voice to Day 2. 

Day 2 - EUR Sustainability Summit 2024 (Open to all (applied) universities) 

What can universities do to enable a just and sustainable society? 

On our second day, we are going to warmly welcome stakeholders, students, staff, and passionate from other Dutch universities and civil society. Everyone is welcome to join. We aim to create a collaborative, open and concrete space where expertise, results and strategies can be exchanged. Through the creation of a Dutch sustainability declaration and inter-working groups, our goal is to extend the border of sustainability actions beyond those of a single university.

09:00 - 09:30Coffee, tea and sweets
09:30 - 10:00Plenary: 'From words to action - institutionalizing sustainability and transition at EUR' 
10:00 - 11:30

Break-out working sessions around concrete actions that are taken from the EUR Sustainability Dialogues. Topics to be covered:

  • Sustainability in Education: Sustainability Course for all EUR students and Sustainability Teachers Training
  • Translating the shared vision "Towards Transformative Academic Work at EUR" into action
  • Financing and Governing Transdisciplinary Research
  • Recognition and Reward for Transformative Academics
  • The impact of Political Polarization on Campus on implementing Sustainability Actions
11:30 - 12:00Moderated synthesis and focus on main action points to bring to Day 2
12:00 - 13:00 Networking lunch

09:00 - 09:30Plenary opening with music performance, warm drinks and snacks and registration 
09:30 - 11:00

Opening Plenary:

  • 09:30 - Welcome speech and introduction to programme and goals of the day
  • 09:45 - Rector Magnificus professor Annelien Bredenoord introduction to new EUR Guidelines for the Fossil Fuel Initiative
  • 10:00 - Keynote - The importance of new education and research for a thriving sustainable future
  • 10:20 - Panel discussion - how to turn the university into a sustainability changemaker
11:00 - 11:30Break with snacks and drinks
11:30 - 13:00

Transforming Higher Education in the Netherlands thematic workshops:

  • Developing fossil fuel guidelines: building sustainable external partnerships
  • Rethinking operations: towards future-proof campus management 
  • Engaging communities: designing inclusive sustainability conversations 
  • Transforming research: challenging the neoclassical approach  
  • Sustainable education: what future are we educating for? 
  • Management & Policy: balancing incentives to empower sustainable employees  
13:00 - 14:00Lunch break with catering
13:30 - 14:00

Well-being workshops

  • Karate
  • Dance movement
14:00 - 15:30

Towards a National Communiqué for Universities in Sustainability Transition workshops:

  • Engineering, planning, built environment 
  • Natural sciences 
  • Medical & Healthcare 
  • Social sciences 
  • Humanities 
  • Business, economics & entrepreneurship 
  • Creating sustainable communities on campus 
15:30 - 16:30Closing plenary with the President of the Executive Board, professor Ed Brinksma
16:30 - 17:00Artistic Performance presented by Erasmus Sustainability Hub together with the Eramus Sustainability Days agenda
17:00 ~ 18:00End of the Summit with networking aperitif and music

Day 1 is exclusively designed for the EUR community, welcoming only members of our university. On the other hand, Day 2 is open to all! Don't forget to share the registration link with everyone interested in attending. 

The Summit will be held at the Erasmus University Woudestein campus. Please see the address below. 

Day 1 activities will occur in the Erasmus Enterprise Building (also known as the Q building), while those for Day 2 will be hosted in the Van der Goot Building. Please refer to the map below for further guidance. 

From May 13th to 17th, the Erasmus Sustainability Days (ESD) are happening on Erasmus University campus. Join this student-led initiative for five days of impactful events, including lectures, workshops, and debates, bringing together students, companies, NGOs, and government organizations. This year's focus is on careers in sustainability, providing unique opportunities for education, networking, and collaboration. More information will be published soon! 

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