HELSUS Lunch Seminar on Sustainability Education and Curricula

The HELSUS team would like to welcome HELSUS members and friends to attend a lunchtime seminar and discussion at the HELSUS Hub lounge or on Zoom on the 11th of November from 11.30-13.

When: 11th of November 11.30-13.00

Where: HELSUS Hub Lounge – Yliopistonkatu 3 2nd floor 

The HELSUS team would like to welcome HELSUS members and friends to attend a lunchtime seminar and discussion at the HELSUS Hub lounge or on Zoom (link) on the 11th of November from 11.30-13.

Prof. Lozano and Assist. Prof. Barreiro-Gen work on organisational sustainability at the University of Gävle (Sweden). They will present results from their book ‘Developing Sustainability Competences Through Pedagogical Approaches. Experiences from International Case Studies’, published in 2021 by Springer. Through a survey sent to 15 Higher Education Institutions from 12 countries, the book provides unique insights into the sustainability issues being taught, the competences being developed, the pedagogical approaches used, and how these two relate to each other. One of the cases in the book is the University of Helsinki.  

The book can be freely accessed through the library of the University of Helsinki and can also be bought on the Springer website: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030649647

The event will be held at the HELSUS Hub lounge (Yliopistonkatu 3, 2nd floor) and remotely via Zoom. There will be catering at the Hub with coffee, tea and lunchtime snacks (including vegan, and gluten and lactose free options). 

There’s a 16-person limit in the registration for the physical event and the places are filled in the order of registration. We will send a separate confirmation email to the first 16 registered participants.

Please register for the physical event herehttps://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/114165/lomake.html

Zoom-link: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/66941627680?pwd=S0Zhd29rSldmWUdyZk1oWkxXTHdRdz09 

Passcode: 132949


- Presentation: ‘Embedding sustainability into our (university) teaching’ 

Prof. Rodrigo Lozano & Assist. Prof. María Barreiro-Gen (University of Gävle, Sweden)  

- Presentation: ‘Insights from the University of Helsinki’ 

Adj. Prof. Dalia D’Amato & Vice Dean Janna Pietikäinen (University of Helsinki)  

- Discussion 

Rodrigo Lozano is Professor of Organisational Sustainability at the University of Gävle, Sweden. He is Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Organisations for Sustainability. He is a visiting professor at Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa. For over twenty years Rodrigo has been working towards Sustainability in NGO's, universities, and corporations. His projects have ranged from sustainability competences and pedagogical approaches, chemical leasing, indoor-air quality and energy efficiency, to sustainability assessment and reporting, and to organisational change management. He has developed assessment tools such as the Graphical Assessment of Sustainability Performance (GRASP), the Sustainability Tool for Assessing Universities Curricula Holistically (STAUNCH®) (shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards in 2008), and the Graphical Assessment for Sustainability in Universities (GASU™). Rodrigo holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering (graduated with honours) from Monterrey Tec, Mexico; a MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, from the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economies (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden; and a PhD on organisational change management for Corporate Sustainability at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Rodrigo Lozano is also the managing director of Organisational Sustainability Ltd. (www.org-sustainability.com)

María Barreiro-Gen is Assistant Professor of Organisational Sustainability at the University of Gävle (Sweden). She has also worked as Assistant Professor in the University of A Coruña (Spain) and in the National Distance Education University (UNED), and has also taught in international universities (e.g. University of Tras-dos-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal; Lublin University of Technology, Poland; and Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa). She has coordinated several courses in a degree and a master level, such as Strategic Sustainability Management and Scientific Methods for Industrial Engineering and Management. Her research has focused on sustainability, mainly on organisations, social issues, change management, and education for sustainable development. She has co-edited a book about developing sustainability competences through pedagogical approaches and published several scientific articles about this topic. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to research and teaching, according to her academic training. She holds a bachelor's in Business and a bachelor's in Law, a master's in Public Policies, and a PhD on Economics (graduated with honours).

Hope to see many of you there!