Professor of Transformative Learning, Arjen Wals, Wageningen University, Netherlands


OBS: Provisional title and abstract – this will be updated

How can we in the field of science education contribute meaningfully to sustainability?

The keynote will focus on the question about what education is for. What if education would serve people and planet rather than just or mainly economic interests? Is this a role education should play? And, if so, what does such an education look like?


The keynote will exemplify forms of education and learning that are: responsive, responsible and transformative in light of global sustainability challenges, with examples on learning processes and learning spaces – in the context of science education in particular  - and referring to “bildung” and sustainability.




Senior lecturer Daniel Olsson, Karlstad University, Sweden

Is education for sustainable development efficient? Young peoples actioncompetence for sustainable development.

Education for sustainable development has been launched worldwide to empower young people's knowledge and competences for a sustainable future. But what exactly is meant by education for sustainable development and is it effective in strengthening young people's action competence for sustainable development? Research shows that schools’ investments in education for sustainable development often have a limited effect on young people. Why is it like that? In the key note lecture, two approaches to education for sustainable development will be highlighted as central and which young people need to experience in the teaching in order to strengthen their knowledge and willingness to act for sustainable development.




Senior lecturer Lars Brian Krogh, VIA University College, Denmark


Motivational perspectives on sustainability education – for the better.

According to UNESCO sustainability learners do not only need to analyze and find out what is sustainable, they also require the motivation to adopt sustainable courses of action. Students’ motivation is essential as drive for learning and as a learning outcome in itself. However, in education for sustainability education (ESD) student motivation tend to be taken for granted, rather than planned for. Studies of students’ SD-attitudes also indicate that affective learning outcomes are scarce. Clearly, there is a need as well as a potential for improvement.


In this keynote the motivational affordances of teaching and learning for sustainability are scrutinized, holding the present ESD-state against major motivational theories. Characteristic ESD-tasks, teaching methods, and contexts will be discussed, in order to highlight motivationally critical features and to offer recommendations for change. For the better.




Invited symposium, Nordic Science Resource Centers


Speaker and coordinator: 

Head of Development, Dorte Salomonsen, ASTRA, Copenhagen, Denmark











Tuesday June 9th

17:00 – 19:00

Welcome reception Aarhus Town Hall

Dinner on own initiative


Wednesday June 10th , 08:00 – 9:00, registration at VIA Campus C, building C

09:00 – 10:30

Opening and Keynote 1: Arjen Wals

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break/registration

11:00 – 12:30

Parallel session 1: [each session contains 3 presentations]

12:30 – 13:15


13:15 – 15:15

Parallel session 2: [each session contains 4 presentations or 1 workshop]

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee and snacks

15:30 - ?

Social arrangements: AROS & Moesgaard  Museum (MOMU)


Thursday June 11th

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote 2: Daniel Olsson

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 – 11:00

Parallel session 3: [poster session]

11:15 – 12:30

Invited plenary symposium: National science centres: Dorte Salomonsen,  et al.

12:30 – 13:45

Lunch with national meetings

13:45 – 15:15

Parallel session 4: [each session contains 3 presentations]

15:15 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30

Parallel session 5: [each session contains 2 presentations]

19:00 - 22.00

Conference Dinner, Central Food Market


Friday June 12th

09:00 – 10:00

Keynote 3: Lars Brian Krogh

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 – 12:15

Parallel session 6: [each session contains 4 presentations or 1 symposium]

12:25 – 13:15

Closing Address

13:15 – 14:00


Programme specific documentation

Contact persons: Martin Sillasen and Birgitte Lund Nielsen