DIGITAL LEARNING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

In line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal #4 that seeks to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences‘ Research and Transfer Centre „Sustainability and Climate Impact Management“ (FTZ-NK) actively fosters Education for Sustainability across themes and borders. Promoting sustainable practices and offering access to state-of-the-art knowledge will be a distinctive feature of the online projects developed by our team in collaboration with international partners. In this respect, FTZ-NK will pursue an open access approach and using open educational resources whenever possible.

The online courses offered on this platform address the chronic human capacity problem that constrains the quicker uptake of sustainability knowledge and related skills in many parts of the globe. Through this, we seek to foster international learning communities and actively contribute to supporting international multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Note: You will need to create a user account before you can register for an online course.

    Available courses

    Starting on 25 April 2019, this course lets you explore and assess the opportunities that sustainable tourism strategies offer for SIDS. This course will help you to think carefully and critically about current tourism policies. It illustrates through practical examples how policy-making can improve ... in the main SIDS regions. This interdisciplinary course is a stand-alone course for policy-makers and master students from related disciplines (e.g. policy or development economics). It can be taken parallel to work or study over a period of five weeks (fall 2018). Prior to the active phase, learners can already register, make themselves familiar with the learning environment and browse through some content.


    Work load: Equivalent to an estimated 3-4 hours per course week, depending on how deep you indulge in the material, discussion and interaction with other learners. By passing the final assignment, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

    Requirements: To get the most out of this course, it is helpful if you have a B.A./BSc. level degree in a related field of study, e.g. political sciences, development policy or similar. As the course is held in English, you will need fluent English skills.


    The course is offered by the following collaborating partners:

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    “Save the Date” in your calendars, until the virtual conference doors open in March 2020: The Research and Transfer Centre "Sustainability and Climate Change Management" (FTZ-NK) is organizing the 7th Climate Change Online Conference CLIMATE2020.

    • CLIMATE2020 takes place from 23-30 April 2020 exclusively on the internet, in a climate-friendly manner – we will even off-set your CO2 emissions!

    • You will have with free unlimited access to all kinds of high-quality scientific articles, climate projects and further learning opportunities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • Get involved in international dialogues and the exchange of ideas with experts from the academic, political, economic and social sectors and the rest of the community.

    • CLIMATE2020 is guided by and will contribute to the Sustainable Development goal 13 (Climate Action).

    The objective of the on-line conference is to convey the most recent research results on climate change and its impacts, as well as to provide especially early career researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to present their findings at a global level. This event fills a knowledge gap in respect of thematic discussions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, which will be performed both in an integrative and interactive way.


    The conference also offers you insights on numerous climate projects, initiatives and strategies, which are currently being implemented on the five continents and considered to be latest examples of worldwide climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.


    The best thing: You are only a mouse-click away from this event! You can easily log in over the Internet no matter where you are actually located: in your office, at school, university or on your smartphone on your way home!


    Call for Papers

    Conditions of participation

    C2020 features compact summaries of latest research findings. For this reason, authors are encouraged to prepare a concise paper of no more than 1,000 words which may be achieved by summarizing an own recent research paper. All concise papers submitted within the CLIMATE2020 conference will be thoroughly assessed by a group of academic experts (peer review) in order to ascertain the relevance subject and the degree of novelty value and originality.

    Particular value in selecting the contribution will be placed on the research activities, that delivered tangible findings, i. e. purely theoretical analysis and conclusions on all issues of climate change will not be regarded.

    • The Editorial Director will be assisted and advised by a Scientific Advisory Board. However, the final decision on a particular contribution rests with the director to ensure the editorial consistency of publications.

    • Submitted papers will be directed to the Editorial Director and, when approved, subjected to examination by the Scientific Advisory Board.

    • Open Access/ OER: CLIMATE 2020 supports the global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers, to support worldwide knowledge sharing, and thus promoting innovation and climate action

    The organization of CLIMATE 2020 has been made possible due to research grant and sponsorships. Therefore, participation in the conference is free of charges. Authors are solely required to cover the costs related to the preparation of their contributions. It is also a requirement for every author to register on the online platform1 and comment on other scientific contributions to qualify for their open access publication.

    • With the submission of papers, authors accept these terms and conditions.

    Themes

    Themes: Scientific contributions will be grouped together in six major categories. They should meet the particular requirements of the global sustainable development goal SDG 13 (Climate Action), and document progress achieved to date. Key themes are:

    1. Resilience & Capacity Building – how to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacities to counteract climate-related hazards and the natural disasters of today and tomorrow;

    2. Intelligent Climate Policy & Governance – how to integrate the measures for mitigation and adaptation to the impacts of climate change into national policy, strategies and planning processes;

    3. Education, Awareness and Adaptation – how to facilitate educational programmes, raise awareness and foster the adaptive capacities of people and institutions in order to tackle climate change and reduce CO2 emissions;

    4. Climate Finance & Access to Funding – how to finance initiatives on adaptation to climate change and prevention of CO2 emissions in a credible and sustainable manner, and the role of global funding mechanisms (e.g. Green Climate Fund)

    5. Intelligent Climate Planning, Small Islands and Developing Countries – mechanisms, fostering the capacity building for more effective climate-related planning and climate change management in developing countries as well as small island developing states, including support of women, young people and marginalized population groups.

    6. Special section: Climate Change as a Threats to Biodiversity – evidence of negative impacts of climate change on biodiversity and related ecosystems, including negative consequences for human well-being.

    Authors are asked to clearly indicate the (primary) category to which they are submitting.

    Author responsibilities

    All authors are invited to submit their abstracts and, upon acceptance of the abstract, the related contribution as much in advance as possible.

    Authors have to meet the deadlines; no contribution may be submitted after the set deadlines.

    Authors will be requested to be available during the whole conference week, so they may answer CLIMATE 2020 community questions or/and take part in discussions concerning their own contributions.


    Submissions

    Step 1: Abstract submission

    Scope: max. 250 words, please indicate author(s) and contact details

    Step 2: Paper submission

    Scope: 1.000 words concise summary

    Structure (suggested):

    Title:
    Author (s) and contact details including e-mail(s):
    1. Background of the paper
    2. Methods Used
    3. Main Results
    4. Conclusions
    References


    Template for short paper Submissions (MSWord): ftp://ftp.springernature.com/cs-proceeding/llncs/word/splnproc1703.zip.


    Sample paper
    (“Effectiveness of climate change adaptationamong smallholder farmers in rural Ghana”)


    Consent to publish as open access / OER
    : (required)


    Picture + social media IDs
    (main and/or corresponding author): In addition, please provide a profile Picture (JPEG), indicate copyright, and your detailed contact data including social media IDs (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn)

    Submission Schedule

    a) Deadline for abstracts: 31th August 2019
    b) Deadline for concise papers: 31th October 2019
    c) Response from the Scientific Advisory Board: from 20 December 2019 onwards
    d) If necessary, resubmission deadline: 31 January 2020


    E-mail your submission to: submissions@dl4sd.org (Remember to indicate category)

    1 The processing of Personal Data will comply with the General Data Protection Regulation EU-DSGVO (https://dsgvo-gesetz.de/).


    Target Group


    For whom is this conference?

    CLIMATE2020 will be of particular value for

    • Early career and senior researchers, whose research and studies deal with issues on climate change as well as climate mitigation and adaptation;

    • Social institutions concerned with climate change and adaptation;

    • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs);

    • Governmental institutions (Ministries of Environment, Planning Committees, etc.);

    • International and national aid organizations;

    • Other actors interested on climate change.

    CLIMATE2020 offers international and regional experts valuable insights into the topic of climate change and its impacts. Moreover, it serves as a valuable information source to all those interested on the connections between climate change mitigation and adaptation. Early career researchers (PhDs, PostDocs) are especially encouraged to participate in the conference, which will thus showcase the work of the next generation of researchers.


    logoNote: You can still register and access all content, yet this course was implemented in early 2019.

    Since climate change mitigation and adaptation is one of the top global priorities and transport is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, alternative means of mobility are increasingly gaining importance. As the key to a sustainable transformation of mobility, e-mobility is known to be climate-friendly, environmentally friendly, resource-saving and efficient. Although the large potential of e-mobility is widely recognized, technological development and energy supply still represent major challenges for e-mobility, which is why further investments in research and infrastructure are needed.

    We believe that the training of students is very important for the e-mobility industry around the world, as e-mobility is an economically and technologically important future topic with many learning opportunities and very good career prospects. Therefore, our online course "Digital Learning and E-Mobility" seeks to inform you about e-mobility and to inspire you to explore and follow career opportunities in this area.


    This course is offered by the following collaborating partners:

    Hamburg Open Online UniversityHAW Hamburg


    We believe that educating students on the SDGs is very important for a broader and holistic understanding of the challenges we are facing currently to live more sustainably and better grasp the impact our actions have. Yet, as a professor, we also see that there is not always the time to include this topic in your individual teaching. Therefore, we seek to provide you with a toolbox of material and tasks for you to use in your lectures to introduce your students to one or several of the sustainable development goals. We also hope to inspire you to explore more and be able to act as multiplier for your students.


    We'll soon publish the first material - if you'd like to be notified, please send a message to jenniferlouise.pohlmann(at)haw-hamburg.de

    Note: You can still register and access all content, yet this course was implemented in 2018.
    This course lets you explore and assess the opportunities that sustainable  energy technologies offer for SIDS. This course will help you to think carefully and critically about current energy regimes and energy policies. It illustrates through practical examples how policy-making can improve energy access, energy security and/or energy efficiency in the main SIDS regions. This interdisciplinary course is a stand-alone course for policy-makers and master students from related disciplines (e.g. policy or development economics). It can be taken parallel to work or study over a period of five weeks (spring 2018). Prior to the active phase, learners can already register, make themselves familiar with the learning environment and browse through some content.


    Work load: Equivalent to an estimated 2-3 hours per course week, depending on how deep you indulge in the material, discussion and interaction with other learners. By passing the final assignment, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

    Arno BoersmaRequirements: To get the most out of this course, it is helpful if you have a B.A./BSc. level degree in a related field of study, e.g. political sciences, development policy or similar. As the course is held in English, you will need fluent English skills.

    Arno Boersma
    is the Manager of this Course's Co-Producer, the Aruba Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of SIDS. Listen to him welcoming you to the free online course 'Sustainable Energy for SIDS (policy-maker edition)' in this audio bit:


    The course is offered by the following collaborating partners:

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     Logo Hamburg University of Applied SciencesLogo Center of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of Small Islands