5. Our sustainable future seen through 10 years of local and global experiences

Sustainable development goes hand in hand with education and learning – and was first defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Augustenborg Green Roof Institute. Photo Tomaz Lundstedt

Education for sustainable development - a kaleidoscope.

UN Global goals

Connected to goal 4, 5 and 17.

Education and learning for sustainable development means including key sustainable development issues in teaching and learning, such as climate change, biodiversity, poverty reduction and sustainable consumption. This requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. How do we connect sustainable development with education, learning and the new global goals for sustainable development? What kind of experiences from Malmö can we share? And what can we learn from others?

During the technical visit, dialogue seminar and round table discussions, we will introduce the work carried out in Malmö and share our experiences from a decade of ESD in Malmö. This includes knowledge sharing with a municipality in Namibia, place-based and challenge-based learning for future urban development, new theoretical insights and collaboration with our Science Centre. Many engaging speakers will present a variety of topics, from local cases to global issues. The language of the event is English and we hope to see many international guests in the audience for a rewarding exchange of ideas.


Technical visit: Science Center Malmö Museer
Welcome to an innovative and unconventional science centre where technology and natural science meet cultural history and social sustainability!

Science Center Malmö Museer focuses on learning for sustainable development in a broad sense using the museum, the surrounding city and the sea as areas for education, learning and exploring. A clear connection to the new global goals is embedded in the activities. We will connect the content of the visit to the dialogue seminar and all four round table discussions.

Logistics: Meet at Malmö Live for the short walk to Science Center Malmö Museer, where science centre guides will lead you through the history of Malmö from industrial city to knowledge-based city.
Coordinators: Åsa Hellström, Environment Department, City of Malmö, Mats Fastrup, Malmö Museer 

Room for 30 participants

Date: 30 November, 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm


Dialogue Seminars
Schools as a key factor for a sustainable future?

To teach and learn outside the classroom can be a way of involving young learners and students in sustainable development. It can be a way to develop participation, democracy and the ability to act among learners and their teachers. New ways of thinking about architecture and urban planning, as well as pedagogy, are needed in order to use the school building, the school grounds and the surroundings as an extended classroom. In this seminar we will discuss different ideas for involving young people in democratic processes and sustainable development goals.
Speaker: Ass. Prof. Kerstin Sonesson, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University

The role of young people in acheiving sustainable development at city level and concrete partnership between local government and youth.
Speaker: Hirotaka Koike, Deputy Organising Partner, Habitat III, UN Major Group for Children & Youth


“Urban transition insights - Our Sustainable future” will present the latest research from different universities:

  • Improving Quality in Education by Understanding Experiential Learning and its Application in the schools of Pune City, India
    Hegde Meghana, Centre for development studies and activities, Pune India

  • Experiences from long-term collaboration between a municipality and academia in sustainable city developmen
    Åke Thidell, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Moderator: Ass. Prof. Kerstin Sonesson, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden

Date: 1 December, 1o.00 pm – 12.00 pm

All abstracts presented in Urban transition insights will also be included in the conference antohlogy.


Round table discussions

  • Open up!
    Who is the owner of new knowledge? And how do other cities and organisations conduct their work with knowledge and its challenges and opportunities? What kind of results can be seen with open knowledge?
    Host: Edward Jensinger, Manager, City of Malmö .

  • Is sharing caring? Knowledge sharing between cities with different starting positions. What can we gain and learn from each other by cooperating across borders that are usually difficult to cross? North-south? Industrialised country vs developing country?
    Host: Senior Advisor Håkan Magnusson, International Center of Local Democracy (ICLD) and co-host Åsa Hellström, Environment Department, City of Malmö.

  • Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in universities. A discussion of how the SDG’s will be visible in the academia. What kind of challenges do we see and what can we learn from each other?
    Host: Prof Nils Ekelund, Faculty of Learning and Society, Malmö University.

Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

For more information contact:

Åsa Hellström

Project Manager
Environment Department

City of Malmö

Cell phone +46 703 11 14 17
asa.hellstrom(at)malmo.se

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