Embedding and facilitating sustainability

The European Learning & Teaching Forum is an EUA event that provides an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss developments in learning and teaching at European universities. The Forum builds on EUA’s work with its member universities on this topic. Alongside the bottom-up approach, the Forum makes use of EUA’s extensive policy work in European higher education. The Forum is an ideal event for vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, and management involved in learning and teaching. It also welcomes students, policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education.

The path towards a sustainable future does not only require revolutionary technologies, but also and foremost adequate education. The 2021 European Learning & Teaching Forum will explore how learning and teaching ensures access to the knowledge and skills needed to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals and accomplish the transformations that our societies and economies require. It will also invite participants to reflect on whether the organisation of learning and teaching at their own institutions is delivered in an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable manner. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the Forum provides a platform for discussion on how universities enhance learning and teaching, while also presenting the work of the 2020 EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Groups.

For updates follow #EUALearnTeach on Twitter or join the LinkedIn group ‘Learning & Teaching in European Higher Education’.

Pre-Forum sessions

EUA Webinar series: A strategic reflection on digitalisation in higher education:

  • Webinar 1: Developing a high-performing digital education ecosystem: institutional self-assessment instruments, 26 January 2021, 14.00-15.00 CET. The full webinar recording is available.
  • Webinar 2: Results of the survey report “Digitally enhanced learning and teaching in European higher education institutions”, 5 February 2021, 14.00-15.00 CET. The full webinar recording is available.

Pre-Forum students’ meeting, 17 February 2021, 16.00-17.30 CET. 


The speakers of the Forum had the possibility to pre-record a detailed presentation in advance. Have a look at the playlist to learn more about the different topics. 

Take a look at the abstracts to see which sessions you would like to attend.

The event booklet with more information about the speakers and their contributions is now available.

Thursday 18 February

f3a56378d46b3ee8f1145b4a6d8d3f11Official Opening and Session I: Equipped to thrive – How can higher education facilitate the skills needed in sustainable societies?

     Fireside chat with Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University, USA

     Chaired by Michael Murphy, Chair of the EUA Learning & Teaching  Steering Committee, EUA President

f3a56378d46b3ee8f1145b4a6d8d3f11Session II: Four approaches in achieving the SDGs: Teaching towards sustainable development

PPTPascal Frank, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany: Personal approaches toward sustainability – a new agenda for environmental and sustainability education

PPTCaroline Wilson, Coventry University Group, United Kingdom: Finding our place in the world with the Sustainable Development Goals

PPTJohn F. Barimo, University College Cork, Ireland: A dynamic and contextualised framework for integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals across the learning landscape

PPTSanna Kivimäki, Tampere University, Finland: Approaching sustainability in diverse ways in Tampere University

     Chaired by Romita Iucu, President of Board of Trustees, University of Bucharest, Romania

f3a56378d46b3ee8f1145b4a6d8d3f11Session III A. Connecting the dots: How to transform education to generate comprehensive knowledge and skills

PPTEdward J. Coyle, Georgia Institute of Technology, United States and Stephen Marshall, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (in collaboration with University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom; Riga Technical University, Latvia; and Malmö University, Sweden): Linking research, education, and professional skills: Vertically integrated projects at four institutions

PPTSybille Reichert, Reichert Consulting, Germany: Developing skills and competences for innovation and societal impact

     Chaired by Ruben Janssens, Executive Committee member,  European Students’ Union (ESU)

Session III B. EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group session on “Approaches in learning and teaching to promoting equity and inclusion”

     Zoe Gavrilidou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece 

PPTMary Fitzpatrick, University of Limerick, Ireland

     Manuel João Tavares Mendes Costa, University of Minho, Portugal

Friday 19 February

f3a56378d46b3ee8f1145b4a6d8d3f11Session IV A. How to transcend disciplinary, institutional and national boundaries to work towards a sustainable world

PPTPeter Ruijten, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands: Towards constructive alignment of an inter-programme challenge-based learning course

PPTGemma O’Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (in collaboration with Utrecht University, Netherlands): Transdisciplinary knowledge-creating teams for the inter-institutional design of a Master’s in global challenges for sustainability: The CHARM-EU European University Initiative case study

PPTAniko Makkai-Kovacs, European University Foundation (in collaboration with University of Alcala, Spain; Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; Unilasalle Polytechnic Institute, France and UNICA – Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe): How to enhance and facilitate quality in teaching mobility in Europe

     Chaired by Marja Sutela, Vice-President, Tampere University, Finland

Session IV B. EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group on the “Environmental sustainability of learning and teaching”

     Julie Gwilliam, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

PPTJacqueline Labbe and Andrew Reeves, De Montfort University, United Kingdom

     Natalia Timus, University of Côte d’Azur, France

f3a56378d46b3ee8f1145b4a6d8d3f11Session V A. All on board? How to engage students in the sustainability debate

      Sandi Rizvic, Students Organizing for Sustainability International (in collaboration with the European Students’ Union (ESU): Embedding and facilitating sustainability in higher education: Challenges and solutions


Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands (in collaboration with Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands): How to engage all students in the sustainability debate

     Chaired by Marta Žuvić, Vice-Rector for Quality Assurance and   Enhancement, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Session V B. EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group session on “Meeting skills and employability demands”

    Catherine O’Mahony, University College Cork, Ireland

PPTIrma Grdzelidze and Tinatin Gabrichidze, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

     Wyn Morgan, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

f3a56378d46b3ee8f1145b4a6d8d3f11Session VI: Harnessing the potential of digitalisation

PPTAndrius Uždanavičius, Vilnius University, Lithuania: Learning to tackle sustainability challenges in international teams: Virtual exchange course leading to implementation of social innovations

PPTDaniel Pérez del Prado, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain: Teaching sustainability and decent work (SDG 8) through MOOCs

PPTCécile Swiatek, Association of Directors and Management Staff of University Libraries and Documentation, France: How libraries of higher education enhance sustainable teaching and learning in Europe

     Chaired by Manel Jiménez-Morales, Commissioner for  Communication and Education, Pompeu Fabra University – Barcelona, Spain

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