Keynote Speakers for Dubrovnik 2019

Professor Charles Hopkins

Professor Charles HopkinsCharles Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University in Toronto, Canada.  The chair was established in 1999 as the first UNESCO Chair in the world to focus on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Two major international networks have been founded and are coordinated by the UNESCO Chair:

International Network of Teacher Education Institutions (INTEI)

#IndigenousESD research network

As Chair of the INTEI he is a Key partner in UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on ESD. In addition to his work directly with UNESCO and UNFCCC, Hopkins is a Co-director of the Asia-Pacific Institute on ESD in Beijing, China.

Charles Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University, Canada where he coordinates two research networks focused on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). One network is comprised of teacher education institutions spanning 70 countries reorienting education towards the SDGs and the Global Education 2030 Agenda. The second network, covering 40 countries focuses on embedding ESD to improve the education of Indigenous youth. Hopkins consults for institutions worldwide including governments, universities and school systems. He is advisor to the UNU’s network of Regional Centres of Expertise, UNESCO-UNEVOC and Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute on ESD, China


Simon Elsborg Nygaard, University of Aarhus

Simon’s work focuses on understanding and developing ecologically sustainable wellbeing i.e. facilitating sustainable living and behaviour while at the same time promoting and supporting individual wellbeing. He works with organisations, communities, individual leaders and citizens

As valid knowledge about human behaviour, mindsets and emotions are central to developing sustainable wellbeing Simon’s point of departure is scientific, psychological and human-centred.

He prefers working in teams within an integrative framework and working with multiple methods combining different theoretical, empirical and practical approaches in the development of sustainable wellbeing.

Environmentally sustainable living and learning centre around humans. By using scientific psychological knowledge about humans we can qualify teaching and other activities related to human aspects of environmental sustainability. Overall, Simon’s presentation centres on how to use psychological theory when teaching and working with environmental sustainability.
Specifically he will address questions such as: How can theory on well-being and flourishing be used to support a flourishing life, while at the same time lowering our resource use? How can this knowledge be used in teaching and projects on environmental sustainability? How can theory on motivation be used to understand and increase motivation in teaching and projects on environmental sustainability? The presentation aims to bridge theory and practice, i.e. to present well-validated research, which is useful in practice.


Ann Finlayson: Sustainability and Environmental Education Consultant

Ann Finlayson has worked in the environmental and education field for over 30 years. After a stint as a countryside ranger in Scotland, she began travelling the world teaching, facilitating and consulting in places such as Papua New Guinea, Australia and Canada.

Between 2005 and 2010, Ann was Head of Education/Social Change at WWF-UK and the Commissioner for Education and Capability Building for the Sustainable Development Commission.

In 2008, she took on the job of revamping CEE, now SEEd, and has enjoyed seeing it grow back to national significance. Ann is passionate about the role of learning in sustainability and for it to be about real people, real opportunities and real responsibilities.

Ann Finlayson’s focus is on:

Education for Sustainability

Transformational pedagogies

Whole School Approaches

Impact analysis of learning for sustainability outcomes

Teacher training

Facilitating groups for learning for sustainability

Youth engagement in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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