Conference Schedule

Regardless of your discipline, EwS 2018 promises to be a great event for all educators teaching, or wishing to teach, the principles of sustainable development.

It is recognised that the principles of sustainability need to be introduced to all students. The challenge educators face is how to embed this topic into programmes and educational methodologies. EwS 2018 aims to showcase national and international examples of best practice in the development and delivery of pedagogical methods around sustainable development.

In addition presentations from national and international speakers EwS 2018 will provide workshops free to conference participants.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to visit the international undergraduate summer academy ‘Sustainable Futures’. This undergraduate event, founded by Mid Sweden University seven years ago will, for the first time, be hosted by the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

Conference Schedule

EwS 2018 will open on Monday the 20th of August.

Education with Sustainability 2018 Programme, Monday 20th August
18:00 – 20:00 hrs Registration – Main Reception Area IT Sligo
19:00 Opening Reception   (Outside Aurivo Auditorium)


20:00 “Summer Academy – Teaching Sustainability in the Spirit of Morgan Fröling” by Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson

Aurivo Auditorium

20:20 Panel Discussion: Fake News and Impacts

Followed by Q & A Session

Panel: Ella McSweeney (Food and Farming Journalist), Alison Greig (Director of Education for Sustainability, Anglia Ruskin University), Michael Ewing (Coordinator of Irish Environmental Network), Oonagh Monaghan (Food Consultant and Author),  Ciaran Byrne (CEO Inland Fisheries Ireland)

Chair: Dr. Richard Thorn (Emeritus President IT Sligo)

Aurivo Auditorium


Education with Sustainability 2018 Programme, Tuesday 21st August
8:00 am Registration – Main Reception Area IT Sligo
9:15 Welcome Address by Dr. Brendan McCormack, IT Sligo President (Aurivo Auditorium)
9:45 – 10.30 Keynote lecture by Alison Greig
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:00-12:15 Oral Presentations – Sustainability as a Pedagogical Tool
11:00-11:15 Theory building at the Science-Practice Interface, by T. Hochstrasser
11:15-11:30 Sustainability Education for Early Learners, by C. Brady
11:30-11:45 Ways of Learning and Knowing, by C. Nell
11:45-12:00 BIAZA Conservation and Sustainability Workshop, working together to promote concepts applicable to the Junior Cycle Science Curriculum, by N. Burke, L. Mc Sweeney, R. Molly & D. King
12:00-12:15 How to lift students 10,000 meters up above ground by I. Danielski
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch (Food Court) and Poster Session
13:15-14:45 Oral Presentations – Sustainability in Higher Education
13:15-13:30 Teaching Sustainability Sustainably by A. Morrissey, S. Fahy, C. Foley, D. Crowe
13:30-13:45 Teaching Engineers Ecological Economics by J. J. Fitzpatrick, E. P. Byrne
13:45-14:00 Process Engineering: Reflections on an evolving journey towards an award-winning programme for sustainability by E. P. Byrne, J. J. Fitzpatrick
14:00-14:15 The pedagogy of sustainability in higher education – a case study of sustainability in graphic design education by K. Göransson, A.-S. Fagerholm, N. Fagerholm
14:15-14:30 Incorporating real world sustainability challenges in an environmental technology Masters Programme by T. P. Curran
14:30-14:45 Using the Change Laboratory to embed Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education praxis by J. Scahill
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee Break and Poster Session
15:15 – 17:00 Oral Presentations – Outreach

Wearing the Wrong Glasses—Impact on youth attitudes following a project-based education for sustainable development summer school by M.  Kuster

15:30-15:45 Sustainable Education for Healthcare Innovation by E. Klok
15:45-16:00 Spreading the word far and wide – Underpinning outreach efforts with an effective communications plan by E. Davis, F. E. Lucy, J. M. Caffrey, J. T.A. Dick, N. E. Coughlan
16:00-16:15 NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2017-2020 LEARN LIVE LEAD by M. O’Dowd Lohan, J. Goggins, F. Fahy, C. Brown et al.
16:15-16:30 Differences in cultural context as an educational tool understanding differences in values of Ecosystem Services by P. v. de Brink
16:30-16:45 The presence of education for sustainable development J. Scahill
16:45-17:00 Social Impacts of a Primary Environmental Education Programme by  K. Hammond, A. Rolston, &  S. Linnane
17:00 End of day two
19:00 Social Activity at View Bar in the Glasshouse Hotel


Education with Sustainability 2018 Programme, Wednesday 22nd August
9:00-9:45 Keynote lecture by Karel Mulder (Aurivo Auditorium)
9:45-10:30 Summer Academy Open Door Event
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:00 – 13:30 Workshops
  Life Cycle Analysis

Training on LCA for sustainable development B1080

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Design


How Unsustainable are the Sustainable Development Goals?


13:30 Lunch
14:30 Workshops Outputs and Discussion – Plenary Session
15:30 EwS: what is next?
16.30 Closing remarks



EwS Workshops

As an attendee at EwS 2018, you have the opportunity to attend one of the three training workshops. EwS 2018 will over the following workshops;

  • Workshop 1 – Life Cycle Analysis – Training on LCA for sustainable development
  • Workshop 2 – Corporate Social Responsibility and Design
  • Workshop 3 – How Unsustainable are the Sustainable Development Goals?

All the workshops will report to the conference afterwards to share their outputs.

Sustainable Futures Summer Academy Open Door Event

In tandem with the EwS conference we will be running our Sustainable Futures student summer academy. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit the summer academy. They will have an opportunity to meet students and teaching staff and learn more about this event and its philosophy of imparting the principles of sustainability within international, multidisciplinary teams.


2019/20 Fulltime Prospectus IT Sligo