Programme of the Bled Conference

September 24 & 25, 2014
Educating for sustainable development through inquiry-based science education: a contribution to the challenges of the 21st century

Registration deadline: July 20, 2014

Wednesday 24th September 2014

09.00 Registration


09.30 Welcome and presentation of the conference programme

Speaker: Ana G. Blagotinšek, National coordinator of the SUSTAIN project in Slovenia, Faculty of Education, Ljubljana

09.40 Opening address

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Janez Krek, University of Ljubljana, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Ljubljana


Plenary session 1 – Education for sustainable development: lessons learnt, current trends and the place of SUSTAIN

09.50 Education for sustainable development: achievements of the Decade and new perspectives of the Global Action Programme

Speaker: Philippe Pypaert, Programme Specialist, SC, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice

10.20 Presentation of the SUSTAIN project in this overview: innovative aspects

Speaker: Dr. David Jasmin, director of the Foundation La main à la pâte, coordinator of the SUSTAIN project

10.30 Coffee break


Plenary session 2 – Education for sustainable development and Inquiry-based science education: two pedagogical approaches on the way towards each other

11.00 Current developments and challenges in ESD

Speaker: Dr. Paul Warwick, Research Fellow/Academic Developer, PedRIO & Educational Development, Centre for Sustainable Futures, Plymouth University

11.45 How to teach sustainable development, as a science or as an ethical question?

Speaker: Prof. Pierre Léna, President of the Foundation La main à la pâte, French Academy of Sciences

12.30 Lunch


Call for participation

14.00 Parallel workshops exploring the links between ESD & IBSE

This open session will include:

-          A poster session

-          An  exhibition of ESD materials and resources

-          An open space dedicated to the presentation of various initiatives and experiences by the participants

Participants who are interested in contributing actively to this session, please follow the link "Call for participation".

15.30 Coffee break


Plenary session 3

16.00 Reports on the workshops (until 16.45)

19.30 Networking dinner

Thursday 25th September 2014

09.30 Plenary session 4 – Scientific conference: Climate change, the big challenge for sustainable development

Speaker: Prof. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj professor for climatology at the University of Ljubljana. Vice-chair of the Working Group 2 Fourth Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and currently one of the review editors of IPCC AR5.

10.30 Coffee break


Plenary session 5 – Designing an ESD/ IBSE approach on issues addressed by the SUSTAIN project

11.00 Energy

11.20 Food in ESD

11.40 Everyday objects


Dr. Cliona Murphy, Lecturer in Science Education, St Patrick’s College, Dublin, coordinator of the Energy group

PaedDr. Katarína Kotuľáková, Faculty of Education, Chemistry department, Trnava University, coordinator of the Food in ESD group

Prof. Janet Ainley, Director of the School of Education, University of Leicester, coordinator of the Everyday objects group

12.00 Lunch


13.30 Parallel sessions

Sessions on the three topics addressed in the morning

Common reflections and work on contents and methods

15.30 Coffee break


Final plenary session

16.00 Summary of discussions

16.30 Conclusion of the conference


More information about the conference:


For more information please contact:

Ana Gostinčar Blagotinšek

UL Faculty of Education

Kardeljeva ploscad 16

SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Phone: +386 1 589 2218

Fax: +386 1 589 2233












This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This conference reflects the views only of the organisers, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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