January 11th sees Plymouth's annual Sustainability in HE conference. Will you be there?
It's their usual mix of posters, presentations, keynotes, networking and lunch. The first keynote asks: If education is the answer, what's the question? Of course, education isn't the answer. It's one of a range of potentially integratable social strategies that aim to nurture a viable and valued future both here and elsewhere. More on that later on, perhaps.
The posters are mostly from Plymouth. The presentations, from academics and others, represent:
Anglia Ruskin  – Bristol – Canterbury Christ Church  – Exeter – Keele  – Laval – Middlesex – Nottingham Trent – NUS  – Plymouth  – UBC – UWE  – Vechta – Western Michigan – Worcester 
A welcome development here is the non-British attendance, both from the continent and north America. A less welcome development – well non-development – is that all the others are from those institutions that usually pitch up. Little evidence, then, of an interest in sustainability spreading across British universities. Mind you, it is a long way to Plymouth ...
Quite encouragingly, when you add it all up (posters + presentations + keynotes) there are but 2 mentions of ESD (out of 50 event titles) – one by the NUS, and one by German academics. Someone really should tell UNESCO ...