Thursday, February 18, 2010: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM
Room 1B (San Diego Convention Center)The most demanding challenge that societies around the globe face is how to balance environmental, economic, and social interests under a long-term perspective. Universities are increasingly responding to this challenge by developing academic programs in Science and Technology for Sustainable Development or "Sustainability Science." Since its inauguration in 2007, the Forum has provided ample opportunity to key university actors in Sustainability Science to discuss collaborative approaches to building this emerging field. Discussion on curriculum development at the 2009 Forum revealed that an important prerequisite is having a clear understanding of the core competencies in sustainability to be conveyed in academic programs. While many universities have established core competencies for their own programs, to date, no large-scale attempt has been made to compare competencies across sustainability programs. This year’s Forum addresses this need by conducting small-group round table discussions that are based on the results of a large-scale survey on core competencies in sustainability. The ultimate goal of the Forum is to outline a set of commonly agreed-upon competencies in sustainability. If you are interested in attending this invitation-only event, contact Amy Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arnim Wiek, Arizona State University
Amy Fuller, AAAS International Office
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