Join us to explore university transformations for the SDGs


SDSN AusNZPac is excited to support a range of sessions (across all time zones) at ICSD 2021, exploring and expanding on the themes presented in the Accelerating Education for the SDGs Guide. We would love for you to join us in these discussions. Registration is free at

Plenary 7: University Transformations for the SDGs: From Concept to Action:

In this session we will be having a conversation with leaders who are supporting universities to embark on the SDGs transformation journey, and launching a new set of innovative and inspiring education for the SDGs case studies from around the world. Speakers and panellists include:

  • Wendy Purcell, Research Scholar at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University
  • Carlos Mataix, Director, itdUPM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor, University of Pretoria
  • Liz Price, Professor of Environmental Education and Academic Institutional Lead for the Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University

Parallel Session theme: Approaches to Transform Universities into Active Agents for an Inclusive and Sustainable Planet:

In these sessions we will be exploring examples from around the world of how universities are transforming their governance, organisation or their teaching, learning, researching, and doing to allow a massive shift in their contribution to a more inclusive and sustainable Planet.

  • Sessions 2E & 9C: Focusing on education for the SDGs
  • Sessions 7E & 8E: Focussing on whole of institution transformations