From 11.-15.9.2017 Michael Ambros (BOKU) and Petra Biberhofer (WU Vienna) from the CASE Team participated at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference in 2017 co-organized by Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and the Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. The overall objective of the conference was to strengthen communities of transdisciplinary research and education, and to create visibility for theoretical, empirical and transformative advances/results. In particular the conference focused on interculturality. Together with many inspiring participants we explored transdisciplinary research and education as intercultural endeavours concerning epistemologies, world-views, practices, and place-based differences. During our session on Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship – Curriculum for new approaches to business development we presented the CASE milestones such as our master curriculum and the current stage of the knowledge platform. As part of our session we had a very rich and inspiring discussion with the session participants and would like to thank the hosts for the great opportunity to share experiences about the CASE project.
From 27.8. until 2.9.2017 the 17th Biennial EARLI Conference was hosted by the University of Tampere, Finland on “Education in the crossroads of economy and politics – Role of research in the advancement of public good”. The European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) is an international, scientific community with the primary goal to support an active research culture in the field of learning and instruction. At the conference the CASE project was introduced by Petra Biberhofer (WU Vienna) who presented a poster focusing on how learning and collaborating within sustainability transitions can be fostered. Based on the the CASE results she highlighted transformative learning settings and collaboration formats in university-business cooperation.
The yearly Summer Forum of the CASE partner Terra Institute gathered consultants and high-level business representatives to discover, experience, reflect and discuss the topic Mindful Organization. More than 50 participants – from individual enterprises to multinationals with 100.000 employees – had the chance to exchange in an informal setting on their good practices and challenges in the context of sustainable development.
In the naturally rich environment of South Tyrol, the perfect setting included workshops, presentations and discussions as well as hiking. Sharing experiences was thus possible in the plenary and smaller groups or bilateral conversations.
For the two CASE participants this was the occasion to spread the results of the project and encourage consultants to act as multipliers in their field of activity. Once more, the need for support in the process of accompanying organizations in their change towards sustainability was strengthened. Potential partners for university-business cooperation in teaching and learning were identified and invited to participate at the final event of CASE.
More information on Terra Institute: www.terra-institute.eu
From the 17th until the 21st of July 2017 the 1st Vechta-Anhui Summer School of Teacher Education took place at the University of Vechta. Aim of the summer school was to found and establish a cross-national active network between scholars and researchers from the partner region Anhui (China) and Vechta (Germany) concerning teacher education. Prof. Dr. Marco Rieckmann (University of Vechta) presented the CASE knowledge alliance as a good practice example of international educational research. The aim of the summer school was to get a better understanding of the special functioning of teacher education based upon the predominant educational systems speakers from the mentioned countries gave insights into processes of learning and special kinds of teaching environments as well as used research methods in educational contexts.
The summer school was part of the project VANTE – Vechta-Anhui Network of Teacher Education which is financed by the International Cooperation Fund of the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxon. The project includes research and teaching visits, as well as student exchanges from Vechta to Anhui and vice versa.
For the first time, the Sustainability Day and the Day of Teaching and Learning were merged at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). A perfect environment to present and discuss the learnings and results of CASE with students, teachers, cooperating partners and interested people from in- and outside university.
A variety of sessions, workshops, lectures, discussions, networking activities, games, info-points and market places invited the participants to get in touch with or deepen the topic. Interaction was fostered using appropriate methods and thanks to mostly small group sizes. All members of the rectorate (general management) actively participated throughout the day.
This Day is not only an occasion for visibility of good practices but also a moment of appreciation and gratitude for strongly committed university members.
CASE was not only present with a stand but also indirectly as many student teams out of different CASE pilots showed their projects and start-up ideas. The marketplace encouraged a fruitful and vital exchange among the students and other visitors.