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The Sustainability Transformation Symposium United in a transition from within

  • What: University Sustainability Transformation Symposium
  • When: 7 & 8 October 2021
  • Where: Agora, Vrijhof, University of Twente

A vision of the future

What is our collective vision of the University of Twente as a sustainable, circular and resilient university in 2030 and beyond? How can our community of researchers, teachers, support staff and students transform our organisation so that our university can maximise its positive social and environmental impact? These are questions we hope to answer in our ambitious symposium on the how of University Sustainability Transformation (UST) on 7 & 8 October 2021.

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Breaking down walls

UST requires all faculties working together in inter- and transdisciplinary teams of researchers and students that leverage the science, tech and engineering we teach and investigate as a community. Our aim with this symposium therefore is to provide a platform for existing inspirational faculty teams to showcase their research and teaching initiatives. The purpose? To break down disciplinary walls for innovation to sustainability solutions to take place across faculties borders.

Initiatives and innovations

Organised by the Green Hub Twente, Shaping Expert Group for Sustainability, Student union and other colleagues, this symposium will not just be any regular sustainability conference, but one driven intrinsically by the culture of our own university. The event will consist of keynotes from relevant specialists in applying sustainability and transformation management to the university, as well as lectures and workshops given by experts, student teams and management across disciplines. We want to create a platform for the whole spectrum of initiatives and innovations on sustainability to be showcased so we can begin to weave together a whole-UT signature approach to Sustainability Transformation.

Overall, we encourage participants to be bold, audacious and open, and seek to think and act in an interconnected manner; then we can unite our multiple identities into a united whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Preliminary programme

Moderator: Thyne Scholte

  • Thursday 7 October: Applying sustainability in the University of Twente

    Opening & keynote

    08:30 – 09:00

    Walk-in with coffee/tea

    09:00 – 09:15

    Kickoff and Introduction day 1

    09:15 - 10:00

    Keynote  - Philipp PattbergDirector of the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Session 1: organisational transformation of the UT

    Redesigning the UT institutional model for strong sustainability outcomes

    10:00 – 11:00

    Various presentations from faculty change initiatives in research, education and management

    Speakers TBA

    11:00 - 11:30

    Break: coffee & snacks

    11:30 - 12:30

    Participatory workshop fusing faculty change initiatives to map the UT Transformation

    Workshop TBA

    12:30 – 13:30

    Lunch break & networking

    Session 2: Innovation for Sustainability

    Entrepreneurial, social and technical innovation on campus

    13:30 - 14:15

    Keynote – Charlotte Bonner - National Head of Education for Sustainable Development, ETF UK

    14:15 - 15:15

    Various presentations from innovative on-campus sustainability initiatives in research, education and management

    Speakers TBA

    15:15 - 15:45

    Break: coffee & snacks

    15:45 - 16:45

    Participatory workshop on how to scale and amplify the presented initiatives to the whole campus 

    Workshop TBA

    16:45 - 17:30

    Drinks, snacks & networking

  • Friday 8 october: Positive impact of UT Sustainability Transformation in the region


    08:30 – 08:45

    Walk-in with coffee/tea

    08:45 - 09:15

    Word of welcome & introduction – Machteld Roos - Vice-President University of Twente

    09:15 – 09:30

    Kickoff day 2

    SESSION 3: Stakeholder engagement for organisation & community

    A just transition for all in the region: UT’s impact in Twente for sustainability.

    09:30 – 10:30

    Various presentations from stakeholders in the region working on sustainability from around and outside the UT

    Speakers TBA

    10:30 - 11:00

    Break: coffee & snacks

    11:00 - 12:00

    Participatory workshop giving Twente sustainability leaders the platform to facilitate the needs of their community

    Workshop TBA

    12:00 – 13:00

    Lunch break & networking

    SESSION 4: Action research & intersectionality

    Methods for action-oriented inquiry with those most vulnerable to the climate and ecological emergency.

    13:00 - 13:45


    Speaker TBA

    13:45 - 14:45

    Various presentations on how the UT community can work with the Twente community  

    Speakers TBA

    14:45 - 15:15

    Break: coffee & snacks

    15:15 - 16:00

    Interactive plenary that clusters outcomes for action, within and outside the UT

    16:00 - 16:15

    Roundup and closing statements

    16:15 - 17:30

    Drinks, snacks & networking

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