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Deadline extended: Call for contributions - Higher Education engages with SDG 14: Life below water

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Deadline extended: Call for contributions - Higher Education engages with SDG 14: Life below water

The International Association of Universities (IAU) and the University of Bergen (UiB) will jointly produce a publication on SDG 14, life below water, to show how universities engage in science and higher education. Interested authors can submit abstracts until 16 November to IAU and UiB. In the spirit of the 2030 Agenda, the publication will avoid the silo thinking prevalent in society and instead encourage thinking across disciplines, across the SDGs, across borders, and, indeed, across the Ocean.


Quick link to the full call for papers (pdf) here - deadline for abstracts extended until Monday, 23. Nov, midnight CET

To coincide with the UN Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030), the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the University of Bergen (UiB) will jointly produce a publication on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, life below water to present examples of activities, best practices and to show how universities engage in science and higher education, also to build back sustainably after COVID-19.

By juxtaposing and interlinking SDG14 with other goals in the 2030 Agenda, the aim is to highlight research and higher education that create opportunities to connect and involve as many as possible in the work towards ocean sustainability. Current levels of misinformation in public debate show the dire need and enormous potential for science-based information and education.

Therefore, UiB and IAU invite universities and experts worldwide to contribute to this SDG14 publication which will show the broad range of ongoing and planned ocean initiatives globally. By collecting these initiatives on what universities do to engage with the SDGs, the publication’s goal is to encourage more institutions to embed the 2030 Agenda in their education, research and other activities.The publication brings attention to this topic and aims to use the momentum the agenda creates for transformative changes in curriculum, research and developing campus initiatives. Taking the upcoming Decade of Ocean Science as an inspirational starting point, we call for proposals for articles from all world regions on ocean science and higher education.

The editorial team welcomes proposals that address the following broad topics:

• Show undiscovered links between the SDGs;
• Provide examples of best practices in marine education;
• Juxtaposition of other goals with SDG14, including possible connections on sub-goal and target levels across the goals;
• Show how local knowledge and global science can work together to stimulate higher education to engage critically with the 2030 Agenda;
• Consider how ocean science and education can contribute to a sustainable recovery in light of the COVID-19 pandemic;
• Provide examples of and proposals for curriculum change in higher education;
• Include policy recommendations, not just show a blueprint for how to add SDGs to higher education programmes;
• Offer suggestions for where ocean science and education should go in the future.

We ask for interested parties to submit an expression of interest, abstract and bio note by: Monday, 23 November 2020 (extended)

The full call for papers can be found here (pdf)

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Abstracts are to reflect the topics above. Submission details can be found in the full call for papers.
All submissions to the publication will undergo review by a team of academics from UiB and IAU. Final decision on the publication will be taken by the editorial committee.
UiB and IAU do not offer remuneration for the submission of abstracts and/or published papers.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal : Life below water
Associated organization(s) : 
International Association of Universities (IAU)
Associated university(ies) : 
University of Bergen
09/30/2020