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The Sustainable University

18 September 2008

On 19 September UCL is hosting a symposium entitled 'The Sustainable University: Relating Ecological Thinking, Learning and Research'.

Law and policy is increasingly touching the university, but how much can the university influence change? There is currently a great deal of activity about sustainability and higher and further education. Many initiatives quite rightly seek to 'embed' sustainable development in the curriculum. This conference will seek to move beyond a concern with the curriculum, allowing us to question more fundamentally, and hopefully more radically, the role of the university in 'sustaining the world'.

The focus of this event will be on sustainability and learning, but at its heart is a concern with how, as researchers and teachers, we can create genuine and valuable intellectual and practical links with other disciplines, local communities, and wider research networks. 

The symposium is hosted by UCL Laws, the UCL Environment Institute and the UK Centre for Legal Education. The keynote speaker is Professor Michael M'Gonigle, Professor and Eco-Research Chair of Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Victoria.  Michael M'Gonigle is the co-author of 'Planet U: Sustaining the World, Reinventing the University' (New Society Publishers, 2006) and co-founder of Greenpeace International.

For further details, or to reserve a place please contact Marianne Knight, UCL Environment Institute.