International Conferences

International Symposium on the Creation of Sustainable Campuses, Hokkaïdo University, 2014


In November 2014, Dr. König was invited to give the keynote speech on the concept of Sustainability Science 3.0 at the International Symposium on Sustainable Campus Creation at Hokkaïdo University in Japan, with over 200 Asian participants amongst whom many university leaders. The purpose of the conference was to explore the changing relationship between universities and the communities they are embedded in. In Japan, which can be seen as decades ahead of us in terms of population ageing and the energy crisis and tough choices between public funding of healthcare, pensions and education, these questions are considered urgent.




In October 2014, Dr. König was invited to chair all sessions on Education in Sustainability and to present our conceptions of sustainability science at the Sustainability Science Congress organised by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) in Copenhagen with 800 participants. The International Alliance is a club of ten leading research universities including ETH Zürich, the Universities of Cambridge, Copenhagen, Oxford, Tokyo, Peking, and Yale. Spending quality time with the organising Committee in her role of session chair allowed Dr. König to get to know the key members of the organising committee of well-funded large scale international projects such as Future Earth that aim to federate and create synergy between transformative sustainability research globally.

In June 2014, Dr. König took part in the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Conference held at Harvard University and the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At ISCN Dr. König was chairing one of three working groups since 2008, focusing on the question of how universities can stage transformative sustainability science projects to effect changes for sustainability. The question of how universities are engaging with the existential sustainability challenges of the 21 st century is increasingly recognised as strategically important and attracting an ever greater number of university leaders at the rector and vice rector level to actively contribute to these sessions. Visibility at these conferences can thus be seen to have a high impact.

Picture: Ariane König at the International Symposium on Sustainable Campus Creation at Hokkaïdo University