BUP – one of the founding members of the European School of Sustainability Sciences and Research (ESSSR)

The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) has established the European School of Sustainability Sciences and Research (ESSSR) as part to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed in the United Nations Agenda 2030. The ESSSR was launched the 1st October 2018. The main aims of ESSR are as follows:

  1. to provide a platform for universities to discuss the contribution of Sustainability Science and Research towards the implementation of the SDGs;
  2. to mobilise universities working with sustainable development, to gather, deliberate and implement joint initiatives, especially online courses, research projects and specialist publications, which show how Sustainability Science and Research can help to achieve the SDGs;
  3. to contribute to the education of next generation of sustainability scientists, by means of online courses and joint PhD programmes on sustainability science

A further aim of ESSSR is to link European sustainability researchers with their counterparts in other parts of the world (north-south and south-south cooperation on sustainable development). ESSSR strengthens interdisciplinary research on sustainability issues, and also paves the way for post-doctoral positions and fellowships across its members.

The founding members are:

  • HAW Hamburg, Germany (Coordination office)
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • University of Uppsala, Sweden (also Secretariat of the Baltic University Programme)
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • University Aberta, Portugal
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • University of Florence, Italy
  • Lodz University of Technology, Poland
  • University of Latvia, Latvia

The partners of HAW Hamburg, which in addition to its function as co-ordinating office is also responsible for research, are the University of Uppsala in Sweden, the University of Malta and the Metropolitan University of Manchester among others. ESSSR will co-operate with over 50 associated European universities. ESSSR’s opening event gets underway at the University of Florence in Italy on December 11-12, 2018 as part of the symposium “Sustainability in University Campuses”. Around 70 participants from over 30 countries are expected.