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#ESD2030: supporting operational sustainability

The UNESCO Roadmap for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD for 2030) developed the whole-institution approach and identifies corresponding actions to implement sustainability in extracurricular learning institutions. This session will look at how this approach can be tailored to science engagement organisations. Case studies from all over Europe will be used to reflect on the opportunities and limitations of the practical application in science centres and museums. Speakers from a wide range of institutions will contribute their specific perspectives and develop ideas for implementation from a micro to a macro level.

This session is part of the Biodiversity and climate crisis conference track.


Founder & Executive Director
Ki Culture

Session speakers

Head of concept | Creative Director for exhibition development
Sustainability can easily be an overwhelming topic. Where do we start? How can we identify high-impact measures to improve our sustainability? Christopher will sketch out the instrument of Strategic Sustainability Management in Museums and adress obstacles in empowering employees and nourish support for this change process within the whole organisation.
Director Exhibition Development
Opportunities and challenges of implementing sustainability in a science centre environment How can we develop an integrated offer for schools? How can we open up for criticism and discussion? This impulse by Christian will stress the obstacles of implementing sustainability in our everyday life – and how this translates into a future good practice in science centres.
Head of Communication / Director of the Hall of Biodiversity - Ciência Viva Center
Maria João will share some insights on the strategy of the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto to foster sustainability and raise awareness towards it. From the work focused on heritage collections to gardening activities taking place in the Botanical Garden, a wide range of approaches that are at play in this university museum-science centre hybrid will be worked through.
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Sustainability Analyst
We The Curious
United Kingdom
We The Curious (formerly known as At-Bristol) is an interactive science centre located in south west of England in the city of Bristol. Sustainability has been at the core of its operations since 2011 and we have made considerable strides in the last 11 years which include supporting Bristol to become European Green Capital in 2015. We were the first science centre in the UK to declare a climate emergency back in 2019 along with Bristol’s local council and universities and have pledged to be Carbon Net Zero by 2030. Along with operational sustainability, we have a great opportunity to engage and support the public in taking climate action. During this conversation we will be focusing on our operational plans for the next 5 years.