Communities are at risk in many parts of our world as a consequence of globalization. Schools are key institutions in many communities needing to face the challenges of an uncertain future. The collaboration between schools and communities appear fundamental to facilitate a sustainable development at a local as well as global level. CoDeS network (School Community Collaboration for Sustainable Development), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona welcome you to join the CoDeS Final Conference in Barcelona, May 21-23rd, 2014. This conference builds on the activities and themes of the 3 year Comenius Lifelong Learning Network CoDeS and will become a place for exchanges of experiences on how to promote successful collaboration between schools and communities when working for Sustainable Development. An optional Post-Conference Seminar targeted to researchers and practitioners at the beginning of their career will conclude the Conference.
Conference target group: Environmental educators from NGO; Representatives from Educational and Environmental Departments of Municipalities; Educational policy makers; Junior and senior researchers in Education, EE and ESD; Private Sector representatives involved in school community collaboration; students from higher education institutions; and School teachers and headmasters.
Conference language: English. There will be translation to Spanish and English on Thursday 22nd in the afternoon sessions.
Submission of proposals: Participants are encouraged to submit proposals to either the Conference and/or the Post-Conference Seminar. The proposals submitted to the Conference will be in Poster Format only dealing with any aspect of school community collaboration for Sustainable Development. There will be three poster formats: (a) Specific themes poster, (b) Case poster, and (c) Research poster. The proposals submitted to the Post-Conference Seminar will be in Short Communication format only dealing with any aspect of ESD research. Please refer to Guidelines for proposal submission for details on how to write the proposals for either the Conference or the Post-Conference Seminar to be found in CoDeS website: http://www.comenius-codes.eu and the ENSI website: http://www.ensi.org. The deadline for submission of proposals for either the Conference or the Post-Conference Seminar is January 15th, 2014. The results of the review outcomes and proposal acceptance will be communicated by February 15th, 2014.
Venue: The conference will take place at the Hotel Campus located in the Autonomous University of Barcelona, campus of Bellaterra: http://www.uab.cat. The venue is easily accessible and it takes 35 minutes by train to the centre of Barcelona city: http://www.hotelcampusuab.com/. On Thursday 22nd in the afternoon the conference will take place in the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona (The Blue Museum): http://www.museuciencies.bcn.cat
Fee: The conference fee is 300 €/pers (including 3 lunches, 2 dinners and conference materials). There is a special conference fee for students 150 €/pers (including 3 lunches, 2 dinners and conference materials). The participation in the Post-Conference Seminar is free and it is not included in any of the Conference fees modalities.
Accommodation: There will be three types of accommodation: two-bed apartments, two-bed rooms, and private free housing. Attendees are encouraged to share rooms to lower accommodation costs, if necessary. Arrangements for private free accommodation will be made upon availability for those attendees in need. Please refer to the CoDeS Conference Accommodation Guide for details on the accommodation format and fill in the selected CoDeS Booking Form to be found in CoDeS website: http://www.comenius-codes.eu. The deadline for accommodation booking is March 23rd, 2014.
Registration: Please fill in the CoDeS Registration Form to be found in CoDeS website: http://www.comenius- codes.eu. The deadline for registration to either the Conference or the Post-Conference Seminar is March 23rd, 2014
EU funding: CoDeS Final Conference is part of the CoDeS LLP Network activities with the reference 517621-LLP-1- 2011-1-CH-COMENIUS-CNW/2011-3853. Due to the change from Lifelong Learning Program to ERASMUS+ Program at the beginning of the next year, no final information on EU-funding and their funding frames is available yet. Participants are asked to contact their national agencies for the new funding regulations and deadlines for application, bearing in mind that deadline may be different from one country to another. Information is foreseen by beginning of November 2013.
Conference host: Autonomous University of Barcelona with the collaboration of the Ministry of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia, and the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona (The Blue Museum).
Conference coordinators: CoDeS (School Community Collaboration for SD Comenius Network), ENSI (Environment and School Initiative International Association), and UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona).