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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Creating a Climate for Change

lecturer edition
students group of 2019

This April, join our summer school on sustainability education .

Are you a lecturer or policymaker in higher and vocational training? And would you like to put forward and work on challenges regarding Sustainable Education? Then join us this April!

In the previous summer edition, lecturers and policy makers worked on their own ideas and challenges on sustainable education. At the end of the three day summer school, participants left the programme with a concrete plan and much valued knowledge on how to take leadership in sustainable education.

To give and idea of the variety of themes that may come forward during the summer school:

Sustainble Development Goal number 4

  • Defining (and measuring) sustainable education
  • Incorporating sustainability in education (in courses and programmes)
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary teaching methods on sustainability
  • Incorporating transformative learning
  • Integrative understanding by integrative teaching
  • Building a community and strong relationships
  • From thinking to action
  • Changes in Higher Education institutions towards accommodating SDGs

Practical information

Dates 12 - 14 April 2022

Monday 11 April: 16:00 welcoming tour and dinner (optional)
Tuesday 12 April: 9:00 till 14:00
Wednesday 13 April: 9:00 till 14.:00
Thursday 14 April:  12:00 till 17:00 (drinks afterwards)

Location Groningen

Lecturers, trainers, policy makers in academic, higher and vocational education


€200, including lunches, coffee and drinks

Academic coordinators

Faculty of Law, Dr. Lorenzo Squintani
Campus Fryslan, dr. Berfu Unal
University College, dr. Wander Jager
Green Office, Marijke Nieborg, Irene Maltagliati, Francine Nijp


Marijke Nieborg (programme coordinator) & Eline Bolt, student assistent:


This course is designed for lecturers, trainers, policy makers in academic, higher and vocational education.

Participants are expected to have passive knowledge of Dutch and English and to speak one of these languages.

Participants are also expected to participate actively in the sessions and to be willing to present their work. No further knowledge of the field is required.

Sietske Vissers, MSc

Sietske Vissers, MSc, is educational advisor, specialized in inclusive education and technology enhanced learning, at the Educational Support and Innovation (ESI) department. ESI teaches and inspires educators with state-of-the-art didactical courses, tailor-made advisory and educational (re-)design. In a university where diversity is the norm, creativity, curiosity and focus are the most important tools to work with. Next to this, Sietske is a PhD-student with a research focus on making education more accessible for people with hypersensitivity in interpersonal relationships.

Wander Jager

Wander Jager (1962) is a social scientist with a broad interdisciplinary interest in social complex phenomena and transition to a sustainable society. Being inspired by the work of John Holland on chaos and self-organisation in the 90’s, he has since then been working and teaching on the micro-macro interactions in various social systems. His PhD thesis “Modelling Consumer Behaviour” integrated key behavioural theories into a computer simulation of human population behaviour. A key theme in his work is studying the dynamics of human behaviour in environmental contexts. As such he has been organizing special issues on the The Human Actor in Ecological-Economic (Ecological Economics - 2001) and Social Simulation in Environmental Psychology (Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2017). Formalising behavioural theory and empirical data in agent-based simulations is currently being used in the Horizon 2020 project SMARTEES on social innovation in the energy sector. Other application address the dynamics of migration and acculturation, opinion dynamics (covid), littering and socio-ecological dynamics. In the EU Erasmus scheme he is working on ACTISS in developing on-line courses on social computation. He started the Groningen Center for Social Complexity in 2009

Berfu Ünal

Dr. A. Berfu Ünal is an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the Campus Fryslan of the RUG. Her research focuses on the social and cognitive processes behind decision-making and human behaviour. Notably, she explores how individual, social, and contextual factors interact to influence behaviour, performance, and thinking. She applies this expertise particularly to domains that remain to be important societal challenges in the face of sustainable development, such as facilitating pro-environmental behaviours (in particular recycling, waste-separation, car-use reduction and reduction of household energy use), adoption of sustainable innovations, and acceptability of environmental policies. In her research, she collaborates with experts from other disciplines and practitioners to develop unique approaches in triggering sustainable behaviours.

Prof. dr. Lorenzo Squintani

Prof. Dr Lorenzo Squintani is Professor of Energy Law at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). He is also founder and member of the managing board of the Like!Me Living Lab which studies how to improve the effectiveness of public participation practices in the field of energy and environmental matters (link). He is also founder and member of the managing boards of the European Environmental Law Forum ( and of the U4 Environmental Law Network. Besides, he is Chief Editor of the Journal for European Environmental and Planning Law (JEEPL) and Series Editor of the EELF Book Series. His research and teaching interests include EU substantive law and EU environmental, energy and climate law. Prof. Squintani has authored several publications in the areas of European environmental, energy and climate law. Prof. Squintani regularly advises Dutch, EU, and/or International institutions on (EU) environmental, energy and climate issues.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Gain insight in the width of sustainability topics that universities are struggling with
  • Discuss matter related to integrated sustainability
  • Work on cases in an interdisciplinary team
  • Apply theories in designing effective strategies to address sustainability issues
  • Presenting ideas to a broad audience
  • Preparation: 8 hours
  • Lectures: 4 hours
  • Presentation: 1 hours
  • Contact hours: 15 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the summer school offers a Certificate of Attendance.

Application procedure

 The final deadline for application was 27 March 2022, we are no longer accepting applications

The summer school is an initiative of the Green Office, department of sustainability, University of Groningen.

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