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ESDG Challenges: How to Integrate Multi-disciplinarity and Learning Innovations in the Education for the Sustainable Development Goals (17:00-18:00 CET)

March 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

According to the SDSN report “Accelerating education for the SDGs in Universities”, published at the end of 2020, “mainstreaming Education for the SDGs can be difficult within existing university structures, and deeper transformations in how universities operate will be needed to ensure this happens fast enough and deep enough”. The need to adopt an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to address the challenges of environmental and socio-economic sustainability, and the strong demand by students for transformational learning opportunities are two key issues that education for the SDGs has to deal with. The webinar will focus on how innovative and transformational initiatives can be successfully integrated into standard learning programs.

Organizer: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Chair: Esteban Nicolini (UC3M; co-director MASUS-Master in Sustainable Development and Global Governance)
Invited speakers:
-Francesca Lipari (UC3M, Department of Mathematics)
-Thomas Maillart (University of Geneva, School of Economics and Management)
– Isik Ozel (UC3M; Department of Social Sciences)
-Fernando Valladares (CSIC-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)



-Francesca Lipari ( Francesca is a Young Talent Researcher in the Department of Mathematics at UC3M. Her research interests include behavioral economics, network theory, gender economics and institutional economics, and her recent research focuses on the role of social norms in response to collective risk. She is a member of the Complex Systems Interdisciplinary Group at UC3M, and participates in the international research project “A-Planet: Acceptable PoLicies for the optimAl balance between driving and active Transport”, based at the Institute for Transport Economics, Oslo.
-Thomas Maillart ( Thomas is a senior lecturer at the Geneva School of Economics and Management, and an expert in complex systems, collective intelligence, human dynamics, biosensors and cyber risk. He has extensive experience in teaching modules on sustainable entrepreneurship and finance. He is also leading “Impact Hackatons in Asia Pacific”, a pilot-project funded by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC), focused on researching, designing and implementing hackathons to foster the achievements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, through collective intelligence and open innovation. The project is part of the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative (, and is pursued in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Teaching and Research (UNITAR). Thomas is also a member of the UGC Working Group on “Reinforcing the SDGs through Open Innovations”.
-Isik Ozel ( Isik is a Visiting Professor at the Deparment of Social Sciences, University Carlos III Madrid and a researcher in the UC3M- Fundación Juan March Joint Institute of Social Science (IC3JM). She is a political scientists with research interests in the political economy of vocational education and welfare regimes in middle-income countries. She is a co-director of the Master in Sustainable Development and Global Governance at UC3M.
-Fernando Valladares ( Fernando is a Research Professor at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and an Associate Professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid). He is a biologist and an expert in biodiversity, forest ecology and the impact of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems. His research explores the evolution of complex systems, their adaptations to changes and their emerging characteristics.


March 3
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Eastern Standard Time Zone GA


Esteban Nicolini