The 9th International Conference: "Education for Sustainable Development"

The Learning Teacher Network’s 9th International Conference was held at the modern, four star Hotel Tivoli Oriente in Lisbon, Portugal on September 26-28, 2013. The title of the conference was “Education for Sustainable Development”.

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is a matter of rapidly growing importance, concern and recognition on international, European, national and local levels. In all countries and cultures, education and training is the key in order to describe, re-orient for and build knowledge, understanding and action for a sustainable future.

Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning. The conference wtherefore portrayed a range of pedagogical angles and elements to such sustainable teaching and learning. Within the topic of the conference, thematically the programme addressed ecological, social and economic perspectives on ESD.

The conference topic was introduced by internationally recognized experts in this focal area of the conference, followed by parallel sessions of lectures and workshops led by practitioners and researchers. With deep appreciation of the many colleagues who presented and shared their knowledge and experience, the conference programme included 42 quality sessions given by more than 70 presenters from 16 countries in Europe and beyond.

Alike the previous conferences, we were welcoming colleagues from all levels of education and training in Europe and beyond to a golden opportunity for gaining new knowledge and sharing experience in a good and friendly atmosphere in an international setting.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela