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Invitation to Geneva Trialogue, 21 January 2019

By on November 30, 2018

This is an invitation to HESI partners to contribute to the Geneva Trialogue through panel and workshop speaker contributions and showcasing of innovative projects on the theme ‘Scaling Education for the SDGs’. The Trialogue is scheduled to take place on Monday 21 January 2019 at Campus Biotech, Geneva, Switzerland.

For this second edition of the Geneva Trialogue, University of Geneva has joined forces with UNITAR, the UN Institute for Training and Research, and XuetangX, the world’s largest Chinese MOOC platform, to convene thought leaders, education innovators and decision makers from academia, international organizations and the private sector. It also wishes to invite HESI to join this initiative by

  • advertising this event to your colleagues and networks,
  • proposing speakers for the panel,
  • proposing speakers for thematic workshops, and
  • proposing a few innovative projects to showcase.

The event, which occurs just before the Davos WEF, will host 150-200 participants from around the globe, representing academia, international organizations and the private sector. Through talks, showcasing, panels, workshops and networking, the event explores ways to collaborate on scaling education to reach millions of learners of all ages, and to help them tackle the UN Sustainable Development Goals in impactful ways. This event is partially supported through the Geneva Tsinghua Initiative.

If you wish to propose a speaker, a workshop contribution or a project to showcase, please send your suggestion with the name and the topic or a short concept for the project to Elena, UNITAR, at elena.proden@unitar.org before 21 December. Given the limited number of session spots, the organizers may need to select among various proposals, the decision on selected projects and speaker contributions will be communicated in due course.

To express an interest in attending the event, interested persons are invited to go to http://genevatrialogue.com/ and follow the recommended steps. The Geneva Trialogue is by invitation only and free of charge. Organizers will consider well-motivated expressions of interest to attend. (A limited number of travel stipends are available for participants from the Global South).

Program Outline
8:00-9:00 Arrival & Coffee
9:00-9:30 Introduction
9:30-11:00 Morning Keynote Presentation and Showcasing Solutions
11:00-12:00 Panel on Scaling SDG Education
12:00-14:00 Networking Buffet Lunch

14:00-16:00 Breakout Workshops
16:00-17:30 Afternoon Keynote Presentation and Showcasing Solutions
17:30-18:00 Conclusion
18:00-19:00 Aperitif and Poster Session

Some of the topics to be addressed include:

  • SDGs in universities (Bachelor, Master, PhD level)
  • Continuing education and SDGs (certificate programs, informal learning, public and private sector needs)
  • Online education for SDGs (MOOCs, innovative platforms)
  • SDGs in schools (programs in primary, middle and high school)
  • Hands-on Learning and SDGs (maker spaces, fablabs)
  • Challenge-based Learning for SDGs (global competitions)
  • Crowdsourcing for SDGs (citizen science, gamification)
  • New technologies for SDG Education (Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality)
  • SDGs, inclusive education and audiences with special needs