Technology and Innovation for Development Conference
The international “Technology and Innovation for Development” conference takes place in Madrid (Spain) on the 24th and 25th of June.
The aim of the conference is to bring together and create a forum for individuals and organizations who share an interest in exploring different ways of making development sustainable. As part of the preparation for the conference we have begun to put together a series of “inspiring” documents related to its main themes: Partnerships, Big Data, Technology and Basic Energy Services. You can find these via the following link (http://www.itd.upm.es/conferenciainnovacion-2015/open-space/?lang=en).
You are warmly invited to attend the conference. If you are unable to do so you can follow the sessions live on internet via the conference website:
The new policy brief from GDEE was launched at the European Development Days event in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th of June 2015. It outlines the view that sustainable human development needs within universities needs to be strengthened.
Renewable Energies for Developing Countries Online Course
The UN Institute for Education and Research are hosting an online course in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The course runs from 19th January to the 6th March. It will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development in developing countries. It will present the case on how renewable energies are an environmental necessity if we want to keep using energy, but also can present an economic opportunity.
Find out more about it and sign up here.
GDEE Online Courses
The Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE) project this year continued a series of online courses aimed at increasing the abilities of technical academics to integrate principles of Sustainable Human Development into their teaching. The courses are ideal for teachers or researchers in engineering, technical or science-based courses. It gives them a unique opportunity to gain experience in a field of studies through interactive and engaging courses written by experts in the field of engineering education and development studies, as well as expand professional networks in this area.
Courses have officially finished for this year, but material is available to openly online and people can complete the courses in their own time. Find out more here.
Event on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Development
On 10th December 2014, an event titled "Sviluppare il futuro; Cooperazione internazionale e nuove tecnologie" (Developing the future; International cooperation and new technologies), took place in Trento, Italy. The event was co-designed with the ICT 4 good unit of the research organisation, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), and academics of Rhodes University, South Africa. It was dedicated to students, practitioners and interested citizens.
Find out more on TCIC's webpage here. See the web brochure (in Italian) here. Update from event is coming soon.
Design and Engineering for Well-being, Agency and Justice
These workshops took place on 21st November 2014 in Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. They included many interesting topics such as "Focusing Innovation in Projects on Promoting Well-being; A Toolkit", and a short plenary by Alejandra Bone of the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, highlighting the issues of global dimensions in engineering.
More details can be found at Design for Well-being. An update of how the workshops went will be coming soon!
The closing date for proposals for the second GDEE award was made on 9th November. The award is focused on innovative educational proposals for the integration of Sustainable Human Development into technology and engineering education. See more information here.