Collaboration & Partnership for a Better World
The scope of the CEMUS model is not limited to the classroom setting. CEMUS Forum organizes open lectures, an annual conference on education for sustainable development, film showings, discussions, workshops and a variety of other events. Much of this work is done in collaboration with students, in the envisioning, planning and delivery stages. These events are intended to attract not only current university staff and students, but also alumni, government officials, interested individuals and organizations. The aim of this work is to extend the educational core of the center by bridging the gaps between the theoretical and the practical, the young and the old and the academic and non academic worlds, as well as to create a meeting place for people interested in interdisciplinary education and sustainable solutions.
CEMUS Forum also reaches out to other organizations and initiatives for collaboration. We are currently working with actors such as Folkuniversitetet, Uppsala municipality and the Department of Education at Uppsala University (to name a few), with projects like Framtidsakademin and Gymnasieakademin, to create learning spaces for Sustainable Development outside the walls of Uppsala University and SLU. A very exciting new project is a UN initiated platform for transformative learning initiatives in Uppsala, a so called “Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.” This will continue to be developed within the Uppsala centre for sustainable development in collaboration with a wide collection of societal actors and organizations. The work to establish the platform will continue throughout 2013, and student involvement is welcome.
The CEMUS Forum also works as a launching pad for student project ideas. Support can be given in the form of people to bounce ideas off of, access to a broad contact network, use of a variety of venues, help with marketing campaigns/advertising and economic support. Projects are initiated through a dialogue with Forum staff, and in close collaboration with Cemus Roots.
During 2013/2014 you can get involved in the following existing projects:
- The development of the RCE Uppsala platform (see description above)
- CEMUS Christmas Calendar Competition, fall 2013
- The REALS project, (see below) 2013-2016
- Open lectures and seminars, fall and spring
- CEMUS Alumni Network
- Symposiums and conferences in spring, 2014
- CEMUS Garden (see description below)
- Uppsala sustainability month, May 2014
CEMUS Roots is a dynamic and self-governing student-run group, inclusive to all. It was established in order to allow students to take an active role in influencing the way that education is conducted at the center. Active participants have in the past taken on the roles of CEMUS student representatives attending university faculty and CSD board meetings. Conferences, field trips, lectures, workshops, film showings and open-panel discussions are just some of the types of events which the group has realized in the past, both with and without the cooperation of staff.
In CEMUS Roots students have the opportunity to realize their visions for a more sustainable culture, and fill in the gaps of their education in ways which are most beneficial to their learning.
REALS – Resilient and Ecological Approaches for Living Sustainably
The REALS Project (Resilient and Ecological Approaches for Living Sustainably) is a project run by Permaculture Sweden in collaboration with Swedish, Russian and Belarussian partners. CEMUS is a partner in the project that aims to create networks and intercultural learning between Sweden, Russia and Belarus, with a focus on socio-ecological resilience and sustainable lifestyles. In addition, the project is held as a Flagship under the EU Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region, under its Horizontal Action “Sustainable Development”. Partners in the project, except for Permaculture Sweden and CEMUS are: Greenelizer (Sweden), the Russian “Ecovillage” and Eco-initiative Network REEN, Department of Sustainable Development at the St.Petersburg State University, as well as the EcoHome and Ecoproject, voluntary organizations with established networks within the Belarusian Green Movement. The project is funded by the Swedish Institute.
Desired outcomes of the project:
•cross-sectorial and international networks within the field
•thematic workshops in partner countries and open source data gathering
Students are welcome to get involved in the project. For more information contact Christopher Wegweiser – firstname.lastname@example.org
CEMUS Garden Group
The CEMUS Garden Group has in the past hosted meetings and events including practical workshops, lectures, film showings and harvest parties, as well as developed and maintained the CEMUS Garden at Villavägen 16. There is plenty of room for ideas as to what topics should be covered during events and everyone is welcome to participate. No previous ties to CEMUS are needed.