Reminder: WEEC Research Symposium 2017

This collaborative venture takes place on Monday 11th September in Vancouver, during the community outreach event slot in the program at WEEC. Further details will be posted at the link in due course; registration is vital for participation; see:

The day will include plenary panels in the morning and afternoon, alongside participatory dialogues and a strategy workshop. The first half of the day will focus on trajectories of environmental education, through presentations and discussion that probe why the field of environmental education has become what it is, and where might it be heading. The second half of the day will focus on priorities for environmental education, through presentations and discussion that probe how to increase the contributions of research, policy, and strategy in advancing environmental education.

Short and provocative position papers from invited speakers will be pre‐circulated on the event themes. Registrants will be expected to have read the short position papers and come prepared to discuss them with their authors and other attendees.


Registration now open for the Research Symposium at NAAEE in Puerto Rico

On behalf of the organising committee, we’d like to encourage you to register for this exciting event, held October 17-18.

This year’s event will have 3 tracks for keynotes and concurrent sessions:

  1. Research challenges and opportunities at Tbilisi+40
  2. Intergenerational conversations about the past, present, and future of EE research
  3. Mainstays and innovations at the Research Symposium

Participants at the event can also join live eeHACK sessions to hack #enviroed, participate in the field session, “EE Research at El Yunque National Forest” or network at the research dinner.

Full details in the extract from the registration packet, and at the link. Follow the discussion online during the event via the eePRO research and evaluation group, and #NAAEE2017 on social media.

Reminder – WEEC 2017 Call for Abstracts

Reminder – WEEC 2017 Call for Abstracts – due 30 April

Want to submit an abstract on a research project or perspective on one of the congress themes? Please visit to find out how.

If you select the strand, “Perspectives, Challenges and Innovation in Research”, presenters and participants are encouraged to share, reflect on and discuss the(ir) researching of environmental and sustainability education. A critical review of the research’s focus, design and outcomes – what has worked, what has not, on what grounds, and with what implications for the field of ESE research – is strongly encouraged.

Look out for special WEEC research-focused events too in and around the congress in Vancouver, or even propose your own to the event organisers … current listings on the WEEC website include the Research Symposium on 11 September, and “Walking the City: Interactions of Theory, People and Place” (14–15 September).

Please share this invitation with colleagues, and check out the WEEC website for more information, or for additional information, please visit

Alan Reid & Nicole Ardoin (strand organisers)

Research Symposium at WEEC 2017


Poster for Research Symposium, WEEC2017 –

This day long workshop invites World Environmental Education Congress participants to revisit the question of what environmental education is, should be, and either might or must become.

Drawing on local to international perspectives, expert contributions and debate, we invite participants to re-engage this question at a critical juncture in the politics of the environment.

The workshop uses three distinct markers from historic to contemporary international policy developments to engage these questions:

First, it is 40 years since the UN’s Tbilisi Declaration on the framework, principles, and guidelines for environmental education at all levels. 

Second, since the end of the UN’s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, environmental education has been positioned as central to a wide range of initiatives, including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Action Programme, and Climate Change Education.

Third, on May 26, 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme secured over 200 national signatories to a resolution entitled, “Investing in human capacity for sustainable development through environmental education and training” during the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshop is for environmental educators, activists, scholars and researchers. It will include invited panels and participatory discussion sessions that: 

investigate how we understand environmental education, including its origins, turning points and contexts for development; 

debate key considerations from the past to present and into the future, from the worlds of practice, policy and scholarship; and 

strategize for impact across a diversity of possible approaches, new directions and future scenarios for the field. 

Places are strictly limited for congress delegates. Register for this thought-provoking workshop at the congress registration site

The schedule for the day is under development, and will be made available to those registered closer to the event. The day is being co-organised by Marcia McKenzie, Director of The Sustainability Education Research Institute – SERI, and Alan Reid, on behalf of the research and evaluation strand of WEEC2017, with sponsorship from The Sustainability and Education Policy Network and Environmental Education Research.

NB As the program for all ‘community outreach workshops’ will coincide with the theme of the Congress, these workshops will be free of charge for WEEC 2017 delegates.