Program at a glance

This page is meant to provide a quick glimpse at the program. As information becomes available and activities are finalized, they will be added to this page. Full details and information will be availabe at a later date.

* the Program at a Glance is subject to change

Monday

07:30 - 08:30

Breakfast roundtable at hotel
The Sustainable University

08:30 

Bus departs from Camino Real Hotel to conference venue

09:00 - 10:30

Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Plenary Session
We begin our week together with an Academic Workshop on the topic of Climate Action. The Workshop is comprised of both plenary and thematic sessions, led by our Global Challenge Steering Groups, to foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to the topic.

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Plenary Session continues

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Parallel Thematic Sessions

  • The Role of the University in a Climate-Changing World: Transforming curriculum, knowledge ecologies and knowledge production
    Led by the Global Higher Education and Research Global Challenge Group
  • Preparing Health Systems for Climate Change
    Led by the Public Health Global Challenge Group
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
    Led by the Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Group
  • Climate-Induced Migration
    Led by the Understanding Cultures Global Challenge Group
Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Parallel Thematic Sessions

The Role of the University in a Climate-Changing World: Transforming curriculum, knowledge ecologies and knowledge production
A core role of the university is educating the upcoming generation of citizens and researchers. Arguably, the challenges this generation will face in a climate-changing world require new forms of curriculum, new knowledge ecologies and new modes of knowledge production. This workshop will explore the possibilities for a large-scale, collaborative, interdisciplinary research programme that takes seriously the need for universities to rise to this challenge. Given the scale and import of climate change for the planet as a whole and for the lives of the students we are educating today, this research will likely show the need to radically transform traditional university curricula, knowledge ecologies and knowledge production. Interwoven with the curriculum-knowledge focus are important questions about how to respond to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; how climate change impacts on our understandings of what counts as knowledge and knowledge production such that western-dominated, discipline-specific models may be decentred; and how universities might best work with community organisations to transform curricula and pedagogy to address climate action. Throughout the workshop, we will engage in expert-led conversations and planning towards a WUN-based research programme that addresses the challenges raised above.

Preparing Health Systems for Climate Change
The Public Health Steering Group thematic workshop will build on international understandings of health systems, climate change and challenges to health care to discuss and debate the preparedness of health systems for climate change. Leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners will outline world thinking on health system preparedness and key trends in health system failures/challenges, with the thematic sessions allowing for in-depth discussion of factors relevant to addressing what preparedness means in the context of the social, economic and political dimensions associated with understanding, accepting and taking action on climate change.

Affordable and Clean Energy
The Responding to Climate Change (RCC) workshop will address the multiple challenges of developing clean and affordable energy systems. It will deliver and debate key perspectives and recommendations of leaders in industry, government and non-government organisations and academia. Collectively it will embrace social, health, engineering and environmental science disciplines.

Climate-Induced Migration
This workshop will address what has been presented as one of the most pressing Global Challenges of our time: Climate induced Migration. The workshop will explore realities, consequences and the framing of the issue. The aim is to identify the global realities and what should be the research priorities of WUN partners in engaging with policy agendas. We will encourage participants to seek to discover new possibilities and approaches in the interface between different Global Challenges groups.

15:00 - 15:30

Break

15:30 - 17:00

Four parallel thematic sessions continue

17:00

Bus departs from conference venue to Camino Real Hotel

17:30 - 18:30

Drinks reception at hotel

18:30 - 20:00

  • Global Africa Group meeting
    Reserved for Global Africa Group members only
  • Student Mental Health Working Group meeting
    Reserved for Working Group members only
  • Global Challenge Chairs and Vice-Chairs meeting
    Reserved for Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Global Challenge Groups only

Tuesday

07:30 - 08:30

Breakfast roundtable at hotel
Transforming communication: making research accessible to a lay audience

08:30

Bus departs from Camino Real Hotel to conference venue

09:00 - 10:30

Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Parallel Thematic Sessions

  • The Role of the University in a Climate-Changing World: Transforming curriculum, knowledge ecologies and knowledge production
    Led by the Global Higher Education and Research Global Challenge Group
  • Preparing Health Systems for Climate Change
    Led by the Public Health Global Challenge Group
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
    Led by the Responding to Climate Change Global Challenge Group
  • Climate-Induced Migration
    Led by the Understanding Cultures Global Challenge Group
Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Parallel Thematic Sessions

The Role of the University in a Climate-Changing World: Transforming curriculum, knowledge ecologies and knowledge production
A core role of the university is educating the upcoming generation of citizens and researchers. Arguably, the challenges this generation will face in a climate-changing world require new forms of curriculum, new knowledge ecologies and new modes of knowledge production. This workshop will explore the possibilities for a large-scale, collaborative, interdisciplinary research programme that takes seriously the need for universities to rise to this challenge. Given the scale and import of climate change for the planet as a whole and for the lives of the students we are educating today, this research will likely show the need to radically transform traditional university curricula, knowledge ecologies and knowledge production. Interwoven with the curriculum-knowledge focus are important questions about how to respond to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals; how climate change impacts on our understandings of what counts as knowledge and knowledge production such that western-dominated, discipline-specific models may be decentred; and how universities might best work with community organisations to transform curricula and pedagogy to address climate action. Throughout the workshop, we will engage in expert-led conversations and planning towards a WUN-based research programme that addresses the challenges raised above.

Preparing Health Systems for Climate Change
The Public Health Steering Group thematic workshop will build on international understandings of health systems, climate change and challenges to health care to discuss and debate the preparedness of health systems for climate change. Leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners will outline world thinking on health system preparedness and key trends in health system failures/challenges, with the thematic sessions allowing for in-depth discussion of factors relevant to addressing what preparedness means in the context of the social, economic and political dimensions associated with understanding, accepting and taking action on climate change.

Affordable and Clean Energy
The Responding to Climate Change (RCC) workshop will address the multiple challenges of developing clean and affordable energy systems. It will deliver and debate key perspectives and recommendations of leaders in industry, government and non-government organisations and academia. Collectively it will embrace social, health, engineering and environmental science disciplines.

Climate-Induced Migration
This workshop will address what has been presented as one of the most pressing Global Challenges of our time: Climate induced Migration. The workshop will explore realities, consequences and the framing of the issue. The aim is to identify the global realities and what should be the research priorities of WUN partners in engaging with policy agendas. We will encourage participants to seek to discover new possibilities and approaches in the interface between different Global Challenges groups.

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Four parallel thematic sessions continue

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Plenary Session 

15:00 - 15:30

Break

15:30 - 17:30

Academic Workshop on Climate Action: Plenary Session continues

17:30

Bus departs from conference venue to Camino Real Hotel

18:00 - 19:00

Drinks reception at hotel

19:00 - 20:30

Global Challenge Steering Group meetings

  • Global Higher Education and Research (GHEAR)
  • Public Health (non-communicable diseases)
  • Responding to Climate Change
  • Understanding Cultures

Please note that Global Challenge Steering Group meetings are reserved for members of the respective steering groups.

Wednesday

08:30 

Bus departs from Camino Real Hotel to conference venue

09:00 - 10:30

WUN Presidents Forum
Open to all delegates (registration required), the 2019 edition of the WUN Presidents Forum will build on Monday and Tuesday’s Academic Workshop, and challenge us to identify and action WUN’s best response to climate change and sustainable development.

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

WUN Presidents Forum continues

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

WUN Presidents Forum continues

15:00 - 15:30

Break

15:30 - 17:00

WUN Presidents Forum continues

17:00 - 17:30

Closing reception

17:30 

Bus departs from conference venue to Camino Real Hotel

19:00 - 21:30

Governance Group Dinners:

  • Partnership Board Working Dinner
    Reserved for Partnership Board members only
  • Academic Advisory Group (AAG) Working Dinner
    Reserved for AAG-members only
  • Coordinators Dinner Working Dinner
    Reserved for Coordinators Group members only
  • Student Delegate Dinner

Thursday

07:30 - 08:30

Breakfast roundtable at hotel
Update on the WUN Student Mental Health Initiative

08:30 

Bus departs from Camino Real Hotel to conference venue

09:00 - 10:30

Governance Group Meetings:

  • Academic Advisory Group
  • Coordinators Group

09:00 - 10:30

Student Delegate Meetings:

  • Exploring the “Distrito Tec Project”, an initiative to transform the neighborhoods around the Tecnologico de Monterrey main campus towards innovation, research and entrepreneurship.
  • Main campus tour
    Reserved for student delegates and other delegates who are not required to attend the Thursday Governance Group meetings

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Governance Group Meetings:

  • Academic Advisory Group
  • Coordinators Group
  • Partnership Board

11:00 - 12:30

Student Delegate Meetings:

  • Exploring the “Distrito Tec Project”, an initiative to transform the neighborhoods around the Tecnologico de Monterrey main campus towards innovation, research and entrepreneurship.
  • Main campus tour
    Reserved for student delegates and other delegates who are not required to attend the Thursday Governance Group meetings

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Governance Group Meetings:

  • Joint meeting of the Academic Advisory Group & Coordinators Group
  • Partnership Board
  • Career opportunities for postgraduate students: academic and non-academic pathways

13:30 - 15:00

Student Delegate Meetings:

  • Career opportunities for postgraduate students: academic and non-academic pathways
    Reserved for student delegates only

15:00 - 15:30

Break

15:30 - 17:00

Governance Group Meetings:

  • Partnership Board

17:00 

Bus departs from conference venue to Camino Real Hotel

18:30

Bus departs from Camino Real Hotel for conference dinner

19:00 - 22:00

Conference Dinner

22:00

Bus returns to Camino Real Hotel

Friday

08:30

Bus departs from Camino Real Hotel to conference venue

09:00 - 10:30

Special Plenary Discussion: Free Expression on Campus

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:00

Special Plenary Discussion continues

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 15:00

WUN AGM Session

  • Celebrating WUN's 20th Anniversary
  • Launch of the 2020 - 2023 Strategic Plan

15:00 - 15:30

Closing reception

15:30

Shuttle (airport/hotel)