The COPERNICUS Alliance invited its members to meet for a “Vision-and-Action Workshop” in Girona from 31 January to 1 February 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to convene past, present, and future CA members and the Advisory Board to envision the future of CA, design project ideas for the Erasmus+ call or other calls with expert support, build partnerships, and strategize about funding.
From 31 January to 1 February 2019 COPERNICUS Alliance members and friends met for a “Vision-and-Action Workshop” near Girona. The event was organized by the Universitat de Girona, the new host of the CA Secretariat.
Past, present, and future CA members convened in Sant Marti d’Empúries-L’Escala to envision the future of the network, design project ideas, build partnerships and strategize about funding. The meeting was attended by colleagues from Charles University Environment Center, Ecocampus – Flemish Ministry of Environment, Nature and Energy, Connex – Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Rectors’ Conference of Spanish Universities, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in Andorra, University of Tallin, University of Hamburg, University of Lüneburg, Camilo José Cela University, SAPIRR, University of Bern, University of Graz, and the University of Girona.
The leadership team with President Anne Zimmermann (University of Bern) and Executive Director Ingrid Mulà (University of Girona) had prepared an intensive programme. During two full days participants discussed various issues that are important for the future of the COPERNICUS Alliance as a network and developed concrete project ideas. Two online sessions ensured that CA members who could not travel to Girona could also participate in the discussions.
The CA vision and mission will be revisited based on the workshop results and with the help of the Advisory Board. At the meeting, participants agreed on working on three thematic areas: ESD leadership and professional development; transformative quality assurance and assessment; and ESD experienced-based learning. In a second round of consultations, all CA members will be invited to comment on the vision and priorities. The process will be completed by summer with an action plan for 2019-2020.