Track 16. Advances on Sustainable Development in Higher Education


Sustainable Development (SD) is an unavoidable topic today. Resources are civilizational maters, i.e., which humanity depends on.

Higher Education followed the Specialization as an efficient way to control knowledge. This strategy has been commonly accepted in the past but is insufficient today since it has the limitation of poor connection to the various surrounding areas. This is demanding for both educators and students who are now asked, not only for specific but mainly for transversal skills.

Modern designs are very challenging: On the one hand, we have very well-defined targets (e.g. EU); on the other hand, the way to reach them requires highly inter and multi-disciplinary solutions, in which the newly graduates do not have competences because they have very focused knowledge in a specific area.

All this happens at a time when educational institutions have to deal with a new generation of digital natives, with a very own way of facing reality, often done through virtual reality, while part of the educators are faced with an increasingly faster need of updated educational resources and little incentives and conditions to do it.

This track will be a privileged space for debate and exchange of experiences related to the inclusion of SD in education programs and education on SD practices. Therefore, we invite you all to join us in this Track and share your ideas, certainties, doubts and, most of all, your experiences.


Pedagogical Advances in SD

Learning / Teaching Methodologies for SD

Evaluation and Assessment of SD Learning

SD Teaching / Learning Tools

Teaching / Learning SD outside the classroom

Educational experiences in SD

Good practices involving Sustainability

Laboratory and Projects design for SD

Designing Sustainable Projects

Living labs on SD

Track Instructions and Program (Wednesday 27th, F2F-hybrid, 11.30-13.30 local time, Location B: Class 3.4, floor 3 )

This track dynamic will be as follows:

Paper presentation time: 10 min

Paper discussion time: 2 min

Final global discussion and wrap-up: 20 min

****Type of presentation: mixed (i.e., face-to-face and Virtual)

Session Chairs location: Mixed, Carlos Felgueiras will be present in Barcelona; Nidia Caetano will connect virtually)

Possibility of presentation by pre-recorded video: only for special cases; video should be send to track chairs: Carlos Felgueiras ( and Nídia Caetano (

The order of the presentations will be:

  • ID 89: Implementation of Digital Photographic in Design Education for Sustainable Development
  • ID 163: Challenge Base Learning 360 Filmmakers: perspectives and advance positive action toward the Sustainable Development Goals to empower learners as creators and changemakers
  • ID 90: Forming Socially Responsible Design for Sustainable Development
  • ID 57: How may teaching contribute to sustainability in a small scale but with wide use?
  • ID 60: The pedagogical and UI usability evaluation of a mobile app that can be used as a resource to guide university students to live sustainably
  • ID 124: Scaling Complex Thinking for Everyone: A Conceptual and Methodological Framework
  • ID 140: Information Systems in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges
  • ID 149: Open Science Laboratory for Manufacturing: an education tool to contribute to sustainability

Track Scientific Committee

Carlos Felgueiras (School of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal) – Chair

Nidia Caetano (School of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal) – Chair

Andre Fidalgo (School of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)

Ricardo Costa (School of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)

Marta Ferreira Dias (University of Aveiro)

Gisela Oliveira (Fernando Pessoa University)

Maria José Casañ ( Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) 

Marc Alier (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Núria Salan (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)