ISCN 2016 Summary Report

pdf ISCN 2016 Downloadable Program

pdf 2016 Working Group Handbook


Speakers and presentation materials are linked under each session below.


13 June 2016 – ISCN Pre-Conference

University of Siena

8:00am – 9:00am

Conference check-in is open

9:00am – 10:30am

Aula Magna Storica at the Rectorate

Banchi di Sotto, 55

Joint Session: Insights from ISCN and IARU

ISCN Overview
André Schneider, ISCN Board President, Vice President of Resources and Infrastructure, EPFL and René Schwarzenbach, ETH Zurich, ISCN Board Member

ISCN Member Experience
Julie Newman, Director, Office of Sustainability, MIT

IARU Overview
Tomas Refslund Poulsen, Team Leader, Green Campus, University of Copenhagen

IARU Engagement
Melissa Goodall, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability, Yale University

10:30am – 10:45am Coffee break
10:45am – 12:00pm
Aula Magna Storica at the Rectorate

Banchi di Sotto, 55


Main Session, Group Workshop

Closed Session, ISCN and IARU Leadership

13 June 2016 - Main Conference Day 1

12:00pm – 1:30pm


Banchi di Sotto, 55

Lunch in the Rectorate Courtyard

Main Conference check-in open, second floor of the Rectorate 

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Aula Magna at the Rectorate

Banchi di Sotto, 55

Main Conference Opening Remarks

Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena
Zena Harris, Executive Director, ISCN
Bernd Kasemir, Secretary to the ISCN Board

Keynote Address

Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Aula Magna at the Rectorate

Banchi di Sotto, 55

Plenary 1: Managing Societal Change

Societal change is happening all around us - in our neighborhoods, cities, regions and at the global scale.  There are increasingly changes in the global socio-economic system such as globalization of supply chains and related changes in social opportunities and challenges on health and wellbeing.  Global crises such as war-induced migration are putting pressure on societal and political systems. 

  • What is the role of universities in managing societal change?
  • How we can continuously improve programs and governance systems to help improve societal wellbeing in an age of uncertainty?
  • How can universities collaborate with international bodies such as the United Nations to push the agenda to improve societal wellbeing?

    Session contributors:

    Peter Edwards, Director, Future Cities Lab, Singapore-ETH Centre

    Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, President of EMUNI University (no slides)

    Alessandra Viviani, Vice Rector for International Relations & Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Siena (no slides)

    4:00pm - 5:00pm

    A specialized guide will address the audience a brief history of the University of Siena, the history of the Rectorate building and the museum inside.

    The guide will end by describing the route to the San Francesco Cloister, another piece of the University where ancient and modern coexist.

    5:00pm - 5:30pm apéritif and snacks
    5:30 pm - 6:00pm

    Group photo in the Courtyard

    6:00pm- onward

    San Francesco cloister

    Piazza San Francesco, 7

    Participants move on foot to San Francesco. They will be led to the Cloister where a seated dinner will be served.

    Italian Context provided by representatives of our eight ISCN Member Universities in Italy


    14 June 2016 – ISCN Conference Day 2

    University of Siena

    9:00am - 10:30am

    Aula Magna at the Rectorate

    Banchi di Sotto, 55

    Plenary 2: Leadership for Managing a Changing Planet

    Universities are home to leading researchers in all domains, including climate scientists and human geographers, who integrate students through their teaching in their academic pursuits.  Additionally, Universities are striving to serve as role models, test-beds, and demonstration sites. Hence universities are the fertile ground for the preparation of the coming leaders.

    • With research, models and demonstration projects, what knowledge and skills are students gaining to make a meaningful impact as post graduates?
    • Are universities doing enough to prepare students for strategic leadership roles, especially in view of the coming big challenges?
    • What are strategies for improving the effectiveness of higher education institutions to influence global climate change management?

    Session contributors:

    Göran Finnveden, Vice-President for Sustainable Development, Professor Environmental Strategic Analysis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (no slides)

    Cristina Fossi, Associate Professor in Ecology/Ecotoxicology, University of Siena

    Reto Knutti, Chairman of the ETH Sustainability Steering Committee, head of the Climate Physics Group at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (no slides)

    Daniel Lang, Professor of Transdisciplinary Sustainability research, Leuphana University Lüneberg

    Dario Piselli, Project Leader, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth and MSc Student at London School of Economics and Political Science

    10:30am - 11:00am

    Coffee in the Courtyard

    11:00am - 12:30pm

    Aula Magna at the Rectorate

    Banchi di Sotto, 55

    Plenary 3: University-Private Sector Collaborations for a Sustainable Future

    Business as usual is a thing of the past. Corporations are integrating more and more sustainability in their core strategies and are increasing their volume in the global sustainability discourse taking place at major meetings around the world.  They are making pledges, setting goals and pushing the envelope in operations, supply chain, and investment. To do so with success, they will need leaders and a strong workforce to lead further in this direction, to carry out their goals and monitor their progress. Universities are educating and training the next generation who will be tasked with growing and managing companies and organizations in the face of climate change, but are the students when graduating equipped with the right knowledge, skills, and capabilities to be active in this development?

  • What are the knowledge, skills, and capabilities expected by the business for the next generation of leaders in business that moves strongly towards sustainability?
  • How can business reward such skills in their hiring processes to foster the importance of this knowledge, skills and capabilities?
  • How can universities accelerate the education of sustainability related knowledge, skills and capabilities, whilst not losing the focus on the other core teaching subjects?

    Session contributors:

    Joakim Jeppsson, Manager for Research and Development, Skanska Sweden

    Michele ManelliOwner of Salcheto Winery

    Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena

    André Schneider, Vice President of Resources and Infrastructure, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (no slides)

    Jeannette Weisschuh, Director Corporate Affairs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    12:30pm - 2:30pm


    Via Pier Andrea Mattioli, 10

    Lunch / Networking

    2:30pm - 5:30pm

    Mattioli ground floor rooms A, B, C, F.

    Via Pier Andrea Mattioli, 10

    Working Group Sessions (including coffee)

    Working Group 1: Buildings and Their Sustainability Performance
    Led by WG1 Co-Chair
    Bart Meehan, Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

    Merve Tunali and Gulsume Kulce, Bogazici University
    Amber Gerrard and Melissa Goodall, Yale University
    Jonas Anund Vogel, Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Energy Technology, Stockholm Sweden
    Nilesh Jadhav, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)


    Working Group 2: Campus-wide Planning and Target Setting
    Led by WG2 Co-Chairs
    Heather Henriksen, Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
    Eugenio Morello, Assistant Professor in Urban Design, POLIMI

    Thought Leader: 

    Mark Dooris, Professor in Health and Sustainability, Director of Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit, University of Central Lancashire

    Alessia Calafiore, University of Torino
    Johanna Henrich, Technische Universität Darmstadt
    Takayuki Nakamura, National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College


    Working Group 3: Integration of Research, Teaching and Facilities
    Led by WG3 Co-Chairs
    Julie Newman, Director, Office of Sustainability, MIT
    Maki Ikegami, Coordinator, Hokkaido University

    Maria Alessandra Woolson, University of Vermont
    Eddi Omrcen, University of Gothenburg
    Giorgia Silvestri, Rootability
    Davis Bookhart, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Thomas Block, Ghent University

    Working Group 4: Corporate-University Dialogue
    Led by WG4 Co-Chairs
    André Schneider, Vice-President Resources and Infrastructure, EPFL
    Göran Finnveden, Vice-President for Sustainable Development, KTH

    Carlos Mataix, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
    Antti Tuomela, Aalto University
    Pinar Ozuyar, Ozyegin University
    Jacob Steen Møller, DTU, Technical University of Denmark
    Teresia Sandberg, Project Leader, KTH Sustainability Office


    Depart for dinner

    Please gather in front of the buiding to take a bus to our dinner venue.

    6:30pm - onward


    Certosa di Pontignano, Vagliagli 

    Celebration Dinner & ISCN Awards Ceremony

    15 June 2016 – ISCN Conference Day 3

    University of Siena

    9:00am – 9:45am

    Aula Magna at the Rectorate

    Banchi di Sotto, 55

    Working Group Debrief

    Presented by the Working Group Co-Chairs

    Working Group 1: Buildings and Their Sustainability Performance

    Working Group 2: Campus-wide Planning and Target Setting

    Working Group 3: Integration of Research, Teaching and Facilities

    Working Group 4: Corporate-University Dialogue (no slides)

    9:45am – 11:15am

    Session One at Aula Storica

    Session Two at Aula Magna

    Banchi di Sotto, 55

    Parallel sessions

    Session 1:  Food Sustainability at the Micro and Macro Level

    What do climate and demographic change mean for sustainable food options in the future?
    How are universities demonstrating leadership related to food on campus and also working to mitigate food crises related to climate change? 


    Speakers include:

    Bastian Flury, Project Manager, ETH Zurich – World Food System Center with contribution from Christine Bratrich, Director ETH Sustainability

    Tom Kelly, Executive Director, University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute 

    Sophie Laurie, Associate Director Innovation & Translation, National Environment Research Council (NERC) 

    Davide Usai, Executive Director, Monte dei Paschi di Siena Foundation, Siena Food Lab


    Session 2:  Higher Education's Contribution to Actionable Sustainable Development Goals

    How can universities contribute to sustainable development with the SDGs as strategic orientation?
    How can the SDGs inform teaching, research, and practice in academia?
    What might the UN do to enhance opportunities for collaboration on achieving the SDGs?
    Are there pathways for partnerships between the public sector and academia in supporting the SDGs?


    Speakers include:

    Cristina Capineri, Associate Professor of Geography at Siena University, Faculty of Political Sciences

    Luis Gomez-Echeverri - Senior Research Scholar, Transition to New Technologies (TNT) Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

    Melissa Goodall, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability, Yale University

    Jimena Leiva-Roesch, Senior Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute

    Maria “Sasha” Alessandra WoolsonLecturer of Spanish, University of Vermont

    11:15am – 11:45am



    11:45am - 1:00pm

    Aula Magna

    Banchi di Sotto, 55


    Awards Presentations 

    Campus Planning and Management Systems Award Winner: University of São Paulo

    Student Leadership Award Winner: Sustainability Week at the Five Universities in Zurich

    Innovative Collaboration Award Winner: University of Oxford 

    Closing Remarks

    Zena Harris, Executive Director, ISCN
    Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena
    Remarks by the 2017 conference host

    1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Courtyard of Rectorate 

    Lunch / Networking

    2:30pm - 5:30pm

    historic headquarters of the
    Bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena

    Piazza Salimbeni, 8

    ISCN Members Only Summit

    Opening and Welcome
    André Schneider, Vice-President, Resources and Infrastructure, EPFL

    Discussion 1 – ISCN Program Development
    Opening dialogue by the ISCN Board
    Advisory Committee input
    General discussion

    Discussion 2 – Collaboration and Leadership
    RUS Italian network, a local case example
    Breakout activity to identify networks and opportunities

    Discussion 3 – Sustainability reporting structure and gender balance at universities
    Dialogue facilitated by Bernd Kasemir, ISCN Board Secretary

    Discussion 4 – Handprinting
    Dialogue facilitated by Jack Spengler, Harvard School of Public Health

    5:30pm - 6:00pm


    6:30pm - onward

    Gallery of the Bank Monte dei Paschi

    Piazza Salimbeni, 8
    Members Only Dinner