OISE supports global scientific collaborations to “bring science to society”

Sep 15th, 2022  |  News

The role and contribution of science in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030 and Local2030 is the central theme of this year’s UN Science Summit at the 77 United Nations General Assembly.

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The specific objective this year is to examine the policy, regulatory, and financial environments needed to implement and sustain the science mechanisms required to support genuinely global scientific collaborations across continents, nations, and themes and to “bring science to society.”

We’re invited: OISE to facilitate virtual knowledge-sharing conversations on the work and focus of the education community

Our UN colleagues invited OISE to the Science Summit this year in recognition of our role as educators, researchers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs committed to the field, practice, leadership, and learning of education and our expertise in lifelong learning, quality education, and the SDGs.

We’re facilitating a series of virtual conversations to help professionals from various education and science disciplines to gain insight into the work and focus of the education community. Our goal in these conversations is to relay our efforts to inform and improve education policy, transform teaching and learning environments, build educator capability, empower learners across the lifespan, and accelerate sustainable solutions.

The sessions: moderated expert roundtables and 10-minute motivator series

In three sessions, each hosted and facilitated by Elisabeth Rees-Johnstone, Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Learning and Rashmi Biswas Organizational Development Specialist and Program Facilitator, we’ll explore the following topics in the format of a Moderated Virtual Roundtable where we are joined by entrepreneurs, researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts, followed by a 10-Minute Motivator Series where colleagues from across the globe provide brief insights into their work.

Session 1 – Collaboration in Action: How might the global competencies support our collective efforts in advancing SDG 4 Quality Education?

Wednesday, September 21, 11am-1pm EST

 The Global Competencies (or the “6Cs” of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, character, and global citizenship) are considered necessary for achieving the 17 SDGs. Among the 17 SDGs, SDG 4 Quality Education is dedicated solely to education and orients to ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

In this session we gather to review the global competencies for sustainable development and specifically, the skill and practice of collaboration. In our current context, how is collaboration defined?  How are collaboration skills developed?  What frameworks for collaboration are effective and how is technology enabling and disabling our collaboration goals and aspirations?

Learn more about this September 21 session

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Session 2 – Transforming teaching and learning environments: What are the “right” conditions for learner success?

Friday, September 23, 11am-1pm EST

The SDGs offer a model on which to scaffold learning across disciplines and grade levels. As a teaching and learning framework, they help to contextualize subject-matter and disciplines that help learners to apply, reflect and adapt what they are learning to local and global conditions. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the SDGs, inquiry-based teaching and learning practices serve to enable the SDG teaching and learning environment.

In this session, we gather to consider opportunities that integrate inquiry-based teaching and learning to transform learning environments, build educator capacity and empower youth in ‘bringing science to society’. Together, we will identify what teaching and learning communities can do to leave no one behind with respect to teaching and learning science through inquiry-based methodologies.

Learn more about this September 23 session

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Session 3 – Language and Quality Education: What is the role of our world’s languages in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals?

Wednesday, September 28, 11am-1pm EST


The role of language in the SDG framework is often in reference to three of the sustainable development goals: SDG 4 specifically calls upon the need for multilingualism to achieve quality, equitable and inclusive education; SDG 8 connects language, skills, and sustainable economic growth and SDG 16 that references communication, peace, and justice.

In this session, focused on SDG4, we gather to gain insight into how education research, education practitioners, entrepreneurs, and youth are improving educators’ capability and capacity in language learning while also enabling inclusive teaching and learning environments through their language learning insights and experience.

Learn more about this September 28 session

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