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Atlantic Meeting: Human Ecology Education - North and South America

Moderation: Rich Borden

Contributions: Rich Borden, Gustavo de Hees Negreiros, Iva Pires, Ken Hill

Atlantic Meeting: Human Ecology Education - North and South America

This session will follow an interactive format, led by the moderators, using a hybrid combination of in-person, on-line and pre-recorded elements. The aim of the session is to offer a multi-national and comparative overview of human ecology programs engaged in education, research and application. Participants — from North, Central and South America — will describe their individual backgrounds, areas of interest and institutional affiliations. Each of these programs has its own distinctive origins. Yet taken together, they all share in a broadly common sense of what constitutes a human ecological perspective.



Atlantic Meeting: Human Ecology Education - North and South America - Panel Part 1



Panelists are invited to comment on the following questions:

  • What particular contribution can Human Ecology make in Bildung (higher education) to address current global and local challenges and crises? Can you bring an example from your country?

  • The European network of Human Ecology has become increasingly fragmented, with only the Lisbon study program remaining of the courses that once existed. From your point of view, what could the existing networks represented on the panels contribute to revitalize human ecology in European universities and colleges? What could a development aid Human Ecology look like from your perspective?


Atlantic Meeting: Human Ecology Education - North and South America - Panel Part 2


The aim of the Continents Future Meeting Panel is to bring together the experiences available from human ecology programs around the world and perhaps explore the following questions:
  • Given the global and local challenges, what topics should be addressed in higher education, especially from a human ecology perspective?

  • What cooperation opportunities between individual networks and universities would be feasible to better embed human ecological education?

  • Would it be feasible to have a joint multinational education program where students can learn, research and implement results together?

  • Would it be feasible to offer a human ecology education and teaching program online as a virtual university and establish trans- and cross-disciplinary teamwork across all borders?

  • How could such an educational and teaching offer be anchored in our existing institutions and structures, reach new students and grow as a network?

  • What financial funding opportunities would be conceivable and feasible for such a global university in virtual space?

  • Are there any sponsors at all beyond national interests?