Just like the previous international weeks, this event aims to bring together academics,  researchers, teachers, trainers, students, institutions, organisations, associations, enterprises, social partners and other representatives in order to share knowledge and experience on the assigned theme: “Sustainable World”, as well as to provide an opportunity to reflect and debate on a common interest. The theme encourages the development of an attitude of social and personal awareness about the problem of sustainability at all levels, going from biodiversity to the combat on poverty and social exclusion.

The 7th IWE welcomes any contributions with a multidisciplinary perspective, from applied areas, such as teacher training, sports and leisure, social education, communication and media studies, tourism, visual arts and fine arts. Contributions related and sustained in the following thematics (particularly in domains such as sustainability, biodiversity, education, culture, tourism, art, communication, enterprise, cohesion, rural and urban development and the information society) are especially welcome:

  • 2010 International Year of Biodiversity;
  • 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and social Exclusion;
  • 2005-2010 – United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development;
  • 2001-2010 – Second International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism (2001-2010);
  • 2001-2010 – International Decade for Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World;
  • 2005-2015 – International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”.

Accepted papers are to be published in the proceedings book. Contributions should have one of the following formats: Academic paper (30 minutes); Lecture (1-2 hours); Seminar/colloquium sessions (90 min-2 hours); workshop (1-4 hours).

We hope that the 7th IWE will be a great opportunity:

  • to share knowledge, experiences and good practices;
  • for dialogue, discussions, project building;
  • to promote mutual knowledge and synergies;
  • to promote the values of cooperation, solidarity and respect;
  • to promote networking possibilities;
  • to promote cultural, intercultural and international awareness and mutual understanding about the listed issues;
  • to promote and assure the development of an integrated perspective about the role of the educational systems, on the promotion and dissemination of the basic attitudes and day actions towards the sustainability of the world;
  • to contribute to a progressive change of mentality, towards an attitude of co-responsibility concerning to the sustainability problem at all levels: economic, social, educational, environmental;
  • to discuss with our academic partners and other players the mutual responsibilities for a sustainable world, helping all organizations to find and define ways to improve the participation of all citizens in the design of a new paradigm.

We would like to offer a series of workshops and conferences aiming to contribute to a progressive change of mentality for all the citizens, towards an attitude of co-responsibility concerning to the sustainability problem at all levels: economic, social, educational, environmental.

We invite you to Coimbra to participate in these educational and scientific events and to additionally enjoy the cultural and natural environment surrounding the city of Coimbra. We will make our best efforts to make your stay in Coimbra professionally rewarding, socially enjoyable, and culturally enriching.