Sustainable Development and Skills for the Green Transition
The need to help prepare young professionals, changemakers, and social innovators for the path ahead is ever-increasing. In November of 2022, the Pact for Youth Association and the GiLE Foundation co-organised a “World Café”-style event in Budapest, Hungary, to initiate a dialogue with young people about the green, digital, and just transition and the role of Open Science.
The event was connected to the European Year of Youth and had the support of the National Youth Council of Hungary.
The event addressed the importance of the European Union’s funding instruments to support the Green Deal, to help Member States transition to a more sustainable economy, and to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in the new global setting.
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Exploring Sustainability, Collaboration, and Career Development
During the event, we covered topics such as the European Year of Youth, Sustainable Development Goals, Open Science, Skills and Employability, the Sustainaware Competence Model, and Research in Plastic Biodegradation and Bioplastic Production.
The event was intended to provide an opportunity to discuss the concept of Open Science, which is a collaborative and transparent approach to research. Unfortunately, we were unable to fully explore this topic, nonetheless, the facilitator did raise awareness of the GiLE Foundation and its open-access, open-source journal that creates opportunities for young people to participate in the publication process.Read More
Participants had an opportunity to discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the working world, with remote collaboration now being the norm. Young people entering the workforce were encouraged to learn how to present themselves in the right way, as their digital competence is valued and can help businesses succeed.
Through a role-play, participants were given an insight into what it is like to work in an R&D start-up environment and the skills needed to succeed in such a career. It was emphasised that open-mindedness, flexibility, dedication, and curiosity are essential for those looking to pursue a career in applied research.
Participants also had the chance to explore the Sustainaware Competence Model, an open-access toolkit filled with educational games and group activities focused on environmental sustainability.
Through the event, participants had the opportunity to delve deeper into the individual topics and discuss their points of view. It also enabled them to share their experiences and start a dialogue about sustainable development. The event was a great success, and the organisers hope to welcome more participants at their next events.
If you are interested in reading the full report, the flip book is available here: http://flippingbooks.e-publishinghouse.com/books/crbn/#p=12
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