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5 April I Children, Young People and Learning - the Key to a Sustainable Future?

We live in a time of great global challenges. The future is uncertain for the young and generations to come. How can we support children and young people as responsible actors and capable makers of a sustainable future for people and the planet?

How to support individual choices that are climate-friendly? How do we learn scientific knowledge and use it in our decision making?  How ethics and sustainability can be promoted in teaching? How can we encourage linguistically, culturally and ideologically diverse young people to participate in civic activities?

Researchers of the University of Turku will tackle these topics and many more at the Thematics Talk Together seminar hosted by Children, Young People and Learning -strategic profile. 

The seminar will be organised on Wed 5 April 2023 at 14.15–16:00, Main Building, Säästöpankkisali, University of Turku. 

Everyone interested in the topic is welcome to join!


Opening words
Professor Mirjamaija Mikkilä-Erdmann, Department of Teacher Education

Active and sustainable commuting to school
Professor Paula Salo, Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology

Transformative language teaching for sustainability
Project Researcher Salla-Riikka Kuusalu, School of Languages and Translation Studies

Fostering science capital
Associate Professor Johanna Kaakinen, Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology

Enhancing ethnic minority youth social participation: elements of civic engagement
University Lecturer Anuleena Kimanen, Department of Teacher Education

Professor Jukka Leppänen, Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology

Coffee and tea will be served after the presentations. 

>> Please register by 3.4.


Event organisers:

Children, Young People and Learning is built on strong and internationally recognized research on education and learning as well as children and young people. At the center of the thematic collaboration is a human being and human life course. The aim of the research and education carried out in the thematic collaboration is to enhance understanding and support children and young people as responsible actors and capable makers of a sustainable future. 

The Steering Group for Sustainable Development at The University of Turku develops, monitors and evaluates the sustainable development activities of the University in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and promotes the realisation of the principles of sustainable development in the practical activities of the University.