Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Curriculum

A climate change education project
July 2019 – December 2020

Baltic Sea Region Climate Change Curriculum (BSRCCC) is an 18-month long project aiming to develop a course module with teaching materials focusing on the climate change in the Baltic Sea Region.

Background

The Baltic University Programme (BUP) has the aim to support the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development of our region. Since 1991, we have been working promote regional cooperation in research and education for sustainable development. With an increasing threat from climate change, there is an increased need for educating students and civil society in the risks and solutions of climate change. Our project group was funded to answer to that growing need of a regionally based climate change education.

The first step was taken in January 2019, when the project group was formed. The project later received seed funding from Swedish Institute in June 2019 and the project will have its official start in September 2019.

During 18 months, the project partners will work to develop a holistic, scientifically backed and regionally based climate change course module, free for any academic institution, organization or person to download and use.

Aim

The aim is to develop a holistic, scientifically backed and regionally based climate change course module, for universities, NGO’s and other institutions to use when teaching climate change. The material includes a curriculum, teaching materials, such as slides, online text books, exercises and workshops. The long-term aim is to strengthen the Baltic Sea Region resilience to climate change, by increasing students and the public awareness of the risks and solutions of a warming planet.

Timeframe

July 2019, project start
November 2019, module development
April 2020, review of first draft
August 2020, early publication of the course module
December 2020, project initiating ends
2021 onwards, project continuation under other forms and funding

Funding

The project is funded by “Seed funding for cooperation projects in the Baltic Sea region” from Swedish Institute.

Partners

The project is hosted by the Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. Below are our core partners listed.

Updates

November 2019 - The project had its first meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania. There we developed a general curriculum and and outlined 15 chapters to be included in the course module. Each chapter got one or more authors designated to them in accordance with their expertise.

Group photo from the first BSRCCC meeting in Kaunas.
Most of the BSRCCC project group at the 1st project meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania. Photo: Pontus Ambros

March 2020 - Start of a series of online meetings, cooperating over the development of the materials. Materials are internally peer-reviewed and progress of continued project funding is started. More authors are added to the chapters and the number of contributors are close to 30.

Online meeting hosted from Uppsala, with 22 participants.
Online meeting hosted from Uppsala University, with 22 participants from the Baltic Sea Region. Photo: Ulrika Klintberg Jansson

Getting involved

We welcome researchers and teachers around the region to join us in the work. If you want to join our work or have any questions, you are most welcome to contact us.

Contact person and coordinator

Pontus Ambros
Project Assistant
The Baltic University Programme Coordinating Secretariat
Uppsala University
Uppsala, Sweden