The Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary kindly invites participants from the Carpathian Convention to an International Seminar on Education for Sustainable Development.

The Carpathian Convention Seminar on Education of Sustainable Development aims to create a platform for exchange and cooperation.  The seminar will focus on ESD in early childhood education, primary and secondary education.

Hungary wishes to establish a new and enduring tradition of transdisciplinary networking and cross-country exchange in ESD thus supporting the joint mission of the Carpathian Countries to work towards sustainability.

Seminar date:

16-18 April, 2019

The conference starts with a complimentary networking dinner, and has full day programs on 17-18 April 2019.

Seminar venue:

The conference will be held in the heart of Budapest, in Hotel Benczúr.


Working language:

The seminar will be held in English.


The scope of the seminar

Topics of interest will be centred around

(1) the whole-institutional approach in ESD and

(2) developing educator ESD competences.

ESD as one of the cross-cutting topics of sustainability must build on teachers. While they are the vehicles of systemic good practices, they can also represent the bottleneck vis-à-vis improving the quality of education. Therefore, the first international seminar will work around two key thematic areas: the whole-institution approach in ESD supporting teachers’ good practices and developing educator ESD competences to enable and empower teachers to deliver quality education.

The seminar allows participant to discuss good practices in educational policies and practice relevant to ESD while reviewing challenges faced by practitioners. The seminar consists of invited oral presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops and on-site visits to observe exemplar practices. Organisers welcome workshop proposals from each participating country and invite participants to actively contribute to sessions by sharing and reflecting on good practice in ESD.

50 educational professionals are expected and welcome to join the seminar from Carpathian countries in order to promote transdisciplinary knowledge building and networking for quality ESD in public education.

The seminar is dedicated to:

  • practicing educators at ISCED 0-3 levels
  • teacher educators
  • professionals working in the field of nature conservation and education
  • representatives (leaders and officers) of decision-making bodies in the field of sustainability, environmental protection, environmental education, ESD and public education (including relevant ministries)
  • representatives of educational maintenance and governance bodies (including state and clerical institutions)
  • educational counsellors and experts.

The seminar offers a forum for participants to discuss the following leading questions:

How can policies promote the whole-institutional approach in ESD? What does a supportive policy environment provide for practitioners working in the whole-institutional approach? What challenges do policy-makers and practitioners face in implementing the whole-institutional approach? How does the whole institution approach affect practitioners? How can teacher training contribute to the implementation of the whole-institution approach in ESD? Which directions or pathways can good practices show to overcome challenges? What can countries learn from international exemplar practices in the whole-institutional approach in ESD?

Which approaches are present in policies and practice to promote developing educator ESD competences? How can policies motivate and engage stakeholders and target groups in developing educator competences? How can practitioners develop their educator competences? How can teacher training contribute to developing ESD competences at pre- and at in-service teachers’ levels? What challenges do policy-makers and practitioners meet in developing educator ESD competences? Which directions or pathways can good practices show to overcome challenges? What can countries learn from international exemplar practices in developing educator ESD competences?

The organisers expect that the seminar will facilitate the launch cooperation or expand the scope of existing collaboration among the communities of stakeholder groups in ESD in the Carpathian region, and thus contribute to the implementation of ESD policies promoted by prominent international organisations such as UNECE.


Objectives and outcomes

Besides providing a forum for professional discussion for participants, the transdisciplinary approach will be manifested in the following activities:

  • sharing local traditions and approaches and learning from each other;
  • exploring ways of facilitating and raising awareness of future generations to recognise the importance of joint actions.

As a more tangible outcome of the seminar, ideas for regional ESD projects or joint publications are foreseen.


Draft agenda

The programme of the seminar should inspire networking and allow room and platform for intercultural and professional dialogue between participants.
In order to initiate intense exchange, the programme starts with a networking dinner.
The two-day program aims to offer input framing the theoretical and overall policy context in the form of keynote presentations and roundtables in plenary sessions.
The program intends provide in-depth discussions on the two strands of whole-institutional approach in ESD and educator ESD competences in specific workshops. On-site visits will enhance and augment the above by providing inspiration, practice-oriented learning opportunities and informal exchange of experiences.

16 April 2019
 19.00 – 21.00 Networking dinner at Thököly Restaurant (1146 Budapest, Thököly út 80.)
Welcome speech and introductory thoughts
Zsolt Belánszky-Demkó, Deputy State Secretary for International Relations of the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary
Dr Zoltán Maruzsa, Deputy State Secretary for Public Education of the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary
17 April 2019
 8.00 – 9.00 Registration and welcome coffee at Hotel Benczúr (1068 Budapest, Benczúr utca 35.)
 9.00 – 9.30 Plenary: Welcome and opening of the seminar (Room: Budapest)
Dr Zoltán Maruzsa, Deputy State Secretary for Public Education of the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary
Teréz Krisztina Szabó, Head of Department, Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary
 9.30 – 12.30 On-site visits in 5 groups to green kindergartens and eco-schools
 12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
 13.30 – 15.50 Plenary (Room: Budapest) - keynotes
 13.30 – 14.20 Whole-institutional approach in ESD: Engaging schools and communities in the transition towards a more sustainable future
Prof Mariona Espinet (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
 14.20 – 15.00 A Rounder Sense of Purpose: Developing educator competences in ESD
Dr Paul Vare (University of Gloucestershire)
 15.00 – 15.40 Reflection and thoughts on whole-institution approach and ESD teachers’ competences
Dr Aravella Zachariou (UNECE Steering Committee for ESD)
 15.50 – 16.15 Coffee break
 16.15 – 17.15 Parallel workshops
A1: The Hungarian Green Kindergarten Network Mozaik
Bálint Lampert
A2: The Hungarian Eco-school Network Margaréta
Dr Mária Szabó, Dr Ádám Németh
A3: Teachers’ ESD competence framework in Hungary Business 2
Mónika Réti
 17.15 – 17.30 Plenary: Recapitulation on Day 1 (Room: Budapest)
 18.30 – 19.30 Dinner at Hotel Benczúr
 19.30 – 21.30 Sightseeing tour in Budapest
18 April 2019
 9.00 – 9.10 Plenary: Opening of Day 2 (Room: Budapest)
 9.10 – 10.10 Parallel workshops
A1: B1: Environmental Education in State Nature Conservancy of Slovak Republic Business 2
Svetlana Pitáková, Dr Ingrid Moravčíková Károlyová
B2: Workshop on the GLOBE Program Margaréta
Barbora Semeráková
B3: The role and competences of educators for sustainable development in the Carpathians Mozaik
Dr Tamara Mitrofanenko, Dr Agnieszka Świȩtek, Dr Joanna Zawiejska
 10.10 – 10.30 Plenary: Feedback from workshops (Room: Budapest)
 10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
 11.00 – 12.00 Parallel workshops
C1: How can teachers benefit from the international cooperation in ESD? Business 2
Maria-Magdalena Budkus, Dobrosława Egner, Małgorzata Nowak, Anita Ponikło
C2: Future trends challenges competencies opportunities Margaréta
Boglárka Ivanegová
C3: Education for sustainable development research and practice in the Carpathian region Mozaik
Danijela Djukic, Lesya Loyko, Nina Merlușcă, Dr Marcel Mindrescu, Dr Branislaw Randjelovic, Martin Šrom, Oksana Turok, Radmila Ustych, Dr Mihaela-Iuliana Verga
 12.00 – 12.30 Plenary: Feedback from workshops (Room: Budapest)
 12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
 13.30 – 14.00 Plenary: Recapitulation of lessons learnt (Room: Budapest)
Prof Mariona Espinet, Dr Paul Vare, Dr Aravella Zachariou
 14.00 – 15.30 World Café: Steps towards regional collaboration in ESD (Room: Budapest)
 15.30 – 16.00 Plenary: Closing of the seminar


Note: on-site visits are to be organised with regards to school timetables hence their proposed schedule is subject to change.


The full program (including presentations, workshops, on-site visits and full board meals) is offered by the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary free of charge to all participants. Therefore, no registration fee applies for the 50 accepted participants.

The Ministry of Human Capacities will also provide full board accommodation and travel costs for 2 teachers from each Carpathian Convention member countries. Teacher participants are kindly requested to indicate if they apply for the free participation at the registration form.

Participants are invited to register at Hotel Benczúr (e-mail: ) for their accommodation themselves with the e-mail subject Carpathian Convention Seminar. Room price for a single room is 19.000 HUF / night. Rooms are available on a first comes first served basis.



Professionals interested in the seminar are kindly requested to contact the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, which facilitates and the organizers responsible for further registration process. Please kindly send your request to Ms. Klaudia Kuras at and Ms. Mónika Réti at  Participants will receive a link to the online registration platform.

The registration platform is only available via invitation.

The registration is not an automated process. Registered participants will be notified of acceptance by the organisers. The aim of the two-step registration is to provide diversity and representation of all stakeholder groups.


Important dates

Registration deadline: 1 March 2019
Submission deadline for workshop proposals: 1 March 2019
Feedback on acceptance: 15 March 2019
Networking dinner: 16 April 2019
Seminar program: 17-18 April 2019


Submission of workshop proposals

Workshop presentations are welcome from each Carpathian Convention country. The seminar organisers will chose from submitted proposals based on the proposal’s content also ensuring that one participant from each country has the opportunity for a workshop presentation.

Workshop proposals can be uploaded during the registration process.

Please indicate at the platform which of the two thematic strands (the whole-institutional approach in ESD or developing educator ESD competences) the workshop will refer to.

Please describe the workshop in no more than 1500 characters (including space) referring to the following:

  • why the topic is relevant for ESD in the Carpathian Convention;
  • how the topic is linked to the chosen thematic strand of conference;
  • how it reflects to practice in ESD.


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