International Scientific Committee

International Scientific Committee

Christine Affolter

Christine Affolter is the head of secretariat of ENSI i.n.p.a. (Environment and school initiatives), a network active in environmental education and education for sustainable development for almost 30 years. Beside of ENSI she has been managing the large COMENIUS-network CoDeS, which set a focus on criteria and methods for successful school-community collaboration. In Switzerland she is working in foundation ‘éducation21’, the competence centre for ESD, she is responsible for international collaboration. In her professional career she has further been teaching in schools and in teacher education, was managing large projects for several institutions, was head of a department in a competence centre and runs a small private enterprise. Her background is in pedagogy, management and andragogy, with a focus on environmental education and education for sustainable development.

Judy Braus

Judy Braus has been actively involved in national and international environmental education efforts for almost three decades. She is currently the Executive Director of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental literacy and civic. Prior to NAAEE, she successfully managed the education and outreach departments at three national and international conservation organizations: the National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation. She was also the manager of environmental education programming at the U.S. Peace Corps. She has led many international environmental education projects, facilitated leadership workshops and conferences in dozens of countries, been the chief editor of several successful national publishing efforts focused on environmental education, and published in numerous nationally recognized periodicals and books. Her areas of expertise include environmental education, project management and strategic planning, leadership training and facilitation, conservation planning, writing and publishing, diversity and inclusion, curriculum and web development, and fundraising. Throughout her career, has Judy focused on using the power of education to help communities restore and protect the environment. She is passionate about creating an inclusive environmental movement and strengthening NAAEE so that it can help empower individuals and organizations to work together to increase their collective impact and create societal change.

Roland Gerard

Roland Gerard is co-director and co-founder of the Réseau Ecole et Nature (REN), co-chairman and co-founder of the French Collective for Environmental Education towards Sustainable Development (CFEEDD), co-organizer and co-founder of ’Espace National de Concertation’ (ENC) for EESD and member of the Conseil National de la Transition Ecologique (CNTE). Environmental educator since the late 1970s in the voluntary sector, RG participated in the creation and Rouletaboule Ricochets and various books. Since 2000 he looks after the political coordination of the ‘Assises’ (Conventions) of the EESD. In 2003 he was awarded the National Order of Merit in 2003.

Edgar J. Gonzalez-Gaudiano

Edgar J. Gonzalez-Gaudiano is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Researches in Education, at the Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico,where he leads the research line of environmental education for sustainability. A member of the Commission of Education and Communication of IUCN and former Regional President for Mesoamerica (2001-2006). He has been member of Board of Directors at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) (1992-1997). He also worked with WWF and the UNESCO in projects related to national strategies for environmental education. He is also a member of National System of Researchers in Mexico (level III). He has written twenty-two books and more than 100 articles in several specialized journals in the field of environmental education. He is a Latin American liaison person and was a member of the UNESCO Group of Reference for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He has received a number of awards: The National Award to Ecological Merit (2004), in the scholar category and the UANL Award of Research in Humanities (2007). His current research focus is on social representations of climate change, vulnerability, risk and social resilience.

David W. Orr

David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and senior adviser to the president of Oberlin College. He is a founding editor of the journal Solutions, and serves as the executive director of the Oberlin Project, a collaborative effort of the city of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of Oberlin. Orr is the author of seven books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and coeditor of three others. He has authored nearly 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications. In the past 25 years, he has served as a board member or advisor to eight foundations and on the boards of many organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Currently he is a trustee of the Bioneers, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the Worldwatch Institute. He has been awarded seven honorary degrees and a dozen other awards including a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, and a Visionary Leadership Award from Second Nature. Orr is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. While at Oberlin, he spearheaded the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center, which was named by an AIA panel in 2010 as “the most important green building of the past 30 years,” and as “one of 30 milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Michèle Sato

Graduation in Biology, Master’s in Philosophy, PhD in Sciences and 2 postdoctoral in Education. I am coordinator of Environmental Education, Communication and Arts Research Group (GPEA) at Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT). My main subject areas are Phenomenology, Mythology, Climate Justice and Arts. Her current research is related to “Education and Arts for communicating climate justice”.

Lucie Sauvé

Lucie Sauvé is professor at the Faculty of Education of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada, and director of the Centr’ERE research center – Centre de recherche en éducation et formation relative à l’environnement et à l’écocitoyenneté. Professor Sauvé is the founder and co-responsible of the UQAM postgraduate program in environmental education. She is co-founder and director of the international research journal Éducation relative à l’environnement – Regards, Recherches, Réflexions. Lucie Sauvé has a strong experience of international cooperation projects in Latin America (Amazonian region) and won in this context two excellence awards. Her current research focuses on environmental health education (agriculture, food and water issues), energy education, ecocitizenship education and environmental educators’ and community leaders’ professional development. She received an honorary Ph.D. from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, in 2015, as recognition of her deep involvement as a researcher in ecosocial movements aiming to address crucial environmental issues.

Robert Bob Stevenson

Bob Stevenson is a Professor and Research Leader (Education for Sustainability) and Director of the Centre for Sustainability Education at James Cook University in Australia. He co-edited the International Handbook of Research in Environmental Education (AERA/Routledge, 2013) and is executive editor of the international Journal of Environmental Education (the oldest academic journal in the field). His research interests focus on theory-policy-practice relationships in environmental and sustainability education, leadership and teacher professional development for whole school approaches to sustainability schools, and potential spaces and approaches to engaging youth in deep thinking about and acting on socio-ecological issues.

Mercedes Varela

Mercedes Varela is assistant professor in the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Sport at the University of Vigo. She completed her PhD in the Department of Special Didactics in 2016. Her research focuses on Teacher training in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, in particular regarding Climate Change, and Experimental Science Teaching. She is especially interested in research on the development of teaching competencies linked to Sustainability, critical thinking and information literacy.

Pedro Vega Marcote

He is a full Professor in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University of A Coruña. Currently his research interests focus on the field of: Teacher training in Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, the Ecological Footprint and reduction of emissions of Greenhouse Gases, the implementation of Agenda 21 at the University and Municipalities (A21L) and in Experimental Science Teaching. He is member of the Advisory Board and Scientific Committee.

Carine Villemagne

Carine Villemagne is a professor in adult education at the Faculty of Education of the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada). Her current research focuses on environmental adult education (EAE) in non-formal contexts. Several recent researches have contributed to the experimentation of EAE practices with the cooperation of adults with low levels of education who try to improve their literacy skills.

David Zandvliet

Professor at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) and Director of the Institute for Environmental Learning. He holds additional appointments as the Faculty teaching fellow for Faculty of Environment (SFU) and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Universitas Sam Ratulangi (Indonesia). An experienced teacher and researcher, he has published numerous articles in international journals and presented refereed conference papers on six continents and in over 15 countries. His career interests lie in the areas of science, technology and environmental education. As a former director of the Faculty’s Centre for Educational Technology, he has considerable experience in the design and evaluation of classrooms and in the provision of teacher professional development. He has conducted research and development on learning environments in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

Yolanda Ziaka

Yolanda Ziaka is Economist, PhD in Environmental Education and Master in Visual Arts and Art Sciences. Based in Greece, she has been coordinating, since 1994, numerous international projects on Environmental Education and Communication and has been involved in various research and action networks and civil society organizations. She is the author / co-author and editor of several books and articles on Environmental Education, pedagogy, and art issues. Her research focuses on the popularization of environmental concepts and processes through the development of communication tools, addressed to diverse target groups.

Antonella Bachiorri

Antonella Bachiorri is a Biologist. She holds a PhD in Ecology and a Master of Education for Sustainability. She coordinates the Italian Centre for Research and Environmental Education (C.I.R.E.A) at the University of Parma (Italy) and since the 90’s, she has been involved in many national and international projects and initiatives related to Environmental Education and Education for Sustainability. Her academic interests cover education for sustainability in different contexts with a special focus on whole-school approaches (included sustainable universities), teacher’s training, teaching/learning processes, environmental ethics and participative methodologies. She is member of different scientific committees and Editorial Boards of national and international Journals in the field of Education for Sustainability.

Heila Lotz-Sisitka, PhD

Distinguished Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka holds a Tier 1 South African National Research Foundation Chair in Transformative Social Learning and Green Skills Learning Pathways. She has served on numerous national and international research and policy programmes including as member of the UNESCO International Reference Group on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and the UNEP Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities and Global Universities Partnership for Environment and Sustainability (2004-current). Currently she is PI for the International Social Science Research Programme on ‘Transformative, Transgressive Learning in Times of Climate Change’. She was Scientific Chair of the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in 2007, and she has been socio-scientific committee member and keynote speaker at a number of the WEEC since 2003. She is the former editor-in-chief of the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (2003-2016) and is currently co-editor of the journal Learning, Culture and Social Interactions. Recent publications include an edited Routledge book on ‘Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social-Ecological Change’ and a Springer book on ‘Sustainable Development and Schooling in Africa’. Her research interests include critical research methodologies, transformative environmental learning, agency, and education system transformation.

Marcia McKenzie

Dr. Marcia McKenzie is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, and Director of the Sustainability Education Research Institute at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada . She is Principal Investigator of the Sustainability and Education Policy Network, a SSHRC-funded Partneship Grant project examining the uptake and mobility of sustainability in formal education policy and practice. Dr. McKenzie is co-author of Critical Education and Sociomaterial Practice: Narration, Place, and the Social (Peter Lang, 2016), Place in Research: Theory, Methodology, and Methods (Routledge, 2015); and co-editor of Land Education: Rethinking Pedagogies of Place from Indigenous, Postcolonial, and Decolonizing Perspectives (Routledge, 2016), and Fields of Green: Restorying Culture, Environment, and Education (Hampton, 2009). Her research focuses on the intersections of environment, social theory, education policy, and the politics of social science research.

Pablo Ángel Meira Cartea

Professor of Environmental Education (EA) at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Member of the Research Group in Social Pedagogy and Environmental Education (SEPA). His research focuses on the study of the theoretical basis of EE, the evaluation and design of public policies of EE, in the social representations of climate change and in education and communication for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. María Barbeito Award for Pedagogical Research (2009). Director of the Resclima Project ( Former President of the Galician Society of Environmental Education. Member of the Rede Lusófona de educação ambiental ( and the Rede de Pesquisadores Internacionais em Educação Ambiental e Justiça Climática (REAJA). Author and co-author of a hundred publications, among which are Environmental Education and Human Development (2001), In Praise of Environmental Education (2005), Communicate Climate Change (2009), Climate Change Education and Communication: A Critical Perspective on Obstacles and Resistences (2010), The society before climate change. Knowledge, valuations and behaviors in the Spanish population (2009, 2011 and 2013), Is there a hole in the ozone layer of your climate change? (2015), Transition communities and the glass ceiling of environmental sustainability policies at three universities (2017), Climate literacy among university students in Mexico and Spain (2017).

Dario Padovan

Dario Padovan is Senior Researcher and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Turin and he is member of the Department of Culture, Politics and Society. He works since long time on history of social sciences, environmental sociology, social metabolism, sustainable consumption, sociology of risk, environmental conflicts. He is member of Editorial Committee of Theomai Journal (Buenos Aires), Democracy & Nature (London – U.K.), Chosmos & History (Melbourne, Australia). He is Vice-Chair of Scientific Board of the Research Network 31“Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism” of European Sociological Association, and is member of Esa Research Network 12 on “Environment and Sociology”, and of RN 6 on “Sociology of Consumption” of ESA. Recently is doing research on sustainability, environmental accounting, urban metabolism regulation, sociology of practices, energy, environmental conflicts, risk perception, smart energy grids, socio-technical systems transition.

Francisco Javier Reyes Ruiz

Doctor in Social Sciences, Master in Education, Bachelor of Communication Sciences. Professor-researcher of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Education, from the University of Guadalajara. Member of the Center for Social and Ecological Studies, A.C. Author and coordinator of books, educational materials and about 80 articles and chapters on topics related to rural development and promotion, and environmental education. Currently working on the project: “The concept of nature in the poetry of western Mexico” His research lines are: “Communication and information technologies for environmental education” and “Environmental education and training programs.” Member of the National System of Researchers and responsible for the academic Vocabulary of the National Academy of Environmental Education.

Marilia Torales-Campos

Professor Doctor of the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). Visiting professor for postdoctoral training at the Center for Research in Environmental Education and Training and Ecocitizenship (Center – UQAM) Research Stay on Teacher Education in Environmental Education

Prof.Dr.Robert Brian Shutes

Brian Shutes is Emeritus Professor of Ecotechnology at Middlesex University, London,United Kingdom. He was Vice-Chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on ‘The use of Wetlands for Water Pollution Control’ (1996-2008). He has been a consultant and partner on projects in Asia for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union, UK and Singapore Government Departments and Agencies, and has organized and presented at workshops, seminars and conferences in Asian countries. He has also been a Visiting-Professor at universities in Asia.

Prof.Dr.Timothy S. Wood

Biological Sciences Professor Emeritus, Wright State University, College of science and mathematics, USA

Ao.Univ.Prof.i.R. Dr. Wladyslaw W. Szymanski

Wladyslaw W. Szymanski is physicist with PhD from Faculty of Physics & Aerosal Laboratory, the University of Vienna, Austria. He was heading there the Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics Research Group for a number of years. He is a co-editor and contributor to several scientific books and authored/ co-authored over 100 publications. He received the prestigious Smoluchowski Award of the Aerosol Research Society (GAeF) for outstanding contributions to aerosol science. His interest focuses recently on environmental education, development on novel instrumentation for atmospheric particle measurement and air pollution studies.

Dr.Aidee Kamal Khamis

Aidee Kamal Khamis completed his first degree in Chem. Eng., Institute of Bioproduct Development, University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM) in 1999, and then continued his Master degree in Chem. Eng. at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia from 2003 to 2004. He joined UTM as a Research Officer in 2005 and started his doctorate study entitled ‘Amendment of soil acidity and cation exchange capacity using Rhodopseudomonas palustris’, graduated in 2016. From 2005 up to now, he has delivered more than 50 hands-on workshops and training on the employment of Effective Microorganisms (EM) technology to produce organic fertilizer, organic insect repellant, and organic animal feed formulation to communities, industries, and individuals. He also specializes in the applications of EM for soil, plant, water, livestock, and environment. He significantly contributed to the Biotechnology Master Plan (2005-2015) for the state of Johor in Malaysia, and the Master Plan (2009-present) for FELCRA Berhad Bio-Valley. Currently, he is leading a biogas project in Johor state, Malaysia entitled ‘Zero Flies Index Via Development of Biogas Plant From Animal Waste in Muar District, Johor’. This project also got support from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia.

Mr.Philip Smith

Australia Phil’s forty years in education span the breadth of formal and non-formal education: schools, TAFE, community colleges, universities and a wide range of community settings. He has held leadership roles in schools, government agencies, a national professional association and local and international NGOs. He has worked overseas in education, training and evaluation. His experience includes advocacy at local, state and federal levels; education in a humanitarian environment (Nauru); sustainability leadership courses for young people; professional development for teachers and trainers; and conference facilitation. Sustainability education has been and remains a key focus of his education work. As Manager Education in ResourceNSW, he worked with the Department of Education & Training to set up the NSW Sustainable Schools Program. Phil currently teaches in two teacher-training programs at Western Sydney University, and he runs his own program for schools, Speaking 4 the Planet, which is a public speaking, art and drama competition based on the World Environment Day themes.

Mr.Koji Tagi

Director, International Project Division,and Senior Advisor in Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF), Japan, member of Japanese Society for Environmental Education and Program Officer of Japan Network for Public Interest Activities. Koji has revolved around the environmental education and management, and associated research and have over fifteen years working experience in Southeast and South Asia on environmental management and environmental education, including Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam under Japan International Corporation Agency and other donors. He has been dedicated with spreading environmental education tools / material rather than producing the tools. “Forest on Blackboard” project in Thailand, a joint project with Chiang Mai University, is one of the recent his achievement which developed online testing system to monitor and evaluate result of the program.

Prof.Dr.John Bavor

Adjunct Professor, Dean’s Unit – School of Science and Health Director, Water Research Laboratory and Centre for Water and Environmental Technology, University of Western Sydney. Professor John Bavor, Western Sydney University School of Science, has wide experience in utilisation of ecotechnology options for integrated water, watershed and wetland management solutions for sustainabilty. He has been Visiting Professor at UNSW School of Civil Engineering, as Project Director, Cooperative Research Centre for Waste Management and Pollution Control: Advanced Constructed Wetlands Technology. He recently was a member of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science and Technology's Collaborative program in Environmental Technologies industry mission to SE-Asia and China, and works with UNDP, UNESCO, FAO and WHO Programs. He is actively involved in watershed management and watershed assessment research.