Co-operation on education and research
The Nordic prime ministers have commissioned the education and research ministers to map the opportunities and quantify the added value of working together on national education, training and research initiatives of significance to green growth.
To strengthen the Nordic international leadership position and to inspire other regions and countries, sustainable development is an important task to learn from, utilise, integrate and profile knowledge and experiences from ongoing efforts in the Region.
Based on a 3-year rolling action plan (2013-2015) for education and research activities aimed at green growth, the Committee of Senior Officials for Education (EK-U) has initiated the following priority activities:
- On the research side, MR-U has initiated preparatory work to strengthen communication, co-ordination of the Nordic research efforts directed towards green growth in 2013. The work will lead to recommendations on how research co-operation in green growth can be strengthened and more widely used in education, innovation and policy development.
- The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) and the Nordic research initiative for green growth and sustainable development have created remarkable results in, for example, climate and energy research. After the conclusion of TFI in 2013 a very important task exists in communicating, profiling and exploiting the experiences and results of the TFI's research results. This applies specifically to continuing TFI's research in green growth and establishing a research-based co-ordination platform in NordForsk to facilitate wider use and dissemination of Nordic research in green growth and sustainable development.
- NordForsk/TFI have launched a major research programme on green growth and bioeconomy in 2013. The research programme gives research institutions in the Nordic Region the opportunity to apply for funding for research projects that contribute to promoting green solutions, green growth and promoting evolution towards a bio-based society.
- An essential basis for green growth is the development of a research infrastructure for the effective distribution and utilisation of the research results. In the autumn of 2013, the Swedish Presidency will organise a major conference in Stockholm on research infrastructure for green growth. The conference will help to create a closer link between education, research and innovation in green solutions in the Nordic Region.
- On the school side, MR-U has launched work to further develop klimanorden.org as a digital teaching platform for education in climate and sustainable development at schools, youth and adult education colleges in the Nordic countries. The portal will contribute to improved knowledge, commitment and skills in climate and sustainable development and, in the long term, create the basis for green growth in the Nordic countries. As part of klimanorden.org, Nordic Climate Day will be re-launched in 2014 in a new form. Climate Day aims to inspire and increase awareness in schools of climate challenges and encourage children and young people to engage in climate and sustainable development issues.
- Schools in the Nordic Region have initiated a large number of projects and initiatives to promote sustainable development. There is an important task to put this knowledge into a system and spread experiences and good practice to schools across the Nordic countries. For this purpose, one or more inspiration and network seminars will be organised in 2014 on the teaching of sustainable development in schools and youth colleges in the Nordic Region. The objective of these seminars is to form networks amongst schools in the Nordic Region that have a green profile and integrate sustainable development into their teaching.
MR-U/EK-U have decided to implement the following initiatives in 2013:
- Development of the concept for Climate Day in co-operation with the Ministry of Children and Education in Denmark. Expected to be ready by the autumn 2013.
- Re-launch of klimanorden.org in co-operation with the Ministry of Children and Education in Denmark. Expected to be ready by the autumn 2013.
- Conference on research infrastructure for green growth autumn 2013. The conference will be organised in co-operation with the Ministry of Education in Sweden.
- NordForsk/TFI are preparing in 2013 a research project on green growth and bioeconomy that will be presented in 2014 under the Icelandic Presidency.
- EK-U has initiated preparatory work in 2013 to strengthen Nordic research co-operation for green growth. The work will be undertaken by the Secretariat in co-operation with the Swedish Presidency and NordForsk and presented for decision in EK-U in June 2013.
- In autumn 2013, a network and inspiration conference will be planned on the teaching of sustainable development in schools and youth colleges in the Nordic Region. The conference is expected to take place in spring 2014.
The total effort in education and research is outlined in collaboration with the Presidency, EK-U and the relevant co-operation partners, and is summarised in an action plan for 2013-2015.
Budget 2013: 14.5 MDKK
The Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U) have the main responsibility. The Ministers of Agriculture (MR-FJLS) have partial responsibility.