6th December 2016

The 9th WEEC (World Environmental Education Congress) will be held in Vancouver, Canada, September 9-15, 2017.

The title of the Congress is CulturEnvironment: Weaving new connections. The Organizing Committee for the congress is BC’s Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) in cooperation with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat.

Hosted by SFU, the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL) is a collaborative of researchers and practitioners committed to high quality environmental and sustainability learning in British Columbia.The organizing committee in 2017 will embrace different approaches in both the conceptualization and implementation of EE worldwide.

Our theme in 2017 is Culture/Environment. This focuses on the multidisciplinarity nature of thecongress and a developing view that Culture and Environment are inseperable and may even arise from within each other. Such a theme of environmentalism underscores a need to abandon notions that everything is measurable or under human control. The real paradigm of environmental thinking is uncertainty in the ways forward vs. the idea that ‘progress’ is unavoidable. Cultural change is also the necessary condition/requirement to rebuild and reinvent our relation with nature and live sustainably. Therefore, with this call for papers we promote NETWORK/ACTION/COALITION.

Early Childhood Education and EE
Place-based Education and Local Outdoor Learning
Architecture and Green Design
Arts Based Approaches in EE
Agriculture and Garden-Based Learning
Global and Cultural Diversity in EE
Urban Eco-systems
Environmental Communication (and Uncertainty)
Indigenous Knowledge and EE
Ethics Lead Learning and Sustainability
Social Responsibility and Agency/Activism
Nature as Teacher / Nature as Researcher
Global Policy and Environmental Education
Perspectives, Challenges and Innovation in Research

NOTE: This above list separates what is inseparable and the congress themes need to be considered as interconnected. Wherever possible, abstracts (300 words or less) should aim to create links among the selected strands.

Proposals can also be directed towards an teacher/educator or researcher audience (or both) and formats will be announced after review. The submission site is now ready to receive your proposals.

To begin go to and click on “submit abstract” under the program menu. You will be prompted to register for the site and submit your abstracts.
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