Events Calendar

World Engineering Education Forum
Nov 12 – Nov 16 all-day

The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies flagship annual conference provides an opportunity for leaders, faculty, industry representatives and other stakeholders in engineering education from around the globe to come together in promotion of engineering pedagogy and impacting engineering education on a global scale. 

This year’s events are organized on the theme “Disruptive engineering education for sustainable development”. Disruptive engineering education is an innovative process with a paradigm leap in the existing practices that leads to simplicity, convenience, accessibility and affordability for sustainable development. This process includes discovering problems, discarding the fundamental thinking, and solving through disruption. 

Additionally, held in conjunction with the World Engineering Education Forum, the Global Student Forum will provide a unique opportunity for students to connect with global change makers and leaders in engineering and education. This year’s Global Student Forum will be held on the theme “Addressing grand challenges by engineering without borders”. 

The Forum welcomes abstracts and workshop proposals through the end of September.

For more information, visit  WEEF and GSF.

Design Leadership for Resilience @ Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Climate change, and disruptive technologies have exposed our communities to unprecedented risks and challenges.

Please join us for an evening of expert panel discussion and conversation about the future of our communities and cities.

Beck Environmental Lecture: Sounding the Alarm @ Harris Theater, George Mason University
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

The future is being transformed by climate change, faster and more dramatically than we realized. In New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth, David Wallace-Wells tells the epic story of our time. He asks key questions—how will the map of global power shift as coastlines are redrawn?—and reminds us that everything is within our control, so long as we resist complacency.

Wallace-Wells moves beyond “what must be done” to investigate “what will the world actually look like.” Wallace-Wells is a celebrated journalist who adds a much-needed focus on storytelling and the humanities, as well as a look at geopolitical and economic consequences. How will humans live together on a degraded planet? Will carbon become a central topic of the 21st century the way human rights were to the 20th? How will the dynamic between nations shift as a result of divergent climate impacts? How are public sentiment and political action changing? This, he says, is the moment to truly engage with what climate change really means.


David Wallace-Wells is the Deputy Editor at New Yorkmagazine, where he writes a column on climate change, and where his viral cover story “The Uninhabitable Earth” was published to widespread acclaim. Formerly the Deputy Editor of The Paris Review, and a National Fellow at the New America Foundation, he is the co-host of the 2038 podcast, which interrogates predictions about the next two decades.

6th International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development (ICPSD 2019)
Dec 5 – Dec 6 all-day

Bringing together current research on poverty, inequality and social exclusion and to discuss policies and other measures of poverty alleviation with an international perspective.

For more information, click here.


2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Higher Education & Science Take Action
Mar 5 – Mar 6 all-day

The conference will highlight how higher education institutions are embedding sustainable development in their core missions, focusing on showcasing, explaining and sharing scientific research, innovative practices, projects, programs and initiatives that university communities are carrying out with the aim of implementing the 2030 Agenda.

For more information, please click here.

6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sector
May 27 – May 29 all-day

The African Development Bank, the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, the Asian Development Bank, UN Habitat and other development partners are preparing the 6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sectorthemed: From Capacity Development to Implementation Science. 

The Symposium will convene key stakeholders to explore the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed by water professionals and institutions. The meeting will also study how new developments in implementation science can strengthen institutional capacity to enhance water security.

The organizers are inviting scientists and academics, practitioners, professionals and policy makers worldwide to submit abstracts with a focus on leadership in knowledge and capacity development across sectors, disciplines. Abstracts which speak to the effectiveness and efficiency of capacity development in the water domain, are especially encouraged.

The Inaugural Congress of Sustainability Research and Innovation @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Jun 14 – Jun 17 all-day

Future Earth, which supports the largest global community of systems-focused sustainability researchers and innovators, and the Belmont Forum, the world’s largest consortium of transdisciplinary global change and sustainability research funders, are joining forces to establish an annual marquis congress in which the world’s foremost research and innovation communities come together to share successes, exchange views, and work across disciplines and sectors to support a global transformation to sustainability.

Please click here to learn more about this event.