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European School of Sustainability Science and Research

European School of Sustainability Science and Research

The European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) is an inter-university consortium composed by members, which share an interest on sustainability science and on matters related to sustainable development.


Consistent with the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the many requirements to be fulfilled so as to allow its implementation, the aims of the ESSSR are:

• to provide a platform for universities to discuss the contribution of Sustainability Science and Research towards the implementation of the SDGs;

• to mobilise universities working with sustainable development, to gather, deliberate and implement joint initiatives, especially online courses, research projects and specialist publications, which show how Sustainability Science and Research can help to achieve the SDGs;

• to contribute to the education of a next generation of sustainability scientists, by means of online courses and joint PhD programmes on sustainability science

A further aim of the ESSSR is to link European sustainability researchers with their counterparts in other parts of the world (north-south and south-south cooperation on sustainable development). The ESSSR strengthens interdisciplinary research on sustainability issues, and also paves the way for post-doctoral positions and fellowships across its members.


The ESSSR was launched on 1st October, 2018. The main office of the ESSSR is located at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences.

Åbo Akademi University is an associate member of the ESSSR. Associate members may take part in the activities led by the ESSSR, and benefit from the works performed by the School.

The ESSSR focal point at Åbo Akademi University is
Dr. Catharina Groop
Deputy Director for the Centre for Lifelong Learning
Email: catharina.groop(a)abo.fi

The Baltic University Programme (BUP) is one of the ESSSR’s international partners. The Programme’s Coordinating Secretariat is located in Uppsala, Sweden. The Centre for Lifelong Learning at Åbo Akademi University hosts the National Centre and Associate Secretariat of BUP.

More information on ESSSR: https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/esssr.html

Updated 1.10.2019