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SDG Generation: Healing the future in a wicked present

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On 13 and 14 June Windesheim Honours College organizes a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) event. This exciting gathering will invite us to reflect on the roles we can all play for a more sustainable environment.

What is the role of Education in sustainable development? What is the role of Personal Development? Creativity? Partnerships? We seek to answer these different questions through multiple sessions including keynote speeches, workshops, presentations, and other interactive sessions.

We will have several break-out sessions with a different focus in addressing the SDG's. More information about these sessions can be found in the programme below. The main themes for discussion will be:

  • What is the role of Education?
  • What is the role of Personal Development?
  • What is the role of Creativity and Art?
  • What is the role of Partnerships?

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Full programme

On Thursday 13 June, Hugo von Meijenfeldt, SDG Coördinator for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will give the opening keynote. Other speakers will include Windesheim Honours College Alumna, Morgaine Gerlach, currently working for the European Parliament and comedian Greg Shapiro, who will describe with humour our wicked present. Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni will give the first keynote on Friday 14 June, on “The future is feminine...healing the universe.” Later Dr. Olivia Bina speaks about 'The Future of Universities'. We close the event with a live connection with the NASA Mission Control Centre! From there,Mars 2020 Mission Design & Navigation Manager, Fernando Abilleira, will talk to us about "The challenges of Landing on Mars. From curiosity to InSight."

All sessions will be held on the Campus of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle. Most sessions are in English. Students, educators,Windesheim’s international exchange partners, and staff of businesses, NGOs, and government agencies are welcome to attend.

SDG Generation, healing the future in a wicked present


  • Hugo von Meijenfeldt MSc - SDG Coördinator of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Morgaine Gerlach MPhil - Alumna WHC, Parliamentary Assitant European Parliament
  • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni - FeMale Leadership & Feminine Capital Game Changer, Influencer, Speaker
  • Fernando Abilleira MSc - NASA, Design and Navigation Manager of Mission Mars 2020
  • Dr. Olivia Bina - Chair of EU funded INTREPID: The Future of Universities in Europe.
  • Greg Shapiro MSc - Actor and Comedian


Thursday 13 June  
08.30 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 10.00

Opening by Henk Hagoort, Board Member Windesheim UAS

Signing of the SDG Charter by the Zwolse8:

  • ArtEZ hogeschol voor de kunsten- Maarten Bremer
  • CIBAP - Coby Zandbergen
  • VIAA- Jacob Schaap
  • Landstede Groep - Theo Rietkerk
  • Windesheim- Henk Hagoort
  • Deltion College - Thea Koster
  • Katholieke Pabo Zwolle - Ingrid Lammerse
  • Zone College - René van Kuilenberg
10.00 - 11.00 Keynote speakers:
  • Hugo von Meijenfeldt - "The role of Partnerships in adressing the SDG's"
  • Morgaine Gerlach - "The Challenges of the SDG Generation"
11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Morning sessions
13.00 - 14.00 Sustainable lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Afternoon sessions
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 16.30 Greg Saphiro Humor note on the wicked present
17.00 - 17.30 Drinks and networking
17.30 - 23.00 Sustainable Dinner and Birthday Party WHC 10 years @ boreas
Friday 14 June  
08.30 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 11.00  Brainbusting Breakfast with 'Space Cake' around an interactive debate: 'Questioning SDG 8'.
11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 SDG Generation Showcase
13.00 - 14.00 Sustainable Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 Keynote by Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni: 'The future is Feminine...'
15.00 - 15.30 The ignorant Project: How much do we know about SDG's?
15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 17.00 Keynote by Dr. Olivia Bina: 'The future of Universities'
17.00 - 18.00 Live connection NASA with Fernando Abilleira: ''The challenges of 'Landing on Mars. From curiosity to Insight.''
18.00 - 18.15 Closing by Dr. Derk Jan Kiewiet, director Research & Education, Division Business, Media and Law at Windesheim

* The programme can change slightly.



During the day you can choose which session you prefer. First come, first serve. More details about the sessions will follow soon. 

Thursday 13 June 11.30-13.00:

1. The role of education in SDGs

2. The role of personal development in SDGs

3. The role of arts and creativity in SDGs

4. The role of partnerships in SDGs

5. Open Space

6. Games


Thursday 13 June, 14.00-15.30:

1. The University 4.0

2. Examples of the role of personal development 

3. International Best Practices and examples

4. International Partnerships

5. Open Space

6. Games


Friday 14 June

1. Brainbusting breakfast

2. SDG Generation Showcase- Open Space

3. Keynotes

Practical Information

Hotel suggestions and tips around Zwolle

For all visitors, there is a special discount with several hotels in Zwolle. This PDF document gives an overview of the hotels and the discounts they offer.
In addition you can find a PDF as city guide in Zwolle, should you want to extend your stay. This was made by students for students but can also be helpfull for you. But you can also visit our City website.(opens in new tab)

Time:    Thursday 13 June 09.00-23.00

              Friday 14 June 09.00-18.00

Location:  Windesheim, Campus 2, Zwolle


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