Never before have societies needed to rethink their development models in order to overcome the numerous economic, social and environmental challenges they face, with a view to guaranteeing a sustainable path for present and future generations.
To this end, international meetings at the various summits have been held, defining a set of strategies and resolutions to guide the way forward, which is not always easy to operationalize. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution and scarcity of resources are just some of the current challenges.

In this scenario, Environmental Education emerges as a key tool, capable of shaping mentalities, inspiring action and promoting more resilient and sustainable societies, geared towards a more participatory, aware and informed citizenry.

This International Meeting on Environmental Education aims to be another stage for sharing, debate and international cooperation in the fields of project implementation, studies, research and scientific dissemination, with a view to improving the quality of life of communities.

Provisional program

January 25th (Thursday)

9h00 Opening Session
Domingos Bragança, Mayor of Guimarães
Adelina Paula Pinto, President of the Landscape Laboratory

Axis I: Participatory Democracy and Co-creation

9:30 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Luisa Schimdt, coordinating researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon
Moderator: Margarida Correia Marques, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

10h15 – Q&A
10h30 – Coffee break

10h45 – Margarida Correia Marques, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
Moderator: Francisco Carvalho, Landscape Laboratory

11h00 – Q&A
11h05 – Oral Communications (to be defined)
12h45 – Lunch

Axis II: Citizen Science
14h00- Keynote Speaker: Margaret Gold, Coordinator of the Citizen Science program, Leiden University, Netherlands
Moderator: Ronaldo Sousa, University of Minho

14h45- Q&A
15h00 – Ronaldo Sousa, University of Minho and researcher at CBMA – Center for Molecular Biology
Moderator: Francisco Carvalho, Laboratório da Paisagem

15h15 – Q&A
15h25 – Oral Communications (to be defined)
16h30 Coffee break
17h15 – Poster presentations (to be defined)
20h30 – Dinner

January 26th (Friday)

Axis III: Sustainable cities and communities

9:30 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Helena Freitas, Director of Serralves Park
Moderator: Carlos A. Ribeiro, Landscape Laboratory

10h15- Q&A
10h30 – Coffee break

10h45 – Environmental Education in Cities
– City of Kaiserslautern
– City of Compiegne
– City of Dijon
– City of Igualada
– City of Londrina
– Guimarães

13h00 – Lunch

Axis IV: Citizenship and sustainable schools

14h00 – Keynote Speaker: Francisco Teixeira, Director of the Department of Communication and Environmental Citizenship at the Portuguese Environment Agency
Moderator: Susana Falcão, Landscape Laboratory

14h45 – Q&A
15h00 – Oral Communications (to be defined)

17h00 – Closing Session
Adelina Paula Pinto, President of the Landscape Laboratory
Sofia Ferreira, Councillor for the Environment and Climate Action

January 27th (Saturday)

9h30 – 13h00: Visit to Guimarães’ cultural heritage and good environmental practices (prior registration optional)

Overall goals:
• Foster the discussion and dissemination of scientific studies and methodologies employed in the field of environmental education.
• Share and reflect upon successful environmental education practices implemented in various contexts.
• Facilitate synergies between public and private entities for the implementation of environmental education strategies.
• Raise awareness and encourage communities and all their stakeholders to recognize the importance of implementing environmental education strategies in the development of more resilient and sustainable societies.

Target audience:
Researchers, professionals, teachers, students, and the general public.

Central theme of the meeting:
Environmental Education in Building Sustainable Societies.


  • Participatory democracy and co-creation;
  • Citizen science;
  • Sustainable cities and communities;
  • Citizenship and sustainable schools.

Official languages:
Portuguese and English.

Abstract Submission:
Those wishing to submit communications regarding educational experiences, projects, research papers, tools, and materials should follow these specified formats:

1. Oral presentations

– Abstracts submission should be done through the following form.

– The abstract should not exceed 2,000 characters, including spaces.
– The abstract should include references to the theme, goals, methodology, and conclusions;
– Abstract submissions must be received by November 30, 2023;
– Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent via email by December 31, 2023;
– The final paper for publication in the event proceedings book should be submitted in accordance with the provided template (download the template below) by January 31, 2024, to the email address;
– The final paper should not exceed 10 pages;
– Papers submitted after the deadline of January 31 will not be included in the event proceedings book.

Download the template for full paper submission

Oral Presentations: 10 minutes
Available Equipment: PC, projector, wireless internet

2. Posters
– Abstract submission for posters should be done through the following form.

– Each poster should include an abstract in English;
– The poster should reference the theme, goals, methodology, conclusions, author’s name, affiliation, and email;
– Dimensions: 90 cm x 120 cm;
– The poster should follow the defined template, although font type and design are at the discretion of the author, as long as it remains legible;
– The inclusion of graphs and/or images is the sole responsibility of the author;
– Each participant should bring their printed poster and display it in the designated areas;
– Notification of poster acceptance will be sent via email by December 31, 2023;
– The poster should also be submitted in PowerPoint (PPT) format, as a single slide, for subsequent publication in the event proceedings book with ISBN;
– The PPT-format poster should be submitted by January 31, 2024.

Download poster template

Maximum number of submissions:
– Each author may submit up to 2 works individually or up to 3 in co-authorship

Review of submissions by the Scientific Committee:
The acceptance of abstracts for papers and posters will be determined by a Scientific Committee, which will notify the respective authors of acceptance and/or any proposed changes.

The evaluation of the submissions will focus on:
. The alignment of the work with the theme of the meeting;
. The scientific quality;
. Relevance and innovation.

Authors will be informed of the decision regarding submitted communications via email by December 31, 2023.

Scientific Committee:
Margarida Correia Marques – University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Department of Biology and Environment
Alexandra Nobre – University of Minho, Department of Biology
Francisco Carvalho – General Coordinator and Innovation of the Landscape Laboratory
Susana Falcão – Education for Sustainability Coordinator at the Landscape Laboratory

Certificate inssuance:
– Certificates of presentation will only be issued to authors registered for the event.

More details:
More details can be directed to the Organizing Committee at or by phone at 253 421 218 or 968173837

Participant or Student* without communication: 50€
Participant or Student* without communication (Affiliated Universities**): 40€
Participants with communication: 100€
Participants with communication (Affiliated Universities**): 90€

* Includes PhD students
** Minho Uiversity (UM) and University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD)

Payment details:
Name: Laboratório da Paisagem
Bank: BPI
IBAN:PT50 0010 0000 5344 3400 0012 6
NIB: 0010 0000 53443400001 26

Registration period:
Registration will take place between October 1st and January 13th, 2024

Link for registration and payment:

Terms and conditions:
Registration includes coffee brakes and lunch on both days of the event, as well as transportation on the site visit tour. It does not include the dinner on January 25th;
– If you wish to attend the conference dinner on January 25th, an additional fee of €30 will be added to the registration cost;
– Registrations will only be deemed valid upon submission of the payment receipt to email;
– Cancellation of registration can be made without any charges until January 18, 2024. After this date, it will result in the complete forfeiture of the paid amount.

Organizing committee:
Francisco Carvalho – General Coordinator and Innovation of the Landscape Laboratory
Susana Falcão – Education for Sustainability Coordinator at the Landscape Laboratory
Pedro Cunha – Communications Coordinator at Laboratório da Paisagem
José Lobo – Financial and Human Resources Coordinator at Laboratório da Paisagem
Daniel Ferreira – Landscape Laboratory Education Technician
Guilherme Braga – Landscape Laboratory Education Technician
Luis Pliteiro – Landscape Laboratory Education Technician