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.


January 25th (Thursday)

9:30 a.m. Opening Session
Domingos Bragança, Mayor of Guimarães
Adelina Pinto, Vice-Mayor of Guimarães

Axis I: Participatory Democracy and Co-creation

10:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Luisa Schimdt, University of Lisbon
“Environmental Citizenship: political framework, social predisposition and civic action”
Moderator: Adelina Pinto, Vice-Mayor of Guimarães

10:30 a.m. – Block I – Oral communications
Moderator: Susana Falcão, Landscape Laboratory
1 – Circularity Workshops – Educating + to value water, Sara Duarte – Águas do Tejo Atlântico
2 – 360.come – Sustainability and Circular Economy in the food sector, Daniel Ferreira – Laboratório da Paisagem
3 – Green ETHICS: art as a driving force for change in communities, Susana Marques – ASTA-Teatro e outras Artes

11:10 a.m. – Q&A

10:30 a.m. – Coffee break & Posters

11:35 a.m. – Margarida Correia Marques, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro
Environmentally active citizenship and co-creation: the role of sustainability education facilities
Moderator: Susana Falcão, Landscape Laboratory

12:05 p.m. – Block II – Oral communications
Moderator: Susana Falcão, Landscape Laboratory
1- Moulded in Water and Salt by the Wind and the Sun, Filomena Martins – University of Aveiro
2- Companhia das Lezírias: Weaving Connections in Environmental Education with Science and Emotion, Sandra Silva – Companhia das Lezírias
3- Green Heart Certification – A model that boosts sustainable communities, Alexandre Silva – Lipor
4 – Environmental education in the distribution chain in the water management sector: the case of Hidroval, Sofia Domingues – Hidroval, Lda

12:45 p.m. – Q&A

01:00 p.m – Lunch

02:00 p.m. – Coffee break & Posters

Axis II: Citizen Science

02h30 – Keynote Speaker: Francisco Teixeira, Portuguese Environment Agency
“Environmental Education: Citizenship Laboratory”
Moderator: Francisco Carvalho, Landscape Laboratory

03:00 p.m. – Block III – Oral presentations
Moderator: Francisco Carvalho, Landscape Laboratory
1 – SOS Pollinators Project, José Manuel Esteves Marques Janela – Quercus
2 – Weaving the Waters, mountains, land and sea: from socio-environmental education to the circular economy, SP, Brazil, Andrée Vieira – Superco Institute, Brazil
3 – Guardians of the Garden, Hugo Dias – Lar D. Pedro V
4 – Ecotransition Stories. The narrative approach as a strategy for Environmental Education, Vera Diogo, Carina Coelho and Pedro Correia Rodrigues – Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico do Porto

03:40 p.m. – Q&A

03:50 p.m. – Coffee break

04:05 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Ronaldo Sousa, University of Minho
“Uniting citizen science and local ecological knowledge for healthier ecosystems”
Moderator: Francisco Carvalho, Landscape Laboratory

04:35 p.m. – Block IV – Oral communications
Moderator: Francisco Carvalho, Landscape Laboratory
1 – Effective communication of scientific data in a citizen science project, the EduCITY Effective communication of scientific data in a citizen science project, the EduCITY (EN), Diogo Figueiredo, Lucia Pombo, Margarida M. Marques and Myriam Lopes – University of Aveiro
2 – Educating from Built Heritage towards the development of Sustainable Cities Communities through an Augmented Reality Mobile Game: the “Art Nouveau Path” in the EduCITY app, João Ferreira-Santos – University of Aveiro
3 – Keeping an eye on Óbidos Lagoon, with the BioLagoa and Coastwatch Projects – An example of Partnership, Sara Duarte, Sara Moreira and Teresa Duarte – Águas do Tejo Atlântico
4 – Developing serious games to engage cross-generations into awareness on climate change: a multi-method approach towards a methodological framework, Maria Gonçalves – Aproximar, Cooperativa de Solidariedade Social
5 – Unravelling the creatures of the night: STEAM approach in Environmental Education about bats, Pedro Correia Rodrigues, Marta Conceição e António Pedro Barbot – School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto

05:25 p.m. – Q&A

05:30 p.m. – Musical moment by Colégio do Ave

06:00 p.m. – Guided tour of the Landscape Laboratory

20h00 – Dinner

January 26th (Friday)

Axis III: Sustainable cities and communities

09:30 a.m – Block V – Oral communications
Moderator: Adelina Pinto, Vice-Mayor of Guimarães

Dijon, France
Igualada, Spain
Londrina, Brazil
Chapada dos Guimarães, Brazil

10:30 a.m. – Q&A

10:45 a.m. – Coffee break

11:00 a.m.
Kaiserslautern, Germany
Tourcoing, France
Guimarães, Portugal

12:00 p.m. – Q&A

12:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Helena Freitas, Director of Serralves Park
“Strategies to promote sustainability and well-being in cities”
Moderator: Carlos Ribeiro, Landscape Laboratory

12:30 p.m. – Lunch

02:00 p.m. – Block VI – Oral communications
Moderator: Carlos Ribeiro, Landscape Laboratory
1 – Sustainability Space – F(O)LIO 2023, José Lopes – Óbidos Municipality
2 – Environmental Education Equipment in the Municipality of Caldas da Rainha – development of actions in partnership with NGOs, Carla Santos – Municipality of Caldas da Rainha, PATO Association and GEOTA
3 – Discovering an Environmental Education Plan: Cadaval Municipality, Ana Mendonça – Cadaval Municipality
4 – Urjalândia Sustainable Christmas Village, a pioneering project in Portugal, Marina Mendes – Municipality of Amares
5 – Cascais Environmental Education and Awareness Programme, where Education meets Sustainability, Ana Rodrigues – Cascais Ambiente

02:50 p.m. – Q&A

Axis IV: Involvement and participatory democracy

03:00 p.m. – Round table: Participatory Democracy
João Albuquerque, MEP
Youth participants of the Eco Parliament (AE Fernando Távora, AE Virgínia Moura e AE Prof. Abel Salazar)
Moderator: Adelina Pinto, Vice-Mayor of Guimarães

04:30 p.m. – Closing Session
Adelina Pinto, Vice-Mayor of Guimarães

05:00 p.m. – Musical Moment by Sociedade Musical de Guimarães

05:15 p.m. – Green of Honour and Networking

January 27th (Saturday)

9:30 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.: Visit to Guimarães’ cultural heritage and good environmental practices
PAYT system
Guimarães Gymnastics Academy
City Park*
Retention Basins

*Tree planting with the participants

(Meeting point: Town Hall)

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 Landscape Laboratory
José Lobo – Financial and Human Resources Coordinator at Landscape Laboratory
Sara Terroso – Project Coordinator at Landscape Laboratory
Daniel Ferreira – Landscape Laboratory Education Technician
Guilherme Braga – Landscape Laboratory Education Technician
Luis Pliteiro – Landscape Laboratory Education Technician
Ana Pinheira – Biodiversity Researcher at Landscape Laboratory

Low carbon event commitment
Conscious of the Municipality of Guimarães’ commitment to achieving Climate Neutrality by 2030, the Landscape Laboratory organizes the International Environmental Education Meeting as a low-carbon event. In order to meet these objectives, the following measures have been adopted:

A vegetarian, seasonal, and local menu at the event to reduce the carbon footprint;
Selection of locally-produced, handmade gifts crafted from post-production textile waste or natural products;
Reduction of printing and waste production at the event, with an emphasis on reuse, repurposing, and recycling;
Measurement of the carbon footprint of the event, including the organization’s and participants’ travel data collected during accreditation at the event;
Offset of event emissions by providing native trees to participants and organizing a joint planting action at the end of the event;
Communication of sustainability awareness and learning efforts for future events.