Learning and the SDGs: Citizens’ Perspectives on Education for the SDGs in Maastricht [EN, 45 min]

16.00 - 16.45 | Dr. Serdar Türkeli, UNU-MERIT & Martine Schophuizen, Open Universiteit Nederland & TU Delft

Where and how do people learn about the Global Goals? Which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) attract the most interest? In this workshop, we will try to identify where and how Maastricht citizens, students, business people, policy makers get their knowledge about the SDGs, and how, and on which SDGs, we can design learning activities that will increase the achievements towards the SDGs.

Foto credit: Stephan Wita

In this workshop we would like to reveal the connections between opportunities for learning and societal perspectives on learning about the SDGs. The overarching goal is to gather and process information about the level of prior knowledge, learning spaces and (sorted) interests in learning about the SDGs in order to report recommendations on instructional design, processes and content prioritizations for learning about the SDGs in the city of Maastricht.

We invite you to share with us the information on the level of your knowledge about each SDG; characteristics of your personalized, informal and non-formal learning spaces you are in, and which SDGs relate to you (e.g. to your daily life, your work, your household, (if any) your children’s education as well as your business and social activities, and even to your dreams and hopes for yourself, for your local and the global community). That’s what we intend to learn, brainstorm about and measure in our workshop!

Working as a team, we invite citizens living, studying and working in the city of Maastricht to join our workshop. So come, be informed, let’s discuss and let us know, make new friends – and become an SDG ambassador!


Dr. Serdar Türkeli

Dr. Serdar Türkeli works at the United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), a joint research and training institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University, a UN think tank, addressing a broad range of policy questions on science, technology, innovation and democratic governance. He is specialised in applied and critical political economy, and governance of sustainability, sustainable development, science, technology and innovation (STI) and public policy for societal transitions. His current contexts of research, teaching and coordination concentrate on the topics of complexity, big data, AI, productivity, responsible research and innovation ecosystems for intelligent cities, eco-innovation, circular economy and social entrepreneurship. He uses several quantitative and qualitative research methods to provide critical policy analyses, recommendations, options and ideas.

Martine Schophuizen

Martine Schophuizen has a Psychology and Learning Sciences background, is currently working as a PhD candidate at the Welten Institute of the Dutch Open University in Heerlen, and as innovation manager and post-doc researcher at the LDE Centre for Education and Learning at the TU Delft. Her research is centred around the question to what extent Open Online Education (OOE) is embedded in higher education institutions. She mainly focusses on the organisational (pre)conditions that lead to success, the effect of OOE on the organisation, and the contribution it has towards the quality of education and educational innovation. Martine holds a Master’s degree in Management of Learning and a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology (Maastricht University). After her studies, she was involved in several projects in the field of learning, training and staff development among other topics during a traineeship. She also had some hands on teaching experience as a lecturer at Maastricht University.

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Created by Paris Cosma for Mondiaal Maastricht

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