Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Project application

Promoting Sustainable Development through education (FNE)

  • A project that promotes sustainable development through education (in a broad sense) at the University of Bern.
  • Projects can be courses or events within regular study programmes, or they can be creative and take other forms (e.g. conferences, workshop series, exhibitions, podcasts, real-world laboratories, etc).
  • Employees of the University of Bern
  • The funding is specifically aimed at lecturers and mid-level staff (i.e. employees of the University of Bern, enrolled and registered doctoral students, post-doctoral and habilitation students, employees of the central administration, etc.). Bachelor’s and Master’s students are not eligible to apply.
  • Project submission deadline is 31 August 2024.

The university is awarding personnel points (PPs) to participating institutions, in the framework of the Promoting SD through education project. This gives project managers time to work on conception, implementation, and evaluation of a course or event relevant to promoting sustainability.

For the purposes of this funding mechanism, an “educational event” can take any format that helps the learner acquire competences that are relevant to sustainability. The focus is on the learning and teaching of all participants. The aim – achieving Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) – goes beyond merely imparting knowledge to students. Instead, it invites all participants to take part in the knowledge process and to open up spaces for reflection and action in the field of SD. This means that the format chosen can be creative – and it should empower employees from a broad range of fields to generate a setting appropriate to the chosen format.

For your project application please use the application form (see Project application). Please submit your project application by email (PDF) to: We will confirm receipt by return email.

The submission deadline for projects starting in the Spring semester 2025 or Autumn semester 2025 is 31 August 2024.

The Vice Rectorate Quality will announce the awarding of the projects at the end of September 2024. If the number of applications is high, disciplines or fields with less experience of Sustainable Development to date will be given priority. 

Products and publications based on FNE projects