MAEEC World Environmental Education Congress


Every two years since 2003, many of the world's environmental educators and communicators gather to renew friendships, initiate collaborations, present research findings and provoke controversy, while also being inspired by a range of keynote presentations. For the second time, the World Environmental Education Congress has been held in Canada, first in Montreal in 2009 and in early September in Vancouver.

The Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication program featured very prominently in the Congress with current students, alumni, associate and core faculty all contributing to its success. My best estimate is that around 20 students and alumni delivered papers, round table or poster sessions, with many contributing their graduate research or subsequent scholarship and professional practice to their peers. In addition, there were presentations involving at least five past or present associate faculty members as well as both core faculty (Hilary Leighton and Rick Kool) associated with the MAEEC program. And beyond presenting his research and trying to be provocative, Rick was also part of the Local Organizing Committee and responsible for bringing in three of the five keynote speakers, moderated the Congress's closing panel and facilitated a number of roundtable sessions.