Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Upcoming events

Events may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties.

The annual Resource Efficiency workshop is for anyone interested in reducing waste and using resources more effectively on University campuses.

Resource Efficiency workshop 2018

Past events

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 - Friday, 29 June 2018

An interdisciplinary event, mobilising scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects focusing on social responsibility and sustainability from across the world.

Read about World Symposium on Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Thursday, 14 June 2018 - Friday, 15 June 2018

Join us for an absorbing design workshop taking place over two days!

Read about Design for Well-Being – the Southside Challenge

Monday, 4 June 2018

Share your work and influence the future of the University's approach to community engagement

Read about Edinburgh Local Showcase & Forum

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 - Thursday, 31 May 2018

The second Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Edinburgh is to bring together new communities around the world to stimulate interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration towards ground-breaking solutions to major planetary health challenges.

Read about THE 2018 PLANETARY HEALTH ANNUAL MEETING

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Join the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for an open day showcasing the latest low carbon technologies that are set to transform our future

Read about Future Innovation Showcase

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Join us for this stimulating panel discussion, where we will explore the impact we have on the environment around us.

Read about Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Tackling Climate Change

Thursday, 29 March 2018

The Sustainability Awards, which have been running since 2010, offer an opportunity for staff and students to contribute towards the University of Edinburgh becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

Read about Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 - Thursday, 22 February 2018

*This event has been postponed until June 2018*

This event is part of the University of Edinburgh's 2018 Festival of Creative Learning.

Join us for an absorbing design workshop taking place over two days! This event will bring University students and staff together in multi-disciplinary teams to solve a locally-based challenge: how to tackle anti-social behaviour in public space while also promoting social inclusion.

Read about Design for Well-Being – the Southside Challenge

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Explore the world of environmental careers by attending the flagship event of ECOweek 2018 (5 - 9 Feb).

Read about Careers in Sustainability 2018

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Join the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy for a workshop investigating how our personal politics - how we think, feel and interact with others - shape our understanding of and reaction to climate change.

Read about The Personal Politics of Climate Change: what makes us care?

Monday, 29 January 2018

A chance for practitioners and academics to share sector knowledge and explore possible research or practice opportunities. For students it's a unique opportunity to discuss their own research ideas with our academics and practitioners.

Read about Environment & Society Research Mixer

Monday, 11 December 2017

We will be at Kings Buildings to share ways for staff and students to get involved with Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Read about Kings Buildings Pop-up Stall - 11 December

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

We will be at Kings Buildings to share ways for staff and students to get involved with Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Read about Kings Buildings Pop-up Stall - 6 December

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Do you work, study or volunteer with organisations or individuals in the Edinburgh area? If so, please come and share your experience with others over lunch!

Read about Community Engagement Show and Tell - Kings Buildings

Thursday, 11 May 2017

How would like to find out about how the University is becoming more Sustainable and Socially Responsible? How would you like to help us become carbon free by 2040?

Read about Be Sustainable induction workshop

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Academics, activists and comedians come together to pitch their vision of the future world.

Read about The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Climate change in a connected world

Friday, 7 April 2017

Join us during the Edinburgh International Science Festival for an evening of pedal powered cinema!

Read about Bike powered cinema - Just Eat It: A food waste story

Friday, 7 April 2017

Join The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for a chance to discover a range of new low carbon vehicles and technologies on the market.

Read about Future vehicle showcase

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Sustainability Awards, which have been running since 2010, offer an opportunity for staff and students to contribute towards the University of Edinburgh becoming more socially responsible and sustainable.

Read about Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017 - Sunday, 12 March 2017

Each year Fairtrade Fortnight brings together campaigners, businesses, schools, and places of worship show their support for the farmers and workers who grow our food in developing countries. 

Read about Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

This fun, engaging session is open to all University of Edinburgh staff and students, with an interest in SRS issues.

Read about SRS staff and student workshop: building a vision for 2040

Thursday, 23 February 2017

The University of Edinburgh produces over 3000 tonnes of waste every year. This field trip to the Biffa material recovery facility, will give students an insight into the recycling process, the impact of waste at the University and other large organisations.

Read about Biffa tour: How does recycling work?

Monday, 20 February 2017

Staff and students are invited to explore whether the concept of a model village can be updated and reconstructed to provide a framework for community building in two contexts: within the globalised cityscape of Edinburgh; and a post-conflict living environment for displaced peoples in the South Sudan.

Read about Design for well-being: modelling villages for 21st century

Monday, 6 February 2017

Join us on Monday 6 February for the annual Careers in Sustainability event. We will be bringing together a panel of speakers from a range of sectors who are working in sustainability.

Read about Careers in Sustainability 2017

Friday, 20 January 2017

The SRS Student Forum gives students an informal space to share ideas, explore opportunities to work together, and discuss social responsibility and sustainability issues that impact their day to day life at University.

Read about SRS Student Forum: Let's talk about racism

Friday, 25 November 2016

The SRS Student Forum gives students an informal space to share ideas, explore opportunities, and discuss social responsibility and sustainability issues that impact their day to day life at University.

Read about SRS Student Forum: Exploring Social Enterprise

Friday, 4 November 2016 - Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Edinburgh Sustainability Jam is back! This 48 hour intensive hackathon (or 'Jam') is aimed at bringing together people from all backgrounds to solve social, economic and environmental issues of our world.

Read about Edinburgh Sustainability Jam 2016

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

University of Edinburgh academics (including PhD students) are invited to join an interdisciplinary SRS Academic Network meeting on the theme of Energy and Climate.

Read about SRS Academic Network meeting: Energy and Climate

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The recent global financial crisis led to those stakeholders that operate within our financial markets to come into the public spotlight through increased scrutiny by society and the media.

Read about Responsibility of financial market players: the bad, the ugly and the surprising

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The SRS Student Forum gives students an informal space to share ideas, explore opportunities to work together, and discuss social responsibility and sustainability issues that impact their day to day life at University.

Read about SRS Student Forum: Creating a sustainable food culture

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Join us for this keynote from Cary Krosinsky, Lecturer, Yale College and Yale Climate and Energy Institute at Yale University and Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Brown University.

Read about Cary Krosinsky Lecture: Smart Divestment

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Staff and students from across the University are invited to participate in the Social Responsibility & Sustainability workshop on Wednesday 13th April.

Read about Social Responsibility & Sustainability Staff and Student Workshop

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

You are cordially invited to the 2016 Sustainability Awards Ceremony!

Read about Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2016

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Professor Kevin Anderson will talk about the the successes and failures of the Paris process – offering not only an alternative take on the Agreement, but also sketching out how there still remains an outside chance of avoiding the 2°C characterisation of dangerous climate change.

Read about Beyond Dangerous Climate Change: How Paris locks out 2°C

Friday, 26 February 2016

The University of Edinburgh has for a long time taken pro-active action on sustainability leading to the establishment of our department - Social Responsibility and Sustainability - in 2013.

Read about Celebrating Years of SRS Progress at Edinburgh with David Somervell

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Join the Chaplaincy for a fundamental reflection on the University's purpose in relation to Climate Change.

Read about The Personal Politics of Climate Change

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

This event offers an insight into all that a career in sustainability has to offer; showcasing the range of careers available and the routes into employment.

Read about Careers in Sustainability 2016

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

A lecture by Keith Barnham, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Imperial College London.

Read about Can Scotland can achieve an all-renewable electricity supply by 2020?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Javier Ureña Palencia, MSc International Business and Emerging Markets and Lauren Opstad, MSc Environment and Development, will talk about their experiences on placement in Malawi this summer, looking at fair trade lentils supply chains – including impacts on livelihoods, and value chain analysis.

Read about Fair trade lentils in Malawi - findings from MSc student placements

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

You are cordially invited to the 2014-15 Sustainability Awards Ceremony!

Read about Sustainability Awards 2015

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Interested in embarking on a career in sustainability? Join us for an insightful evening featuring alumni from the University of Edinburgh, now working in a range of careers in the fields of sustainability and social responsibility.

Read about Careers in Sustainability