Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Visions for Change

A series of events examining changes being made in society in order to create a more sustainable future.

From social inequalities to environmental pollution, life in society creates all sorts of problems.

The annual Visions for Change event series examines topical environmental and social issues making the headlines, and considers the changes being made by individuals, organisations and whole countries in order to create a more socially responsible and sustainable global society.

Each event is free and University staff, students and the general public are welcome to attend.

Upcoming events

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

Past events

Monday, 26 March 2018

Disposable plastics are only used once before they are recycled or thrown away.  These single use plastics include things like soft drinks bottles, straws, coffee stirrers, water bottles and a high proportion of food packaging. 

Read about Rethinking the future of plastics

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

This event is being rescheduled for March, this page will be updated when a new date is confirmed.

Read about Tackling modern slavery through transparency (postponed)

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The UK housing crisis and homelessness is not just about housing stock, affordability and access; it is fundamentally about people. This Visions for Change event will explore Scotland’s Housing Crisis and our response to it.

Read about Scotland's Housing Crisis: how can we fix it?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Social enterprises and other third sector organisations are increasingly seen as a means of tackling social and environmental issues through innovative ways that government and private sector firms cannot. But what can a social enterprise do to empower individuals to make a difference?

Read about Getting your hands dirty: how social enterprise can make a difference

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Supply chains can be so complex; how can we be sure that the products we buy and the services we use are not linked to harsh working conditions, modern slavery or armed conflict?

Read about Human rights abuses in supply chains: what can we do?

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

This event will explore the role of universities in tackling climate change, following the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Read about Tackling climate change: the role of universities after Paris

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Robert Llewellyn – actor, comedian, writer and the man behind hit Fringe show Electric Cars are Rubbish. Aren't They? – makes a special stop at ECCI to recharge batteries and share stories of his electric automotive and two-wheeled adventures.

Read about Electric Automotive Adventures with Robert Llewellyn

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Interested in reuse and repair rather than sending things to landfill? Come and meet local social enterprises, businesses and charities who are helping the University do just that.

Read about Reuse Hoose

Monday, 29 February 2016

Taking place on the first day of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, this event seeks to explore the issues and ways in which individuals and organisations can contribute to ending modern slavery.

Read about Modern Slavery: Are we complicit?

Monday, 1 February 2016

Join us for a debate about the value of the agreements made during COP21.

Read about COP21: Turning point for the climate?

Saturday, 18 April 2015

For the first time ever ECCI is partnering with the Edinburgh's annual Science Festival: the world's first celebration of science and technology and still one of Europe's largest.

Read about What does a low carbon future look like?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Don’t know what your old possessions are made of? Hate filling your bin on moving out day? Then why not join us for this hands-on workshop, and find out how to repurpose all that personal ‘junk’ waiting to be thrown out!

Read about Salon: No Time to Waste

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Please join us for an evening of debate on the circular economy and its role in creating a sustainable future.

Read about Time for Smarter Economics

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The security of our global future is dependent on a less wasteful and linear economy. But how can we disrupt and innovate today's economic system?

Read about Salon: Disruptive innovation

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

An evening of debate on the role of rewilding in Scotland and its place on the global development agenda.

Read about Rewilding the world