Invitation to take part as a speaker-teacher in the Students conference SAIL 2019, 4th -16th August 2019, Aarhus (Denmark) - Szczecin (Poland)
The SAIL conference (Sustainability Applied in International Learning) is an annual scientific event addressed to undergraduate students from the Baltic Sea Region interested in the field of sustainability. The conference is organized and coordinated by the Baltic University Programme at Uppsala University and scheduled on the training sailing ship Fryderyk Chopin during 4th – 16th of August 2019. The port of embarkation is Aarhus (Denmark), and the port of disembarkation is Szczecin (Poland).
Who can Participate
The conference is organized for 30 students coming from member and/or participating universities of the Baltic University Programme (BUP).
What is the Conference About?
The conference is focused on sustainability topics and based on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, preferably focusing on (but not only):
Climate actions - Quality of education - Affordable and clean energy - Live below water and life on land - Good health and well-being for people - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - New technologies - Conflict management and resolution – Democracy.
Who Are We Looking For?
We are now looking for motivated and experienced academic teachers/specialists coming from different disciplines covering aspects of sustainability in a broad sense, thus creating an academic, inter-disciplinary and international learning environment, which can introduce students in complex issues related to sustainability.
On the SAIL 2019 conference, we are seeking 8 teachers/specialists who are interested in preparing interactive talks and workshops, in totally new teaching conditions, combining tall ship sailing as an unconventional teaching environment, and multinational group of students, which are extraordinary but definitely be both physically and mentally demanding.
The teachers are expected to prepare and plan the conference beforehand, we plane to organize one teacher's meeting before the conference, preferably in May 2019 (2 working days). As English is the spoken language of the conference, applying teachers are expected to have an excellent level of English skills.
Salary and Reimbursement
The SAIL 2019 conference will start on 4th August in Aarhus, Denmark, and finish on the 16th of September in Szczecin, Poland what in total means 12 days of the conference. Please notice that salary and allowance costs will not be covered. All additional costs associated with the SAIL planning meetings and sailing, including travels, food, accommodation, will be covered by BUP.
Academic/scientific Preparation of the Conference
The SAIL conference is based on the participating teachers' areas of competencies and experiences. This means that the educational and scientific outcomes of the conference rely heavily on the commitment of the teachers' team and their combined competencies. Before the conference and during, the teachers will be supported by an experienced SAIL coordinator. This includes the planning and execution of the conference, which also will be on-board for the whole cruise. It is our experience that the teacher must interact extensively in the planning phase of the conference. A planning meeting (2 full days) is preliminarily scheduled in May.
BUP Teachers’ SAIL 2019 Conference
Although not required, it is recommended that successful applicants also participate in the BUP Teachers’ SAIL 2019 conference to jointly finalize the planning of the course, and at the same time get to know each other, the sailing vessel, and life onboard a tall ship. In 2019, Teachers’ SAIL cruise will begin in Szczecin, Poland on the 26th of June and end in Aalborg, Denmark on the 3rd of July. Please state in your application whether or not you intend to participate in the Teacher’s SAIL 2019 conference.
Before preparing your application, please be aware and consider the special nature of the conference, both in terms of planning (short preparation time of the conference with teachers which you most likely have not met before), and teaching environment (a tall ship). You should be aware that sailing a tall ship is very physically demanding. Our experience is that you will be physically exhausted, deprived of sleep, and definitively out from your normal comfort zone. You will be living very close to many new people in a very restricted space.
We should also mention that you might experience seasickness, which can be a rather unpleasant experience. The life on board is based on strict rules, which every member of the crew must obey. The captain of the ship is responsible for the safety of all crewmembers and he is the person who takes most of the decisions. This is far from group discussion conditions.
Be aware, as well, that on board the sailing ship, all students and teachers will act as a working crew. You will be divided into one of three watches that will be assigned 4 hours of rotating duties (navigation, deck, and kitchen) - around-the-clock! Please keep in mind that in spite of the weather conditions, and in spite of your condition, you should participate in your watch duties. You should also be aware that sailing a tall ship means pulling lines, climbing masts to set and haul sails in the old-day fashion. Fryderyk Chopin is a Brigg-rigged tall ship with two 38 m high masts, which need to be climbed! Students and teachers are expected to work together in the watches to fulfill their sailing duties, which in our experience is an excellent tool for team building and to create a dynamic learning environment. Moreover, as a crew member you must also do other duties on board, in addition to your sailing and teaching duties. This includes cleaning, cooking meals, washing dishes, and maintenance work.
Despite these words of warnings, or perhaps because of them, we can promise you extraordinary new experiences filled with feelings of togetherness and teamwork, meeting with new friends, being close to nature, and in the hands of the powerful forces of nature, and exploring places you never been to before. You will be part of a teachers’ team creating a unique conference, and feel the joy of being a part of a truly stimulating learning environment with enthusiastic students (the conference is popular; each year the number of applicant students exceeds by far the number of available places). And not least: you will explore yourself and push your limits to new levels.
We sincerely hope that you are interested and we welcome BUP teachers from both members and participating universities to apply! Please notice that you do not need to have any sailing experiences – during those two weeks, you will learn to SAIL too!
Applications and Conditions of Acceptance
We are looking for experienced teachers with specialization in any topics related to sustainability, preferably with a Ph.D. degree, and documented pedagogical skills. Please keep in mind that we expect all applying teachers to have an excellent level of English skills.
Required Documents (please save all documents with your name):
- Motivation letter (1 page)
- Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages, including max five publications)
- Short biography form teacher/specialist perspective (one page)
- Description of your planned teaching contribution to the SAIL 2019 conference. Innovative ideas on conference content, teaching methods, interactive workshops or other activities (social included) on-board are welcome (max 1 page)
- Health Statement (please be aware that you will be asked to have your family doctor's, or similar, confirmation on the statement in case your application will be accepted and health insurance)
- Optional: A short, 5-10 minutes, the recorded movie from any of your lectures/talks/workshops or similar teaching activities (in English).
Deadlines for Application
Applications should be submitted no later than 1 April 2019.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dominika Stygar
in case of any further questions.