Visitors Address

Room 0.012

Kapoenstraat 2

6211 KR, Maastricht

The Netherlands

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P.O. Box 616

6200 MD Maastricht

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Education and Research Symposium

Every year, the Research and Education Portfolios at Maastricht University’s Green Office host a symposium with keynote speaker(s) and interactive sessions for interested participants. The topic is yet to be announced, but it usually evolves around innovation and sustainability research and community engagement. Last year’s keynote speaker (and workshop leader) was Alan AtKisson, an internationally renown consultant, author and speaker on societal change and sustainability. This year, UMGO aims to attract people who may or may not have a major interest in sustainability to the event.

Tasks

  • Assisting the research and education coordinators (UMGO) with setting up an agenda and organizing the event

  • Promotion material design

  • Promotion within UM (all faculties) and around the city (cafés, cinemas, public places, bars….)

  • Setting up registration system for the event, organizing nametags, group activities, etc.

  • Accounting and financial planning for the event

  • Various practical activities (welcome-desk, buffet, helpers) at the event itself.

  • Running errands and keeping in touch with stakeholders (catering, location, etc.)

Time Required

September to February: 3-5 hours per week

February to April: 3-5 hours per week

Coordinators

Mathias Weidinger & Arienne Schulz

Living Lab

The UMGO Living Lab Project aims to link stakeholders from within the University and the broader Maastricht community with research on sustainability from UM, that is interesting or relevant to them. While it is currently administered at a personal and case by case basis, we aim at automatizing the matching process through some form of electronic platform (e.g. UM Library Webpage thread). Basically, the idea is to offer a certain array of information for clients with a broader interest in sustainability. More relevantly, we want to offer specific matching to clients with research questions. This involves assigning the research question to a knowledgeable research entity (can be a course-cohort, MaRBLe Project, BA-, or Masters thesis, PhD, etc.). The further itinerary involves overlooking the research progress and an evaluation right afterwards. The information from the evaluation should, optimally, serve to improve the future working of Living Lab.

 

Tasks

  • Brainstorming and designing a process for automizing the living lab matching process

  • Researching and writing general materials (summary articles on sustainability topics) for more broadly interested clients to inform themselves

  • Web-design and maintenance of a platform for living lab, possibly integrated with the UMGO webpage

  • Outreach to academic staff, course-coordinators, and MARBLE project coordinators in order to get research-resources.

  • Outreach to potential clients w. Interest in sustainability, networking and promotion

  • Quality assurance (support and supervision) during the assignment

Time Required

September to February: 3-5 hours per week

February to April: 3-5 hours per week

Coordinator

Mathias Weidinger

The Maastricht University Journal of Sustainability Studies (MUJoSS)

MUJOSS is UM’s only inter-disciplinary output for sustainability research from, both, students and faculty. This year, we aim to improve the reliability of the peer-review process to redress the journals relevance in the field. To that end, a jury of academics and students will be convened. Moreover, a research conference during which the selected authors will have the opportunity to present their work and receive personal feedback will be organized preceding publication.

Tasks

  • formatting and editing, proof-reading and similar text-related tasks in word.

  • Graphic design (e.g. adobe graphics package, etc.) for print and online versions of the Journal

  • Contacting and maintaining contact with staff-members, authors, and other stakeholders to ensure quality of review

  • Developing (brainstorming & implementing) a strategy for quality-assurance of published materials, with the specific goal to reach the minimum thresholds of platforms like Google Scholar

  • Outreach and promotion among potential authors to increase the number of submissions

  • Organizational support for the research conference (in preparation of the event as well as on the day of the event)

Time Required

September to February: 1-3 hours per week

February to April: 3-5 hours per week

Coordinator

Mathias Weidinger