Programme

The IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawaii (IICSEEHawaii) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii (IICEHawaii). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.

This page provides details of featured presentations, the conference schedule and other programming. For more information about presenters, please visit the Speakers page.


Conference Outline

Friday, January 10, 2020Saturday, January 11, 2020Sunday, January 12, 2020

09:15-10:00: Conference Registration

10:00-10:05: Announcements & Welcome | Room 314 (3F)
Brian Aycock, IAFOR, Japan

10:05-10:25: Featured Cultural Presentation | Room 314 (3F)
Hawaiian Oli Opening

10:25-10:40: Welcome Address | Room 314 (3F)
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan
Nathan Murata, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA

10:40-10:45: Recognition of IAFOR Scholarship Winners | Room 314 (3F)
Joseph Haldane, IAFOR, Japan

10:45-11:15: Keynote Presentation | Room 314 (3F)
Harrie Vredenburg, University of Calgary, Canada

11:15-11:30: Coffee Break | Room 317 (3F)

11:30-12:20: Keynote Panel Presentation | Room 314 (3F)
Education, Work, and Sustainability in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Alexander J. Means, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA (moderator)
Deane E. Neubauer, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA
David P. Ericson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA

12:20-12:30: Conference Photograph | Pakaloka Charlot Courtyard

12:30-14:00: Lunch Break | Room 317 (3F)

14:00-14:50: Featured Panel Presentation | Room 314 (3F)
Ljiljiana Markovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Janina Martin, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

14:50-15:00: IAFOR Documentary Photography Award | Room 314 (3F)

15:00-15:15: Coffee Break

15:15-15:45: Featured Presentation | Room 314 (3F)
Pacific Solo: A Voyage to Nemo North in the Middle of the North Pacific Garbage Patch
Lowell Sheppard, HOPE International Development Agency, Japan

15:45-16:15: Featured Presentation | Room 314 (3F)
SDGs and Education: Sustainable Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Keiichi Ogawa, Kyoto University, Japan

16:15-16:30: Coffee & Tea Break | Room 317 (3F)

16:30-17:20: Keynote Panel Presentation | Room 314 (3F)
Global and Educational Engagement through Innovative Technology and Pedagogies
Ann Hartman, East-West Center, USA
Geo Thao, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA
Yuko Ida, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

17:20-18:30: Conference Poster Session Welcome Reception | Room 317 (3F)

09:00-10:40: Parallel Session I

10:40-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:40: Parallel Session II

12:40-13:40: Lunch Break

13:40-15:20: Parallel Session III

15:20-15:40: Coffee Break

15:40-16:30: Parallel Session IV

18:00-20:30: Official Conference Dinner (optional extra)

09:00-09:40: Featured Cultural Presentation
Lei Making Workshop

09:40-11:20: Parallel Session I

11:20-11:35: Coffee Break

11:35-12:50: Parallel Session II

12:50-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-15:15: Parallel Session III

15:15-15:30: Coffee Break

15:30-16:45: Parallel Session IV

16:45-17:45: Closing Panel | Room 318A
The Future of Liberal Education
David P. Ericson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA
April Goodwin, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA
Reed Dasenbrock, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, USA

The draft version of the Conference Programme will be available online on December 02, 2019. All registered delegates will be notified of this publication by email.

Accepted abstracts of confirmed presenters are available here.

The above schedule may be subject to change.


Featured Presentations

  • Climate Emergency: The Road Ahead Beyond Heroes and Villains
    Climate Emergency: The Road Ahead Beyond Heroes and Villains
    Keynote Presentation: Harrie Vredenburg
  • Culture and Society in the New Modernization Paradigm
    Culture and Society in the New Modernization Paradigm
    Panel Presentation: Ljiljana Markovic & Janina Martin
  • Pacific Solo: A Voyage to Nemo North in the Middle of the North Pacific Garbage Patch
    Pacific Solo: A Voyage to Nemo North in the Middle of the North Pacific Garbage Patch
    Featured Presentation: Lowell Sheppard
  • SDGs and Education: Teacher Deployment and School Facility Installment in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
    SDGs and Education: Teacher Deployment and School Facility Installment in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
    Featured Presentation: Keiichi Ogawa
  • Global and Educational Engagement through Innovative Technology and Pedagogies
    Global and Educational Engagement through Innovative Technology and Pedagogies
    Panel Presentation: Ann Hartman, Ger Thao & Yuko Ida
  • Education, Work, and Sustainability in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Education, Work, and Sustainability in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
    Panel Presentation: Deane E. Neubauer, David P. Ericson & Alexander J. Means
  • The Future of Liberal Education
    The Future of Liberal Education
    Panel Presentation: April Nozomi Goodwin & Reed Dasenbrock

Final Programme

The online version of the Conference Programme is now available to view below via the Issuu viewing platform. Alternatively, download a PDF version. The Conference Programme can also be viewed on the Issuu website (requires a web browser). An Issuu app is available for Android users.

The Conference Programme contains access information, session information and a detailed day-to-day presentation schedule. All registered delegates who attend conference receive a printed copy of the Conference Programme at the Registration Desk on arrival.

Accepted abstracts of confirmed presenters are available here.


Previous Programming

View details of programming for past IICSEEHawaii conferences via the links below.

Climate Emergency: The Road Ahead Beyond Heroes and Villains
Keynote Presentation: Harrie Vredenburg

Youth activist Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion have recently ratcheted up the state of worldwide alarm over climate change. But alarm alone does not address the climate problem.

Climate change mitigation has been increasingly framed in absolute terms, a perspective that divides the world into two camps, heroes and villains.

This is hampering progress.

The world is filled with people who care about addressing climate change but who are workers who need good jobs to support their families, governments who need tax revenues to fund services, businesses who need inexpensive energy to provide competitive goods and services, citizens of developing countries who need to rise out of energy poverty, entrepreneurs looking for technical and business model opportunities, and scientists searching for scientific and engineering breakthroughs.

These people are located in regions and countries with differing endowments of natural energy resources, differing infrastructure systems and differing vulnerabilities to climate change.

Truly mitigating climate change calls for both transformative and compensatory behaviors, technologies, and policies for a modern world that was built on fossil fuel energy.

This address will look at the global context for climate change and chart a real road ahead.

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Culture and Society in the New Modernization Paradigm
Panel Presentation: Ljiljana Markovic & Janina Martin

Cultures and societies are changing rapidly all over the world. The fast pace of technological progress facilitated this process and contributed to its unimaginable pace. However, a development gap has actually widened between the most developed countries and those still developing over the past four decades. Our research, and this panel, seek to examine the theories of economic and cultural development, as well as the historical and currently ruling modernization paradigms and, by comparing the case study results on the experience of Japan's modernization and the modernization processes in Hawai'i and Serbia, to arrive at some conclusions as to how modernization could be a sustainable phenomenon, contributing to the overall welfare of the country and its people. Elements of modernization, such as industrial and post-industrial development, education (at all levels), its availability on an equitable basis, and the building of a fair and inclusive society, with equal chances offered to men and women, as well as to all groups living and working in the communities embraced by a developing society, shall be the topics we explore on this panel, which invites an open and broad discussion. The focus of our attention in examining the case studies shall be placed on the crucial role of the quality of education in the process of modernization.

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Pacific Solo: A Voyage to Nemo North in the Middle of the North Pacific Garbage Patch
Featured Presentation: Lowell Sheppard

Lowell Sheppard has swapped a bicycle for a boat. Having cycled the length of Japan more than once to raise awareness and money for sustainability development causes, Sheppard is preparing for a 2-3 month solo crossing of the North Pacific, through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. He hopes to raise awareness for oceans and the increasing pollution in them. Lowell will share the thinking behind this mission and suggest concepts for individuals and organisations to consider when making strategic decisions. Lowell has recently launched Navigate22, an ethics consulting firm, aimed at helping individuals and organisations navigate the ethical complexities of the 21st Century with a sustainable 22nd Century in view.

Lowell Sheppard, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and published author, ethicist and social entrepreneur has spent a lifetime in the Sustainable Development sector. He is known by many for his work with HOPE International Development Agency over the last 40 years which has taken him to war and disaster zones and areas of extreme poverty.

He began his environmental activism in 1992 by planning a large environmental rally in Hyde Park for church groups across the UK called “Whose Earth” in the run up to the Earth Summit in Rio. He spends his time between two residences. One is a solar powered log house in central Japan and the other a 40-foot sailboat in Tokyo Bay which he is readying for his solo voyage.

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SDGs and Education: Teacher Deployment and School Facility Installment in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
Featured Presentation: Keiichi Ogawa

In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4-Education 2030 was adopted with an ambitious Target 4.2 on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), which states, "By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education”. However, despite the global commitment and established benefits of investing in ECCE, it is still a sub-sector that is seriously underfunded in the Asia and the Pacific region. Public spending is often not sufficient, and external funding is, at times, not large enough or sustainable. However, a few studies have been conducted to identify specific challenges and innovative practices for financing ECCE, considering the detailed contexts of each country.

Against this background, this study explores strategies for sustainable financing of ECCE in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, employing the mixed methods approach. In its qualitative component, semi-structured interviews were conducted with stakeholders at central, provincial, district, and institutional levels. The key findings show that Cambodia and Laos depend on external funding, while a community preschool system is applied in Cambodia to expand access to ECCE in rural/remote areas. In Vietnam, there are some innovative practices, such as collaboration with private sector actors, in urban areas on an ad hoc basis. The study implied that, in addition to ensure adequate, efficient, and equitable funding, governments are recommended to set a framework to promote strategic engagement with the private sector in promoting sustainability in financing ECCE.

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Global and Educational Engagement through Innovative Technology and Pedagogies
Panel Presentation: Ann Hartman, Ger Thao & Yuko Ida

This panel will present a unique and innovative East-West Center capacity building program for graduate student leaders from over 30 countries in the Asia Pacific/US region. The EXCHANGE, EWC Education Program’s flagship program, builds capacity on various levels using innovative technology and pedagogies. The program brings students together across cultures and disciplines each week for eight weeks, to learn from distinguished guests and one another through performance, presentations, activities and food. All of this is planned by an international team of students, including interns from the College of Education at UHM, and supported by EWC staff with the goal of connecting students to the pressing issues, innovations, cultures, and challenges of the US-Asia Pacific region and preparing them for action toward positive change.

Panelists will share their work as a team from different perspectives. Ann Hartman will discuss the program design and administration from her leadership role as the Dean. Ger Thao will share the insights as the planning coordinator/program mentor to rich and diverse international participants across national and geographic borders. Yuko Ida will examine her experiences as a curriculum developer, team trainer, and an activity leader. They will share highlights and challenges as well as possibilities of the direction for international leadership developments.

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Education, Work, and Sustainability in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Panel Presentation: Deane E. Neubauer, David P. Ericson & Alexander J. Means

With an emerging new era of technology change – frequently referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Work 4.0 – education institutions will face challenges unlike any that have previously confronted them. Of particular concern are how evolving developments in technology – especially in artificial intelligence, robotics, and deep machine learning – have the potential to drastically transform labour markets and upend the world of work. The papers in this panel grapple with how the technological changes associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution raise distinct problems and possibilities for the sustainability of current social and education systems. The first paper by Deane E. Neubauer, “The Challenge for Sustainability within Higher Education in an Era of Rapid Technology Change”, considers the idea of sustainability in relation to the historical functions of higher education: knowledge production, knowledge transmission, knowledge conservation and sustaining public good. The presentation explores how these historic functions may be changing within this significant period of rapid technology change. The second paper by David Ericson, “Sustaining the Tradition of Liberal Education: How Robotics and Artificial Intelligence May Save the Arts and Humanities”, suggests that the job altering impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution directly threatens the long held normative belief in the efficacy of education and the connection between the educational system and the social and economic system. Perhaps counterintuitively, the presentation will tease out the implications and how these changes may not only sustain liberal arts education but encourage it to flourish as never before. The third paper by Alexander Means, “Education for a Post-Work Society: Beyond Solutionism, Collaborationism, and Techno-Realism”, synthesises and contrasts various perspectives on the future of work and technology including solutionist, collaborationist, accelerationist, and techno-realist perspectives. It argues that a crucial element missing from these post-work theories is a failure to consider how a sustainable post-work society requires alternative paradigms for conceiving educational value, knowledge, and mass intellectuality.

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The Future of Liberal Education
Panel Presentation: April Nozomi Goodwin & Reed Dasenbrock

A comprehensive undergraduate experience encompasses a broad survey of the humanities, arts, social sciences, multicultural and global education, as well as mathematics, science and technology. These disciplines are essential components of a liberal arts education that prepares students with the skills and knowledge to navigate an increasingly complex and dynamic future, regardless of disciplinary major. In recent decades, decreasing enrollments and shrinking budgets have begun to threaten the very existence of many of these programs. In response, some leaders are selecting to eliminate liberal arts majors in favor of supporting career and workforce preparation programs, while others are piloting innovative curricular redesign across disciplines that coherently integrates liberal arts programs with professional and career pathways. Many are currently caught in the struggle to determine the best path forward. In this contentious financial and political environment, higher education leaders across the country would benefit from guidance to address this pressing issue. This panel will share the findings of our study which utilized the policy Delphi method to engage a panel of education experts in an iterative conversation around how to manage decreasing enrollments in liberal arts courses and programs. The goal was to generate a robust set of policy options designed to enable higher education leaders to optimally respond to the myriad internal and external threats to the liberal arts disciplines. Pedagogical considerations and policy implications will be discussed.

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