Literacy for Sustainability and the Environment


This is an interdisciplinary course with unique characteristics. It was thought for students who like to be challenged, to think critically and search for creative solutions, to exchange their points of view and experiences and to contribute towards a more sustainable world. Ongoing since the academic year 2017 – 2018, it is open to students of any field of study eager to contribute to a cause that requires everyone´s expertise.

Sustainable agriculture, nutrition and well-being. Green, smart cities and resilient communities. Climate change and carbon neutrality. Soils and sustainable production. Protection of the oceans and marine life. Biodiversity and conservation of life on land. Legislation, communication, participation, collaboration.

If you’re interested in the most urgent environmental problems of our planet and – most importantly – if you want to contribute to a more sustainable future and a more active environmental citizenship, this course is for you!

This course is offered by the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Coimbra and organized by the UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development with the support of the Centre of Functional Ecology.

The UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development seeks to implement and support a network of research, education and science communication in the fields of biodiversity, ecology, conservation and sustainable development.

“2021 Is the Year to Reconcile Humanity with Nature”,  António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General

Bring your enthusiasm and be part of the change!


  • Food production and global nutrition
  • Soil and ecosystem services
  • Urban ecology and green cities
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable use of the oceans
  • Biodiversity and conservation

Includes open discussion and access to seminars on other themes related to the diverse Sustainable Development Goals.


Language of instruction: English
Level: 2nd cycle – Master
Duration: Semestrial (2nd Semester| May 31st to June 11th, 2021)
ECTS Credits: 6.0

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For further information please contact


Dr. Catarina Moura
Professor Helena Freitas