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2022 International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability

Sustainable development is now the core of the global development agenda. Countries all over the world are taking active actions to reduce carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality as early as possible. The ongoing pandemic has a profound impact on people’s health, social economy and the environment, which exacerbated the challenges brought by the existing climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution.

In order to deliver the United Nations Decade 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, ambitious actions in the next 10 years are urgently required to accelerate the adoption of sustainable solutions that meet the major challenges in the world. Sustainable innovation and green finance and technology should be further promoted and young people need to be provided with more space to lead a vital role in communities and cities.

2022 World Environment Day will focus on Only One Earth, which highlights the urgent need for people to drive change through policies and their own choices, to practice cleaner and greener lifestyles and to ensure a harmonious coexistence with nature. The Earth is our only homeland and sustainable development is our only way forward. It will only succeed if everyone, particularly the young generation, plays an active part.

Supported by the United Environment Programme, Tongji University, Agricultural Bank of China, Beijing Environment Foundation for Young Talents, and Xinhua News Agency, the International Student Conference on Environment and Sustainability (ISCES) has been successfully held for ten sessions. More than 3,000 young students from over 50 countries gathered at Tongji University for in-depth discussions and field trips, brainstorming on various environmental and development issues, and declared the Tongji Global Youth Declaration. This makes the conference a global event focusing on future leaders and one of the sustainable development youth summits with the most participating countries. By encouraging students to analyze and solve wicked environmental issues themselves, ISCES promotes information and idea exchange and cultivates future leaders of sustainable development.

This year’s ISCES will focus on Only One Earth, the theme of the World Environment Day. Young students from all over the world will discuss on four major topics: Human Health, Circular Economy, Climate Change, and Smart Environment by engaging in a series of activities including lectures, academic reports, oral presentations. Prizes for the best and most popular teams will be rewarded at the Forum.




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Arun Agrawal

Member of US National Academy of SciencesProfessor of University of MichiganGuest Professor of Tongji University 

A leading scientist in sustainable development and ecosystem management, Prof. Arun Agrawal is a member of National Academy of Sciences, USA. He emphasizes international development, institutional change, environmental conservation, and sustainable development in his research and teaching, including carrying out researches in Central Africa, East Africa and South Asia. Moreover, he has attained a Ph.D degree in Political Science at Duke University.

Pierre Boileau

Head of Global Assessment Unit

Mr. Pierre Boileau is the Head of the Global Environmental Assessment Office of UNEP and a member of the Roster of Experts of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change . He has led his team to carry out 6 regional environmental assessments. He also cooperated with more than 160 experts and authors to complete the analysis in GEO-6. Pierre holds a Master’s degree of Science in Environment and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Weiguo LU

Vice President of Sustainability & Public Affairs APAC, Covestro

Mr. Weiguo Lu is the Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sustainability and Publics Affair at Covestro. He leads the sustainability agenda of the company in the region and takes charge of the cooperation and relationship with the government. As a member of the Covestro Management Council in China, Mr. Lu works closely with the company's functional departments to drive the overall development of Covestro’s sustainable business in China and to implement regional advocacy programmes. He has over 20 years of industry experience covering various business and management roles including sales, marketing, circular economy and general management. 


Youlin YANG

Senior Consultant of Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Head of the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Office of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Secretariat.

Prof. Youlin Yang works as the Visiting Researcher at Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of Chinese Academy of Science. He is also the Head of the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Office of the Secretariat of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Once worked at the Lanzhou Institute of Desert Research of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Desert Research of Turkmen Academy of Sciences, he possessed extensive professional experience in international desertification control. His research includes desertification control, land degradation, drought, disaster management policy and project management and development.


Vice Director of Shanghai Research Institute for Intelligent Autonomous Systems, Tongji University

Professor of Institute of Acoustics, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University

Prof. Qian Cheng mainly engages in the research of acoustic-optical intelligent sensing and instrument development for precision medicine, integrated circuits and artificial intelligence. She has presided over 8 major, key and general projects of the Ministry of Science and Technology and NSFC, and served as the chief scientist of the National Key R&D Program. She is a member of the Acoustical Society of China, and the vice director of the Acoustical Testing Branch, the vice director of the Acoustical Education Branch, and the standing member of the Biomedical Ultrasound Engineering Branch. She is also the vice president of Shanghai Acoustical Society, and a member of the Instrument Development Branch of Chinese Society of Ultrasonic Medical Engineering. 

Youping LI

Deputy Dean of Graduate School of China West Normal University

Prof. Youping Li, deputy Dean of The College of Environmental Science and Engineering of China West Normal University, director of environmental Education Center (National Ecological environment Science and Technology Base, Northeast Sichuan Environmental Education and Science Base, Sichuan Primary and Secondary School Environmental Education Social Practice Base, Sichuan Primary and Secondary School Students Research and Practice Education Base). He is a senior member of the Chinese Society of Environmental Science, as well as the director of Sichuan Society of Environmental Science. He has been awarded as the National Advanced Individual in environmental protection popularization during the 12th Five-Year Plan period and one of the first Ten Green Pioneers in Sichuan Province.

Yuping SU

Deputy Dean of College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fujian Normal University

President of Fujian Provincial Environmental Education Association

In the past five years, Prof. Yuping Su has presided over one sub-project of the National Key R&D Plan, Strategic International Cooperation in Science and Technology Innovation, and participated in 3 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 8 Fujian Natural Science Foundation projects. She also carried out 6 educational science and research projects. Moreover, she was authorized 2 patents, and edited 2 textbooks for universities and 2 sets of environmental educational e-textbooks for primary and secondary schools.


Director of the Shanghai Climate Center

Ms. Chen graduated from Nanjing University with a Bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Science. She was once the deputy director of the Observation and Forecast Department of Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Mahesh Pradhan

Coordinator of Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), UNEP

Mr. Pradhan has over 25 years’ working experience in UNEP. In his earlier role as Chief of UNEP’s Environmental Education and Training Unit, he launched the Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES). He also launched UNEP’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Ecosystems-based Disaster Risk Reduction. He has holistic working experience for water management. Mr. Pradhan now works on the UN Environment Resolution on Sustainable Nitrogen Management, where he also actively engages in the development of a global UN campaign on Nitrogen.

Carina Mütschele

Officer of Youth and Education Alliance(YEA!), UNEP

Ms. Carina Mütschele is the Advocacy Officer for the United Nations Environment Programme, leading formal education activities, including decarbonising the sector through the Run to Zero programme. She works with universities to reduce their impact on biodiversity through the Nature for Good university network, and promotes curriculum reform and the involvement of the Ministry of Higher Education. She is also responsible for the United Nations Environment Programme's Youth and Education Alliance (YEA!), which covers some 2,700 universities worldwide. Together with TED-Ed, she has promoted the launch of the Earth School campaign and supported the creation of the Play the Game, Save the Planet coalition.

Yunting Duan

Associate Programme Management Officer of Global Assessments Unit, UNEP

Ms. Yunting Duan is an Associate Expert at UN Environment’s Science Division. Prior to joining UN Environment, she worked as an assistant researcher at the China Academy of Environmental Planning for five years, where her main research area was environmental economic policy. From 2015 to 2017, she worked at the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, dealing mainly with trade and environmental issues. The projects she participated in included research on green finance in China, domestic environmental policy planning, and policy research on South-South cooperation. She holds a BSc in Built Environment and Facilities Engineering and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Bristol.

Adele Roccato

Coordinator of GEO for Youth, UNEP

Ms. Adele Roccato is an Associate Programme Management Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). now she is in Nairobi, Kenya. During her four years with the United Nations Environment Programme, she worked on a range of environmental assessments, including the sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), the Global Environment Outlook (Youth Edition), the Global Environment Outlook (Business Edition) and Making Peace with Nature. She has research expertise in food systems and gender issues related to the environment. She holds a BA from the University of Rome and an MA in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Sharif Shawky

Coordinator of GEO for Youth, UNEP

Mr. Sharif Shawky is a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme's Global Environment Outlook (GEO) team. He studied ecosystem science and sustainable development at Colorado State University, USA, with a focus on global environmental sustainability and environmental policy. In his work with GEO, he helps produce reports, organize conferences and provide outreach through web and social media. He looks forward to assisting with the sixth Global Environment Outlook report and the development of its spin-off products.

Guoxing ZHANG

Vice President of Shanghai Branch, Agricultural Bank of China

Mr. Guoxing Zhang was appointed as the Vice-President of Shanghai Branch by Agricultural Bank of China in January 2022. Before that, he has served as the Head of Vancouver Representative Office and Vancouver Branch Preparatory Team for 5 years. Since he joined the Bank in 1995, he has worked for Shanghai Branch of the Bank at multiple positions, including General Manager of Major Client Department and Deputy General Manager of the International Business Department, and then served as Alternate Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Branch for 5 years and was responsible for the business development of the branch. Mr. Zhang obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s degree in Economics from Fudan University in Shanghai.

Chen LIN

Publisher of Global Environmental Science, Elsevier

Ms. Chen LIN, the publisher of Elsevier's environmental team with 7 years of academic journal experience. Now she is responsible for nearly 20 international academic journals related to aquatic products, ocean and environment, in charge of formulating journal development plans, building editorial team, creating new journals and so on.

Chuan FAN

Project Manager for Learning and Design, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ms Fan is the Manager of Design and Education Program at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. She hopes to work with universities and design communities in China to explore how to use the rich learning resources of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help develop China's circular economy. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for a social enterprise focused on social innovation and experiential philanthropic empowerment for young people, designing and implementing education and funding programmes, providing knowledge, linking resources and building platforms for thousands of young change-makers and universities in China.

Alex YU  (Zhenyang YU)

Sustainability Strategy and Market Manager, APAC, Covestro

Alex is committed to establishing the Sustainability strategy of Covestro in APAC through the understanding of global policy, corporate strategy and local market, assisting business entities to conduct value proposition and promote the value of sustainable products in key markets, and promoting the landing and expansion of circular economy in Covestro. Prior to that, Alex served as the head of Market Insights & Solutions APAC, responsible for corporate strategic competitive intelligence. He holds a master's degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Shanghai University and an MBA from the University of Manchester, UK.


Journalist at China Daily

Mr. Xing gained a Bachelor's degree in Russian from Fudan University and a Master's degree in Journalism from Renmin University of China. He joined China Daily in 2014, in charge of cultural news, and was transferred to the Shanghai office in 2017, where he covered social and government news and was the coordinator of China Watch, a think tank of China Daily. He participated in the 2018 APLP programme organised by the UNEP - Tongji University Institute for Sustainable Development Environment. Since then, he has been following environmental news in China.