Dr Piotr Rutkowski, Professor UG, representing biological sciences, joins the team of people cooperating with the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Gdansk. He has become coordinator of the Education for Sustainable Development programme.

Piotr Rutkowski is a postdoctoral researcher in biology, a university professor in the Department of Plant Taxonomy and Nature Conservation at the Faculty of Biology of the University of Gdansk and head of the Geobotany and Nature Conservation Laboratory. He lectures in the fields of: Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, and at Universities of the Third Age. Since 2006, he has been the chairman or vice-chairman of the Regional District Committee of the Biology Olympiad in Gdańsk. Dr Piotr Rutkowski, Professor UG in the years 2011-2021 was also the head of postgraduate studies “Valorisation and Protection of Natural Objects” conducted at the Faculty of Biology. He is an expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee in the field of Biological Sciences, in the disciplines of environmental protection and biology, a member of the Programme Council of the Pomeranian Landscape Parks for the term 2022-2026 and a member of the Association of the Pomeranian Landscape Conservation Institute. He received the Medal of the Commission of National Education and an individual award of the Prime Minister for his doctoral thesis.

As part of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) program, we promote interdisciplinary education focused on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 72/22210 recognized the ESD as “an integral component of the SDG 4 in education and a key enabler of all other SDGs”. The 17 SDGs cover key environmental challenges (e.g. climate change, water quality, ocean health and clean land) as well as key issues to be considered in development discourses such as poverty, gender equality and equity.

The programme coordinators of the Centre for Sustainable Development are not full-time employees of CZRUG, but nevertheless use their knowledge, enthusiasm and skills to advance the goals of sustainable development at the University of Gdansk and to strengthen the university’s image as a leading university in Pomerania in this field by promoting the achievements and accomplishments of academics, administration and students.