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David Gerber

Primary School Vice Principal

Fairgreen International School

David is a passionate and experienced educational leader with years of experience in International Baccalaureate schools. He is also an advocate for the environment and leads sustainability in education initiatives throughout his school, Fairgreen International School and the wider region. As a member of The Alliance for Sustainable Schools, Green Schools, Roots and Shoots and the founder of the “Let’s Talk” sustainability roundtable event, David believes environmental advocacy and sustainability in education is the perfect platform to teach the skills needed for the future and to empower students to make a positive impact.


30 October, 2023 | 12:35 to 13:20
Beyond Sustainability - from immersive education to living buildings

The topic of sustainable future is certainly one of the leitmotifs not only in education, but in every area of our life. However, the issues of the future of the educational environment, including the school building as such, go beyond sustainability as it is usually understood. Within this panel, we propose to address the following questions and try to find answers by approaching urban planners and those engineering solutions that are already ahead of the future:

•          The school building is rapidly becoming outdated; hybrid forms of education constantly demand varieties of different spaces; sustainability paradigm demands to address environment issues – thus we need to catch a glimpse of the future, what are the areas of further development? What solutions can we offer here in terms of engineering, technologies, design and architecture?

•          What are the “futuristic” scenarios of a learning environment? Is it possible for a school building to become "immersive" or "alive"? Can it respond to a certain state of mind and body? or anticipate some type of activity? Is it possible for a school building to be responsive to the emotional needs of our teachers and students? Would schools accept such an offer from designers and engineers? 

•          What can existing “futuristic” sustainable and regenerative schools offer to other schools? Any recipes for others to start doing something today?

Within our panel three representatives of three incredible progressive schools are going to discuss some of the issues described with the representative of Arup company - a trend setter for future engineering solutions and urban planning. School is never just a building – it’s always a larger ecosystem, a community builder.