hands imgMembership of the COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) provides excellent value and networking opportunities for higher education institutions, agencies and related organisations working on building sustainable futures. It offers updates on sector developments, exchange in best practice examples, opportunities for funding and joint research, and participation in SD/ESD consultations.


Institutional members

As an institutional member your faculty, staff and students can enjoy the many services and benefits available:

  • Professional development
    The CA offers excellent opportunities for professional development in leadership and organisational change for sustainability. As a member you will receive a discount to participate in CA workshops and training sessions. Members have priority in attending webinars on ESD topics led by researchers and practitioners in the field.
  • Opportunities to inform and influence policy developments in international dialogues
    The CA is engaged and participates in international gatherings and dialogues which influence higher education policy. Members are encouraged to contribute to these activities (e.g. observer status at UNESCO, UNECE, RIO+20 Conference, etc.).
  • CA Newsletter
    Receive key information about the latest developments and events regarding sustainability and higher education in Europe and beyond, as well as CA members’ news and achievements via the CA Newsletter.
  • Dissemination opportunities
    Members can contribute to scientific and CA publications as well as share good practices in the area of sustainability in higher education.
  • Participation in conferences and seminars
    Members are encouraged to participate in events where we can develop issues at the forefront of sustainability in higher education. The CA also assists in communicating and promoting events organised by its members (and other organisations) to the designated audience. As a member, you will also receive a discount for the CA Annual Conference, which combines the opportunity to present papers with dedicated time for informal networking and interactive idea-sharing.
  • Financial support
    Receive CA Micro Funds to fund joint initiatives with other members such as joint workshops, conference, publications etc.
  • Funding and research
    Participate in collaborative European research projects and joint bidding with other institutional members.
  • Governance opportunities
    CA members can participate and be part of the CA Advisory Board, task forces and working groups.
  • Profiling your work at an international level
    The CA publicises and celebrates institutional member achievements through a variety of communication tools, including the CA Newsletters, website and publications.


New to the COPERNICUS Alliance?

We are offering an institutional trial membership for first-time subscribers which allows you to enjoy the benefits of CA membership for a whole year.


Higher Education associations, agencies and NGOs

Higher Education associations, agencies and NGOs located in Europe can become members and actively engage in the network’s activities for a reduced rate. These members have full voting rights and can enjoy the whole CA package of benefits and services.



University departments, individual researchers and students can join as observers for a reduced membership rate. This will give them access to resources and communication platforms; but there are no voting rights and no funding. Partners from outside the European region can become international observers.


Annual membership fees

Membership Members  Description  Membership fee
 Institutional Membership  Colleges and universities  Full package of benefits
Full voting rights
 EUR 1,000
 Institutional Trial Membership
(1 year)
 Colleges and universities Full package of benefits
No voting rights 
 EUR 600
 HE NGOs, Associations &
Agencies Membership

 HE NGOs, associations and
government agencies

 Full package of benefits
Full voting rights
 EUR 600

 Observers &
Individual Membership

 University departments,
individual researchers
and students
 Limited package of benefits
No voting rights
EUR 100 
 International Observers  Non-European colleges,
universities, individuals,
departments and students
 Limited package of benefits
No voting rights
EUR 100 














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