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Act Sustainable Research Conference


Warmly welcome to the premiere of Act Sustainable Research Conference, a conference for researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers who want to strengthen their contacts with sustainability-oriented researchers and research networks from other disciplines, increase their knowledge about the challenges that lie ahead and learn how their research can impact society. The conference is organized as part of Act Sustainable, the joint sustainability week by the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers.

We have less than 10 years to transform our world, in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Global Sustainable Development Report for 2019 The Future is now: Science for achieving sustainable development (2019, pdf)* states that more ambitious, more transformative and more integrated responses are urgently needed, in order to succeed. Furthermore, the report highlights the need for evidence-driven pathways to transformation and points to the indispensable role of science.

How can research at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers contribute in this transformation, how can we take advantage of the knowledge and contacts we have in our research and for research utilization purposes, and what can do to favor research that aims to redirect development in a more sustainable direction? These are some of the questions that the conference wish to address.

Call for abstracts is open until August 31 - read more here

Confirmed key notes

We are happy to confirm the following key notes for the main conference

- Katherine Richardson, Professor in Biological Oceanography, leader of Sustainability Science Centre at the University of Copenhagen and co-author of the UN-report the Future is Now.

- Christian Azar, Professor in Energy and environment at Chalmers University of Technology, and policy advisor to two Swedish Prime Ministers, to all Swedish environment ministers between 2002 and 2014, and to the EU commissioner for the Environment Margot Wallström

- Merrit Polk, Professor and head of department at the School of Global Studies at the UNiversity of Gothenburg, previously head of the development of a transdisciplinary methodology for joint knowledge production and capacity building between universities, private, semi-private and public organizations at Mistra Urban Futures

- Gabriel Wikström, Swedish national coordinator for the 2030 Agenda, and former Minister with responsibility for public health and health care issues.

- Anna Jöbörn, CEO at Mistra and former Director of the Science Affairs Department at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management

- Haileselassie Mehdin, country director for Ethiopia at World Resources Institute and previously director of Institutional Development and Senior Research Fellow at the Environment for Development (EfD) in Sweden

- Jan Pettersson, director of Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV and Professor at the Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Gothenburg

Call for abstracts: Six entry points to transform the world
The Global Sustainable Development Report for 2019 identifies six entry points that offer the most promise for achieving the desired transformations needed to achieve the goals. These are not entry points into individual or even clusters of Goals, but rather into the underlying systems.
At this conference, we ask for research contributions that provide additional knowledge related to one or more of these entry points, listed below. A call for abstract will open shortly, where you can submit proposals for presentations, posters and panel-discussions, which will be evaluated by a scientific committee. When opening the call for abstracts, we will also provide further information about each entry point, as to make it easier for you to identify how and where your research can contribute.

Entry points/themes for research contributions
· Strengthening human well-being and capabilities
· Shifting towards sustainable and just economies
· Building sustainable food systems and healthy nutrition patterns
· Achieving energy decarbonization with universal access to energy
· Promoting sustainable urban and peri-urban development
· Securing the global environmental commons

Scientific committee
We are proud to present the members of the scientific commitee that will evaluate all proposals and put together a program for thematic sessions based on the entry points.

- Johan Mellqvist, Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers and coordinator for Gothenburg Air and Climate Network, GAC·(chair)

- Frida Boräng, Department of Political Studies at the University of Gothenburg and research fellow at the Quality of Government Institute (QoG)

- Olof Johansson Stenman, Department of Economics at the University of Gotheburg

- Gunilla Krantz, Institute of Medicine, at the University of Gothenburg

- Annica Kronsell, School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg

- Nils Björling, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Chalmers

- Filip Johnsson, Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers

Steering group
The conference is planned by a steering group, consisting of people representing several different research-oriented networks based at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development.

· Caroline Petersson, project manager, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV)
· Olof Drakenberg, project manager, representing Global Sustainable Futures
· Jenni Strömstad, project manager, representing the SDG 8 initiative at the University of Gothenburg
· Johan Mellquist, researcher at Chalmers and coordinator for Gothenburg Air and Climate Network (GAC)
· Kerstin Hemström, Acting Platform leader, Centre for Sustainable Urban Futures

For questions, please contact main organizer of the conference, Caroline Petersson.

* The report is produced by the following independent group of scientists appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, who represent a variety of backgrounds, scientific disciplines and institutions, with geographical and gender balance.

· Peter Messerli (Switzerland), Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland
· Endah Murniningtyas (Indonesia), National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Republic of Indonesia

· Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue (Cameroon), Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University, USA
· Ernest G. Foli (Ghana), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Forestry Research Institute, Ghana
· Eeva Furman (Finland), Finnish environment institute (SYKE), Finland
· Amanda Glassman (USA), Center for Global Development, USA
· Gonzalo Hernández Licona (Mexico), National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Mexico
· Eun Mee Kim (Republic of Korea), Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea.
· Wolfgang Lutz (Austria), Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
· Jean-Paul Moatti (France), Research Institute for Development (IRD), France
· Katherine Richardson (Denmark), Sustainability Science Center, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
· Muhammad Saidam (Jordan), Royal Scientific Society, Jordan
· David Smith (Jamaica), Institute for Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies (UWI)
· Jurgis Kazimieras Stani¿kis (Lithuania), Institute of Environmental Engineering, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
· Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (Belgium), Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium


Date & hour: 11/18/2020 at 9:00 AM till 11/19/2020 at 4:00 PM

Categories: Sustainable development

Organizer: Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV)

Location: Chalmers Conference Centre

Contact person: Caroline Petersson


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