Saturday 28 March 2020 at Conference Centre Wallenberg, Medicinaregatan 20A, Gothenburg


The conference is postponed due to the Corona outbreak and due to the current rules applied by the Swedish universities.
Registered participants will be informed via e-mail. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.

Friday 27 March 2020

Evening: Welcome reception by the city of Gothenburg at Börsen at 18:30, a beautiful white building recently renovated, located right in the city centre of the city, at Gustaf Adolfs torg 5 ( the square). An opening and welcoming by Håkan Eriksson, Deputy Lord Mayor, the City of Gothenburg. 

The doors to Börsen opens at 18:30

Speech from representative by The City of Gothenburg 18:45

Hereafter mingle, buffet and possiblity to get a guided tour of Börsen.


Saturday 28 March 2020 – Satellites

If you can’t make it to Gothenburg, there will be possibilities to attend satellite-workshops at Blekinge Institute of TechnologyDalarna University or Umeå University.
If you plan to attend one of the satellite meetings, please register locally. Check the links to the universities for more information and registration.

* these sessions are being filmed (the keynote-speaker and workshop-introduction) See information below.

Saturday 28 March 2020

08:30 – 10:30 Registration open
08:30 – 08:50 Coffee & tea
09:00 – 09:20
Welcome and conference introduction
* Welcome by moderator Jess Haynie-Lavelle, Master Student, Global Health, University of Gothenburg.
Opening by Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg and Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology
09:20 – 09:55
Keynote: “Higher education on the threshold of transition – 10 years left (?!) for deep learning and transformation to avoid ecological collapse”
* Arjen Wals, Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University
09:55 – 10:15 Keynote: “The meaning of the Sustainable University”
* Björn Brorström, former rector at University of Borås and Birgitta Påhlsson, strategist for sustainable development, University of Borås
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break with sustainable fika and mingle
10:45 – 11:45 * Workshop introduction Moderator of each theme defines the session and the theme, and gives a brief overview of the latest research/trends/news in the field. The workshop leaders introduces the workshops.
Theme 1: Tools, resources and concrete measures
Room: Wallenbergsalen
Theme moderators: Erik Sterner, University of Gothenburg and professor Sonia Yeh, Chalmers University of Technology
Theme 2: Future workforce
Room: Europa
Theme moderator: Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector at Karolinska Institutet
Theme 3: University partnerships and collaboration
Room: Lecture Hall/AMM
Theme moderators: Professor Pam Fredman, president IAU (International Association of Universities) and Associate Professor Gunnar Köhlin, University of Gothenburg

11:45 – 13:00 Sustainable lunch buffet and mingle
13:00 – 13:30 Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research. Swedish Government. Room: Wallenbergsalen
13:30 – 15:15 Workshops/Interactive moments in the three themes
Theme 1: Tools, resources and concrete measures

1:1 Multidisciplinary Program Leaders share their insights: A Panel Discussion
Monica Hunsberger, University of Gothenburg.

1:2  The SDG Impact Assessment Tool – a free online learning tool for assessing impacts on the Sustainable Development Goals
Anders Ahlbäck and Martin Eriksson, SDSN Northern Europe

1:3 Title to be decided




Read more about the content of the workshops on the Workshop page

Theme 2: Future workforce

2:1 How does a municipality work with the SDGs and what competences are needed to meet future challenges?
Sara Pettersson, the city of Gothenburg

2:2 How do companies work with sustainability, what is trending? And what to think about when it comes to sustainable employment!

2:3 Toolkit for evaluating an employer´s commitment to taking responsibility for ecological sustainability.
Sandra Swartling, Student and representative for the Student Manifesto in Sweden

Theme 3: University partnerships and collaboration

3:1 “The role of research and education for implementation of the SDGs: SDG 8 as a collaborative pilot”
Gunnar Köhlin, University of Gothenburg

3:2 The SDGs as direction providers: Cooperation for improved quality in higher education
Peter Dobers, Södertörn University and Kassahun Weldemariam, GMV, University of Gothenburg

3:3 A Practical cooperation guide to transdisciplinary cooperation formats
Gabriela Schaad, Mikael Olsson, Johan Boman, University of Gothenburg


15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break with sustainable fika and mingle
15:30 – 16:30 Closing remarks
Summary of workshops
Professor Pam Fredman, president of IAU (International Association of Universities)
Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, rector at Karolinska Institutet
Erik Sterner, University of Gothenburg
Professor Sonia Yeh, Chalmers University of Technology
Elin Gunnarsson, Vice-president, University of Gothenburg, Student Unions (GUS)

Welcome to the Conference in Umeå 2021
Hans Adolfsson, vice-chancellor of Umeå University

Thank you address
Professor Eva Wiberg, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg
Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology