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

Program

Friday 27 March 2020

Evening: Welcome reception by the city of Gothenburg at Börsen.

For you who do not plan to go to Gothenburg, there will be possibilities to attend satellite-workshops at Blekinge Technical University, Dalarna University, KTH or Umeå University: If so you should register locally, please check your universities homepage. 

 

Saturday 28 March 2020

8:00 – 10:30 Registration open
8:00 – 8:50 Coffee & tea (during registration)
9:00 – 9:20

Welcome and conference introduction

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.

 

9:20 – 9:55

Keynote Speaker:
Arjen Wals: Arjen Wals is a Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University

“Higher education on the threshold of transition – 10 years left (?!) for deep learning and transformation to avoid ecological collapse”

 

09:55 – 10:15 Björn Brorström, former rector at University of Borås and Birgitta Påhlsson, strategist for sustainable development, University of Borås.
“The meaning of the Sustainable University”
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break and mingle
10:45 – 11:45

Workshop introduction

Moderator of each theme (Practical tools resources, and concrete measures, How to train the future workforce, and University partnerships and collaborations for the goals) defines the session and the theme, and gives a brief overview of the latest research/trends/news in the field.


Introduction of workshop leaders and their workshops

 

Q&A, moderated by Moderator

Theme 1: Tools, resources and concrete measures

Moderator: Erik Sterner, researcher at the Environment for Development, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg and Sonia Yen Professor in Transport and Energy Systems in the Department of Space, Earth and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology.

Workshop pitch

Workshop 1:1 How to organize multidisciplinary degree programmes.
tbd

Workshop 1:2 The SDG Impact Assessment Tool

Workshop 1:3 tbd

(Room: Wallenberg)

Theme 2: Future workforce

Moderator: Ole Petter Ottersen, rector at Karolinska Institutet.

Workshop pitch

Workshop 2:1 How does a municipality work with the SDGs and what competences are needed to meet future challenges?

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

Workshop 2:3 tbd
(Room: Europa)

Theme 3: University partnerships and collaboration

Moderator: Pam Fredman, president IAU (international association of universities) and Gunnar Köhlin, associate professor, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. 

Workshop pitch

Workshop 3:1 The role of research for implementation of SDG 8

Workshop 3:2  The SDGs as direction providers: Cooperation for improved quality in higher education

Workshop 3:3 A Practical cooperation guide to transdisciplinary cooperation formats.

(Room: Lecture Hall/AMM)

11:45 – 13:00 Lunch break  Buffet of sustainable vegetarian food.
13:00 – 13:30 Matilda Ernkrans, Minister for Higher Education and Research. Swedish Government.
13:30 – 15:15 Workshops/Interactive moments in the three themes

Theme 1: Tools, resources and concrete measures

1:1 How to organize multidisciplinary degree programmes.
(in progress. details tbd)

1:2 The SDG Impact Assessment Tool 
The SDG Impact Assessment Tool – a free online learning tool for assessing impacts on the Sustainable Development Goals
The SDG Impact Assessment Tool visualizes the results from a self-assessment of how an activity, organization or innovation affects the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to stimulate better understanding of the complexity of sustainable development and the different aspects of the SDGs, as well as enabling users to assess impacts on the SDGs. The tool is an excellent resource for teaching sustainable development. In addition to an introduction to the tool and a brief presentation of how the tool has been used for teaching purposes thus far, the workshop is an opportunity to try the tool in a guided hands-on exercise.

WS-leaders:
Martin Eriksson and Anders Ahlbäck, project leader, at SDSN Nothern Europe.

1:3 tbd

Theme 2: Future workforce

2:1 How does a municipality work with the SDGs and what competences are needed to meet future challenges?
We explain how the municipals mission meets the Agenda 2030 and the global goals, as well as what the main sustainability challenges The City of Gothenburg expects for the future.
Together we will explore how higher education can be adapted to better provide relevant competence that can contribute to solutions to these large, important and complex challenges.
Sara Pettersson, Urban Development Officer, 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!

Which trends seems to affect the labor market? How are different companies working with their sustainability? What can you do to become employable form a sustainability perspective?

Cecilia Karlsson, Senior Recruitment consultant and Pietro Mattei, Recruitment consultant,  Randstad

2:3 tbd

Theme 3: University partnerships and collaboration
(details tbd)

3:1 The role of research for implementation of SDG 8

3:2 The SDGs as direction providers: Cooperation for improved quality in higher education
As we are left, now, with less than ten years to achieve the 2030 agenda, the endeavor to reorient higher education towards sustainable development is ever more pressing and urgent. Unless education becomes truly world transforming, the future may be unrecognizable. How do we as participants respond to this call?
In this workshop, participants are invited to reflect upon, and jointly examine, to what extent courses/programmes in Swedish higher education are oriented towards the SDGs. Introductory examples are given from Södertörn University where the SDGs are linked to generic quality aspects, and from Gothenburg Center for Sustainable Development, where sustainability integration has been discussed in a series of forums.

WS leaders: Peter Dobers, Södertörn University and Kassahun Weldemariam, GMV, University of Gothenburg

3:3 A Practical cooperation guide to transdisciplinary cooperation formats.
In the Erasmus+ CASE project 9 cooperative formats based on 21 university courses were tested and evaluated with the aim to foster competencies for sustainability-driven entrepreneurship. The practical cooperation guide with concrete benefits, success factors and challenges for users will be presented and discussed in the workshop. The Sustainability performance and competencies tools can be tested.

WS-leaders: Gabriela Schaad, Mikael Olsson, Johan Boman, University of Gothenburg

 

15:15 – 15:30 Swedish fika/coffee break
15:30 – 16:30

End of Conference/summary/Conclusions
Pam Fredman,
Erik Sterner, Researcher at the Environment for Development, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg. Elin Gunnarsson, Vice-president, University of Gothenburg’Student Unions (GUS).

Welcome to the Conference in Umeå 2021: Summary from the workshops

Hans Adolfsson vice-chancellor of Umeå University