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This is the event programme for Monday, November 14

Monday 14/11

Welcome to Act Sustainable!

On these pages, you will find the official programme for Act Sustainable 2022!  The programme is divided day by day stretching from Monday 14/11 to Friday 18/11.


Each day has three slots for events: Morning Session, Lunch Session, and Afternoon Session.

Morning Sessions are comprised by the Act Sustainable Research Conference.  The conference takes place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings (16/11-18/11) and include inspiring keynotes, presentations and roundtables. Act Sustainable Research Conference is aimed mainly for researchers and PhD-student. Students and other stakeholders are welcome to participate as well.

Lunch Sessions are entirely dedicated to the student organizations at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.

Afternoon Sessions are mostly characterized by activities such as workshoping, seminars and lectures.

Who can register, and how?

You register for each event separately and you can register for as many as you like. All information you need to participate is located on these pages. Each registration will generate an email with the specifics for the event you registered to, practically located in your inbox.

All events in the official programme for Act Sustainable are in English or a combination of English and Swedish, and they´re open to all students and staff at the universities.

Don´t miss the side-events!

Besides the official programme Act Sustainable also feature side-events. The side-events don’t necessarily follow the same rules as the events in the official programme. They may vary in language, time, place, and targeted audience. So be sure you check out the side-events page for the whole week here: To the side-events page

Lunch Session - 14/11


Student-Led: Freedom of speech under threat

The brutal killing of Mahsa (Jina) Amini has caused an uproar amongst the Iranian people and extensive protests are taking over the streets. Protests against the discriminatory hijab rules, unlawful executions and all over oppression are widely spread across the country. The rising number of deaths are worrying and reports show that violence has gotten worse due to the shutdown of internet access. As a consequence of these events, the government has taken a number of measures to prevent the outside world from finding out what is actually going on in the country. One of these measures is to shut down the population’s access to the internet. 


Join us for a seminar about the importance of freedom of speech and human rights regarding the political climate in Iran, as well as a discussion about why large-scale human rights violations in Iran are a global problem. 


Vegan lunch wraps will be provided to registered participants. Limited number of seats.

Time: 12:15-13:00

Place: Stora Hallen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organiser: Social Science Environmental Student Association, SSESA

Afternoon Session - 14/11

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Opening lecture: Staffan I Lindberg

Sustainable Futures? A Wave of Autocratization and Consequences for Sustainability

Democracy is in decline and autocracy is on the rise. Today 70 percent of the world’s population live in an autocracy, with electoral autocracies being the most common. This is alarming, however not only because of the infringement of rights and lack of protection for people. But also because democracies are better equipped to handle the complex local and global challenges we face today. If democracy is our soil. What is the harvest and is it bountiful? 


Professor Staffan I. Lindberg is Founding Director of the V-Dem Institute and leads the largest ever data infrastructure on democracy and human rights. As leader of the research efforts at the Institute, Professor Lindberg also heads the annual Democracy Report detailing the trends for democracy and autocracy in the world.

Time: 15:30-17:00

Place: Lingsalen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organiser: Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV.

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Act Sustainable is Chalmers University of Technology´s and the University of Gothenburg´s annual sustainability week for students, researchers, teachers and staff. The aim is to bring the universities closer together in multidisciplinary perspectives on sustainable
development through inspiration, and knowledge.

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