Welcome to the
Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022
At Act Sustainable Research Conference we invite you to share, learn and discuss what knowledge we need and actions we can take for a sustainable future when challenged by decreasing democracy and increasing polarization.
This last day of the conference we aim to provide inspiration and new ideas for concrete action we can take as researchers and research institutions in western Sweden. As our last keynote speaker, we have invited Karin Bäckstrand, Professor in Environmental Social Science at University of Stockholm. Among other things Karin will share some of the insights from the ongoing research project Transformative partnerships for sustainable development. The project aims to examine if, how and when multistakeholder partnerships in global governance can act as a vehicle to accelerate transformative shifts towards sustainability.
In the wrap up panel, we are joined by representatives from six higher education institutions in western Sweden that form the alliance Lärosäten Väst. The panel will talk about the work to establish a regional arena for Sustainable Development, and discuss concrete ideas of what such an arena can do and contribute with.
About the conference
Act Sustainable Research Conference is organized during three half days at Studenternas Hus. Each morning we start with some coffee and mingle from 8.30–9.00 and finish with a mingle lunch between 12.15–13.15.
The conference consists of plenary sessions with keynote speakers and a panel discussion that wraps up each day. Most of the conference will be used for thematic sessions where researchers from different disciplines will give short presentations about their research or host a roundtable discussion. There will be two parallel sessions, one in Lingsalen and one in the main room at Studenternas hus.
For people not travelling to Gothenburg it will be possible to attend the plenary session as well as other presentations given in Lingsalen in Zoom.
Act Sustainable Research Conference is aimed mainly for researchers and PhD–students associated with Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, and researchers in low– and middle–income countries linked to the Global Sustainable Futures platform. We also welcome researchers from other parts of the country and the world, as well as students and external stakeholders who want to learn about new research and exchange knowledge and ideas for how we can collaborate towards a sustainable future.
Friday - 18/11
Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022
Registration & Mingle
Place: Stora Salongen
Place: Stora salen
Place: Stora Hallen
Democracy, Sustainability Transformation and Deep De–carbonization
Keynote speech by Karin Bäckstrand, Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University
Karin Bäckstrand is Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. She is also former member of the Swedish Climate Policy Council and Associate Senior at Center for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at Canberra University, Australia. At the Institute for Future Studies, she is principal investigator for the project Transformative partnerships for sustainable development.
Wrap up Panel
An arena for Sustainable Development in western Sweden
Ingela Dahlöf, Pro–dean at the Faculty of Science, University of Gothenburg
Fredrik Nilsson, Vice President of Campus and Sustainable Development, Chalmers
Lena Lindhe, Collaboration Strategist at the Grants and Innovation Office, University West
Pam Fredman, Acting Director, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development
Lars Niklasson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Skövde
More participants to be confirmed
Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development
University of Gothenburg
Place: Outside of Lingsalen
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.