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Welcome to the
Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022

Thursday 17/11

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 second day of the conference is opened by a keynote speech by Dr Ezra Clark from UNESCO who will talk about the essential role and transformative potential of open science in creating an equitable and sustainable future.


According to the UNESCO recommendations of open science adopted in November 2021 open science builds on five key pillars: open scientific knowledge, open science infrastructures, science communication, open engagement of societal actors and open dialogue with other knowledge systems. Defined this way, open science is not only about making scientific results open and available for society, but also about increasing scientific collaborations, and to open up the process of knowledge creation to actors outside of the academic world.


The wrap up panel includes researchers and other staff from Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg involved in different aspects of open science. Together they will reflect on the keynote speech and discuss what actions can be taken locally to strengthen open science.

About the conference
Act Sustainable Research Conference is organized during three half days at Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17. 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.

For whom?
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.

Explore the Conference programme day-by-day!

Thursday - 17/11

Act Sustainable Research Conference 2022

Registration & Mingle

Time: 08:30-9:00

Place: Stora Hallen



Ellika Faust, Moderator of the conference and Researcher at the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg

Time: 09:00-9:10

Place: Lingsalen


Ellika Faust

Conference Moderator



The essential role of open science in creating an equitable and sustainable future

Keynote speech by Dr Ezra Clark, Division of Science Policy and Basic Science at UNESCO


Dr Ezra Clark is Director ad interim of the Division of Science Policy and Basic Science at UNESCO and Chief of the Section of Science Technology and Innovation Policy, which is responsible for the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation adopted in November 2021. Ezra holds a PhD in Freshwater Ecology and Hydrology from Exeter University, United Kingdom.

Time: 09:10-9:35

Place: Lingsalen

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Parallel Session

Rethinking injustice - Session 4

Climate change and sustainability challenges in the MENA
Ghadeer Hussein, Associate Researcher, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg

Inside Liberal Freedoms and Autocratic Regimes: The Health Injustices to Invisible Populations in Uganda
Alexander Kahaga, Researcher, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg


Sharing Economy´s contribution to social sustainability and well-being in Gothenburg
Divia Jimenez Encarnacion, PhD student, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers

Moderator: Ellika Faust

Time: 09:35-10:25

Place: Lingsalen

Roundtable discussion - Session 5

Practicing sustainability at the University: how to live up to our visions

Hosts: Andreas Litsegård, Global Studies, Maria Norbäck, School of Business, Economics and Law, Patrik Zapata, School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg


This roundtable aims to discuss the challenges and opportunities that existing sustainability practices encounter at our universities, in order to  scale up the work we do.

Time: 09:35-10:25

Place: Stora Hallen


Roundtable discussion - Session 6

Bridging temporal and spatial layers of place

Host: Monica Sand, Researcher, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts


This roundtable will start off with a short walk to a building, inaugurated 1935, that will be demolished to make place for the new Artistic Faculty at Götaplatsen 2027. By taking this specific building as a case-study the purpose is to initiate a dialogue between the multiple temporal and spatial layers that constitute a place.



Coffee break

Time: 10:25-10:40

Place: Stora Hallen



Parallel Sessions

Reducing emissions - Session 7

Reaching net-zero in the chemical industry – a study of roadmaps for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Ellen Palm, Visiting PhD student, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers


A fair contribution to the Paris Agreement – comparing territorial and consumption-based perspectives

Johannes Morfeldt, Researcher, Department of Space, Earth and the Environment, Chalmers

Factors affecting public acceptance of a climate change-motivated tax on meat

Niklas Harring, Associate Professor, Department of Political science, University of Gothenburg

Time: 10:40-11:30

Place: Lingsalen


Roundtable discussion - Session 8

Earth Rights

Host: Martin Hultman, Associate Professor, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers


In this roundtable we will take a supradisciplinary look at Earth rights, highlight some concrete examples of governance which are already in place and make use of back-casting techniques to get a glimpse of how it would come into being here in Sweden.  



Roundtable discussion - Session 9

What can Cultural sciences contribute to future projects about sustainability and democracy in a changing climate?

Host: Karolina Westling, Senior Lecturer, Lena Martinsson, Associate Professor, och Ingrid Ryberg, Senior Lecturer, Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg

This roundtable discussion is an exploration of how scholars from Cultural sciences could contribute to the knowledge production on climate crisis and sustainability. We want to connect to colleagues from all departments and faculties to develop fruitful collaborations and new research projects.

Time: 10:40-11:30

Place: Stora Hallen

Wrap up Panel

How can we promote open science locally?


  • Dick Kasperowski, Professor at The Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg

  • Uta Wehn, Adlerbert Visiting Professor on Marine Citizen Science for sustainable development at University of Gothenburg

  • Jessica Lindholm, Librarian and Vice head of Utilisation at the Department of Communication and Learning in Science at Chalmers

  • Sverker Holmgren, Professor of Scientific Computing and Director of e-Commons, Chalmers


Moderator: Ellika Faust

Time: 11:35-12:15

Place: Lingsalen


Jessica Lindholm

Chalmers University of Technology


Uta Wehn

University of Gothenburg


Dick Kasperowski

University of Gothenburg


Sverker Holmgren

Chalmers University of Technology


Ellika Faust

University of Gothenburg



Mingle lunch

Time: 12:15-13:15

Place: Outside of Lingsalen

Explore the Conference program day-by-day!

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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