This is the event program for Thursday, November 19

Thursday 19/11


On these pages, you will find the official program of Act Sustainable 2020! 

All events in the official program will be online this year. You will register for the separate events you wish to participate in and the link to the event will be sent to you some days before the actual event. 


Registrations are open until November 11th. 

All events in the official program are open for all students and all staff members at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg. Students and staff will participate via Zoom and will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and interactive parts of the program. The number of spots in Zoom is limited.  If there are no available spots left in Zoom you are welcome to participate as an external guest. 


Selected events will be streamed to the public and external guests. All events that will be streamed to the general public will be marked with a special label in the program. External guests will participate via Youtube and have limited access to interactive parts of the program.


Open to
the public


Act Sustainable Research Conference Day 2 
19/11 8.30 - 12.15

Research conference

We have less than 10 years to transform our world, in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG:s). At this conference, you will have an opportunity to learn, share, and discuss what the research community in Gothenburg can bring to the table to advance the role of science in the UN Decade of Action.

The conference is primarily aimed at researchers associated with Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg. However, we also welcome other researchers and stakeholders who want to learn more about and strengthen their contacts with the research community in Gothenburg.

Lunch Session

Student-led session: Prevention of waste and recycling

19/11, 12.15-13.00

Host: Social Science Environmental Student Association, SSESA

The reduction of waste and the increase of waste that is reused, recycled, or composted is an important part of the global efforts towards sustainable development.  Every year we dump around 2,120,000,000 tons of waste on our planet, causing pollution of soil, air, oceans, and groundwater. On top of this, the global annual waste generation is projected to increase by 70 percent between 2018 and 2050 unless major changes take place. Even though Sweden is recognized as one of the most sustainable countries in the world, the quantity of household waste is still increasing every year.

In 2019 the total amount of waste generated at the University of Gothenburg amounted to 1110 tons, an increase of eleven percent since 2018. The proportion of waste that is reused, recycled, or composted was 37 percent, a decrease since 2018. In our event we will introduce SSESA:s vision for a sustainable university.


We are also joined by Sandra Alm, Project Manager at the department for Sustainable Waste and Water, City of Gothenburg, and she will present how our linear society contributes to the systematic loss of valuable resources and how we as citizens can demand a change. Her presentation will be followed by a group discussion on reusing, recycling, composting, and reducing waste in various areas of the University.  This session will be finished off by a brief discussion in order to share our insights, ideas, and propositions and to get inspired by each other.


Open to
the public


Afternoon Session

Keynote lecture: Emma Frans 

19/11, 15.00 - 16.00

Host: Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development

Emma Frans, Ph.D. in medical epidemiology, is a researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and science writer in Svenska Dagbladet. Emma lectures about filter bubbles and fake news – as well as helps us create a better understanding of the world around us. Emma Frans has been named Årets Folkbildare (Popular Educator of the Year) as well as received the award Stora Journalistpriset (Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism) in the category Årets Röst (Voice of the year)

How can we distinguish what are bias news – or even fake news? And are scientific results even science? In times of alternative facts, fake news, and semi-truths researcher and awarded journalist Emma Frans will tell us more about how to interoperate both the newsfeed and alleged

truths from dear ones. Emma Frans will give you the proper tools

to better understand facts - and alleged facts.


Open to
the public