This is the event program for Thursday, November 18

Thursday 18/11

Welcome to Act Sustainable!

On these pages, you will find the official program for Act Sustainable 2021!  The program is divided day by day stretching from Monday 15/11 to Friday 19/11.

 

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

Morning Sessions are mainly characterized by a classical style academic lecture. Interactive elements occurs at a minimum and are kept simple, such as Q&A´s and menti polls.

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

Afternoon Sessions are mainly characterized by more interactive activities such as workshoping and group discussion.

All events in the official program 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.

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 program are open for all students and all staff members at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg.

Don´t miss the side-events!

Besides the official program Act Sustainable also feature side-events. The side-events don’t necessarily follow the same rules as the events in the official program. 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

Morning Session - 18/11

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Can automated fact-checkers clean up the mess?

The dream of free dissemination of knowledge seems to be stranded in a swamp of tangled truth. Fake news proliferates. Digital echo chambers confirm biases. Even basic facts seem hard to be agreed upon. Is there hope in the battle to clean up this mess? Yes! Within the research area of information and communications technology a lot of effort is made to find software solutions.

In this morning session you will meet with two invited researchers, both developing automated fact-checking methods. The talks are followed up with a panel discussion, bringing a broader perspective on the problem. The panelists are invited guests from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg together with the keynote speakers.

This event will also be streamed on YouTube. You do not need to register if you wish to watch the stream. Link to the stream:  https://youtu.be/jWL9vHJeXW8 

Time: 09:45-12:00

Place: Lingsalen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17 

Organiser: Chalmers Area of Advance, Information- and Communication Technology

Lunch Session - 18/11

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Behaviour Change Towards Sustainability Through UX and Architecture

Both architecture and UX design has a huge impact on how people behave, however this influence might not be noticeable for the affected people. Indeed, the design works best if it is so subtle that people don’t even notice their own behaviour change. Purposefully influencing behaviour with design is a widely discussed topic and raises some ethical concerns. However, behavioural change is crucial for a sustainable future(fact), and we argue that both architecture and UX design decisions should be made with this in mind. 

 

During this lunch session you participants will be presented with examples from UX Design and Architecture and how the built environment and digital experience work together for sustainable behaviour. Participants will also take part in an interactive workshop to reflect on the power of power of persuasive design.

Vegan lunch wraps are served to registered participants. This event as a limited number of participants.

Time: 12:10-13:00

Place: Stora Salen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organisers: Design for Future

Afternoon Session - 18/11

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Researchers React:
How do we recognize and respond to science disinformation?

There is a need to increase science literacy, communicate more how science works and to engage more with the public when communicating science. These are some of the recommendations from the discussion paper "Fact or Fake? Tackling science disinformation"  that was issued by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) in May 2021. The report highlights science disinformation* as one of the major challenges of our time. In particular it looks at three areas where it is particularly common: climate change, vaccine safety and pandemics. 

 

To this event we have invited a panel of mainly researchers to reflect on the advice of the report, to discuss some of the root causes of the problem and to share their own experiences and ideas about how we can recognize and respond to science disinformation.

* Disinformation is a subcategory of misinformation: information that is incorrect and that has been produced deliberately, i.e. with the intention to deceive. Source: Fact or Fake? Tackling Science Disinformation, Allea 2021. Link to the report: Fact-or-Fake-Discussion-Paper.pdf (allea.org)

Time: 13:45-14.45

Place: Lingsalen, Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17

Organiser: Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV.

Afternoon Session - 18/11

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Is action research the way forward to strengthen our contribution to sustainability?

"Action research is an evolution in knowledge creation, and I believe it is transforming academia and those who do it"  This quote comes from professor Hilary Bradbury, who has devoted much of her academic career towards promoting action research. In 2008 she funded the NGO AR+ Foundation*, and in 2018 she was appointed a jubilee professor at Chalmers working to connect action researchers from different disciplines and with the global community.  At this Roundtable for Sustainability Hilary will introduce the concept of action research and explain how and why she believes it can contribute to sustainable transformations.

 

The talk by Hilary will be followed by short presentations from researchers based at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg with own experience in action research. Last but not least all participants will be invited to join a table to critically discuss if and how action research can be a way forward.

*Please note that this event is only open for researchers, teachers and other staff

Time: 15:00-17:00

Place:Stora Salen, 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.