Mapping the research to UN's Sustainable Development Goals

​Researchers within the Area of Advance Life Science and Engineering focus on sustainability issues and work hard to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. We present seven goals where Life Science and Engineering can bring relevant and strong contributions:


  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustaiable agriculture
The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering studies the physiological effects of nutrients, develops food from new sources such as algae and micro algae, and develops new methods for increasing the nutritional value in foods. There are ongoing projects focused on nutritional deficiencies in low-income countries and adding nutrients in, for example, grain-based foods.

  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy live and promote well-being for all at all ages

The Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Physics and Biology and Biological Engineering study the molecular mechanisms of bacterial and viral infections and various chronic diseases and develop advanced diagnostics tools. The Department of Electrical Engineering develops diagnostic methods for breast cancer and stroke. New high-resolution alternatives to X-rays are developed to diagnose and simplify surgery, as well as new microwave based methods for treating brain tumors in children.

  • Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
At the Division of Water and Environment Technology we develop new methods to recycle waste water and energy-efficient methods to clean drinking water and contaminated land. 

  • Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

At the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, new methods are developed to produce biofuels using yeast cell factories and from enzymatic degradation of plant biomass.

  • Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

At the Department of Chemistry, new methods for green chemistry are developed where synthesis is carried out with as little environmental impact as possible.
The Department of Biology and Biological Engineering and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering develop new methods for biomass production, for example from algae, cellulose and using cell factories.

 

Published: Mon 22 Jan 2018. Modified: Tue 23 Jan 2018