Chalmers’ contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on the Global South


​Next Monday, staff, students and external partners gather at Chalmers to discuss how Chalmers, together with Gothenburg University, GMV and other stakeholders in society, can strengthen its work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on the Global South. The workshop is organized within Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability (CIIST) and around 80 people will come together for a full day of presentations and discussions.
A limited number of places are still available. If you are interested in attending (or in finding out more about this initiative) you can contact Helene Ahlborg, department of Technology management and economics: helene.ahlborg@chalmers.se

​Program:

 
8.45-9.00              Registration
9.00-9.15              Introduction to the workshop. Helene Ahlborg and Björn Sandén
9.15-9.30              Presentation of participants. Helene Ahlborg
 
Theme 1: Research, utilisation and societal impact
9.30-10.00            Chalmers current contribution to the SDGs with focus on the Global South
·         A research overview: long-term collaborations and recent initiatives. Helene Ahlborg
·         MISTRA Urban Futures: establishing international research collaborations to address the SDGs. David Simon and Sandra Valencia
 
10.00-10.10         The Areas of Advance (AoA) in relation to the SDGs: how does the thematic platforms support work on the SDGs; and what do the goals mean for the AoA? Anna Dubois, Mats Rydehell
 
10.10-10.45         Coffee break
 
10.45-11.00         New needs and possibilities with the SDGs
·         A Swedish agenda for development cooperation and the SDGs. Teresa Soop, Sidas forskningsenhet
·         University relevant SDG-processes in UNHQ, UNESCO and UNEP. John Holmberg
·         The SDSN Northern Europe, GMV. Anna Nordén
 
11.00-12.30         Working groups theme 1: How can Chalmers develop its research, utilisation and societal impact in order to strengthen its contribution to the SDGs with focus on the global South?

                                Sub-themes for discussion*:
·         Research
·         Collaboration with Gothenburg University
·         Possibilities with international/ external networks
·         CIIST as platform
·         Urban Futures as platform
·         The AoA as platform

Each participant will choose one of the sub-themes for discussion. Each group (4-6 people) organize their discussion in two steps: Where do we want to be in 5-10 years (vision); how do we get there (strategic plan)?
 
12.30-13.30         Lunch at restaurant Hyllan, Kårhuset (booked in advance)
 
Theme 2: Education
 
13.30- 14.30        What is the role of education in relation to the global SDGs?
·         Chalmers’ education from a student perspective. Student representatives from CSS, Engineers without borders, Black Dot, Zifra.
·         Chalmers’ current work with Sustainable Development in education. Ulrika Lundqvist and Malin Blomqvist
·         Examples of teaching with SDG focus: Kisumu Reality Studio, Ena Sredanovic; Urban Futures Research School, Ulf Andersson; Renewable Energy program in Mozambique, Sverker Molander; Sustainability Opportunities, Anders Ekbom
·         Outlook: examples from other universities. Anders Ahlbäck. KTH Global Development Hub, Jesper Vasell.
 
14.30-15.00         Division into small groups and coffee
 
15.00-16.20         Working groups theme 2: How can we make Chalmers (more) attractive to students who wish to work with an international perspective on the SDGs?

                                Sub-themes for discussion*:

·         Basic education – initiatives for all students
·         Master level – initiatives for many students
·         Specific initiatives – Challenge Lab goes global
·         Specific initiatives – Reality Studio in Kisumu
·         Collaboration with GU – strengthening interdisciplinary education
·         Collaboration with GU – new international program on health

Each participant will choose one of the sub-themes for discussion. Each group (4-6 people) organize their discussion in two steps: Where do we want to be in 5-10 years (vision); how do we get there (strategic plan)?
 
16.20-16.30 What’s next? Short summary of the workshop. Helene Ahlborg and Björn Sandén
 
Category Workshop
Location: The Scania room – Kårhuset, Campus Johanneberg.
Starts: 22 May, 2017, 08:45
Ends: 22 May, 2017, 16:30

Published: Tue 16 May 2017.