Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, Sustainability and the acedemy in harmony

The Sustainability week, back this autumn

​The sustainability week, Act Sustainable, will be back this autumn November 16-20. Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg’s sustainability week is celebrating its 15th anniversary and new this year is Chalmers role as an active co-organizer and a new research conference to promote interdisciplinary collaboration for sustainable development between researchers at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg.
​During the autumn of 2020 the sustainability week Act Sustainable will back and this year’s focus will be interdisciplinary solutions for a sustainable future. An exciting addition this year is Chalmers role as an active co-organizer.

From 2020, when “the decade of action” begin, and onwards Chalmers will be an active organizer for Act Sustainable. We´re hoping for a week where Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg create dialog and activities together for a sustainable society.

Collaboration between the universities and the venues Act Sustainable offer – between students and researcher – can make the creative environment needed for new and brave ideas. Solid knowledge meets youthful enthusiasm and can challenge each other, with hopefully not just fulfilling but also fun activities. We can make change together, says Chalmers sustainability strategist Maria Djupström.

Another addition this year is a two-day research conference to promote interdisciplinary collaboration for sustainable development between researchers at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. The conference is arranged as a part of the sustainability week, underlining the importance of collaboration and that Act Sustainable is a week for everyone at the universities.

I hope the conference will contribute to an increased knowledge exchange between researchers at our two universities, but also to build new relationships both between individuals and academic disciplines. In times like these it is utterly important to demonstrate that we don´t need to travel around the globe in order to establish new contacts nor to gain new perspectives, says Caroline Petersson, network coordinator at Gothenburg’s Centre for Sustainable Development.

This year’s arrangement of Act Sustainable will be the sustainability weeks 15th anniversary. Ever since 2005 the University of Gothenburg has arranged a sustainability event to educate students about sustainability issues and inspire and excite actions for a sustainable society.

It feels great that the University of Gothenburg’s sustainability day get to celebrate its 15th anniversary as a week-long event for both students, researchers and personal. It feels extra fun that both the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers is there as co-organizers and we can gather our forces together.

It really shows there is a huge commitment for sustainability issues at our universities and the expansion of Act Sustainable is proof of that! Says Karin Bylund, project manager for Act Sustainable.

The sustainability week Act Sustainable will take place on November 16-20, you can follow Gothenburg Student Sustainability Hub on Facebook to stay informed and updated. If you want to be sure not to miss any relevant information you should check out the Act Sustainable event.

To the Act Sustainable-event on Facebook.

Published: Mon 23 Mar 2020.