The COVID-19 pandemic has had tremendous impact on society. Universities have responded in different ways depending on their contexts. Teaching methods, research projects and research priorities have been affected. Looking ahead we need to reconnect and to a varying degree we might have to rethink our priorities. This is a conversation we want to have in the upcoming conference.
Global Sustainable Futures (GSF) is a joint collaboration platform at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg with a mandate to promote, develop and strengthen collaboration between the two universities and partners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This second annual GSF conference is a great opportunity to present ongoing research and teaching projects contributing to attaining Agenda 2030, to learn, network and meet people from Gothenburg and partners from across the globe.
We invite researchers and teachers at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg and their partners in low- and middle-income countries to present research papers, discuss and share experiences of university collaborations. Presentations need not to focus on impacts of the pandemic, rather, we will ask participants to reflect on how the pandemic affects their work and future priorities, if at all.
For GSF, an online conference is not a second-best option; it is a way to ensure more direct contributions and contacts with university partners, teachers and researchers from across the globe.
We welcome contributions from researchers and teachers at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg with an interest in and/or ongoing collaboration with low and middle-income countries, and, partners in low and middle-income countries working with Chalmers and/or University of Gothenburg (universities, civil society organisations, government agencies etc).
Participation is also open to students and anyone interested in Agenda 2030 and sustainability efforts beyond 2030 and collaboration with low and middle-income countries.
The conference includes an introduction by Magdalena Eriksson, platform leader Global Sustainable Futures, keynote presentations and four parallel sessions.
“Towards Collaborative Futures: The need to reconnect in a post-pandemic world” by Swati Parashar, Associate professor at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.
Sharon Fonn, visiting professor, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.
The parallel sessions that are designed to be wide and inclusive to help promote multidisciplinary exchange:
1. Food systems, nutrition and health
This session welcomes contributions on issues ranging from antibiotic resistance, dietary changes, innovations in aquaculture or land conflicts related to agricultural investments and more.
2. Energy, innovation and decent work
This session welcomes contributions ranging from the ongoing energy transformation, technological and social innovations in all areas, impacts on jobs and economic development and more.
3. Transforming urban lives
This session welcomes contributions on all aspects of the transformation of urban life, including, housing, transports, work and more.
4. Teaching and capacity development in higher education
This session welcome contributions that explore long and short-term university collaborations and capacity development from undergraduate to doctorate and post-doc levels, long term Sida funded programmes and master courses given in Gothenburg involving collaborations with low- and middle-income countries.
Call for abstracts
We invite researchers and teachers at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, and their partners in low- and middle-income countries (universities, civil society organisations, government agencies etc.) to contribute to the conference with presentations or short speed talks. Incoming proposals will be reviewed and organised into one of the four parallel sessions. Many topics can fit into several sessions, please indicate your preferred session/s. We also ask you to invite your partners in low and middle-income countries to submit an abstract or participate in the conference.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the programme committee that consists of:
- Magdalena Eriksson, platform leader Global Sustainable Futures
- Liane Thuvander, Architecture and Civil engineering, Chalmers
- Ulf Svanberg, Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers
- Anders Burman School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
- Göran Bondjers, Global Public Health, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.