Transitions Talks

Seminar Series

​These are times of upheaval. Social unrest, far-reaching environmental degradation, and rapid technological change challenge the way we see the world.  These times call on us to think big and to think differently. 

Transitions Talks invites you to explore new perspectives on innovation and sustainability. During an extended lunch, we bring together leading thinkers from civil society with academic researchers. We present a challenging keynote speech and facilitate a discussion with invited panelists. We provide an opportunity to reflect, talk and network. 

The purpose of Transitions Talks is to put our research efforts in a broader context, by inviting new perspectives on innovation and sustainability, as well as to explore the role and orientation of our work in relation to pressing social and environmental challenges. In addition, Transitions Talks provides a platform for scholarly interaction and highlights the emerging network around Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions.

Five seminars are planned for 2020. The descriptions for the following talks will be updated in due time, after confirmation of the speaker. No registration is necessary. The talks will be held in English and there will be a vegetarian lunch available for the first 40 guests!

See you at Veras Gräsmatta! 

Transition Talks is a seminar series presented by Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions. The organizing team are Kjell Vowles (STS), Maria Blarr (ESA), Gavin McCrory (FRT), Martin Hultman (STS), Hans Hellsmark (ESA) and Frances Sprei (FRT). To contact the organising team, please send an email to:

Transition Talks 2020

POSTPONED
New date to be announced!

March 
The stories we tell
What if we accept the grief and sorrow of rapid climate change and the loss of ecosystems?

Many have noted that we need a new story of human society, one not based on conquering nature but about a successful transition. One might ask, however, if we really can talk about success? Time is running out to limit global warming to 1,5 or 2 degrees, and even if we succeed, that amount of warming will have profound consequences for ecosystems and societies around the planet. What happens if we acknowledge our failure to prevent these losses? Would a story of failure lead to resignation, or to a deeper transition where we can acknowledge our grief and loss? In this seminar, we discuss the role that stories and narratives may play.

Keynote speaker: Jesper Weithz, author, journalist, graphic designer and playwright who has written extensively about climate change in both fiction and non-fiction. His new novel 2020 (Ordfront) was published this week. It is a dark satirical novel about a boy born 2020, the same day the UN declared the two-degree goal impossible to reach.

When: 27 March, 11:45-13:00 (Postponed)
Where: Veras Gräsmatta

Upcoming seminars


Climate justice
What if indigenous peoples had a say in capitalist decision-making?
When: TBA
Where: Veras Gräsmatta
Keynote speaker: TBA
Panelists: TBA

Healthy transitions
What might it mean to prioritise health and well-being in sustainability transitions?
When: TBA
Where: Veras Gräsmatta
Keynote speaker: TBA
Panelists: TBA

Restorative technologies
Can technology possibly heal some of the occured damage of the anthropocene or is it just another promise for growth?
When: TBA
Where: Veras Gräsmatta
Keynote speaker: TBA
Panelists: TBA

Disarmament
What is national security in times of climate change?
When: TBA
Where: Veras Gräsmatta
Keynote speaker: TBA
Panelists: TBA

Published: Mon 23 Mar 2020.