Chalmers Sustainability Day 2018

Chalmers gather for a sustainable future

​On 23rd October, employees and students at Chalmers will gather to discuss sustainability challenges. The agenda includes research on climate change denial, the role of food for health and environment, overall discussions about Chalmers role in sustainable development, and much more.
​The program is based on the UN Global Sustainability Goals, Agenda 2030, and the theme of this year's event is Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing. Through the health theme we then link to several of the 17 global goals.
Health and well-being are overall issues that are important to us as individuals, for Chalmers as an organisation, for Gothenburg, Sweden, other countries and the international community. The program presents some of Chalmers’ contributions to global health challenges, but we also bring up challenges related to our work and study environment.
“Constant problematising and reflecting on sustainability is important and will be increasingly so. To see your own activities in relation to others, and as part of a larger picture, gives increased knowledge, new contacts and reflection about your own work. By stimulating different types of cooperation between researchers – ideas and priorities develop over time,” says Chalmers First Vice President Anna Dubois.
In total, the program offers over 30 seminars, workshops and exhibitors and is divided into five parallel tracks: Sustainable Campus, Health and Healthcare, Sustainable Work/Student Life, Climate and Energy, and the University's role in society.
In an introductory panel, we discuss health, well-being and sustainability and how global and Swedish trends can affect Chalmers’ role, responsibility and strategic development. Guests include key people from Chalmers management as well as experts in antibiotic resistance, health and organisational development.
The day is rounded up with a presentation by the winners of Gothenburg international environment award (WinWin) 2018: Kalundborg Symbiosis from Denmark.
Maria Grahn, Director of Chalmers Energy Area of Advance and host of this year’s Sustainability Day, gives her tips from the broad content.
“Try the card game Klimatkoll, which helps you understand how our everyday life affects the climate, take part of seminars about the university's role in society, for example in a workshop on fake news, or learn about future sustainable biorefining concepts of seaweed, wood or by-products from industry that can provide products with significant health effects, such as pharmaceuticals, food ingredients and fine chemicals”, says Maria Grahn.
The Sustainability Day Program:

Highlights from the extensive program

Track A: Sustainable campus
• Digital twin of Chalmers campus
• The good life on campus
• Come evaluate our campus areas
Track B: Health and medical care
• Personalized healthy diets using algorithms – Fact, future or fiction?
• What is a biorefining? Processes and products for better health
• Loin, larvae or lentils – on eating for health and climate
Track C: Sustainable work and student life
• A sustainable worklife – new approach on Chalmers based on latest research
• Mental Health among students, how can Chalmers improve the work environment?
• Gender Aspects of Sick Leave – How to Break the Patterns
Track D: Climate and Energy
• Tools to Act on Climate
• The circular economy, health and wellbeing
• Climate change denial: challenges for sustainable development
Track E: University's role in society
• Fake news - gimmicks and pseudo science
• What does sustainability mean at Chalmers?
• What does Chalmers Sustainable education look like in the future?
In addition, representatives from Gothenburg Center for Sustainable Development, Chalmersfastigheter, Akademiska Hus, Akademihälsan, Fysiken, Benify, Miljöbron, Globalpsykologerna and spinoff initiatives CarbonCloud and Svalna participate.

Published: Fri 12 Oct 2018.