Conferences and symposiums Conference: Sustainable planet, sustainable health – how science-based solutions can drive transformative change
The day before the UN’s Stockholm+50 international conference in early June, KI, Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm Environment Institute
are arranging a hybrid conference focusing on how scientists, academics and students can influence decision-makers and drive progress towards a sustainable society.
Making decisions based on actual knowledge is essential to societal development. But knowledge quickly grows stale and needs to be updated. Researchers, academics and students therefore have an important part to play in decision-making in our society. It is the part played by science that is the focal point of the conference "Sustainable planet, sustainable health – how science-based solutions can drive transformative change".
Opening: WE HEAR YOU — A CLIMATE ARCHIVE
Participants: Melinda Kinnaman, Razmus Nyström.
Texts by Greta Thunberg, Lilli Hokama, Jacob Hirdwall.
Directed by Jacob Hirdwall.
WE HEAR YOU—A CLIMATE ARCHIVE is a collaboration between Dramaten (The
Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden), The Earth Commons—Georgetown University’s
Institute for Environment and Sustainability, The Embassy of Sweden in Washington
DC, and The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. We Hear You—A
Climate Archive is co-conceived by Caitlin Nasema Cassidy and Jacob Hirdwall.
Additional support for this project is provided
Plenary session 1: How academia can support transformative changes in the decade of action
Moderator: Annika Dopping.
Co-moderator: Noura Berrouba
Sub session 1: Introductory conversation
• Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President, Stockholm University.
• Ole Petter Ottersen, President, Karolinska Institutet.
• Sigbritt Karlsson, President, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
• Åsa Persson, Research Director and Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment
Sub session 2: Keynotes reflecting on how academia can support tranformative
changes towards susatablity
• Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Founder and CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and
• Dr. Nyovani Madise, Director of Development Policy and Head of Malawi office,
African Institute for Development Policy.
• Prof Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, Centre
for Climate Change
Pause, coffee and music performed by students at The Royal College of Music.
Sub session 3: How academia can support policy and decision making in the decade of action
• His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana.
• Noura Berrouba, President, National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU).
• Prof Teruo Fujii, President, University of Tokyo.
Lunch and music performed by students at The Royal College of Music.
4 parallel sessions:
Parallel session 1:
Accelerating the transition to sustainable production and consumption
This section highlights how research organizations and industry partners collaborate on the transition to sustainable and carbon-neutral activities with strengthened competitiveness.
• Dr. Karin Bradley, KTH
• Magnus Burman, KTH
• Dr. Michael Svärd, KTH
Parallel session 2:
Transformation towards sustainable and healthy food systems
In this section, you can take part in a panel discussion on food production linked to the objectives in Agenda 2030 and
what incentives are needed from different actors.
• Prof. Line Gordon, SRC
• Prof. Stefan Swartling Peterson, KI
• Prof. Shakuntala Thilstedt
Moderator: Dr. Sudhvir Singh.
Parallel session 3:
Transformative transparency: Acceleration, accountability & agency
This session examines the role of transparency in transformation in order to work for sustainable development.
• Vivian Ribeiro, Trase team and PhD in Ecology SEI
• Mark Sanctuary, Vice Director at Sustainable Finance Lab.
Moderator: Dr. Somya Joshi.
Parallel session 4:
Governing sustainability transformations
The session will explore the biggest risks and success factors that can contribute to faster measures for societal transformation towards sustainability.
• Prof. Hans Bruyninckx, EEA
• Prof. Michele Betsill, Copenhagen University.
• Prof. Hans Peter Arp, NGI and NTNU
Plenary session 2: Next generation leadership: how academia can support sustainable transformation that drives innovation, entrepreneurship and green jobs
• Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
• Henrik Henriksson, Chief Executive Officer at H2 Green Steel.
Plenary dialogue session.
• Ossian Ahlkvist, Board member at Student Union of KTH (THS).
• Salomé Hahne, MSc Candidate in Biomedicine and Secretary, Students for Sustainable Development at KI.
• Jaee Nikam, Research Associate at SEI Asia.
• Elis Wibacke, chairperson Stockholm University Student Union.