Conferences and symposiums Third task - Student's lead the way for universities to fulfil their role to inform the socielty
Third task is a student-led project to make universities fulfil their role in informing the society about the climate crisis, underlying problems and possible solutions. In the round table discussion, we will discuss how to bring ideas related to a complex issue, the climate crisis, in a comprehensive and digestible form that would stimulate more informed conversations outside of academia, and hopefully subsequent actions.
Naram-Sin Poli leader of Third Task and Krzysztof Jurdzinski, PhD student in Biotechnology (Environmental Genomics) at KTH and president of KTH Students for Sustainability, leader of Third Task.
Workshop/round table discussion
The name comes from the 1977 Swedish Higher Education Act, where it was stated that the universities should, apart from research and education, also perform the third task (tredje uppgiften): to develop ours, with the help of our teachers' knowledge and research, communication with politicians, business, social and old media. To encourage students from different disciplines to share knowledge and stimulate conversations with friends and family about what they can do to safeguard the conditions for future lives.
Aim and learning outcomes
We aim at the people interested in outreach/science communication, and more specifically bringing academic dispute in digestible form to a broader audience. Moreover, anybody interested in informing or learning about the systemic causes and potential solutions to the climate crisis should be interested.
In the roundtable discussion, we will discuss how to bring ideas related to a complex issue, the climate crisis, in a comprehensive and digestible form. We also aim for the content to stimulate more informed conversations outside of academia, and hopefully subsequent actions. We expect the participants to come out of the discussion with fresh thoughts about spreading knowledge in a different setting than the classroom.
Finally, during the workshop, we want to put the concepts for improvement to test, through a small live conversation in which we would implement suggested changes, thus the participants will have an opportunity to challenge their ideas about how science communication should be done.
About Third task
Background: We live in a world where human activity affects all aspects of the environment on a global scale. Individuals are being bombarded with scattered and often false news, while academic discussions between the experts are usually isolated and incomprehensible to the public. If we fail to limit global warming to 1.5°C as per the Paris Agreement, the effects will be irreversible and affect all present and future generations. Increasing citizens' understanding of the climate crisis and its consequences is therefore crucial, but how can we achieve this?
The third task of universities also includes communicating climate research so as to support data-informed public opinion through a continuous learning process. Come and listen to our student-led project, third task, whose recorded "climate conversations" between academics and students attempts to bridge this gap. We want to stimulate student involvement in the third task, as we believe students are able to communicate climate research in an easy-to-understand way, which generates a greater spread of the message. Societal interest and engagement in the climate crisis needs to increase and deepen; conversations and knowledge exchange around the climate crisis must increase in workplaces, at home, in associations, and between friends.
Third task can contribute to such a change by engaging students and teachers to bring what they can learn from at the universities in a digestible form to their families, friends and future colleagues, stimulating more knowledge-based conversations on climate change.