May 18: The role of universities in an age of climate change – What is education and research for a better world?


Warmly welcome to a public seminar hosted by the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Time: Thursday May 18, 12.15-15.00
Venue: Mallans Sal, Uppsala City Library, Svartbäcksgatan 17, Uppsala
Live-stream: https://media.medfarm.uu.se/play/video/6756/livestream

In 1992, students at Uppsala university initiated the interdisciplinary course “Människan och Naturen”. In close collaboration with researchers, teachers and university leaders, CEMUS was established a few years later in 1995. At the heart of this initiative from students and faculty, was the question of the role and responsability of the university in response to the great environmental and societal challenges of our times.

25 years later, this question is still pressing, not least through the increased certainty and understanding about the depth and scope of the climate crisis. Join us for this challenging and crucial conversation about the role that higher education and research might have in creating a better, more just, and sustainable world.

A light lunch (vegetarian wrap) will be served before the seminar (from 11.45).

Program:

12.15-13.00 Academic Freedom and Academic Duty – Speech by Eva Åkesson, Vice Chancellor of Uppsala University

13.15-14.00 Two talks on the role of universities in an age of climate change

Why people do not want to change their minds – Attitude Change and Climate Change,
Gudmund Hernes, Professor of Sociology and Chair of Uppsala University’s board

How universities should lead by example – Climate Change and Systems change,                  
Kevin Anderson, Zennström Professor in climate change leadership at Uppsala University

14.00-15.00 Moderated panel: What is education and research for a better world?

Kevin Anderson, Zennström Professor in climate change leadership at Uppsala University

Kristina Edström, Professor of Chemistry and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor in Research Infrastructure at Uppsala University

Erik Fahlbeck, Pro Vice-Chancellor for external collaboration at SLU

Gudmund Hernes, Professor of Sociology and Chair of Uppsala University’s board

Malin Östman, Deputy Director and educational coordinator at CEMUS


This public seminar is a part of the program of the Uppsala Sustainability Festival on May 18, 2017.