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Facilitating Sustainability in Science and Society through Boundary crossing and transdisciplinary work


The sustainability coordinators and the environmental management team at Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable development (GMV) have been organizing a series of forum that brings together staff and students interested in sustainability. It is with great pleasure that the team informs you the plan for the third forum entitled: Facilitating Sustainability in Science and Society through Boundary crossing and transdisciplinary work - what role for the modern university?

It has been increasingly discussed that sustainability challenges are wicked and complex, and hence critical engagement with the issues requires an interdisciplinary and even transdisciplinary approach to knowledge production and action. For the past few years, the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology have been continuously working to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in different areas. While highlighting the positive programme and course initiatives so far, the 2017 thematic report from the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) emphasized the need for strengthening and systematizing interdisciplinary collaborations across subject matters and disciplines. Perhaps we need to go even further by emphasizing transdisciplinary and transcending traditional boundaries between, for instance, science and society, education and research, and knowledge creation and making change.

To this end, this third forum is aimed at offering a platform to discuss critical issues pertaining to interdisciplinary approaches and what some scholars call ¿boundary crossing¿ to deal with sustainability and sustainable development in higher education at large, and GU and Chalmers as well as societal partners in the Gothenburg region in particular.

The forum addresses the following questions:

- What does interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary approach for sustainability entail?

- What possibilities for boundary crossing are currently already available? How can these possibilities be strengthened?

- How can today´s Higher Education equip students and pave the way for the required sustainability competence?

- How do the two universities systematically overcome structural obstacles within academic scientific interdisciplinary collaboration and boundary crossing?

- Are there cases elucidating possibilities and best practices across the two universities?

- What are the critical issues to consider in order to breach disciplinary and other relevant boundaries for sustainability in higher education?

Register here!

We hope you can take part in the forum and we look forward to meeting with you on the 20th September.

Föreläsare: Henrietta Palmer, artistic professor in urban design at ACE/ Chalmers and deputy scientific director at Mistra Urban Futures - Merritt Polk, professor in Human Ecology at the School of Global Studies - Ingela Bursjöö, associate lecturer at Physics at University of Gothenburg - Helene Ahlborg, postdoctoral research fellow at School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University - Helena Pedersen, associate professor in education and senior lecturer at the department of pedagogical, curricular and professional studies - Daniel Brandt, lead project manager at the University of Gothenburg and founder of Black Dot.

Datum: 2018-09-20

Tid: 08:50 - 12:10

Kategorier: Hållbar utveckling

Arrangör: Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV

Plats: Pedagogen, Västra hamngatan 25
Building A, Room A1 336

Ytterligare information:
Forum Schedule.pdf

Kontaktperson: Kassahun Weldemariam

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