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A Global Sustainable Futures Event: "Research collaboration in Low- and Middle-Income Countries - findings, lessons and ways forward for implementing Agenda 2030"

News: Nov 17, 2020

On 25 November, Global Sustainable Futures (GSF) will stage the web-based workshop “Research Collaboration in Low- and Middle-Income Countries - Findings, Lessons and Ways Forward for Implementing Agenda 2030”. The half-day event will feature keynote talks by professors Ernest Aryeetey, Secretary General of African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), and Madelene Ostwald, associate professor and affiliated researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, GMV/GSF.

The event will also offer presentations by about twenty researchers at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers who are engaged in global collaboration. The aim of the halfday online webinar is to get together, inform and find each other, and to reach a higher degree of collaboration. 

Madelene Ostwald och Ernest AryeteeyMagdalena Eriksson, Platform Leader for Global Sustainable Futures, at GMV (Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development), will open the event.
Professor Ernest Aryeetey has announced that his keynote speech will address “the pursuit of research equity, the instruments we have so far and their outcomes,” with illustrative examples from current intercontinental partnerships. Professor Madelene Ostwald, whose keynote-speech is entitled.

Lessons learned and experiences from low-and middle income countries
”Translate science into policy and practice through capacity building experiences from the AgriFoSe2030, Madelene Ostwald says: “I will talk about lessons learned from different parts of the world, what researchers can do to be able to reach out with science to policy and practice. I will also talk about what really works within the AgriFoSe programme which is focusing on food security.”

The aim of the AgriFoSe programme is to give local researchers a greater capacity to use their research together with stakeholders in society and in that way influence sustainable change and transformation in agricultural sector.

Two tracks of sessions
María José Zapata Campos, who will present in one of two parallel sessions: “Environmental grassroots innovations: A circular economy from below.” Grassroots for Sustainability is a research team at University of Gothenburg studying how grassroots initiatives contribute to reducing the negative impact of cities on climate and environment.

“As researchers we have learned a lot, like how to acknowledge the innovations and solutions that grassroots develop themselves from below to address local and global challenges, how to include these grassroots working in practice and create the space for the exchange of knowledge”, explains Maria José Zapata Campos who is leading the project.

There will also be a short Student Speed Talks: Markus Zorn, “The Seedling project”,
Kim von der Heide; “Media framing and environmental (in) justice” and
Jose Andres Hernandez “Maya Biosphere reserve” will have short 5-minutes talks where the audience will get some insight of the students work.

Global Sustainable Futures (GSF) constitutes a joint platform between Chalmers and University of Gothenburg that facilitates the advancement of science-based knowledge towards achieving Agenda 2030 through collaboration with partners in low- and middle-income countries. GFS promotes research, training and utilization aimed at sustainable development through support, coordination and events for networking and sharing of knowledge and experiences.
Read more and register here! (still possible to register).
Approximately twenty persons will be engaged on the 25 November, built on keynote-speakers, two tracks, with seven sessions in each track. Warmly welcome!

Interviews by Jan Riise and Annika Källvik


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