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Global Sustainable Futures


A network has been established to facilitate collaboration between Chalmers and University of Gothenburg and universities in low- and middle-income countries.

The new network has been launched for you who are interested in sustainable development on a global scale and collaboration in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2019, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, Eva Wiberg, and the President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology, Stefan Bengtsson, decided to build a new platform for collaboration, called Global Sustainable Futures (GSF), as of 1 January 2020. Formally, the platform is organised within Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV), and its first meetings and webinars are already on its way and completed during spring 2020.

The overall objective is to promote and facilitate further collaboration between researchers at the two universities and colleagues in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. This work is subject to a truly bottom-up process where experiences, plans, ideas and projects form the basis.

GMV has been asked by Eva Wiberg and Stefan Bengtsson (vice Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg and
President and CEO of Chalmers University of Tecnology)
to suggest terms of reference and statutes for a Board to lead GSF. As soon as these guidelines are in place, a new Board can be formed and start its work.

A secretariat has been established at GMV with a small team of GMV staff members, working part-times with the new platform: Daniela Michael, Olof Drakenberg, Annika Källvik, Jan Riise and Jan Pettersson (director at GMV).

Recent acitivites

GSF second webinar on the 18 May: Health system resilience to shocks such as Covid 19 - a focus on low-income countries

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has placed world health systems under unprecedented pressures. However, less is reported about the situation in low income countries where the capacity and funding are fractions of what it is like in Europe or the United States. A second webinar organized by Global Sustainable Futures on 18 May shed some light on hazards, resilience and signals. Johan Von Schreeb and Gunilla Krantz were invited lecturers.

Read news article here and see video

Webinar 16 April 2020: Webinar Research collaboration in East Africa - rewards, pitfalls and lessons learned 

Global Sustainable Futures, GSF, arranged it first ever webinar Thursday 16 April. Three experienced Gothenburg researchers shared their lessons learned and possible pitfalls in research collaboration with East African universities, but also the many rewards such co-operation may bring.

Göran Wallin, Johan Uddling and Helene Ahlborg generously shared their stories about working with colleagues in Rwanda and Tanzania over the past two decades.

Read news article and watch video here

Kick-off meeting 5 March 2020
The GSF-secretariat held an initial kick-off information meeting on 5 March, and some 50 persons attended the meeting with participation from several faculties and disciplines both from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg. Many were curious and interested in what kind of collaboration would be possible in a near future. Jan Pettersson, Director of GMV, emphasised that GSF wants to explore benefits and possibilities for collaboration, both as different initiatives within the two universities and as initiatives with partner universities in low- and middle-income countries.

The East Africa Initiative
The East Africa Initiative, started by Rector Stefan Bengtsson at Chalmers, has also moved to GMV as of 1 January. Project manager Daniela Michael is now based at GMV and takes part in the development of GSF. This gives us excellent opportunities to explore synergies and collaboration possibilities. Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg will participate with eight East African universities in the future. The meeting in Kigali, however, has due to the Covid-19, to be postponed.

Do you want to know more about GSF?

If you want to know more about GSF, or if you have ideas on how to develop the work or connect persons or institutions that have the possibilities to collaborate, welcome to contact Daniela Michael, daniela.michael@chalmers.se or Jan Pettersson, janp@chalmers.se.



Kontakta Global Sustainable Futures

Magdalena Eriksson, 
magdalena.eriksson@gu.se

Daniela Michael, daniela.michael@chalmers.se

Jan Pettersson, janp@chalmers.se

Jan Riise,
jan.riise@chalmers.se

Olof Drakenberg, olof.drakenberg@gu.se

Thomas Pettersson, thomas.pettersson@chalmers.se

Annika Källvik, annika.kallvik@chalmers.se

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