Division of Research and Innovation
Student workshop

The extreme is here. Now.

Join a cross-disciplinary student workshop to solve the greatest issues of our time - inspired by the Arctic.

Joachim Reuder

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War, pandemic, climate change, resource scarcety and geopolitical tensions - we live in a time with much at stake. The extreme is not just in stories about a dystopian future. The extreme is here. Now. What do we know about what needs to be done, and which solutions could work? How can human beings cope with, adapt to, and influence the extreme environments in which they inhabit?

Can we solve the global challenges of today by looking to the Arctic - where people and societies always have faced the extreme? 

UiB invites students from all disciplines to a joint workshop to work with some of the most important issues of our time: 

  • Geopolitics
  • Climate change and resource management
  • People in extreme environments 

The workshop will use Systems mapping and Design Thinking to guide the students through a process of defining problems and find new solutions, based on existing knowledge.

The workshop is free and will take place at Makerspace Marineholmen in Bergen. . Sign up here to secure a spot.


5. Desember

15.00 – 16.00 Introductions

  • Welcome and introduction to the Arctic - professor Tor Eldevik, department head at Geophysical Institute UiB
  • War and the Arctic  v/Arne O. Holm - journalist and editor-in-chief for High North News
  • People in extreme environments - professor Gro Sandal, Department of Psychosocial Science UiB 
  • Renewable energy - where are we and what do we need? v/Hilde Holdhus, Partner, Energy, Technology and Sustainability at Sarsia

16.00 - 19.00 Workshop: Making sense of messy problems with Systems mapping - facilitated by Brooke Wilkerson, Department of Geography

19.00 - 19.30 Food

19.30 – 21.00 Workshop: Define problems and find solutions with Design Thinking - facilitated by Susan Johnsen, Division of Research and Innovation

6. Desember

15:00-20:00 Workshop: Define problems and find solutions with Design Thinking - facilitated by Susan Johnsen, Division of Research and Innovation

20:00-21:00 Presentation of results 

Who can join?

The workshop is open to all UiB-students. Please write a few sentences about your background and motivation to join upon registration.

What's in it for you? 

  • Unique experience from working with relevant issues guided by experts in their fields
  • Diploma showing that you have completed a cross-disciplinary workshop using Systems Mapping and Design Thinking methodology 
  • The possibility of going to Arctic Frontiers and present your results there
  • The possibility of presenting your results at Varmere Våtere Villere 2023
  • Food and drinks will be served during the workshop 

What can you expect?

Introductions to the issues by engaged experts and group work guided by professional facilitators. 

Below you will find some short films from a similar workshop done in relation to the Ocean Sustainability Conference 2021:

OSB Workshop Introvideo

OSB Workshop Gruppe 1

What do we expect from you?

  • Binding registration - your team-mates are waiting for you!