SDG Conference Bergen


Day Zero: Wednesday 6 February 2019

As a warming up to the 2019 SDG Conference Bergen there will be a pre-conference day of workshops and other events – Day Zero on 6 February.

Day Zero: Wednesday 6 February 2019 is intended to allow interested parties to:

  • self-organize and run half day workshops and side events on selected topics related to the main conference
  • provide outreach to audiences beyond the conference

Participation in Day Zero events is open to all and free of charge.

For questions about Day Zero, please contact the workshop organiser directly or send us an e-mail.

There are 22 workshops/events registered for Day Zero 2019:

How do we feed 10 billion people in 2050?

Organiser: NMBU

Contact: Solve Sæbø

Do we make food from trees? Do we eat seaweed salad and beetle bread? Can we feed the salmon without destroying the rain forest? Join us for a peak into the crystal ball with our prominent researchers at NMBU and hear about how interdisciplinarity is necessary for solving the global challenges.

Zero emission neighbourhoods and sustainable cities

Organiser: NTNU

Contact: Helge Brattebø


SDG 8 and SDG 10: Challenges for policy coherence

Organiser: Forum for utvikling og miljø

Contact: Ingrid Rostad


Towards a national action plan for the SDGs

Organiser: Forum for utvikling og miljø

Contact: Tonje Merete Viken

Sweden, Denmark and Finland have all developed national action plans for the SDGs in their respective countries. What should a national action plan for the SDGs in Norway aim to achieve? What would be appropriate policy recommendations for planning, measuring and reporting on the delivery of the SDGs by the Norwegian Government on the international arena?

Rethinking student involvement in higher education

Organiser: UiB Collaboratory

Contact: Jakob Grandin

This workshop examines the role of participation in higher education in the context of sustainable development. The complexity and uncertainty inherent in contemporary sustainability challenges leads to the coexistence of multiple values and problem framings. This calls for new ways of organising higher education, where students play an active role in their learning process. This invites universities and educators to re:think their approaches to research and education, and requires changes in culture, teaching methods, and curricula within higher education.

Using SDGs to focus teaching and learning

Organiser: UiB

Contact: Katja Enberg

The multidimensionality of the SDG challenges means that often no single right or wrong answer exists, but the SDGs provide a useful focus area for teaching, and help highlight future research need.

The Department of Biological Sciences at UiB has in spring 2019 launched two new courses, SDG214 - Life below water and SDG215 - Life on land. Our ambition is to challenge the students to think critically and take responsibility of their own learning, and we therefore use active learning methods. Highlighting the trade-offs and connections between the different SDGs is central, and in addition to learning about biological and physical processes, the students will train in identifying and separating between scientific knowledge, values, and ideologies, and practice composing and using scientifically solid arguments in societally relevant debates.

This workshop will be a forum for everyone considering setting up a course on one or a combination of the SDGs. We describe how we have chosen to compile the courses, and a major part of the workshop will be devoted to brainstorming and discussing ideas and plans for how the educators in Bergen could come together to cover all the 17 SDGs.

Sustainable development at our doorsteps?

Organiser: UiB

Contact: Inger Måren

#FromTalkToAction #ThinkGlobalActLocal #TheFutureWeWant

We read in the daily news about biodiversity loss, erosion, ocean pollution, overharvesting and changing climates. But these things are happening somewhere else and not ‘here’ in Western Norway, right?

In this interactive workshop we will focus primarily on the state of the SDGs in our own neighbourhood – represented by the Nordhordland biosphere area. What does sustainable development mean in practice for people in our region? Invited local stakeholders representing policy makers, fisheries, aquaculture, the energy sector, tourism, education, and farming will, together with students and researchers, discuss pertinent challenges and opportunities for sustainable development in the context of Western Norway; namely, the future we want. These discussions will be summarised in a popular science article to be published in the Norwegian national media.

We will serve food from the region.

China and the SDG agenda

Organiser: UiB

Contact: Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr

What is China prioritizing and promoting within the SDG agenda? What is the scope of bilateral, multilateral and south-south cooperation around particular development goals?

Knowledge, skills, and competencies for the SDGs

Organiser: NUPI, CMI, UiB

Contact: Jan Reinert Karlsen

Discipline-based teaching at universities is organized in a way that only to a limited extent align with the underlying problems and complex realities of the SDGs. The workshop will address the problems and prospects of how universities can unpack and address the SDGs as universities and not only as single disciplines. Arguably, interdisciplinary teaching and learning will be decisive for whether universities will be able to facilitate, mobilize, and sustain adequate learning processes about SDGs. The workshop will discuss a proposed interdisciplinary masters course at UiB, named “Knowledge, skills, and competencies for the SDGs” that seeks to overcome some of the obstacles for such learning processes. The course will seek to give meaning to the idea of a university, that is, a university as a community of diverse disciplines able to communicate, critically reflect upon, and act thoughtfully on knowledge and shared societal questions. It builds on an ongoing university-wide course portfolio, i.e. “Major question for research and society” (2010-). The workshop will facilitate an interactive teaching and learning environment using digital tools and group work.

Accountable Climate Action for Energy Transition

Organiser: Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, UiB

Contact: Siddharth Sareen

How can sustainability scientists working on energy transitions participate in climate action? We must engage and inform the public, represent and promote public interest, and hold ourselves accountable. In a world where sustainability is a buzzword and academic conferences still rely on air travel, these are hard tasks! But at the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation, or CET, we are determined to find better ways and lead by example.

Four CET employees (PhD Agnete Hessevik, research coordinator Kårstein Måseide, postdocs Gregory Ferguson-Cradler and Siddharth Sareen) will share examples of current efforts. We will introduce and reflect on the CET travel policy, which we are trialling and hope to expand soon for wider adoption. We will present an ‘idea box’ launched at the Climate Festival 112 (January 2019) to crowd-source solutions for energy transitions from residents towards a spring 2019 public exhibition in Bergen. To invite your contributions, we will play an interactive game that generates collaborative ideas. Join our workshop for a conversation on how to work with SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 7 (Clean Energy for All) both through ideas and in practice!

Public perceptions of climate change

Organiser: Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation

Contact: Endre Tvinnereim

Climate change is arguably one of the most serious challenges the world is facing today. Preventing dangerous levels of climate change has become a major policy objective, both nationally and internationally. The social transformations necessary for achieving this objective require widespread and sustained public support, with public perceptions of climate change playing a critical role in understanding people’s willingness to both change their own behaviours and support policies to tackle climate change. In this symposium we will bring together researchers combining empirical and methodological innovations in the study of public perceptions of climate change and present new results to inform the debate on policies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Reviewing corruption and the SDG Agenda

Organiser: U4 Anti-corruption Resource Centre/CMI

Contact: Saul Mullard

There is already a lot of buzz around the idea that in order to achieve the 2030 agenda, we have to address the challenges of corruption. Corruption, essentially, jeopardizes the successful accomplishment of the SDGs. This event will bring together experts in the field of corruption, together with civil society organisations, and development practitioners to discuss these challenges and the search for solutions. This will be a public event and will include a panel of 4-6 speakers.

Global Health Challenges - what are they?

Organiser: Centre for International Health and CISMAC

Contact: Bente Moen

By invitation only

The event will focus upon the SDG 3 - Health - and discuss how to prioritize in global health research.

Should we continue to concentrate on the "unfinished agenda" (mother and child, infectious diseases), or should we open for other topics. If we open for other topics, how and which ones? We will establish a panel of five persons to present different global Health Research, and after this we will discuss the topic in the panel and with the audience.

Green economy and green jobs: does gender matter?

Organiser: Kilden kjønnsforskning.no

Contact: Trine Rogg Korsvik

The transition to a sustainable green economy involves a drastic reduction in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions but also aims to enhance social equality. Environment-friendly solutions create new green jobs which are important for solving global problems related to climate changes, and for promoting economic development, poverty eradication and social inclusion.

Green jobs provide opportunities for decent work for all, including employees’ right to organize and equal opportunities for men and women (ILO 2015). SDGs 8 and 13 interact with SDG 5 on gender equality as necessary for a sustainable world. Incorporating social dimensions such as gender in research and innovation is also highlighted by H2020 and Horizon Europe. However, the gender dimension is rarely included in research on the transition to an inclusive green economy.

To advance this research area Kilden invites a panel of researchers specialized in economics, climate and energy research, representatives of trade unions and environment organizations and relevant state institutions (TBA). We also present our book “What is the gender dimension in research?” which relates to the SDGs.

The session will last 1,5 h.

Theme: Global health priorities

Organiser: Bergen ressurssenter CMI/UiB

Contact: Kjersti Berg

Breakfast conversation about global health priority dilemmas with Ole Frithjof Norheim, Ingrid Miljeteig and Kjell Arne Johansson

Addressing "decent work"

Fafo and UN association of Norway

Contact: Jonas Iversen

Decent work is an old and central concept for the labour movement. In addition decent work is key to reducing inequality. It is also a key component in the Nordic model of work and welfare. It is now included in the SDGs. How do actors address this this target, e.g. the relationship between employment for all and decent work? How do we link knowledge, politics and social actors in addressing this issue?

Bærekraftsmålene og profesjonsutdanningene

Organisers: Unio, Nito, UiB, HVL

Contact: Liz Helgesen

Arbeidet med bærekraftsmålene forutsetter tverrfaglighet og evne til å håndtere kryssende målsettinger. Det er behov for en felles forståelse av motsetninger og sammenheng rundt de sosiale, økonomiske og miljømessige forutsetningene som ligger til grunn for målene.

Dette krever tverrfaglig kommunikasjon og samhandling mellom profesjonene og en ny forståelse av profesjonenes rolle i samfunnet. Av særlig betydning er studentene i diskusjonen om framtidens profesjonsutøvere.

Arrangementet gjennomføres som workshop delt inn i tre bolker:

- Hvordan kan ulike profesjoner bidra til måloppnåelse?
- Hvordan kan den norske modellen (lokalt og nasjonalt) være et verktøy for måloppnåelse?
- Hvilke krav stiller bærekraftsmålene til profesjonsetikken?

Spørsmålet diskuteres av ledende tillitsvalgte, arbeidsgiverorganisasjoner, forskere, studenter, politikere og profesjonsutøvere.

Målgruppen er UH-sektoren, profesjonsutdannere, beslutningstakere, profesjonsutøvere, arbeidsgivere, fagforeningsmedlemmer og ikke minst studenter.

Tidspunkt: kl. 14-17.00 deretter sosialt treff med bevertning

Decolonizing and democratizing knowledge

Organisers: SAIH and UiB

Contact: Beathe Øgård

Addressing SDG 4 and specifically SDG 4.3 on ensuring equal access to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.  

In this session we will address which challenges we are facing in order to provide quality and access to higher education globally. We will look into which concrete policy measures that can be provided, both in a Norwegian and global context to ensure that agenda 2030 is more than a mere vision.

In 2015 students in South Africa removed the statue of former colonial ruler Cecil Rhodes from campus at the University of Cape Town. The campaign #RhodesMustFall generated global attention and led to a wider movement to “decolonise” education across South Africa. The demand to decoonizing the academy connects contemporary racialised disadvantages with wider historical processes of colonialism, seeking to expose them and transform them through forms of collective action and reflection. A background assumption is that the global histories of Western domination have had the effect of limiting what counts as authoritative knowledge, whose knowledge is recognised, what universities teach, how they teach it and for whom the universities should be for.

Students and academics worldwide are struggling to promote higher education as a public good and fighting to counteract the narrative of higher education as a commodity in order to provide fair and equal access for everyone. In 2015 the #FeesMustFall student movement started as a reaction to an increase in tuition fees at South African universities. This movement also addresses wider issues of inequalities and racial disputes within South Africa, closing the gates of higher education for the poor and marginalised groups.

In Norway the debate on decolonising higher education was initiated by the Norwegian Students’ and Academics International Assistance Fund (SAIH) and addresses unequal power structures within academia and works to promote diverse, fair and democratic higher education institutions.

Target group: Students, academics, researchers and development practitioners from the global north and south interested in addressing challenges we are facing in order to provide access to quality higher education and look into concrete policy measures that can be provided both in a Norwegian, and global context to ensure that agenda 2030 is more than a mere vision.

Facilitator: Tor Halvorsen, Associate Professor, Department of Administration and Organization Theory (University of Bergen)


- Adam Habib, vice-chancellor, Wits University, South Africa
- Takunda Tanyanyiwa, Norec-participant and student leader from Zimbabwe (SAIH)
- Beathe Øgård, president, Norwegian Students’ and Academics International Assistance Fund (SAIH)
- Jeanette Da Silva, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
- Stefan Skupien, WZB, Berlin
- Susanne Koch, Technical University of Munich
- Fasiha Hassan, Student Peace Prize 2019 laureate and deputy president of South African Union of Students (SAUS)

Inspire: SDG target 4.7 and the teachers training

Organiser: United Nation Association of Norway / FN-sambandet

Contact: Mette Bjerkaas

In the UNA of Norway's opinion, working with SDG target 4.7 is working with the whole 2030 agenda. In July Norway is formally reporting at SDG 4, but we don't know if Norway is reporting to SDG target 4.7.

In the ongoing renewal of the national curricula in Norway sustainable development is one of three interdisciplinary topics, which means that the renewing is a way to achieve target 4.7 according to indicator 4.7.1. But what about the teachers training? How do they and can the work with SDG target 4.7?

Tentative program:

Initially by the UNA of Norway: closer look at SDG target 4.7. What does this mean for the teacher training program and how to achieve the goal?

Does climate mitigation trump other concerns?

Balancing mitigation actions and their impacts

Organiser: Academia Europaea Bergen Hub

Contact: Eystein Jansen

It is urgent for society to reduce CO2-emissions, and to achieve the Paris targets. This calls for unprecedented and extremely rapid changes in energy production and consumption, as well as other mitigating efforts. The available remaining carbon budget which needs to be kept to be within the Paris targets of 1.5 or 2 degrees warming above pre-industrial levels is very limited. The urgency of the energy transformation requires a major restructuring and a quest for alternatives to fossil fuel based energy. When strong mitigation policies are implemented, we experience conflicting concerns such as: Some call for more use of nuclear energy with its potential safety concerns; Major development of wind energy parks will influence natural habitats and biodiversity; Tapping all available hydropower resources will influence waterway habitats, tourism and recreational opportunities; Major development of solar power installations may occupy important land surface areas and influence biodiversity; Strong mitigation may influence energy and food supply safety.

The event will discuss such conflicting issues. How far can we go to reach the climate mitigation goals, and how can we balance concerns and impacts while working towards SDG Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy and Goal 13 – Climate Action?

The speakers are leading academics working on the climate change and mitigation areas with broad expertise from humanities, social science, natural science and technology studies.

- Matthias Kaiser – UiB
- Jeroen van der Sluijs – UiB
- Jessica Jewell – IIASA/UiB
- Fredrik Hedenus – Chalmers Gothenburg (tbc)
- Arne Johan Vetlesen – UiO (tbc)
- Vigdis Vanvik – UiB (tbc)
- Helge Drange – UiB (tbc)
- Edgar Hertwich – Yale/NTNU (tbc)

Bærekraft + høyere utdanning = sant

Organiser: Studentparlamentet ved UiB

Contact: Eira Garrido

Vi ønsker å invitere studentdemokratiene i Norge til å diskutere relevansen av SDG-målene i universitets og høyskole institusjoner. Vi inviterer Spire, Changemaker, NSO, SAIH, Fremtiden i våre hender, FN-studentene, Kai Greig fra FN-sambandet & Conserned studens - til å diskutere med oss.

Human Rights Education for 2030

Organiser: The Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights

Contact: Zuzana Zalanova

One of the key principles of human rights education is to make knowledge more accessible to everyone. While human rights education supports the 2030 Agenda,and its “leaving no one behind” principle in particular, it also helps advance Sustainable Development Goals. Our workshop will discuss how universities do so, in various academic disciplines, including human rights education for business. 

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human rights and Humanitarian Law has been promoting human rights education for over 30 years with academic institutions in Sweden and globally. It will present how education about, through, and for human rights supports universities to be more inclusive within their curricula helps them reach out to other members of our societies. The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, engages with the University of Bergen, IHRB and with the NHH Norwegian School of Economics to raise awareness about the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and build capacity on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It will discuss how to develop these capacities for practitioners and future practitioners also via participatory approaches.

Samstemt politikk og Visjon 2030

Organiser: Samstemthetsutvalget

Contact: Svein Erik Stave

Samstemthetsutvalget bygger på en pågående diskusjon om hvordan skape samsvar mellom ulike politikkområder innen utviklingspolitkken. De 17 bærekraftsmålene utgjør en helhet innen FNs Visjon 2030. Kravene til samstemthet mellom de enkelte målene blir sett på som en forutsetning for realiseringen av denne visjonen. Dette er kanskje den største utfordringen for Agenda 2030. Denne "workshoppen" tar utgangspunkt i pågående arbeide med, og diskusjoner omkring, de utfordringer kravet om samstemthet represeterer, basert på "Samstemthetsutvalgets innstilling". Workshoppen vil ha inledrere fra utvalgets forfattere, fra universitet, departement og andre.