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Day Zero: Wednesday 5 February 2020

We welcome you to Day Zero at the 2020 SDG Conference Bergen.

Day Zero takes the United Nations’ call for a formative shift seriously. We need to change the way we live, produce, consume and interact - with each other and with nature - within a short timeframe.

Day Zero aims to present SDG-relevant activities within the higher education sector. Through workshops, networking and debates we promote exchange of knowledge, ideas and good examples relevant for sustainable development. The workshops cover most of the topics raised by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This gives an opportunity to reflect on how we together can drive the UN Agenda forwards.

Below, you find a preliminary program for Day Zero 2020. We are in the process of allocating time slots and venues at Kvarteret and the Student Centre.

We start the day with a common breakfast meeting and panel debate at Kvarteret. Afterwards, we fan out with parallel sessions. At the end of the day, we meet for a drinks reception at Kvarteret and a special performace of the metal science opera Fish to Mars.

Breakfast 08:00 - 09:30

The social (human) sciences and the SDGs in the Anthropocene

No influence and little cross-disciplinary cooperation? How do we bridge the nature/society divide in academia?

Dr Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator, United Nation Research Institute for Social Development. Genève
Eira Garrido, Student, University of Bergen
Tone Fløtten, Director, The Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Oslo.
Dan Banik, Professor, Centre for Environment and Development (SUM), University of Oslo.
Nina Therese Maubach, Special Adviser, Global Development, Research Council of Norway

Moderator Bjørn Bertelsen, Department for Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.

We live in the age of the Anthropocene, created by what social scientists call the “capitalocene”. While the human population has tripled since 1950, the size of the global economy has increase by a factor of more than 15 (the Great Acceleration).

At the same time, inequality has never been greater, with the number of people without decent work growing fast. We all carry Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our pockets - wrapped in plastic and charged with energy. AI uses more of both than any technology before, but creates few jobs.

Our breakfast seminar (and the following workshop) asks: if the social sciences and the humanities are implicated in this development, how can we contribute with knowledge to confront the challenges of the Anthropocene age?

When humans induce changes to the earth's system with lasting effects on nature, how should we construct the marketplace? Should we create technologies that reverse inequalities and promotes human well-being for all? How do we create a robust democracy strong enough to handle the many contradictory demands the global challenges make on our lives and actions?

 

Morning 10:00 - 12:00

Energy Infrastructure Transitions and Environmental Governance

Contact person: Siddharth Sareen, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation

Speakers: Sören Becker, Zora Kovacic, Will Eadson, Kenneth Bo Nielsen, Jessica Verheij, Nino Jordan, Lars Coenen

Convenor: Siddharth Sareen

At a time of great urgency for transitions to sustainability in light of climate mitigation targets, energy infrastructure is in a state of flux. Expansions in renewable energy and the persistent grasp of fossil fuels over a historically centralised sector surface new challenges of socio-spatial and environmental justice. Where does new energy infrastructure appear, how is this decided, who benefits and who is burdened? What land uses are displaced and with what socioecological implications?

This seminar pulls together insights from environmental and land governance, ethnographic studies of situated social identities and emerging conceptualisations of energy infrastructure to address these concerns. It presents an array of perspectives from scholars working in both the Global North and South. We focus on multiple scales – the urban, regional, national and trans-local – and use a variety of conceptual lenses: political ecology, human geography, social anthropology, urban studies, socio-technical transitions and epistemic politics.

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
- SDG 13: Climate Action

Circular and sustainable manufacturing, and sustainable digital building processes at NTNU in Gjøvik

Contact person: Rune Strand Ødegård, Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering, NTNU Gjøvik

We want to present in relation to Sustainability Goal 17, and the Skjerven Skog project, where in collaboration with Gjøvik municipality and NTNU, factories are being built on a new and sustainable industrial area based on a circular economy with zero emissions as a goal. New digital technologies are seen in the context of both energy and material flow in a series of processes that include product focus.

We also want to present our Master's programs in Sustainable Manufacturing (Masters programme in Sustainable Manufacturing) and Digital Building Processes (Civil and Environmental Engineering) - which focus these perspectives.

This event is relevant for SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Den maritime revolusjonen - frå fossilt til fornybart på eit tiår

Kontaktperson: Kristin Guldbrandsen Frøysa, UiB and HVL

Den heilelektriske ferja Ampere vart sett i drift i 2014. Det vart starten på ei rask og omfattande omlegging av norsk

ferjetransport, med ei storstilt elektrifisering som resultat. Kva var drivkreftene bak denne omlegginga? Kva rolle spelte politikk, teknologiutvikling, reiarar og internasjonale miljøkrav? Kven er vinnarane og kven er taparane i denne omlegginga?

Står vi foran ein tilsvarande revolusjon for norske snøggbåtar og for godstransporten langs norskekysten? Kva må til

for å lukkast med ei omlegging til lågutslepps martim transport langs kysten? Mange hevdar at omlegginga i den norske maritime sektoren sikrar norsk verftsindustri og gjev auka norsk eksport av miljøvenlege skip. Har det skjedd?

Dette arrangementet er relevant for:
- SDG 9: Innovasjon og infrastruktur
- SDG 11: Bærekraftige byer og samfunn
- SDG 13: Stoppe klimaendringene

A teacher education for sustainable development

Contact person: Birgitte Bjønness, teacher education at NMBU

The workshop will contain three dimensions:

  1. concrete examples on how we address sustainable development in the teacher education
  2. collaboration with university school on ESD
  3. teaching for hope and action - presentation of a new book

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Promoting Quality at Science-Advice-SDG interfaces: Case studies of science for sustainability

Contact person: Dorothy Dankel, Department of Biological Sciences, UiB

There is no doubt that academic integration in the SDGs and their targets have inherent interdisciplinary needs, but at the same time, there is no "off the shelf" science for sustainability. Due to the special features of science for sustainability, there are intertwined issues of politics, morals and ethics for each case. In this session, current case studies at the science-policy interface will be presented, as well as reflections on these

Issues:

  • How should scientists act legitimately in the face of scientific uncertainty?
  • How can science address the “Tragedy of Change” in order to promote resilient communities in face of on-going climate-technology-economic-societal changes?
  • How can science address questions of societal values like “What do we want to sustain, and for whom?
  • How can democratic institutions and spaces be protected in face with (techno-) science and technology?

This event is relevant SDG for:
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 14: Life below Water
- SDG 15: Life on Land
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Education for sustainability in times of rising polarisation: collaboration, citizenship and responsibility

Contact person: Jakob Grandin, UiB Collaboratory & Arqus European University Alliance

It is increasingly evident that the transformations needed to create sustainable societies will have to take place in times of increasing disintegration. While the youth climate movement, the yellow vests and the rise of populism all indicate dissatisfaction with the status quo, they also signal rising polarisation. Responding to these challenges will demand a formative shift in how higher education is organised and calls for new types of partnerships between universities and society.

This workshop will examine the role that higher education and international collaboration can play in mediating an integrated response to realise sustainable development in times of polarisation. It will examine how the urgent challenges of our time affects our rights and responsibilities as citizens, and discuss what educational approaches can be used to educate critical and engaged citizens in times of global uncertainty.

The workshop draws on the Engaged European Citizens programme of the newly founded Arqus European University Alliance. The programme is developing student-led and challenge-based higher education across the seven Arqus universities.

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

A radical shift in formative thinking: In the Presence of Phantoms

Contact person: Frans Jacobi, The Art Academy, Department of Contemporary Art, UiB

NOTE: Participants for this event will meet at Kvarteret after the breakfast meeting and walk together to Kunsthall 3,14.

Kjersti Sundland & Frans Jacobi Short description of event Kjersti Sundland and Frans Jacobi with guests, invite participants to join them in a thought experiment, using Sundland's artistic research project "In the Presence of Phantoms" at Kunsthall 3,14, as a point of departure.

Together with participants, Sundland and Jacobi will explore the following: «what kind of formative shift in thinking can occur, if we understand perception as distributed among human/animal/technical/organic entities? What radical shift in formative thinking can arise, if we perceive consciousness, not as a property of the brain, but as fundamental to the nature of existence and being?

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Will trans-national corporations take responsibility for fulfilling the SDG aims?

Contact person: Ståle Knudsen, University of Bergen

There has emerged an international framework for guiding trans-national corporations (TNCs) towards responsible and ethical behaviour. However, adherence to the recommendations or standards developed by these institutions is largely voluntary, the primary sanction being ‘naming and shaming’.

Corporations have developed tools/strategies such as ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) and ‘environmental and social governance’ (ESG) to better address and incorporate sustainability issues in the strategy of the TNCs. This workshop will critically examine how effective this framework is in challenging the behaviour of the TNCs towards the SDGs. Are CSR, ESG and related reporting regimes only PR tools for the TNCs, or do they contribute to real change in the way in which the corporations work? Will the corporations be able to undertake deep and fast changes and be part of the solution rather part of the problem?

These questions will be discussed by international academic experts in the field, representatives of a couple TNCs, as well as representatives of a few of the international bodies that guide TNC towards ethical behaviour.

This event is relevant for all SDGs except #5.

What happened since last time we talked About Tomorrow?

Contact person: Henning Straume, About Tomorrow Foundation

About Tomorrow Foundation was established by students from UiB, after the big and successful conference in Grieghallen "We must talk about tomorrow 2018". We shed light on the future job marked, today's climate status and possible energy solutions for the society.

We want to present what has happened since the conference in 2018, what climate actions were promised there and what have actually been done. This will be an objective reality check of the climate impacts due to human activities, based on academic knowledge.

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 14: Life below Water
- SDG 15: Life on Land
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Hvordan kan studenter leve bærekraftig?

Kontakperson: Tori Heitmann Jørgensen, Studentparlamentet ved UiB

Det vil bli en workshop hvor studenter får mulighet til å diskutere bærekraft, og hvilke tiltak en kan gjøre i hverdagen. Det kommer til å bli kurs i f.eks. hvordan å hekle bærekraftige bomullpads, lage eget bærenett o.l. Det vil også bli satt i gang en konkurranse hvor vinneren vinner en bærekraftig premie. Vi kommer til å invitere diverse miljøorganisasjoner som skal ha små foredrag om hvilke enkle tiltak studenter kan gjøre i hverdagen.

Dette arrangementet er relevant for:
- SDG 11: Bærekraftige byer og samfunn
- SDG 13: Stoppe klimaendringene
- SDG 15: Liv på land

  

Afternoon 13:00 - 14:30

Science Diplomacy in the age of the SDGs

Contact person: Bjørn Erik Andersen, SDG Bergen Science Advice

Note: This double workshop is scheduled for 12:00-17:30

Science diplomacy is a term used for scientific cooperation to build international partnerships. As well as international collaboration between scientific institutions such partnerships may encompass nation states, diplomacy, government agencies, voluntary organisations, and business. Universities and university networks can engage in science diplomacy and create innovative channels for scientific advice.

The workshop will focus on partnerships and how universities can work together through university networks and joint projects to impact on policies in general and Agenda 2030 and the SDG in particular. Researchers will present projects and their experience of working with shared science diplomacy.

This event is relevant for SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Energy efficiency – the hidden key to a sustainable future?

Contact person: Anja Molnes, Entro AS

In order to battle climate change in cities worldwide – where the majority of global emissions come from – we must increase our expertise on how we operate buildings more efficiently. Savings from energy efficiency will allow for greater shifts to electricity without putting an additional strain on the grid, and buildings with high levels of energy efficiency can support the entire energy system transformation. Utilizing buildings more efficiently have several benefits, like improved urban air quality – which in turn have a major impact on human health and our vulnerable ecosystems.

Ever since 1990, Entro’s core business has been to help customers reduce their environmental impact. Each year, we help save millions of kWh’s and huge amounts of GHG emissions – simply by implementing measures to reduce the energy demand and help implement waste sorting systems in commercial buildings. At the same time, we help reduce the cost of – and therefore contribute to accelerate – the green transition. Entro would like to arrange a workshop where we highlight the importance of energy and resource efficiency, and demonstrate key strategies on how to achieve it.

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Life cycle assessment of renewable energy production

Contact person: Kristin Guldbrandsen Frøysa, UiB (contribution from MatNat and Social Sciences)

It might be difficult to assess the net energy contribution from renewable sources as solar PV, hydropower, onshore and offshore wind energy and biofuels. How can we make good assessments of the environmental footprint of the various energy sources? How much energy is used in the production of solar panels, wind turbines etc? Are the necessary minerals produced in a sustainable way?

We need to assess the whole life cycle in order to make good discussions about the future energy mix and we need to clarify the environmental impact associated with renewable energy production.

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
- SDG 13: Climate Action

Sustainable universities and the global research agenda

Contact person: Håvard Haarstad, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation

Universities are under pressure to reduce their carbon and environmental footprint. At the same time, we are striving to address global challenges, advance the international research frontier and the educate students through international collaborations and exchange. How can these seemingly divergent objectives be reconciled?

In this session, we aim to showcase and discuss ways to make research and education more sustainable while at the same time reducing the footprint of these activities. We seek to learn from the many universities and research groups that are developing new policies and practices, and discuss how to stimulate cultural change and innovation.

Preliminary plans for the session:

  • We will partner with the University of Oslo and others arriving at the SDG conference by train, and use that experience as a starting point for discussions.
  • We will also learn from leaders at the University of Bergen and other universities on how they are working to institutionalize more sustainable research practices.
  • We will discuss possible next steps, including carbon budgeting, new travel regulations, innovations in videoconferencing

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
- SDG 13: Climate Action

BISO Impact - Game Changers

Contact person: Sarah Brogaard, BISO Impact, BI Norwegian Business School

The game is changing. We in BISO Impact want students to take part in creating some new ground rules. Impact work as a support function for the BI Student Organisation (BISO) in Oslo. We work towards putting sustainability on the agenda among students and challenge the existing.

Therefore, BISO Impact will contribute with a workshop on game changers for students, the student union and academia.

One of BISO Impact’s responsibilities within the student union is to issue the BISO Environment Compliance Certificate (BISO ECC). In short, this is a scheme for units seeking to document their sustainable efforts within the student union. In addition, BISO Impact helps events organized by the student union to be certified as a Green Conference through the Eco-Lighthouse certification scheme (Miljøfyrtårn). This is a highly acknowledged environmental management systems within Norway and EU.

Furthermore, BISO Impact will in future be working on increasing focus on sustainability and new business models in all BI courses.

This event is relevant SDG for:  
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 15: Life on Land

Undervisning om bærekraft eller bærekraftig undervisning i Vestland? Hva gir størst effekt for 2030?

Kontaktperson: Arne Øi, FN-sambandet

FN-sambandet har gjennom flere år utviklet en metode for undervisning uten fotavtrykk lokalt i Vestland fylke. De tre tverrfaglige temaene i Fagfornyelsen (livsmestring, aktivt medborgerskap, bærekraftig utvikling) brukes som verktøy for å operasjonalisere bærekraftsmål 4.7.

Deltakerne i dette eventet utvikler og kritiserer selv verktøyet gjennom prøving og feiling. Opplegget er aktivitetsbasert og er utviklet i samarbeid med lokale partnere, som det er mulig å inkludere i eventet. Målgruppa er studenter, lærere og andre som er engasjert i ungdomsarbeid, i og utenfor skolen.

Dette arrangementet er relevant for:
- SDG 4: God utdanning
- SDG 8: Anstendig arbeid og økonomisk vekst
- SDG 9: Innovasjon og infrastruktur
- SDG 12: Ansvarlig forbruk og produksjon
- SDG 14: Liv under vann
- SDG 15: Liv på land
- SDG 17: Samarbeid for å nå målene

Avkolonisering av høyere utdanning: Veien mot et akademia for 2030?

Kontaktperson: Rebekka Ringholm, Studentenes og Akademikernes Internasjonale Hjelpefond (SAIH)

I 2018 tok det for alvor fyr i debatten om avkolonisering av akademia i Norge. For å flytte denne debatten til et mer konstruktivt nivå har Studentenes og Akademikernes Internasjonale Hjelpefond over lengre tid arbeidet med å utvikle et refleksjonsverktøy som skal gjøre avkolonisering mer håndgripelig for studenter og akademikerne som vil engasjere seg i sine fagfelt.

Til tross for assosiasjonene til ordet verktøy, er ikke formålet å gi et ferdig sett med metoder som skal kunne brukes universelt. Hensikten er å åpne for en konstruktiv samtale og sette i gang diskusjoner og prosesser i fagmiljøene og forelesningssalene. Derfor spør vi: Hvilket potensiale finnes det for å avkolonisere innenfor ulike fagfelt i norsk akademia? På hvilken måte kan avkolonisering spille en rolle i å gjøre akademia i stand til å ta sitt ansvar for å oppnå Agenda 2030?

Vi legger opp til en samtale om avkolonisering av akademia satt i perspektiv med representanter fra interkulturelle urfolksuniversiteter i Nicaragua og Colombia; Presentasjon av SAIHs avkoloniseringsverktøy; og workshop: Hvordan relatere avkolonisering til egen studie- og undervisningshverdag?

Dette arrangementet er relevant for:
- SDG 4: God utdanning
- SDG 10: Mindre ulikhet
- SDG 16: Fred og rettferdighet
- SDG 17: Samarbeid for å nå målene

Challenges for use of Indigenous knowledge for a future Sustainable reindeer husbandry?

Contact person: Svein Mathiesen, Saami University of Applied Science and International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry

Future sustainable governance of Sámi reindeer husbandry might face major challenges related to rapid changes in the Arctic. Sámi reindeer husbandry represents a livelihood and way of life based on practices and knowledge developed through long-term experiences in living under harsh and highly variable conditions in the arctic environment.

The event will research traditional cultural capabilities in Sámi reindeer husbandry and the opportunities embedded in indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge and contribute to new knowledge and understanding in order to increase importance of sustainable goals in reindeer husbandry

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 1: No Poverty
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 15: Life on Land
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

The importance of small fish and small-scale fisheries are neglected, misrepresented and undervalued

Contact person: Jeppe Kolding, BIO, UiB

The importance of small fish and small-scale fisheries are neglected, misrepresented and undervalued in the global food discourse and in the Sustainable Development Goals. Small fish from small-scale fisheries are the most eco-friendly, energy efficient as well as socially equitable food

production system we have. They have the smallest environmental impacts in terms of greenhouse gases, water use, fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides compared to any other human food production systems. They sustain food security and supply vital nutrients for millions of people in developing countries. Fish are the biggest source of harvestable animal sourced we have. By fishing small fish lower in the aquatic food chain, we can increase food production significantly.

However:

  1. Fish as food provider is not mentioned in SDG2
  2. Fish as health provider is not mentioned in SDG3
  3. SSF as labour provider is not mentioned in SDG8
  4. SSF as most clean and climate friendly food production system is not mentioned in SDG13
  5. Inland fisheries (providing 30% of total catch) is not mentioned in SDG14
  6. Ecosystem approaches is not mentioned in any SDGs
  7. MSY is undefinable in a multispecies fishery
  8. IUU is a basket concept that criminalize many SSFs
  9. Economic growth seems more important than welfare and food and nutrition security

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 1: No Poverty
- SDG 2: Zero Hunger
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
- SDG 4: Quality Education
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
- SDG 13: Climate Action- SDG 14: Life below Water

«Responsibility Roulette» spill

Kontaktperson: Sacha Kalseth, Høgskolen i Innlandet

Denne workshopen er organisert som et interaktivt spill hvor alle som er til stede deltar, inkludert panelet med eksperter. Gjennom spillet vil deltakerne kunne utforske hvilken faktorer som er viktig for å leve et godt liv: familie og nærmiljøet, tid som ressurs, frihet og eventyrlyst, og balanse mellom forpliktelser og behov. Det stimulerer til refleksjon om relevante strategier for hvordan man kan oppnå bærekraftig levesett—deriblant strategier for hvordan man kan forstå og ta hensyn til variasjon i livsstiler, livets forskjellige stadier og overganger, og engasjere seg i kollektiv handling.

Rulettspillet består av tre store plakater med bilde av et ruletthjul delt inn med bilder av aktuelle emner. Første plakat viser relevante aktører, den andre relevante temaer, mens den siste presenterer FNs bærekraftsmål. En pil snurres rundt og avgjør hvem i panelet som skal snakke først (for eksempel sivilsamfunn), besvare spørsmålene fra deltagerne, og dele eksempler på løsninger. Her avgjøres tema for samtalen hvor eksperten med bakgrunn i sitt eget fagfelt kan koble tema relatert til ett av bærekraftsmålene.

Dette arrangementet er relevant for alle bærekraftsmålene.

  

Afternoon 15:00 - 16:30

Storage of CO2 in the subsurface: status, challenges and opportunities

Christian Hermanrud, Department of Earth Science, UiB

Underground storage of CO2 is a much-cited option to combat climate change. Such storage has been carried out in the Norwegian Continental Shelf since 1996. This event will present experiences from such storage, as well as the potential of CO2 storage offshore Norway. The event targets an audience with little or no geological knowledge.

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 13: Climate Action

Our common future ocean in a changing climate

Contact person: Dagmara Rusiecka, Geophysical Institute, UiB

Oceans cover 70% of the Earths’ surface, produce over 50% of the world’s oxygen, regulate our weather and climate patterns, and provides energy, food, medicine, and recreation. However, this invaluable shared resource is under threat due to human-induced ocean warming and acidification, expansion of oceanic dead zones, and unsustainable fishing. Safeguarding our common ocean for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency.

The EU H2020 projects, TRIATLAS and COMFORT, coordinated by UiB, provide fundamental knowledge to achieve SDG14 Life under water and SDG13 Climate action through international partnership of 57 institutes from 21 countries. However, research requires a close interaction and two way-communication with citizens and students, important task force in achieving a shift towards ocean sustainability.

We hereby invite interested students and citizens to find out about these projects and other initiatives at UiB/GFI and to help us find solutions on how we, as research and the society, can effectively work together to achieve SDGs through presentations, interactive quiz, panel discussion, local artist, all accompanied by sustainable food

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 14: Life below Water

Using SDGs to focus teaching and learning – together we can!

Contact person: Katja Enberg, Department of Biological Sciences, UiB

The multidimensionality of the Sustainable Development challenges means that often there is no single right or wrong answer to such challenges, but the SDGs provide a useful focus area for teaching, and help highlight future research needs. University of Bergen has currently five courses with the SDG-code, where one is an overview of all SDGs, and the remaining courses focus on SDGs 3, 13, 14, and 15. However, the UiB’s ambition is to cover all 17 SDGs.

This workshop will:

  1. Present experiences from the already existing SDG courses
  2. Introduce the model of Faculty Learning Community, which is a collaboration structure exceptionally well suited for interdisciplinary subjects such as education for sustainable development
  3. Provide a collaborative brainstorming arena for teachers and students interested in the establishment of new SDG courses.

We hope to meet many educators and students engaged in sustainable development for collaborative brainstorming and discussing ideas and plans for how we can together cover all the 17 SDGs in our education.

This event is relevant for all the SDGs.

Sustainability research in Norway - what strategy to follow?

Contact person: Stig Larssæther, NTNU

Ove Jakobsen, Ecological economist, Nord University
Elizabeth Barron, Associate Professor, Department of Geography NTNU (moderator)

The sustainability agenda is broad, complex and invites cooperation across disciplines and sectors. However, how can we prioritize research efforts in this challenging landscape in the face of time-critical, interdependent problems that demand change on many different levels of society?

In this workshop, we will inspect the sustainability strategy and practical work with SDGs in the Norwegian Research Council. Are we currently on the right track or should the future of sustainability research in Norway take a different route?

This event is relevant for all SDGs.

North-South Cooperation: Challenges for partnerships

Contact person: Bente Moen, Centre for International Health, UiB

Few universities have so many partnerships with institutions in South as the University of Bergen. Such relationships have also been established between other institutions in the region: for instance Haukeland University Hospital.

There are many challenges in these types of co-operation. We want to bring some of them forward for discussion. The challenges can e.g. be cultural differences, language problems, attitudes and behaviour. How can we make the co-operation real and solid?

We will have short presentations from three projects in global health, and a discussion about the partnerships in the projects, their weaknesses and strengths.

This event is relevant for SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Kunnskap, samarbeid og tillit for bærekraft. Hvordan rigge utdanningssystem og arbeidsliv for å nå målene?

Kontaktperson: Liz Helgesen, Unio, Forskerforbundet, Utdanningsforbundet

Samarbeid for rettferdig omstilling Tillit, samarbeid, utjevning og tydelige linjer mellom utdannings- arbeids- og sosialpolitikken har stått sentralt i utviklingen av nasjonalt arbeidsliv. Hvordan bygger vi videre på dette og samtidig understøtte samarbeid for å nå bærekraftsmål som også har motsetninger i seg?

Fagbevegelsen er under press både i Europa og globalt, men er en sentral aktør for å sikre at omstillingen til et bærekraftig samfunn og arbeidsliv skjer på en rettferdig måte. I Norge har det vært stor tro på at den s.k. norske modellen sikrer rettferdig omstilling. Stemmer dette fortsatt?

Hvordan kan fagorganisasjonene komme sterkere på banen for å bidra til realiseringen av bærekraftsmålene? Hva er arbeidsgivers rolle og ansvar? Må vi være både grønne og solidariske for å få til det grønne skiftet? Utdanningssektorens rolle og ansvar i det grønne skiftet.

Bærekraftsmålene utfordrer alle fag og samspillet mellom fag. De krever en annen samfunnsutvikling, som krever en ny kunnskap, handlingskompetanse og kunnskapsformidling. Hvordan jobbes dette med i dag i utdanningssektoren – og hvordan må vi jobbe i fremtiden?

Dette arrangementet er relevant for alle bærekraftsmålene.

Nordhordland UNESCO Biosfæreområde som arena for berekraftig utvikling

#FromTalkToAction #ThinkGlobalActLocal #TheFutureWeWant 

Kontakt: Inger Måren, Institutt for biologi (BIO), UNESCO Chair, UiB

Arrangør: Den norske UNESCO-kommisjonen, UNESCO Chair ved UiB, Nordhordland UNESCO Biosfæreområde og FN-sambandet

Vi les dagleg i media om klimaendringar, tap av urørt natur og biologisk mangfald, erosjon, havforureining og overhausting. Skjer dette også her heime?

For å nå FNs Agenda 2030 - ein handlingsplan for menneske, jorda og vår velferd - må vi stimulere til ny kunnskapsutvikling ved å kople lokale initiativ til nasjonale og internasjonale strategiar, og ved å sjå menneske og natur i samanheng. Vi treng å endre måten vi lever på: Korleis vi produserer, forbrukar ressursar og samhandlar med kvarandre – i samspel med naturen. Vi må handle no! Kva tyder i praksis berekraftig utvikling for kommunar, bedrifter, privatpersonar og lokalsamfunn i vår region?

Tora Aasland (leiar for den norske UNESCO-kommisjonen) og Lene Conradi (ordførar i nye Asker kommune) vil innleie denne interaktive workshopen. Fokus er lokal berekraft i det nyutnemnde Nordhordland UNESCO Biosfæreområde. Vi inviterer representantar frå beslutningstakarar, leiarar, havbruk, jordbruk og energisektoren. Dei vil, saman med studentar og forskarar, diskutere utfordringar og mogleg berekraftig utvikling på Vestlandet – den framtida vi ønskjer. Diskusjonen vil bli oppsummert i ein populærvitskapleg artikkel som vil bli publisert i nasjonale media.

Dette arrangementet er relevant for:
- SDG 3: God helse
- SDG 4: God utdanning
- SDG 7: Ren energi for alle
- SDG 8: Anstendig arbeid og økonomisk vekst
- SDG 9: Innovasjon og infrastruktur
- SDG 11: Bærekraftige byer og samfunn
- SDG 12: Ansvarlig forbruk og produksjon
- SDG 13: Stoppe klimaendringene
- SDG 14: Liv under vann
- SDG 15: Liv på land
- SDG 16: Fred og rettferdighet
- SDG 17: Samarbeid for å nå målene

Professional responsibility - How do the SDGs challenge professional knowledge?

Contact person: Tom Skauge, Norwegian Network for Ethics in Professions - Secretariat at HVL

Norwegian Network for Ethics in Professions has organized workshops almost every year from 2001 on different issues connected to questions concerning professional ethics and ethics in professional knowledge and practices.

Our 2020 conference invites academics, teachers and practitioners in different professions to reflect on how SDGs challenges professional knowledge. We invite speakers Fromm different professions to reflect on SDG our new global source of ethical normative order. More information on our website: www.profesjonsetikk.no

This event is relevant for:
- SDG 1: No Poverty
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
- SDG 4: Quality Education- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
- SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
- SDG 13: Climate Action
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
- SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Global citizenship and goal 17: south - north collaboration for the SDGs

Contact person: Josè Frantz, Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research and Innovation, University of the Western Cape

Panel discussion with 7 minute presentations and then open floor discussion

The University of the Western Cape in South Africa has identified Global citizenship as a key theme and vehicle that can be used to drive the research related to SDGs. Through this concept of global citizenship, the principles governing the research agenda aims to empower emerging researchers to develop an understanding, skills and values that focuses on resolving local and global challenges.

This workshop is a space to share the ongoing efforts employed in promoting global citizenship through linking SDG 17 to various SDGs focusing on ECD, Migration and mobility, social development and innovation, leadership in higher education, diversity in psychological practice, neuroscience and data intensive research. In the context from the south it would be interesting for researchers to position how we can drive research in this area and link it to the national context in line with the national development plan and global context in terms of the sustainable development goals.

This workshop invites researchers from the north and south to engage on how issues relating to the SDGs of national context can help influence global solutions.

This event is relevant for SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.