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SDG CONFERENCE BERGEN 2022

Day 1: Thursday 10 February 2022

Programme for Day 1 at the SDG Conference Bergen 2022.

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Opening of digital conference platform from 09:00

WELCOME AND FORMAL OPENING (10:00-10:30)

Welcome and formal opening of the SDG Conference Bergen 2021

SESSION 1: URGENCIES (10:30-12:00)

Abstract

Climate change can be discussed differently across countries, cultures and disciplines, but there is one aspect that unites everyone – we don’t have much time to meet the targets of the 2030 Agenda. Urgency is clearly expressed through the lens of the natural sciences and the risk of abrupt and irreversible changes in climate and ecosystems. However, the awareness of such risks may generate not only a sense of urgency, but also a despair. What actions do we take? On which premises? The perceived urgency may indeed be the starting point of fast cultural transformations that may counteract the dangerous tipping points in natural systems. In this session we will explore the multiple aspects that define the sense of urgencies and the role of the individual in societal transformations.

Programme and participants

Speakers

  • Mr. Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment, Government of Norway
  • Dr. Kikki Kleiven, Director of the Bjerknes Centre
  • Mr. James Honeybourne, creative director of Freeborne Media

Keynotes

  • Dr. Karen O’Brien, Professor of Human Geography, University of Oslo
  • Dr. Tim Lenton, Professor, Director of Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter

Discussion

  • Dr. Karen O’Brien, Professor of Human Geography, University of Oslo
  • Dr. Tim Lenton, Professor, Director of Global Systems Institute, University of Exeter
  • Xavier Erbai Matsutaro, National Climate Change Coordinator, Republic of Palau
  • Further panellists TBC

Sessions organisers and resource persons

  • Dr. Dorothy Dankel, Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences (BIO), University of Bergen
  • Dr. Dag O. Hessen, Professor, Center for biogeochemistry in Anthropocene, University of Oslo
  • Ms. Emilie Flønes, Student, University of Bergen

Lunch break (12:00-12:45)

An opportunity to catch up with other conference participants, explore the SDG conference exhibiton or visit the special PhD/Postdoc poster session.

PhD/Postdoc posters and videopresentations (12:45-13:15)

Explore digital posters made by PhDs and postdoctoral researchers presenting their research related to the conference theme.

 

SESSION 2: PRACTICES (13:15-14:30)

Abstract

In this session speakers will explore the contestation of knowledge and its implications for environmental sustainability. Three themes are highlighted: Defending the environment through knowledge, indigenous knowledge in practice, and the politics of knowledge. The panel highlights particular cases that exemplify this and highlight the political nature of particular ways of knowing, or ontology. These cases include the knowledge practices of indigenous reindeer herders, scientists and citizen groups where knowledge is contested from courtrooms to violent conflicts alike.

Programme and participants

Speakers

  • Dr. Phillippe Le Billon, Professor, Department of Geography, The University of British Columbi
  • Ms. Eva Marie Fjellheim, PhD student, Centre for Sami Studies, The Arctic University of Norway
  • Mr. Anders Oskal, Secretary General at the Association of World Reindeer Herders and Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Guovdageaidnu
  • Dr. Maria Paula Meneses, Principal researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra

Discussion

  • Dr. Phillippe Le Billon, Professor, Department of Geography, The University of British Columbia
  • Ms. Eva Marie Fjellheim, PhD student, Centre for Sami Studies, The Arctic University of Norway
  • Mr. Anders Oskal, Secretary General at the Association of World Reindeer Herders and Director of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry in Guovdageaidnu
  • Dr. Maria Paula Meneses, Principal researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra

Sessions organisers and resource persons

  • Dr. Camilla Brattland, Associate Professor in Sámi cultural science, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway
  • Dr. John Andrew McNeish, Professor, Faculty of Landscape and Society, International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Break / mingling opportunity (14:30-14:45)

SESSION 3: FUTURES (14:45-16:00)

Imagining Sustainability and Development Otherwise - Artistic Provocations of Utopian and Dystopian Futures

Abstract

In this session we want to explore ways of knowing the future through the lens of popular culture media and art. In our take on the subject, we see the SDG framework as a particular form of utopia, carrying a specific history and way of framing the sustainability field. We want to challenge and contrast this outlook through demonstrating and discussing various popular cultural narratives of our future existence spanning from film, TV series and video games. What can we learn from this journey into artistic utopian and dystopian futures and how may they influence our way of knowing our current society and the challenges we are facing?

Programme and participants

Speakers

Discussion

Sessions organisers and resource persons

  • Dr. Stig A. Larssæther, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. John Andrew McNeish, Professor, Faculty of Landscape and Society, International Environment and Development Studies, Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences