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16 November 2021

Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg: Collaboration in a (post-) pandemic world – the need to reconnect and rethink priorities

Welcome to Global Sustainable Futures second annual online conference 2021

The conference targets researchers and teachers at the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology and their partners in low- and middle-income countries with an interest in academic collaboration. The event aims to strengthen networks, provide inspiration and present new research or experiences from other forms of university collaborations.

The past 18 months brought us new insights, new habits and new ways of working together. Keeping respectfully in mind the huge personal losses of lives, livelihoods and relationships that millions of people have experienced, the pandemic also forced us to re-think our priorities.

The transition towards more sustainable paths for development has added a focus on research and policy collaboration. The pandemic has made the global inequalities visible – be it health, food, gender, or access to internet – and at the same time shown us that we share the same world, with shared development goals, challenges and missions.

This is the setting for the second Global Sustainable Futures conference featuring two keynote presentations and three parallel sessions. Researchers and lecturers will present new research, new collaborations and lessons from global exchange and reflect on collaboration in a (post)-pandemic world. It will be partly a stock-taking discussion – where are we now? – and partly a forward-looking conversation – where do we go from here?


Moderator, Olof Drakenberg, Global Sustainable Futures

9.00-9.05 Welcome and introduction to the programme

9.05-9.15 University collaboration for Agenda 2030 – Room for innovation
Magdalena Eriksson, Global Sustainable Futures

9.15-9.35 Keynote – Towards Collaborative Futures: The need to reconnect in a post-pandemic world
Swati Parashar, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

9.35-9.45 Menti survey on who we are, main interests and more

9.45-9.50 Introduction to the parallel sessions

9.50-10.00 Pause

10.00-11.10 Parallel sessions

  1. Food and health, moderated by Göran Bondjers, University of Gothenburg and Ulf Svanberg, Chalmers University of Technology
  2. Teaching and capacity development in higher education, moderated by Anders Burman, University of Gothenburg
  3. Land and society, moderated by Liane Thuvander, Chalmers University of Technology

11.10-11.15 Pause

11.15-11.35 Keynote – Shifting priorities or more of the same, what lessons on African research training are valid in a (post) pandemic world? Perspectives from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa, CARTA
Sharon Fonn, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

11.35-11.55 Panel discussion – What can I/we do to promote more equitable university collaborations collaborations in research and education?

Swati Parashar, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg

Sharon Fonn, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

Emilio Brandao, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology

Lennart Bångens, Environmental Systems Analysis/Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology

11.55-12.00 Wrap up


Register HERE


From 16 November 2021 at 09:00 to 16 November 2021 at 12:00


Zoom webinar