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Conference programme

The conference offers all activities on campus with events such as research paper presentations, workshops, seminars and poster presentations.

There are two parallel sessions given at set time slots. All activities are held at the Department of Political Science in Lund.

Conference programme - 29 September

9.15 - 9.45 Welcome and inspirational presentations - acceleration of progress (Room Ed236)

The year of 2023 marks the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which is based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals that includes ending poverty, reducing inequality and tackling climate change. Early efforts after the SDGs were adopted produced some favourable trends. In the past three years however, disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and climate-related disasters have veered many of the goals off-track. Therefore, an acceleration of progress was called for at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2022. The latest High-level Political Forum took place in July 2023 and will be followed by the 2023 SDG Summit in September, where the outcome of the summit is to create a negotiated political declaration.

Kristina Jönsson will give a welcome and introduction to the conference, followed by short presentations by Thomas Hickmann and Magdalena Bexell on the current progress of the 2030 Agenda and the latest updates from the High Level Political Forum.

10.00 - 11.40 Paper and research presentations

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11.50 - 12.30 Seminar (room Ed236)

Organiser: Ida Knutsson, Malmö Academy of Music - 

The fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4) stipulates ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (UN, 2023). I investigate how teachers from the classical instrumental tradition in Swedish Art and Music Schools teach groups of children. I have found that even though the teachers were unable to verbally report how they worked with democracy in class, they showed clear democratic ambitions. For that reason, an investigation of instrumental music teachers’ democratic teaching could be useful for education institutions globally.

The purpose of this seminar is to get input from other disciplines; how does a non-musician scholar perceive the potential value of instrumental music group teaching for children from an Agenda 2030 perspective?

11.40 - 12.30 Workshop session (room Ed235)

Organizer: Andreea Neagu, Business Administration

My research area stands at the intersection between organizational strategy, policymakers and financial institutions and how such actors assess, measure, commit and set targets in the transition towards a Net Zero society. Moreover, I am analyzing mandatory and voluntary initiatives in sustainability reporting that help companies to understand their material risks in relation to climate change more systemically, set targets, and align in their transitions.

In this workshop, there will be a joint discussion about how these positive targets can be addressed and implemented, if understanding climate change through a financial perspective helps in creating positive outcomes respectively, and how the climate sentiment is to be stabilized for a long-term perspective from a financial perspective.

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 - 14.50 Seminar and panel discussion sessions

Organizers: Agnieszka Rzepczynska, Biology, Margot Knapen, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Sciences- & Lina Lefstad, Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies-

There might be an impression that the global carbon cycle in terms of carbon storage, transformations and fluxes are well understood by scientists. However, studying these processes is rather elusive due to matters of complexity, scale and climate change itself.

This seminar is part of the joint PhD seminar series on environmental challenges at Lund University and will highlight ongoing PhD research related to carbon. Agnieszka Rzepczynska (Biology) investigates soil microbes and their role in the global carbon cycling. Lina Lefstad (LUCSUS) analyses the sustainability of Carbon Capture and Storage technology and their expectations for net carbon removal. Margot Knapen (Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science) looks at whether vegetation models are keeping pace with rapid and complex changes occurring in the Arctic carbon cycles due to climate change.

Organizers: Jesica López, Centre for Environmental and Climate Science and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School- Stubbendorff, Clinical Sciences and the Agenda 2030 Graduate School -

According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food systems (FS) encompass the entire range of actors, their interlinked value-adding activities and parts of the broader economic, societal and natural environments in which they are embedded. Therefore, any structural change in the food system might originate from a change in another system. But what is considered and defined as a Sustainable Food System (SFS) and how does it lie at the heart of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

We will use specific national examples to navigate through the complexity and characteristics of how a sustainable food system could be reshaped, for example factors like productivity, better inclusion of poor and marginalized populations, more sustainable and resilient systems, and ability to deliver healthy and nutritious diets.

The following topics will be presented and discussed during the session:

  • What is a food system (e.g. conventional and Sustainable)
  • Climate impacts of food systems
  • Food systems and its effects on land use and biodiversity loss
  • Health aspects and relations with food systems
  • Question segment, open discussion and concluding remarks

14.50 - 15.20 Fika and poster session

15.20 - 17.00 Paper presentations (room Ed236)

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15.20 - 16.50 Workshop session (room Ed235)

Organizer: Michelle Ochsner, Transport and Roads-

The call to adapt to the negative effects of climate change has increased over recent years. Extreme weather events are becoming more severe and frequent due to climate change. Decision makers and planners face the added challenge of dealing with the uncertainties related to climate change, the changing physical environment, and changing socioeconomic developments.

The purpose of this session is to explore the use of DAPP for flexible adaptation planning. First, the session will begin with presenting an on-going project and some preliminary results of a Vinnova funded project aimed at testing DAPP in Trelleborg, Sweden to protect an at-risk coastal railway. Then the session will work through collectively creating an adaptation pathways map and end with discussing how to hold a successful workshop.

17.00- After work and networking  (Room Ed236)

End of programme