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Call for abstracts

Knowledge for Sustainable Development - Lund University Research Conference

We welcome researchers at Lund University to submit their research contributions relating to the themes of the conference. The research contributions will be presented orally during the thematic parallel sessions or as a poster. 

We also welcome researchers at Lund University to contribute with new research ideas and projects, and invitations to research collaboration during the Matchmaking event.

End date for abstract submission has passed. 

Abstract submission

At this conference, we ask researchers at Lund University for research contributions that relate to the conference three themes described below. You may choose to give a 10 minutes oral presentation of your research during one of the parallel sessions or contribute with a poster (for a closer description see About the conference). Please note that only one abstract contribution as lead author will be accepted (you can contribute to more than one as co-author).

Download template for your research abstract (.docx, 34 kB)

Upload your research abstract here. 

End date for abstract submission has passed.


The overarching focus of the conference is Charting the Way Forward.

To accelerate the transformation of our society, we require actions that lead to sustainable and green economies, more jobs, and a healthy planet for all, where no one is left behind. Many stakeholders are active. For example, the Government of Sweden will host a UN, high-level meeting in June 2022 on the theme ‘Only One Earth’, to highlight possibilities for shifting to more sustainable and greener lifestyles. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) are releasing two new reports, on impacts, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation on climate change, and the COP15 promotes action to bring about a transformation in society´s relationship with biodiversity and a fulfillment of the vision of living in harmony with nature. 

This overarching focus sets the scene and the mind-set for the day. In addition, submission of abstracts within the three broad, interdisciplinary themes below are welcome. Below you can read more about each theme. The texts only exemplify the research questions that can be approached within each theme, the list could of course be much longer.

How do we understand sustainable development, and can we assess progress towards the SDGs? Addressing these questions raises methodological challenges, for example in estimating probabilities, forecasting, mapping systemic interlinkages, modelling, and in the development of a research design for identifying relevant or emerging causal mechanisms that go beyond past experiences. In many contexts, questions such as “Sustainability – of what – where – for whom – for how long?” are not trivial. The sustainability challenges are complex and sometimes presuppose new methodological approaches based on collaboration across research disciplines and with societal stakeholders. Which indicators are suitable to use and which methods give the most reliable results? 

This theme invites researchers to showcase and discuss concrete examples on how sustainable development can be assessed and measured, e.g., evaluation of ecologically sustainable growth, analysis of circular materials, ways of measuring human development outcomes, inequality and poverty, or other useful indicators of sustainable development and of sustainability performance. 

Key words: Future-oriented methodologies, mixed methods research, sustainability performance indicators, measuring, analysis, uncertainty, complexity, resilience, substitutability. 

We are in need of research that enables and triggers action and change. Sustainable transformation requires new solutions and new technologies. To ensure maximum benefit of research investments it is important to early on consider future impact and societal needs. To achieve this, interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration with stakeholders are vital. There is a need for new research approaches that actively and in mutually enriching way involve businesses, industries, non-governmental organisations, authorities, and citizens.

This theme will provide examples of and critically reflect on solutions, actions, and changes that have been put forward, for example with regards to sustainable agriculture, digitalization, sustainable production and consumption, social resilience, eco-pedagogy, degrowth, energy storage and conversion, access to clean water, green fuels, sustainable building sector, materials for sustainable industry and technology, etc. 

A desired outcome of this theme will be an improved ability to evaluate and describe future impact and to formulate compelling impact stories, as it is increasingly common for funders to require that research results should be of societal relevance and have both short- and long-term impact.

Key words: Technologies enabling sustainable development, sustainable solutions, mitigation, collaboration, co-creation, industrial transformation, drivers of change, impact logic, impact synergies, effects, innovation.

The increasingly acute problems caused by climate change, resource depletion and other sustainability challenges are now better understood than ever, yet we often perceive a striking inertia when it comes to taking action. One reason is that it is often far from obvious which solution will lead to the desired result. A proposed solution might be poorly adapted to the context in which it is to be implemented or create new unforeseen problems. Some groups risk losing out on the green transition and new products might lead to hazardous waste that we are not yet aware of. Hence, a critical analysis of the SDGs (synergies, conflicts, and trade-offs) and the work to implement them is needed, as well as an in-depth understanding of desired and undesired outcomes of their implementation, including at the system level. Often, challenges are framed in a global perspective, but new policies are to be implemented on a local level, and hence need to be adapted to different conditions.  

Within this Theme, we will discuss research on barriers to climate action and sustainable transition. What barriers need to be overcome to shift individual motivations and cultural norms? What roles do politics, democracy, faith, and religion play? Which analysis methods work and can thus guide and enable action?

Key words: Challenges, implementation problems, contextual understanding, distributional issues, judgment and decision making, system analysis, technology and sustainability trade-offs, policy.

Matchmaking contribution

We also welcome researchers at Lund University to give presentations of new research ideas and projects, and invitations to research collaboration during the Matchmaking event. You present your research idea in form of a short 3 minutes pitch followed by a mingle session for further discussions. Take the opportunity to prepare for the second university-wide call on Interdisciplinary Projects Focusing on Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development, upcoming calls within Horizon Europe, or other activities (for a closer description see About the conference). Please note that only one match-making contribution as lead author will be accepted (you can contribute to more than one as co-author).

Download template for your matchmaking contribution (.docx, 34 kB)

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End date for matchmaking submission has passed.

Read more about the call for applications for university-wide funding for Interdisciplinary Projects Focusing on Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development -

General information

The research contributions and matchmaking pitches will be evaluated by the scientific committee. Contributions received after the submission deadline cannot be accepted and therefore will not be considered for the programme. Submission of an abstract or a pitch does not guarantee its acceptance. By submitting a contribution, the author authorises the organisers to publish his/her contribution during the conference. Presenting authors are acting on behalf and with consent of all authors of the contribution. 

Notification of abstract and matchmaking contribution acceptance is March 24.

The scientific contributions will be evaluated by a scientific committee, with members from the Lund University Research Board, the Sustainability Forum steering committee, and researchers at Lund University.  

  • Anna Meeuwisse, Professor, School of Social Work
  • Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, Professor, Department of Human Geography
  • Ellen Hillbom, Professor, Department of Economic History
  • Heiner Linke, Professor, Department of Physics
  • Henrik Thorén, Researcher, Department of Philosophy
  • Johannes Persson, Professor, Department of Philosophy
  • Lars J Nilsson, Professor, Department of Technology and Society
  • Susanne Arvidsson, Associate Professor, Department of Business and Administration

Register to the conference

Registration closed. 

Time for the event

2 May 2022 08:30 to 16:30


Scandic Star Hotel, Lund

Target group

The conference is aimed at researchers associated with Lund University, as well as other researchers, stakeholders, and students who wish to join the discussions and share their views and learn more about research conducted at Lund University.




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