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Lund University has since 2009, lead, participated and further developed research within 12 Strategic Research Areas (SRA). This has given the university an opportunity to develop long-term research with a high international standard. The combination of specific research environments and interdisciplinary collaborations has resulted in productive conditions for excellent research within a wide range of subjects. 

As the climate and other planetary crises escalate, there is a need to develop the SRA’s to better meet the societal challenges and to find solutions to achieve a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development worldwide. Inspired by last year’s SRA conference on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) set up by the UN, the SRA collegium at Lund university is organising a series of joint workshops with focus on sustainability and societal relevance.

The aim of the workshops is to develop work processes of common interest, exchange experiences and strengthen sustainability collaboration between the SRA’s, as well as to create a broader reflection on sustainability issues at Lund university and in society. The sustainable development goals can in this context function as a common language connecting academic activities with policy goals. There is also a need to involve younger researchers and to strengthen the competence of doctoral students. Two doctoral courses will therefore be offered in connection to the workshop series.

The themes of the year will offer opportunities for discussions across the different SRA’s regarding issues such as underlying conflicts between the SDG’s, and different ways of understanding and working towards sustainability. 

The workshop series is organised in collaboration with Sustainability Forum, which is providing support for coordination, implementation and communication.


Target group

Workshops will mainly target researchers, doctoral students and research coordinators/ administrators from the Strategic Research Areas, but the workshops will be open to all staff within Lund University. 


Project manager

Helen Avery

helen [dot] avery [at] cme [dot] lu [dot] se

Project coordinator

Cerina Wittbom

cerina [dot] wittbom [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Communications officer

Izabella Rosengren

izabella [dot] rosengren [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se