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Future-oriented methodologies

This theme focuses on foundational methodological issues in dealing with sustainability challenges, in particular the difficulty of estimating probabilities, forecasting, mapping systemic interlinkages, modelling and research design for identifying relevant or emerging causal mechanisms that go beyond past experiences.


The aim of these workshops is to strengthen innovative capacity and transdisciplinarity through collaboration across the research areas to develop new approaches in research methodologies oriented towards sustainability challenges and build a bank of best-practice materials and examples, as well as a network of experts.

Content can include issues such as statistical approaches to rare events, ways to approach ‘emergence’, formalising uncertainty, combining modelling and expert knowledge, systemic mapping and systems dynamics, organisation of databases to enable the retrieval of subsets of observations and contextual information, or approaches involving exploration of alternative futures. 

You will find materials, e.g. Power Point presentations, summaries, and other outcomes from the workshops gathered in LU Box -

This year's workshops within the theme

31 May: Future-oriented methodologies with focus on artificial intelligence (AI) related to SDGs

The workshop will give an overview of current state-of-art for AI and future direction related to SDGs. Discussions across SRAs to strengthen collaboration in different field related to AI or similar future-oriented methodologies.

Invited speakers

  • Kajsa M Paulsson, Coordinator Research Infrastructure, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University
  • Sonja Aits, Member of Coordinator group AI Lund, Lund University

The workshop is arranged in collaboration with the Strategic Research Areas eSSENCE and LUCC. 

More information will be provided shortly.

Information and registration at


10 June: How to use modelling as decision support

This workshop will deepen the question of why we need modeling. To understand the complexity in different societal challenges as well as finding system solutions, modelling is a powerful tool. However, to develop new approaches for cross-disciplinary problems we need to understand and listen to each other over disciplinary borders. To get a sense of these potentials, part of the workshop will be devoted to an exercise in collaborative mapping of some of the systems involved in metal recycling. The workshop will further offer the opportunity to discuss how to organise research within Lund University to understand who should take what action in modelling and decision processes.

The workshop is arranged in collaboration with the Strategic Research Areas SPI, EpiHealth and BECC.

More information will be provided shortly.

Information and registration at

SPI - (in Swedish)
EpiHealth -


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