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Sea and Society Day - Great expectations

Sustainability and environment
Education and learning

There are great expectations on researchers, not only to publish high qualitative results but also to actively participate in co-creating transformation in societies. But can we as researchers focusing on sea and society meet these great expectations? How? What are our roles in this development and what gaps of knowledge do we need to fill?

17 Dec 2020
13:00 - 15:30
Registration deadline
16 December 2020

Centre for Sea and Society
Registration is closed.
Porträtt Martin Visbeck
Martin Visbeck, Head of Research Unit, Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

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Welcome to Sea and Society Day 2020! The digital conference is open for everyone with an interest in the topic, including, researchers, students and others who are engaged in the future of our oceans. The programme is filled with short keynote speakers, panel- and group discussions. Aiming for a multidisciplinary, interactive and open-minded afternoon.


13:00–13:10 Welcome and Intro

Lena Gipperth, Director Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg. 


13:10–13:25  Expectations on the science collective

Martin Visbeck, Professor, Kiel University, and Member of the Executive Planning group for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Future.

13:25–13:40 The roles of academics in sustainability transitions

Björn Sandén, Professor, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers University of Technology.

Panel discussion

13:40–14:10 The expectations on the science collective


Allison Perrigo, Director, Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, University of Gothenburg

Dick Kasperowski, Senior lecturer, Theory of Science, University of Gothenburg

Poul Holm, Guest Professor, Centre for Sea and Society and The Department of Historical studies, University of Gothenburg 

Sam Dupont, researcher, Centre for Collective Action Research, CeCAR.

Discussion lead by Lydia Rysavy from Fridays for Future. 

14:10–14:20 Paus

Group discussion

14:20–14:50 How to make an impact - The possibilities, the limits and the boundaries 

We share experiences, ideas and discuss the expectations of the science collective in smaller groups. 

Speed talks

14:55–15:25  Introducing platforms where researchers can help drive sustainable transformation 

The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, Kajsa Tönnesson.

The Swedish work with The UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, Petra Wallberg, Formas.

Eutopia, Camilla Pettersson, Grants and Innovation Office, University of Gothenburg.

Global sustainable futures, Magdalena Eriksson, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV).

Havsplattformen mot fattigdom, Wilhelm Gårdmark, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.


15:25–15:30 Wrap-up and the end