We’re a facilitator between academia and the society, a catalyst for utilization of knowledge for a sustainable society.


Launch of SDSN Northern Europe 25-26 February, 2016.

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A catalyst for utilization of knowledge for a sustainable society.

We create and host workshops, conferences and seminars with our members, joining forces for sustainable solutions. We’re a facilitator between academia and society, a catalyst for utilization of knowledge.

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Upcoming events

We are involved in many events this year! Welcome to join us!

Euro-Enviro 2019 Interdisciplinary Solutions for Sustainable Development, 29 April to 3 May 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden
This is an annual symposium that gathers students with a passion for sustainability from different academic disciplines and universities across Europe. SDSN Youth in Northern Europe is one of the sponsors of the conference and Sandra Alm, our SDG Coordinator, is the project coordinator.
Applications will close on 1 March 2019. Apply here >>
Visit the conference website >>


Solutions Initiative Forum – COASTAL is planned for May 2019 in Aalborg, Denmark.

More information to come – stay tuned!

Solution Initiative Forum – AIR is planned for 28 August 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Visit the webpage >>

Aerial view of Gothenburg, illustrating SIF Air

ReGeneration 2030 Summit 2019 – Changing climate, changing lifestyles!
A conference for teenagers and young adults, 15-29 years old, of the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions. Application for the Summit will be open in March 2019. Karin Bylund, our SDSN Youth Coordinator in Northern Europe will be there. Join her!
Stay tuned and visit the Summit webpage >>

Other open events, organised by our members

Sustainability Science Days – Mak­ing Use of Sustainability Science, 9-10 May 2019, Aalto & Helsinki University, Finland
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Climate Conference: The Lost Decade? Planning The Future, 28 February – 1 March 2019 at Aalborg University Copenhagen
SDSN NE Co-chair Katherine Richardson is one of the speakers on the title: “Where in the world is the climate headed?”
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Past events

Lunch lecture with Lindholmen Students for Sustainability, 30 January 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden

Karin Bylund, Coordinator of SDSN Youth in Northern Europe, on stage talking about the SDGs and Agenda2030.


SDG Conference 2019, re:thinking/re:working – addressing the inequality of knowledge, Bergen, Norway

“We need governance to manage the global resources. We’re all equally far from achieving a sustainable future.” SDSN NE Co-chair Katherine Richardson in her keynote speech.

SDSN NE Co-chair Katherine Richardson of University of Copenhagen was one of the keynote speakers at the conference. Martin Eriksson and Maria Svane from the SDSN NE secretariat also attended.

Visit the conference website >>

The second day of the 2019 SDG Conference Bergen focused on how the academic community can bring its knowledge to decision-makers locally and globally.
Read the news article >>
Watch the video from the conference >>

Maritime Cluster in West Sweden, Annual Conference 2019
Cooperation, development and creativity were in focus when maritime experts met at this year’s conference in Western Sweden. Martin Eriksson and Anders Ahlbäck from the SDSN NE secretariat was there to present the SDG Impact Assessment Tool which was very well received by the audience.

Read the news article [In Swedish] >>

COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 2-15 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland
Our SDG Coordinator Sandra Alm went by train to attend the second week. Hear the young voices and read the reflections from Sandra here >>

Our SDG Coordinator Sandra Alm at COP24.

Transforming for Sustainability‘, Conference, 28-29 November in UN City Copenhagen, Denmark
This event was organised by Roskilde University and UN City Copenhagen. Martin Eriksson and Maria Svane from the SDSN NE secretariat attended.

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5th Annual SNIH Conference – Navigating Your Future In Public Health, 9-10 November, Gothenburg, Sweden
SDSN Youth coordinator Karin Bylund led a workshop at the conference, arranged by SNIH – a SDSN Youth member.

Visit the conference web page >>

The conference “The SDGs and the Future of Europe”, organized by the European Network for Political Foundations (ENoP) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) took place in Bonn, Germany on 15 October 2018.

Jan Pettersson, Martin Eriksson and Maria Svane from the secretariat represented SDSN Northern Europe at the conference.

Read the conference report and see more pictures >>

Panel Discussion within the WCERE 2018 Pre-Conference, 25 June 2018, Gothenburg
Learn more about the WCERE 2018 Conference >>


ReGeneration 2030 Summit, 18-20 August 2018, Åland
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Seminar: Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities, 4 June 2018, Gothenburg
Marjan van den Belt is an Ecological Economist and until recently Assistant Vice Chancellor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where she used the SDGs as an organizational framework. The seminar focused on getting the Global Goals for Sustainable development into action at academic institutions. Marjan van den Belt is one of the authors of the guide: “Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities”, published by SDSN. Marjan is presenting the guide followed by a discussion on how to implement the SDGs at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg.

Transforming Sectors: SDG Implementation in Sweden, Public Evening Event, 15 May 2018, Stockholm
In the gracious presence of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, SDG Advocate, SDSN Northern Europe in collaboration with several partners invited the public to an evening event regarding SDG implementation in Sweden. The keynote speaker by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and the panel discussion with Marie Dahllöf, Secretary General Postcode Foundation, Carin Jämtin, Director-General Sida, Mette Morsing, Professor Stockholm School of Economics and Johan Rockström, Executive Director Stockholm Resilience Centre, highlighted concrete examples of the sustainable transformation underway, what is missing and the opportunities for action in Sweden.

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Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) Integration, 14 May 2018, Stockholm
“The Integration Solutions Report shows us that solutions are also coming from business and the civil society. With all sectors together we can create a more inclusive society”

On May 14, 2018, SDSN Northern Europe, Forum for Social Innovation Sweden and GU Ventures joined forces together with Swedish national committee for global environmental change at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences at Sida to promote innovative solutions to meet challenges of integration. We gathered over 100 entrepreneurs, business representatives, investors, researchers and decision makers to promote sustainable solutions for a more inclusive society.

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SDG Conference, 8-9 February 2018, Bergen: “Knowledge for Our Common Future”

See the conference in full:
The stream from day 1 – Thursday 8 February, 2018.
The stream from day 2 – Friday 9 February, 2018.
Lifelong Learning to be Critical – A Personal Reflection by Anna Nordén >>
SDG Conference in Bergen is to be annual event >>

Failure Lunch! Learning from Failing Dialogues for Sustainable Urban Development. 22 November 2017
SDSN Northern Europe launched the Failure Lunch-concept within the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development program. Failure Lunch is a public forum where failures and lessons learned from them are shared. Experts shared inspiring stories about when dialogues for urban development didn’t go as expected and what they have learned. SDSN Northern Europe hosted the event together with the GAME Network and Mistra Urban Futures.

Be on the lookout for our next Failure Lunch.

See full program >>


Session: Green Investment Tools for Sustainable Development 20 October, 2017

Kristina Alnes from CICERO, Björn Bergstrand from Kommuninvest, Idil Bilgic from EBRD, Anders Olstad from Entra and Sunniva Bratt Slette from Storebrand discuss how green investment tools can be scaled up and how they can be more holistic from an Agenda 2030 perspective.

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Workshop: Agenda 2030 – An Ocean of Opportunities for Academia, 9 October 2017

On 9 October 2017, SDSN Northern Europe arranged a workshop titled Agenda 2030: An Ocean of Opportunities for Academia at KTH, Stockholm. Representatives from higher education institutions in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland took part in the workshop which focused on the question: How do we know that our activities for utilization of research contribute to sustainable development?

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Solutions Initiative Forum Oceans 16 May, 2017

“The solutions are out there. Now we need to create strong collaborations between different stakeholders and we also need to join forces to communicate around the solutions related to SDG14”

On 16 May 2017, in collaboration with the Maritime Cluster of West Sweden, we gathered over 100 entrepreneurs, business representatives, industry representatives, investors, researchers and decision makers to promote more sustainable solutions for our oceans.

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Localizing Global Agendas – Social focus key to not leaving anyone behind, 20 June 2017
The SDSN Northern Europe was one of the partners contributing to the conference Localizing Global Agendas – Social focus key to not leaving anyone behind organized by SDSN Northern Europe member The Swedish independent think tank Global Utmaning. The conference highlighted success factors and strategies to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and particularly how national policies can serve as tools for local implementation.

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Sustainability Science day in Helsinki 11–12 May 2017

Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Global SDSN, Anna Nordén, Program Manager of SDSN Northern Europe and Maria Svane, Member Coordinator at SDSN Northern Europe were some of the speakers at the Sustainability Science day in Helsinki on 12 May.

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Launch of SDSN Northern Europe 25–26 February 2016

The SDSN Northern Europe was officially launched in Gothenburg on 25–26 February with the participation of the Swedish Prime Minister, top academics and the CEOs of several major Swedish companies.

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