Workshop Series - Agenda 2030 An Ocean of Opportunities for Academia


SDGs & Academia This workshop series aim to highlight the new dimensions that Agenda 2030 offers academia in strengthening its contribution to a sustainable society.

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The first workshop in the series focused on SDGs as drivers for utilization, 9 October 2017, Stockholm.


Contact Anna Nordén, Network Manager, SDSN Northern Europe,

SDGs as Drivers of Utilization

The workshops have been designed for those of you with interest and mission linked to utilization of research for sustainable development, i.e. vice-principals, heads of innovation offices, environmental managers and others with an interest in the theme of these workshops. Let’s exchange experiences and inspire each other!

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Workshop 1, 9 October 2017, Stockholm

How do we know that our activities for utilization of research have effects that benefit sustainable development?

Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN) Northern Europe invites you to the 1st workshop in our workshop series – Agenda 2030: An Ocean of Opportunities for Academia. This first workshop will focus on the question: How do we know that our activities for utilization of research have effects that benefit sustainable development?

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Date: 9 October, 2017
Undervisningshuset room U31 at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Anna Nordén, Program Manager, SDSN Northern Europe,

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13:00 – 13:10
Welcome and Introduction to Flinga
Anna Nordén, Program Manager SDSN Northern Europe



13:10 – 13:30
How can Academia support Agenda 2030 to become an Agenda of Opportunities
Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director for Stockholm Environmental Institute


When 194 countries agreed on Agenda 2030 in September 2015, it was a remarkable success. While the Agenda is owned by the governments, the success of implementation and achievement rests on all societal actors, working through existing and new partnerships. Academia has a crucial role to play, but as the agenda is truly multidisciplinary and multi-actor in nature, it will require innovative thinking both in terms of academic collaboration as well as communication and societal engagement. Johan will share his experiences from working at the science-policy interface through most of his career.

13:30 – 15:00

Inspirational Talks of Current Activities & Beneficial Effects for a Sustainable Society

KTH Systematic approach for continual improvements
Kristina Von Oelreich, Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Office



This presentation will share how KTH contributes to the SDGs by their systematic work with continuous improvements, which includes measuring and monitoring the impact of their sustainability efforts. Kristina will report on KTH’s sustainable development management system focusing on the SDGs and provide examples of how they monitor and measure the effects of their sustainability efforts in collaboration with different actors.


NTNU Research Contributions to Sustainable Development
Ingvald Strømmen, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology



NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has as its vision “Knowledge for a better world” and creates solutions that can change our daily lives. Sustainability Research at NTNU are interdisciplinary and work to solve major societal and environmental challenges. Contributions are related to conditions for sustainable politics and practices – sustainable buildings, urban design and transport solutions in cities – understanding relationships between human activities and sustainable use of natural resources – establish analytical tools to quantify the environmental impact of communities, products and businesses. The Research addresses challenges given in the SDGs. Research Agendas are often worked out in cooperation with businesses and authorities and in this way ensure the relevance.


University of Helsinki Science for more sustainable society – Lessons from the Finnish science policy activities
Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Research Coordinator



This presentation will give an overview on major Finnish science policy initiatives aiming to integrate research results into societal decision making in order to promote the implementation of the SDGs. Kaisa will conclude the lessons learnt on what is needed from the researchers as well as from societal actors to achieve the impact for more sustainable society.


Chalmers for a Sustainable Future
Maria Djupström, Head of the environmental department
Anna Lundgren, Process leader and senior advisor utilization

Chalmers is implementing the SDGs as effect targets for utilization. This is done by linking the SDGs with the university’s operational development and utilization strategy. Anna and Maria will provide concrete examples of how this is done and how it involves management, operation support and faculty.


15:00 – 15:15
Break for coffee or tea and veggie wrap

15:15 – 16:45
Workshop discussing How do we know that our activities for utilization of research have effects that benefit sustainable development?

16:45 – 17:00
Wrapping up the workshop

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