June 1, 2022 at 08:50
House 2, Albano, Stockholm University

On 1 June, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the UN’s first environmental conference, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Stockholm Environment Institute are arranging a one-day conference. The main focus is on how academia, through research and higher education, can contribute to the transition to a more sustainable development.

Participate on site or online

You can livestream the confernce on this site or choose to be present in House 2 at Albano. To participate on site, you need to register in the link below.

Register here for onsite attendance


Opening plenary session

08.50-09.15 CET opening: WE HEAR YOU — A CLIMATE ARCHIVE
Participants: Melinda Kinnaman, Razmus Nyström.
Texts by Greta Thunberg, Lilli Hokama, Jacob Hirdwall.
Directed by Jacob Hirdwall.

WE HEAR YOU—A CLIMATE ARCHIVE is a collaboration between Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden), The Earth Commons—Georgetown University’s Institute for Environment and Sustainability, The Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC, and The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. We Hear You—A Climate Archive is co-conceived by Caitlin Nasema Cassidy and Jacob Hirdwall. Additional support for this project is provided by the Swedish Arts Council and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

09.15-12.15 CET: Plenary session 1: How academia can support transformative changes in the decade of action

Moderator: Annika Dopping

09.15-09.40 CET: Sub session 1


  • Astrid Söderbergh Widding, president, Stockholm University.
  • Ole Petter Ottersen, president, Karolinska Institutet.
  • Sigbritt Karlsson, president, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
  • Åsa Persson, Research Director and Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment Institute.

9.40-11.00 CET: Sub session 2: Key notes addressing different aspects of the 4 dimensions – Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population.


  • Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Founder and CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).
  • Dr. Nyovani Madise, Director of Development Policy and Head of Malawi office, African Institute for Development Policy.
  • Prof Andy Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, Centre for Climate Change and Planetary Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

11.00-11.30 CET: Coffee and music.

11.30-12.15 CET: Sub session 3


  • His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana.
  • Noura Berrouba, President, National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations (LSU).
  • Prof Teruo Fujii, President, University of Tokyo.

12.15-13.15 CET: Lunch and music.


Parallel sessions

13.15-14.45 CET

The parallel sessions are organized by the four partner organizations. You see speakers and content by clicking on the headings below.

Final plenary session

15.15-16.45 CET: Plenary session 2: Next generation leadership: how academia can support sustainable transformation that drives innovation, entrepreneurship and green jobs.


  • Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
  • Henrik Henriksson, Chief Executive Officer at H2 Green Steel.

Pleanry dialogue session.


  • Ossian Ahlkvist, Board member at Student Union of KTH (THS).
  • Salomé Hahne, MSc Candidate in Biomedicine and Secretary, Students for sustainable development at KI.
  • Jaee Nikam, Research Associate at SEI Asia.
    Elis Wibacke, chairperson Stockholm university student union.

16.45-17.00 CET: Closing session.


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Contact information

Visiting addresses:

Geovetenskapens Hus,
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, Stockholm

Arrheniuslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16, Stockholm (Unit for Toxicological Chemistry)

Mailing address:
Department of Environmental Science
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

Press enquiries should be directed to:

Stella Papadopoulou
Science Communicator
Phone +46 (0)8 674 70 11