Sustainability Talks at Campus Gotland

Sustainability Talks is a series of transdisciplinary seminars at Campus Gotland with the ambition to link education and research with the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provide a platform for guest lectures, student presentations and open discussions.

This seminar is a grass-root initiative where individuals from different faculties at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland joined forces in working towards an open discussion about sustainability, most importantly through a cross-disciplinary environment. One of the main objectives with the seminar series it to raise awareness in the local environment on Gotland.

The seminar is free, public and open for anyone. For more information, please send an email to: info@swedesd.uu.se

Upcoming seminar

'Climate change - a perfect moral storm?'

Date: 7 February
Venue: Campus Gotland, Room E22
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

Where does the responsibility in reducing global emissions lie? This crucial question is discussed at the next Sustainability Talks 7 February.

While the Paris Agreement outlines some of the commitments made by the global community to limit some of the most dangerous impacts of climate change, we are continuing to see a steady increase in emissions, threatening a safe and sustainable future. But how can individuals, organizations and our institutions address some of the issues posed by a changing climate?

In this Sustainability Talk, Kevin Anderson and Philosopher Folke Tersman will explore various ways in which one can relate to and contribute to addressing the greatest social and environmental challenges of our times.

Lecture and discussion with Kevin Anderson, Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership, Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), Uppsala University, and Folke Tersman, Professor of Practical Philosophy, Uppsala University.

For further information or questions, contact us at sustainabilitytalks@campusgotland.se

Seminar poster (pdf)

8 November

Film seminar: 'The Venice Syndrome'

The Venice Syndrome is a documentary that depicts the increasingly common phenomena of mass tourism in popular cities. The film is especially relevant for Visby as there are current plans to expand the harbour with a new quay to cater for a larger number of visitors to the island. After watching the documentary, participants got the opportunity to engage in an open discussion on the results of mass tourism, cultural heritage and conservation.

Watch Trailer

THE VENICE SYNDROME - Trailer english from filmtank on Vimeo.

20 September 2017

What does water mean to us?

Anna E. Weiser is a composer and an artist. During the spring, Anna has been working on a project carried out together with the County Administration Office on Gotland that is called ‘Listening to Sustainability’. She has recorded and photographed streams and waterways on the island to understand better the human connection with the resource.

David Kronlid is an associate professor of ethics at Uppsala University and a research leader at The Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD). David will talk about an ongoing research project, carried out by SWEDESD, on the knowledge gap that occurs within institutions when dealing with complicated sustainability issues, like water scarcity. Why is it so difficult to deal with sustainability issues concerning vital resources, when everyone agrees on the importance?

Unfortunately we can´t provide a recording of this seminar.

2 June 2017

Sustainability Symposium

Master students from more than 10 countries present their research projects on various sustainability issues, including the water situation on Gotland, how local firms deal with environmental issues, democratic budgeting for social change, social innovations,
sustainable food production, the usage of fitness apps, to name a few.

22 February 2017

‘Accelerating towards Paris: how informed hope & action can Trump despair’

With Kevin Anderson, the second holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University. This talk will discuss the implications that the 1.5 degree target as agreed in the Paris Agreement has for our global energy systems. 


16 November 2016

'The battle of sustainability will be won or lost in cities’

Thomas Elmqvist, brought us fresh insights from the Habitat III - United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that took place in Ecuador on 17-20 October 2016, and the adopted New Urban Agenda focusing on making cities equitable, prosperous and sustainable. 


14 September 2016


Jesse Schrage, former student at Uppsala University


Isabelle Guselin, former student at Uppsala University

27 January 2016

'Report from Paris: International cooperation and the challenge of climate change'

Doreen Stabinsky Professor of Global Environmental Politics at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Uppsala University’s first holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership.