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Joint BECC and MERGE spring meeting 2019: The Sustainable Development Goals

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Most of us have heard about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But what do they really mean to our research, and how can we harness them to make our research more relevant, better connected and more readily funded?

This year’s BECC and MERGE joint spring meeting will be held in Gothenburg on May 7-8 in 2019 and is organized together with Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV). It is a lunch-to-lunch meeting and will take place at the Wallenberg Conference Centre.

All BECC and MERGE members are welcome!

This year’s meeting theme is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’.
How are BECC and MERGE stakeholders adapting to the new development agenda?
And how can our research contribute to Sweden’s implementation of the 17 SDGs?

At the 2019 spring meeting we will meet stakeholders, learn about their implementation efforts and identify knowledge gaps. Our goal is to further enable BECC and MERGE researchers to convey the relevance of their research with regard to the SDGs and the capacity of Swedish stakeholders to implement them.

Want to join but forgott to register before deadline? Contact Lina Nikoleris immediately at lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

May 7, 2019

11.30 – 13.00  Registration   

11.45 – 13.00  Lunch at Wallenberg Conference Center    

13.00 – 13.10  Welcome        

13.10 – 13.30  Experience working with Agenda 2030 / GMV                     
                        Jan Pettersson, Professor of Environmental atmospheric science and Director of Gothenburg Centre for 
                                                  Sustainable Development, GMV.

13.30 – 14.15  Merging global modelling with sustainable development goals: an international perspective
                        Stephen Sitch, Professor in Physical Geography at the University of Exeter and leader of Joint UK Land Environment Simulator, JULES

14.15 – 14.30  BECC/MERGE speed talks - Paul Miller, MERGE

14:30 – 14.45  Coffee              

14.45 – 15:30  Bring the goals together. Interactions between the 17 SDGs      
                        Katherine Richardson, Professor in Biological Oceanography and leader of the Sustainability Science Centre,
                                                            University of Copenhagen and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Northern Europe                  

15.30 – 15.45  BECC/MERGE speed talks - Johan Ekroos, BECC

15.45 – 16.30  Agenda 2030 in Sweden and research funding      
                        Ingrid Petersson. Director General of the Swedish Research Council Formas,
                                                    Chair of Swedish Delegation for the 2030 Agenda                

16.30 – 16.50  Leg stretcher

16.50 – 17.05 BECC/MERGE speed talks - Cecilia Akselsson, BECC

17.05 – 17.40  Summing up. Joint discussion.                         

Moderator in discussion with Fredrika Lagergren Wahlin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, responsible for issues regarding outreach and cooperation at University of Gothenburg

17.40 – 18.00  Short break    

18.00 – 21.00  Dinner at Wallenberg conference center


May 8, 2019

09.00 – 09.10  Welcome day 2                          

09.10 – 10:00  SDG and the science policy interface – tools for supporting an integrated approach
                       Måns Nilsson. Executive Director of SEI

10:00 – 10.10  Introduction to break out groups                   

10.10 – 10.20  Coffee + find your group        

10.20 – 11.50  Thematic session 1: Sweden’s implementation of Agenda 2030      
                         Karin Hogstrand Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
                         Daniel Slunge, Centre for Environment, BECC, Gothenburg University           

                        Thematic session 2: Local implementation of Agenda 2030            
                        Anders Bergström County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland
                        Martina Persson, Härryda Municipality
                        Åsa Knaggård, Political Science, BECC, Lund University                 

                        Thematic session 3: Learn about SDG impact assessment tool                    
                        Anders Ahlbäck and Martin Eriksson Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development

                        Thematic session 4: Working with Agenda 2030 internationally       
                        Marie Stenseke IPBES and Deliang Chen, IPCC  

11.50 – 12.00  Leg stretcher 

12.00 – 12.30  Concluding session 
                        Henrik Smith and Birgitta Svenningsson: BECC/MERGE take away messages     

12.30 – 13.30  Lunch at Wallenberg conference center

Want to join but forgott to register contact Lina Nikoleris immediately at lina [dot] nikoleris [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

7 May 2019 11:00 to 8 May 2019 13:00
Conference Centre Wallenberg, Gothenburg
lina.nikoleris [at]

About the event

7 May 2019 11:00 to 8 May 2019 13:00
Conference Centre Wallenberg, Gothenburg
lina.nikoleris [at]

Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC

Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund, Sweden

Visiting address
The Ecology building, Sölvegatan 37, Lund