Conference program

Transitions to Sustainable Systems

Conference program

Wednesday, 18 October

The program consists of four tracks and plenary sessions which present research from perspectives important for the transition to global sustainable development.

The web program will be updated with the latest schedule and information. 

See the program and proceedings: Conference program.pdf

Photos from the conference

18 October

Program Wednesday

Conference registration and lunch


Conference opening (COSMOS1&2 - Plenary hall)

  • NTNU Pro Rector for Research - Bjarne Foss
  • Trondheim Deputy Mayor - Ola Lund Renolen
  • Conference Chair - Annik Magerholm Fet

Musical performance:

Opening Plenary: Sustainability science and interdisciplinary perspectives

Keynote speeches:

  • Camille Parmesan (US) - Professor in Biological and Marine Sciences, PlymouthUniversity (UK) and Professor in Geological Sciences,University of Texas at Austin (US)

Interdisciplinary challenges and solutions emerging from the IPCC process


  • Hans Bruyninckx (BE) - Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Knowledge in transition requires transition in knowledge



Coffee break


Abstract session 1»

Track A –  Insitutions, governance & ethics

Track B –  Smart & sustainable city services

Track C –  Biodiversity & ecosystem services

Track D –  Business models for sustainability


Poster presentations with Tapas (COSMOS1&2)


Bus or walk to Nidaros Cathedral


Concert at Nidaros Cathedral, a gift from Trondheim Municipality         


19:30 (approx)

Bus or walk back to Clarion


Thursday, 19 October

19 October

Program Thursday

Plenary 2 Global challenges and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (COSMOS1&2)

Keynote speeches:

  • Andrea Tilche (IT) - Head of Unit “Climate Action and Earth Observation,” Directorate - General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

The transition to zero-carbon: the key challenge of sustainability


  • Bjørn Haugland (NO) - Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, DNV GL
Turning risks to opportunities, innovation towards the world's 2030 agenda

Coffee break


Abstract session 2 »

Track A– Insitutions, governance & ethics

Track B–Smart & sustainable city services

Track C– Biodiversity & ecosystem services

Track D– Business models for sustainability


Lunch with extra time for poster viewing


Abstract session 3 » 

Track A– Insitutions, governance & ethics

Track B Urban Europe Research Alliance Workshop

Track C - Mini-workshop: National ecosystem assessments

Track D– Business models for sustainability

15:15– 15:30

Coffee break


Plenary 3 Means for transition and implementation (COSMOS1&2)

Keynote speeches:

  • Marianne Linde (NL) - Sustainable City Director, City of Tilburg, the Netherlands

How digitalizing urban and building information influences our quality of life


  • Frank Geels (UK) - Professor of System Innovation and Sustainability, University of Manchester

Multi-dimensional struggles in sustainability transitions



Break before the Gunnerus Award Ceremony


Gunnerus Sustainability Science Award Ceremony and Dinner for Professor Carl Folke

18:00 Dinner registration

18:15 Aperitif in hall outside COSMOS1&2

18:30 Doors open, please find seats in COSMOS1&2

Gunnerus Sustainability Science Award 2017 Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner

18:45 Ceremony starts, doors close

19:45 Dinner begins
Musical performances: Trondheimsolistene and Sapere Aude Guitar
Dinner dress code: Business formal. This can be a suit for men, and dress or suit for women. 
Haley Michele Knudson

20 October

20 October

Program Friday

Breakfast seminar: Open Innovation for Sustainable Systemic Transitions

Room: COSMOS 1&2 (Plenary hall)

Do you want to know more about how Innovation Norway, C40 Cities and Climate-KIC work towards systemic change through Open Innovation?

Join experts from Scandinavian innovation agencies, innovative companies and Climate-KIC for a breakfast seminar and an insightful discussion on how to make use of Open Innovation processes in the transition towards a more sustainable future. 

To help us order the right amount of breakfast, we ask that all interested in attending register by Tuesday, October 17th.

Find more information and sign up here

NOTE: This event is open to anyone, but if you would like to stay after the breakfast session is over, you will need to register as a conference participant. 


Abstract session 4 »

Track A– Insitutions, governance & ethics
Track B– Smart & sustainable city services
Track C– Biodiversity & ecosystem services
Track D– Seminar: Green investment tools for sustainable development (Read more about the seminar here)


Coffee Break


Speech from Gunnerus Award Winner 2017 (COSMOS1&2)

  • Professor Carl Folke – Science Director and Co-founder, Stockholm Resilience Center and Director, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 

Transitions to biosphere resilience


Plenary 4 Future challenges and working together in the global system (COSMOS1&2)

Keynote speeches:

  • Connie Hedegaard – Former European Commissioner for Climate Action

SO WHO MUST NOW DO WHAT? What must policy makers do? What is the job of business? And how can you and I contribute to the needed transition?


  • Axel Gosseries, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, Université catholique de Louvain

Intergenerational justice and sustainability


Coffee Break


Panel Discussion – Recognizing knowledge and business gaps in reaching the SDGs (COSMOS1&2)

  • Connie Hedegaard – Former European Commissioner for Climate Action
  • Katarina Gårdfeldt–Co-Chair for Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe
  • Carl Folke – Science Director and Co-founder, Stockholm Resilience Center and Director, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
  • Axel Gosseries  – Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Indra de Soysa – Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU

Conference closing with Abstract and poster awards

Annik Magerholm Fet, Conference Chair, and Helge Brattebø, Director of NTNU Sustainability




PhD and Postdoc Workshop: It´s all about connecting

Led by the Forum of Young Scholars in Sustainability (FYSS)

Room: LIVING 4

» Register for the workshop here


14::00 –14:20 Introduction to the session and the participants
14:20 – 15:00 Lessons learned from a young researcher dr. Julian Kirchherr
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 15:45 The role of communities and networks Climate KIC NTNU, Lars Gjølme
15:45 – 16:45 Opportunities for young sustainability researchers dr. Walter Vermeulen President in ISDRS
Q/A and discussion
16:45– 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 –17:45 The importance of sharing your research Informal exercise
17:45 –18:00 Closing remarks

Interested in kick-starting your research career?
Please fill the form  to register

For additional questions please write to: Sigurd Sagen Vildåsen (NTNU Sustainability – FYSS)

The Forum for Young Scholars in Sustainability (FYSS), wants to expand our knowledge about
conferences and research societies as tools for connecting and for strengthening our research skills.

Through an inspiring session we will explore the different opportunities for PhDs and early-stage researchers.

At the end, each participant will be able to present their research to a small group and get feedback on her/his content and presentation skills.

More information


Go to the Registration and Hotel Reservation

Go to the Conference Registration and Hotel Reservation

*Proof of student status from your university is required for registration in the “student” category