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Conference highlights academia's role in the transition to sustainable society, ahead of Stockholm+50

Meeting Announcement

Stockholm University

On 1 June 2022, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the UN's first environmental conference, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm University are organizing a one-day conference. The main focus is on how academia, through research and higher education, contributes to the transition to a more sustainable development.

This year marks 50 years since the UN's first conference on the environment took place in Stockholm. This is commemorated through the international conference "Stockholm+50: healthy planet for the prosperity of all - our responsibility, our opportunity" on 2 – 3 June 2022. The conference is organized by the Government of Sweden with the support of the Government of Kenya.

In connection with the official conference, Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Environment Institute and Stockholm University are also organizing an academic conference on 1 June 2022. At the "Sustainable planet, sustainable health – how science-based solutions can drive transformative change" conference, the main focus will be on how academia through research and higher education can contribute to solutions needed for the transition to sustainable development for humans and the planet.

The conference will be held at Albano Campus. It is will also be broadcast digitally at

Some of the conference speakers are:

  • Inger Andersen, UN Under-Secretary-General and and Executive Director of the UN Environment Program.
  • Dr Andrew Haines, Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • Dr Nyovani Madise, head of the Malawi office at the African Institute for Development Policy.
  • Dr Arunabha Ghosh, expert on international public policy, author and columnist.
  • Henrik Henriksson, CEO of H2 Green Steel, a board member and author. He was previously CEO of Scania.
  • Noura Berrouba, chair of the National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations (LSU).

An important element will also be a session focusing on future leadership and how universities and colleges can meet the needs and demands that today's and tomorrow's young people will meet in the wake of the ongoing societal transformation.

The deputy director of SEI and the presidents of the universities participating in the conference will take part.

"Through collaboration within academia and with other societal actors, universities and colleges can contribute to finding solutions, support decision makers, drive innovation and entrepreneurship, and thereby help build up future welfare and the labour market", says Johan Kuylenstierna, Advisor to the President on Sustainability at Stockholm University and one of the initiators of the conference.

See program and all participants at

Per Larsson, Press Office at Stockholm University, or phone +(46)8-16 44 64.

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