May-June 2023: Sustainability Festival, Fair & Open Events

Welcome to over a month of open events, exhibitions, presentations and walks leading up to and out of the Sustainability Festival, Fair and Garden Party May 24 and continuing into June!

June 2-4

Welcome to an exhibition where learning, art, and participatory events merge to explore the complex and manifold relationships between gender and climate change

This exhibition is curated and hosted by Milène Spyckerelle.

When: June 2-4

Where: Galleri Leoparden, Svartbäcksgatan 20, see map here:

What is the relationship between climate change, the ecological crisis, patriarchal oppression, and gender norms? How can we deeply transform ourselves and our societies, for a more sustainable, emancipated and just world?

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June 4

The FOOD Must Go On is an incredible art project that combines the power of dance and the magic of food!

This event is organized by Bruised Food Club.

When: June 4 at 18:30

Where: Sprakateatern, Salagatan 24

Join us as we embark on a contemporary/Hip Hop dance performance that will awaken your senses and take you on a journey exploring our deep connection to food. Be part of this incredible #artivism project organized by bruised food club! Come and experience the beauty of dance, the flavors of food, and the power of art to inspire change.

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June 5

A Symposium: National Interest, Representation, and the State: Implications for the Recognition of Rights of Nature

This symposium is organized by the research project Realizing Rights of Nature: Sustaining Development and Democracy and researcher Seth Epstein, Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society.

When: June 5 kl. 9.30-17.00

Where: Humanistiska teatern (Humanities Theatre), English Park Campus, Thunbergsvägen 3C, see map here:

The recognition of nature as a legal rightsholder has occurred in an increasing number of jurisdictions, particularly in the global South. In October of 2022, the Spanish Parliament approved the first rights-of-nature law in Europe when it recognized the legal personhood of the Mar Menor lagoon. Two questions that commonly arise when such legal recognition is contemplated are political as much as legal: how the representation of nature will be organized and the relation of its recognition as a rightsholder to concepts of the national interest. This symposium is designed to bring together scholars from different fields and members of the public for a conversation about these questions and their implications for the impact of rights of nature on democracy. To provide context and spark discussion scholars working in political and legal fields will discuss the themes of representation and national interest more broadly.

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Past events

May 24

Welcome to the CEMUS Sustainability Festival, Fair and Garden Party!

Join us for an exciting celebration of sustainability on May 24! The festival is an annual event that brings together students, staff, and members of the public to explore ideas and take action towards a sustainable future.

This year’s festival is especially important as restart this tradition after the pandemic years. We believe that everyone has a role to play in creating a more just and equitable world, and we’re excited to come together to share our knowledge and ideas.

So come and join us for a day of learning, networking, and fun. We can’t wait to see you there!

Together, let’s make a difference and build a sustainable future for all.


12.00-16.00 Blåsenhus entrance hall & Betty Pettersson lecture hall
Climate and Sustainability Fair – Idea to Action

At the heart of our festival is a climate and sustainability fair that aims to bring together people interested in doing more on climate and sustainability with the organizations where this is made possible, including inspiring, short presentations from featured organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from actors in sustainability, connect with like-minded individuals, and discover working with the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

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13.15-15.00 Blåsenhus Recording Studio and online
Open live podcast event with Pär Holmgren and Calle Elfström “Climate, Energy and Environmental Policy in a European context”

Welcome to an open live podcast event with Pär Holmgren, member of the European Parliament and Calle Elfström, environmental reporter SVT, on “Climate, Energy and Environmental Policy in a European context”!

Limited seats for in-person in-studio participation, register through the link below.

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ÄNDRAD TID & LOKAL 13.00-13.30 Blåsenhus Betty Pettersson
Presentation av Kajsa Kramming: Klimatguide för Uppsala universitet: Strategiskt klimatarbete för institutioner eller motsvarande

Välkommen till en presentation med Kajsa Kramming där du får du veta mer om vad klimatguiden innehåller och hur den kan användas i universitetets viktiga klimatarbete!

Kajsa Kramming är Fil. dr i kulturgeografi och arbetar som provkonstruktör för de nationella proven i geografi och miljöstrateg på Uppsala universitet.

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16-late Campus Garden
Garden Party

Finally, we’re also hosting a garden party where you can relax, socialize, and enjoy live music, poetry and entertainment from kl. 16, bring your own food and drinks. We’ll be in the the Campus Garden on Villavägen next to Geocentrum.

May 3

Ukraine: Threats, Challenges and Perspectives

When: May 3 kl. 13.15-15.00 CEST

Where: Baltic Library, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, see map here

Zoom: Meeting ID: 688 2865 7068

Warmly welcome to an important presentation and roundtable titled “Ukraine: Threats, Challenges and Perspectives” with Ukrainian scholars Iryna Losyeva, Marianna Gladysh and Oksana Krayevska!

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May 5

a brown bat hangs from a branch with wings folded. They look directly at the camera. Green leaves of the tree is visible behind.

Deep Listening – Art at the End of the World club

When: May 5 kl. 11.30-13.30 CEST

Where: CEMUS Library, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, see map here

Welcome to Art at the End of the World club! A fortnightly, interdisciplinary gathering for anyone who wants to creatively explore themes around humans, nature, and the ties between us. Each month has an ecological theme to guide the two sessions. During sessions we create art inspired by materials on the subject, then we share and respond to each other’s work. Any art medium (visual, poetry, film, music etc) and any level of experience is welcome. You are also free to attend any session, even if you have not come previously.

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May 9-12

BUP Student Conference 2023

The student conference is organized by the The Baltic University Programme’s Coordinating Secretariat at Uppsala University and Kaunas University of Technology.

The Baltic University Programme’s Coordinating Secretariat at Uppsala University and Kaunas University of Technology, proudly present the BUP Student Conference 2023. This year, we are focusing on the topic Sustainable production and consumption: A circular economy perspective.

The conference is free of charge and applications are open for students studying at bachelor and master level at The Baltic University Programme’s participating universities. In total 80 students from BUP participating universities will be selected to take part.

The first full day of the conference is held together with the International Young Researchers Conference hosted by Kaunas University of Technology. This means that the BUP Student Conference will have a focus on the development of young researchers’ competences in connection to sustainable industrial development, sustainable production and sustainable consumption.

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May 11-12

Sustainable mobility Hackathon & Meet UP

The hackaton is organized by the Sustainability InnoCenter in collaboration with others.

Sustainability InnoCenter and its partners is proud to invite you to 2023’s hackathon that has the aim to find solutions on challenges related to Sustainable Mobility, using Nudging and behavioural science as a tool for change . Team up with your friends and create novel ideas with the potential to make a difference! We encourage participants to make full use of your skills and competencies and also take these 2 full days to learn something new that could be implemented in your project. Are a newbie or a seasoned hacker? Do you have a team or not ? No problem at all, we still welcome you with open arms . Create a concept, learn different things and make new friends!

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May 16

The Role of Higher Education in Democracy and Sustainability

The thematic day is organized by The research programme Democracy and Higher Education and The Unit for Academic Teaching and Learning

What contribution, if any, can higher education make to our students’ ability to engage in democratic processes? How can it provide them with awareness of and skills for sustainability needs and practices?

Teachers, students, researchers and academic developers are invited to a day of exciting presentations and workshops. Together with leading experts in Literature, Higher education pedagogy and Transformative learning, we will explore:

  • teaching for collaborative decision making
  • education’s role in supporting democracy
  • the use of literature to teach sustainability literacy
  • teaching students to be intellectually independent

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