Lectures 2018 – University of Copenhagen

Lectures 2018


Sustainable Population Growth: understanding fertility intentions in sub-Saharan countries

Current UN projections suggest that maximum population size will reach 10 to 12 billion by the end of the 21st century. In this talk Sarah Harper, CBE, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, explored the contribution of both falling fertility and falling mortality rates to this increase. The gap between achieved fertility and fertility ideals is still notably higher in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) than elsewhere, relating to both under- and overachievement of fertility ideals.

The lecture is the keynote lecture of the Centre for Healthy Aging Retreat 2018 and is co-hosted by Sustainability Science Centre and Centre for Healthy Aging. Chairs are Professor Katherine Richardson and Professor Lene Juel Rasmussen.The lecture took place on 18 December 2018.


Keynote lecture by Professor Johan Rockström

An exclusive keynote lecture by Professor Johan Rockström, to celebrate the anniversary of the green think tank Concito. 

The talk took place on 6 December 2018 and was moderated by Connie Hedegaard. The event was organised in cooperation with Concito and KR Foundation as a part of the Sustainability Lecture Series by the Sustainability Science Centre.


The Aboriginal Reality - Bridging the gap between blackfella and white fella dreaming about sustainability

Aboriginal policy is a highly contested and complex terrain overlain with historical baggage, misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the reality of the Aboriginal lived experience. Does the term sustainability mean anything to an Aboriginal person in Northern Australia where there are real fears of a disappearance of a culture, a people and a way of life?

Bevyline Sithole, Founder, Aboriginal Research Practitioners Network (ARPNet) and Adjunct Fellow at the Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Australia.

The talk took place on 6 December 2018 and was moderated by Katherine Richardson.


The Good, the Bad and the Anthropocene

Have we become so potent a force on Earth that a geological epoch should have our name? Can there be any kind of good path for our species in a time of such rapid and disruptive environmental change? Andrew Revkin, a prize-winning journalist and author who helped coin the term Anthropocene and has reported on humanity's growing pains for more than 30 years, describes his learning journey, from the Amazon to the North Pole to the Vatican. He offers a prescription that is both unnerving and hopeful.

The talk took place on 20 November 2018 and was moderated by Kristian Cedervall Lauta.


Doughnut Economics

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and she is the author of the international bestseller – "Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist." In this talk she presented her thoughts on a new economic route within a more organic and social framework.

The talk took place on 7 November 2018 and was moderated by Climate journalist at Information, Jørgen Steen Nielsen. Welcome by Professor Katherine Richardson and opponent was Ida Auken, from The Social Liberal Party.

This lecture was a collaboration with the newspaper Information and KR foundation.


Prosperity without growth

Tim Jackson has been one of the most significant voices in the international debate on sustainable economy and development the past three decades, In this talk he presented his vision for how we can create a new economic system that challenges the classic ideas about economic growth. A system that is sustainable for both people and the planet.

The talk took place on 25 September 2018 and was moderated by Connie Hedegaard, chairwoman of the Board for KR Foundation and Concito. Opponents were Theresa Scavenius and Lars Gårn Hansen.

This lecture was a collaboration with the newspaper Information and KR foundation.


What Greenland can do for the tropical countries

This lecture explores if it would be environmentally responsible - or even a remotely good idea - to transport mud from one end of the world to the other, in the hope that Greenland would benefit economically with a new and sustainable industry, while people in the tropics will achieve a new level of wealth, better nutrition, and a brighter future.

Minik Rosing´s research interests include the formation and stabilization of Earth’s continents and the emergence and early evolution of Life. He has found traces of the very earliest life in Greenland. Minik is currently heading a research group on Geobiology at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and is also head of the cross-disciplinary research initiative Greenland Perspective.

The event took place on 12 April 2018 and was moderated by Katherine Richardson, Professor and Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre.


Saving Bumblebees

Bumblebees are amongst the most important of wild pollinators, and concerningly, many bumblebees are in decline. Dave Goulson will discuss the drivers of these declines and highlight the many things we can all do to halt and reverse them to ensure a future for these vitally important insects. Perhaps, if we save a bee today, we can save the world tomorrow.

Dave Goulson is a Professor at the University of Sussex and the author of Bumblebees; Their Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation, A Sting in the Tale, and A Buzz in the Meadow. He has published more than 270 scientific articles on the ecology and conservation of bumblebees and other insects. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, a charity which has grown to 10,000 members.

The event took place on 25 April 2018 and was moderated by Carsten Rahbek, Professor in Macroecology , Director of Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC) at the University of Copenhagen.


Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy -- the electrification of all Sectors

This lecture explores how the 6th largest economy, aka California plans to meet its carbon and renewable energy goals as it transitions the economy to GHG free solutions. The focus will be on new programs on the State level to encourage efficiency, demand response, electric transportation, storage and regionalisation of the electricity grid to allow for more intermittent solar and wind power resources to integrate into the power infrastructure.

Angelina Galiteva is an attorney and holds a J.D. and LLM Degrees, specialising in Environmental and Energy Law. She works to structure and advance the implementation of cutting edge energy policies that reflect the increasing role of renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, electric mobility and distributed energy technologies worldwide.

The event took place on 17 May 2018 and was moderated by Kristian Cedervall Lauta, Associate Professor at the Center for International Law, University of Copenhagen.