Changing minds or changing systems to avert dangerous climate change?

Webinar organized by our sister hub in Cardiff, Tuesday 29th November 2022, 16:00 CET (15:00 UK/Ireland)

About the webinar

The latest assessment reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are stark in their warnings. The world needs to make immediate and radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming to below 1.5⁰C. All regions of the world are being severely affected by the climate crisis, with droughts, floods and heatwaves becoming more frequent. Negative impacts on both human and natural systems, including a serious loss of biodiversity, are being triggered. Urgent responses are needed in both urban and rural areas, and international cooperation is critical to climate change mitigation.

The science is clear. Yet there is hesitance by politicians, the media and the public to prioritise the climate issue and take the necessary actions. How do we achieve the changes that are needed in our society and economy, in ways that are fair and inclusive? Do we rely on innovation and new technologies? Or does it need a change in attitudes and mindset towards the environment? If so, how, and by whom? Can we engage with and involve the public? Is it possible to generate active participation across the wider society?

Join our panel of experts to discuss these critical issues, and identify what may work. You, the audience, will have the opportunity to pose questions and be part of the debate. Our webinar is free and open to all.

Our panel of experts

  • Professor Karen O’Brien, Professor of Human Geography. University of Oslo; Co-Chair of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES) Transformative Change Assessment
  • Professor Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Emeritus Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Professor at TU Wien; Deputy-Chair of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission
  • Professor Antje Wiener, Professor of Political Science & Global Governance, University of Hamburg
  • Professor Matthias Karmasin, Director of the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Klagenfurt

Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President Academia Europaea will chair the session.

Registration via the AE-Cardiff Hub website.

Julemøte Bergen: Utvikling og bruk av nye bærekraftige bioressurser

NTVA i samarbeid med UiB, Tekna Bergen og Academia Europaea inviterer til fagmøte i Bergen, tirsdag 22. november kl. 19:00 på Høgskulen på Vestlandet. Dr. Ernst Hevrøy (Mowi Feed) og Dr. Tor Andreas Samuelsen (Nofima AS) skal snakke om utvikling og bruk av nye bærekraftige bioressurser, med det norske fiskefôret som eksempel.

Mer informasjon og påmelding hos NTVA.

Neuro-SysMed lecture

Foredrag om forskningssenteret Neuro-SysMed

Neuro-SysMeds målsetting er å levere forskning på internasjonalt nivå innen diagnostikk og behandling av alvorlige sykdommer som påvirker sentralnervesystemet. Tekna, NTVA og Academia Europaea inviterer medlemmer og andre interesserte til et foredrag med Charalampos Tzoulis, nevrolog og visedirektør i Neuro-SysMed.

Foredrag 4. oktober 2022 kl. 19 – 20.30, Høgskulen på Vestlandet

Les omtalen på UiBs nettsider her. 

Påmelding på Teknas nettsider her.

Guest lecture by Professor Sierd Cloetingh

European cooperation in science, innovation and policy advice.


Welcome to a guest lecture by Professor Sierd Cloetingh: Perspectives on European cooperation in science, innovation and policy advice.

The lecture on September 6th at 13.30, at Studentsenteret in Bergen (physical meeting only) will last for approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a short coffee/tea break, shorter comments/perspectives and a discussion.

Shorter comments/perspectives by:

  • Professor emeritus Matthias Kaiser (Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, SVT)
    More systematic science advice is badly needed
  • Researcher Scott Bremer (SVT)
    Chained up: when representations of science-policy become problematic
  • Professor Jeroen P. van der Sluijs (SVT)
    Science, innovation and the precautionary principle (presentation based on this report)

Discussion moderated by Professor Eystein Jansen, Scientific Director of Academia Europaea Bergen Knowledge Hub

Sierd Cloetingh

Sierd Cloetingh is Utrecht University Distinguished Professor.

His research field is Earth Sciences.

He published more than 360 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and has been promotor of close to 80 PhD students.

He has amongst other engagements served as President of the Academia Europaea, Member and Interim-Chair of the Board of SAPEA (Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies), President of the Association for European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST), Membership of the Scientific Council (2009-2015) and Vice-President of the European Research Council (ERC), President of the European Geophysical Society (1998-2000), President of the International Lithosphere Program (ILP), Distinguished Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW, 2006-2015), Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Global and Planetary Change” and Chairman of the TOPO-EUROPE collaborative research program.

He was distinguished in 2005 as Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur and in 2014 as Knight of the Royal Order of the Netherlands Lion for his contributions to science and European scientific cooperation in research and education.

More details about the event here.

Lecture by László Lovász – Graphs and Geometry

In this lecture Professor László Lovász, Abel Prize Winner in 2021, will survey some forms of interplay between graph algorithms and geometry: algorithms for perfect graphs, maximum cut, connectivity, bandwidth.

The lecture: Graphs and Geometry

To represent a graph by a nice geometric picture is a natural goal in itself, but in addition it is an important tool in the study of  various graph properties and in the design of graph algorithms. We survey some forms of this interplay between graph algorithms and geometry: algorithms for perfect graphs, maximum cut, connectivity, bandwidth.

Everybody is welcome!

The lecture starts at 14.00, on Tuesday 31st of May 2022 in VilVite – Nash Auditorium, Thormøhlens gate 51.

Professor László Lovász

A brilliant mathematician since he was a teenager, László Lovász more than delivered on his early promise. Born in 1948 in Budapest, Hungary, he has also served his community as a writer of books, noted for their clarity and accessibility, as an inspirational lecturer, and as a leader, spending a term as president of the International Mathematical Union (2007-2010).

In the 1970s graph theory became one of the first areas of pure mathematics able to illuminate the new field of computational complexity. Lovasz later said that he was very lucky to experience one of those periods when mathematics was developing completely together with an application area. In addition to his work on the foundational underpinning of computer science, Lovász has also devised powerful algorithms with wide-ranging applications, such as the LLL algorithm, which has had remarkable applications in areas including number theory, cryptography and mobile computing.

In addition to recieving the Abel Prize in 2021 together with Avi Widgerson, Lovász has won many awards including the 1999 Wolf Prize, the 1999 Knuth Prize, the 2001 Gödel Prize and the 2010 Kyoto Prize.