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Transforming for Sustainability

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Transforming for Sustainability


Register for Transforming for Sustainability 2018

Deadline for registration: 24 October 2018

Participant fee excluding conference dinner: Free
Participant fee including conference dinner: DKK 500

Call for papers

The conference aims to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions with regard three tracks relating to cities (SDG 11), food and bio production (SDG 12) and coast and oceans (SDG 14) - details are outlined in the call for paper documents for each track. The tracks are explored through three themes:

  1. Technological opportunities and challenges
  2. Governance
  3. Behavioural change, communication and citizenship

Call for paper documents


Deadline for submission: 17 September 2018
Final decision for papers: 1 October 2018

How to submit

Please include the following information in your submission: Full Name, Organisation, Email Address, Research Discipline, Paper Title (max. 160 characters), Abstract (max. 500 words) and Keywords.

Key notes

Elizabeth Shove
Professor Elizabeth Shove

Department of Sociology, Lancaster University (UK)

Elizabeth Shove is professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, and was director of the DEMAND (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) Research Centre (2013-2018). She has written about social practices with Allison Hui and Theodore Schatzki; The Dynamics of Social Practice, with Matt Watson and Mika Pantzar; and more recently on infrastructures.

Elizabeth has developed distinctive and sometimes challenging ways of thinking about consumption and energy demand not as expressions of individual choice, but as outcomes of social practice.  These ideas run through recent articles that focus on questions such as ‘What is wrong with energy efficiency?’, and what is energy for? Some of these themes are explored, in animated form, in a series of short films available on Youtube.

Claus Stig Pedersen
Claus Stig Pedersen

Head of Corporate Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes (DK)

For the past 10 years, Claus Stig Pedersen has been the head of sustainability at Novozymes, a global producer of bio-enzymes. Here, Claus has developed visionary business strategies based on engagements with the SDGs in order to address the imminent challenges of our world. Through corporate leadership and partnerships across sectors, Claus has managed to implement and drive Novozymes’ SDG framework towards concrete solutions – materializing Novozymes’ global vision for sustainable development on the ground.

It is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome Claus to this year’s conference as a keynote speaker, where he will present Novozymes’ strategy partnering for impact as well as showcasing how businesses can take action to further sustainable development.

Camilla Brückner
Camilla Brückner

Director of UNDP’S Nordic Representation Office, UNDP (DK)

Camilla Brückner has 22 years of development policy and management experience in Danish and international organizations. Camilla Brückner was appointed Director for UNDP’s Nordic Representation Office (NRO) in February 2012 having previously been Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Director for UNDP’s Executive Office. Prior to that, she served at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 13 years, heading divisions at the UN mission as Deputy Permanent Representative and earlier in the department of non-governmental organizations and civil society relations, the department of humanitarian affairs and the department of development policy.

As the Director for the NRO Ms. Brückner is responsible for developing and deepening the partnership with UNDP’s Nordic partners (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland) and main core donors. This involves both policy dialogue on all areas of UNDP’s mandate, advocacy and communication with the Nordic Governments, civil society, media and private sector Ms. Brückner’s previous professional experience also includes posting as a national expert in the European Commission, in the Humanitarian Directorate General and as a research fellow at the Center for European Policy Studies.

Pitch presenters

Thomas Hruschka
Dr. Thomas Hruschka

Head of Unit, Municipal Department for Environmental Protection, City of Vienna (AT)

Dr. Thomas Hruschka is the PR-consultant as well as the Head of Unit, Sustainable Development, within the Municipal Department for Environmental Protection and Sustainability Coordinator of the city of Vienna. The city of Vienna has ranked fourth as the most sustainable city in the world by the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index 2016. In 2017, Mercer has ranked Vienna first in its international quality of living survey as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide.

Thomas has worked extensively with sustainability in a myriad of sectors; including the research sector, non-profit and for profit sector as well as the public sector. He is a commissioned lecturer by UNEP at King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thailand, founder of one of Austria’s first consultancies for sustainable development and has since 2003 been the program manager of the EcoBusinessPlan Vienna and of international cooperation projects, including projects on behalf of the EU commission and UNIDO.

Pitch presenter for Cities

Julia Panzer
Julia Panzer

Director of Strategic Communication, Danfoss (DK)

Julia Panzer is the Director of Strategic Communication at Danfoss. As Director, Julia Panzer heads the internal and external communication function at Danfoss Cooling globally, managing alignment of communication and strategy with macro trends, such as sustainable cooling, food wastage and energy storage.

Julia Panzer oversees Danfoss’ thought leadership activities to accelerate technology development and implementation. As business representative, she co-convenes multiple partnerships, e.g. under the SEforALL umbrella, as Sherpa for the CoolingforALL initiative, with UN Environment’s ‘District Energy in Cities Initiative’, WRI’s Buildings Accelerator or WEF’s Grid Edge Transformation Working Group. Before joining Danfoss, she held positions at and with the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations.

Pitch presenter for Food and Bio production

Organized by

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Roskilde University

Roskilde University holds a large number of researchers, who focus on sustainable development. Furthermore, Roskilde University aims for positioning itself as a university that promotes interdisciplinary research projects, which focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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UN City Copenhagen

UN City Copenhagen houses 11 UN agencies that share a common agenda: to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals and outline a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world, where no-one is left behind.