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We are Waves of Potential: Engaging with Climate Change

November 29, 2022 @ 11:30 - 16:00

We are all confronted with global climate change challenges and the urgent need for climate action. Welcome to a student-driven conference on climate change and the potential for engaging with transforming society. 29 November at Vitenparken.

Tuesday 29 November 11:30-16:00
Vitenparken, Ås

Free event, registration required:
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Climate change increasingly threatens daily lives around the globe. It creates the need and potential for engaging with knowledge and action in new ways. Engaging with climate change means reimagining how we – both as students, researchers, educators and individuals – relate to the collective, opening up space for transformative action.

With the aim of demonstrating the potential for transforming society that lies in becoming part of change, NMBU students have put together an interdisciplinary conference drawing on cutting edge research from various disciplines within the field of climate change. The event is open for all, including academics, civil society, policy makers and students interested in the theme. Join us in moving away from climate doomerism to hope.

We invite you all for lunch and mingling at Vitenparken from 11:30 before the conference starts at 11:45. The program includes discussions on key emerging themes such as:

  • What happened at COP 27 (UN Climate Conference)?
  • Why are multiple knowledges and ways of knowing important to act on climate change?
  • How do we communicate climate change in the science-policy-public interface?
  • How does climate change affect key aspects of our well-being, such as health?
  • And what does climate economics tell us about how we can act on climate change?

The conference will engage you through inspiring and interactive formats – expect some surprises! With this in mind, it is recommended that you join physically at Vitenparken, though online attendance will be possible.

We hope you’ll join and form part of our wave of potential.


11:30-11:45 Lunch and Mingling
11:45-11:50 Welcoming word Astrid Tonette Sinnes, Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, NMBU
11:50-12:10 COP 27 – The way forward Organized by:Rosemary Aghedo, Noshin Nehal Prova, Kayode Precious Ayomide, Oluwabukonla Mercy Nana, Maren Jota
12:10-12:25 And Mother Earth says: I’m too young to die! – Climate anxiety and Doomerism Organized by:Emaediong Esema, Colin Sutton, Anahita Jafar Abadi, Amalie Berger, Sunyoung Ahn, and Ida Olberg Torsdalen
12:25-12:40 Reaching out to the public about the climate crisis With Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, Professor, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management, NMBU
Organized by: Helene Endsjø Randi Maud Mork, Mina Sagelvmo, Manali Bisht, Ahmed Hamed
12:40-12:55 Transformative art – communicating hope for climate change Organized by: Marte Østbye Larsen, Emmanuel Anokye, Rahel Markos Gebrekidan, Nnaemeka Okeke, Akwero Phiona, and Thea Birgitte Erfjord
12:55-13:10 DISCUSSION
13:10-13:25 BREAK
13:25-13:40 Started at the top, now we’re here… Bottom up approach – the value of local knowledge Organized by:Peter Aarhaug, Søndre Steine, Kornelius Mork, Victoria Hedman, Bianca Correa Søyland, and Outi Rainivaara
13:40-13:55 Indigenous knowledges in contemporary wildfire management Organized by:Florian Opitz, Saeid BarzchkarLiudmyla Polkovnykova, Finya Poppe, Lilly Klein, Kaja Boglen
13:55-14:10 Exploring Sustainable Food Organized by:Victoria Opheim Galåen, Elisabeth Haugo, Kristian Ødemark Hov, and Lovisa Mokrosinski-Hoel
14:10-14:25 DISCUSSION
14:25-14:40 BREAK
14:40-15:00 HEATwave – Climate Change, Health and Adaptation With Dr. Shilpa Rao-Skirbekk, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Organized by:Kicki Svensson, Vicky Kananu Mbaabu, George Muchiri Kiago, Bartho Ogochukwu Okuefuna, Camilla Skau Nyl, Emilie Kristine, Oluwatosin Victoria Olowolayemo
15:00-15:20 How to deal with climate change – from an economics perspective TBA
15:20-15:35 DISCUSSION With discussant Roberta Cucca, Associate Professor, Faculty for Landscape and Society, NMBU
15:35-15:50 Changing waves – Quizzing our daily habits Organized by:Amber Stribos, Anne Steinhaug, and Helene Tannas
15:50-16:00 Closing word Siri Eriksen, Professor, Faculty for Landscape and Society, NMBU


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November 29, 2022
11:30 - 16:00
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Norwegian University of Life Sciences
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Ås, 1433 Norway
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