Sustainability Lectures – University of Copenhagen

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Sustainability Lectures at the University of Copenhagen

Climate related lectures

In January 2008, the University of Copenhagen launched a series of distinct Copenhagen Climate Lectures. The series was part of the University's climate effort in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Sustainability Lectures

In 2011 University of Copenhagen are launching a new lecture series - Copenhagen Sustainability Lectures - in order to maintain focus om sustainabilty and climate change and make visible the challenges that we are facing and the available solutions.


Copenhagen Sustainability Lectures aims to create attention and visibility of the challenges of global sustainability. Danish and foreign speakers will visit University of Copenhagen to focus on a broad array of topics concerned with sustainability, pass on their experiences, and give their opinions on how to approach the challenges we are facing now and in the future.

 Coming Lectures

The 6th lecture will be by Gerhard Dieterle, who is Forest Advisor for Agriculture and Rural Development in the World Bank. The lecture will take place at the Faculty of Life Sciences on the 13th of september in Auditorium A 1-04.01, 1st floor, Grønnegårdsvej 7, 1870 Frederiksberg C. Read more about the lecture here.

Sign up here

(The form is in Danish, but just fill in name and email, and tick of the Lectures you want to attend)


Lectures held

The lecture series started with Finn Tarp and Per Pinstrup-Andersen, who gave the lecture "Sustainable Development in a Period of Climate Change" at Faculty of Life Sciences on Monday January 31st 2011, at 15-16.30pm. You can find the presentations here.

The second lecture was by Vice President of Sustainable Development in the World Bank Inger Andersen with the lecture "Greening Development: Moving towards Rio+20 and beyond".  The lecture was followed by interventions by the following panelists: Vice Dean and professor Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen,  Deputy Director General Tony Simons, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Director Bruce Campbell , Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and State Secretary for Development Policy, Ib Petersen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can find the presentations here.

The third lecture was by member of the European Commision Connie Hedegaard on March the 11th from 9:30-10:55 am at the ceremonial hall, Frue Plads. More than 360 guests joined the debate on the EU's role in international climate negotiations and the EU's roadmap towards a more sustainable future. The lecture was arranged in collaboration with European Research at the University of Copenhagen, EURECO. See webcasts from the lecture here.

The fourth lecture was given by Dr. Stephen Toope, president at University of British Columbia, which is at the forefront in terms of integrating sustainability into research, education and university operations. The lecture was held at Faculty of Law on the 27th of June 2011 in "Annex B", Studiegården 6, from 15-16 pm. Read his inspiring speech here.

The fifth lecture was by Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai with the title: "Environment, Democracy & Peace: A critical link". The lecture was held July 6 from 3 to 4 pm in the Ceremonial Hall, Frue Plads, København K

See previous Climate Lectures here