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Crossing disciplines with citizen science

- I want to involve people in the scientific process and let them meet their wild neighbours in new ways, says Tim Hofmeester, Researcher at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies and SLU Urban Futures Hub Coordinator in Umeå. In our latest Urban Take-Aways we get to know more about Tim's community science projects, discovering the secret lives of wild animals in Swedish cities.
Click on the video above to watch the interview!

What are Urban Forests?  

29 September 15:00

Urban forests are in increasing focus these days as contributors to healthier, more resilient, and more attractive cities. But what do we mean with ‘urban forests’? SLU Urban Futures and Future Forests have invited Prof. dr. Cecil Konijnendijk, director at the Nature Based Solutions Institute, to lead the first webinar in the Urban Forests webinar series of this autumn.
More information and registration

Urban forestry; prioritizing the right values of the urban forest

20 October 15:00

In our second webinar on Urban Forests, we meet Mattias Berglund from Skogforsk together with a panel of researchers, discussing the many values of urban forests - such as social, biological, cultural, educational values. How should we prioritize between these?
More information and registration
A flower on dry soil.

New SLU webinar series addresses the IPCC report and calls for cross-disciplinary collaboration

In August the U.N. climate panel released its most comprehensive assessment of climate change yet, clarifying the role of human influence and indicating possible climate futures based on the latest advances in climate science. These results are alarming and call for action. SLU Global and the four SLU Future Platforms are responding to this urgency in a series of high-level research dialogues, taking place in 2021 and 2022. 
18 October: Climate Change Challenges
and Ways Forward for Land Use

Welcome to a scientific dialogue on climate change, where we will hear about the work behind IPCC's sixths assessment report, perspectives of the most vulnerable nations, communication challenges and SLU’s role in the field of future land use. 

Time: 18 October 09:00 - 10:30 CET
Place: Webinar on Zoom
Speakers: Markku Rummukainen, Professor at Lund University
Saleemul Huq, Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB)
Kristina Blennow, Professor at SLU
Erik Karltun, Researcher at SLU
Moderator: Ingrid Öborn, Professor at SLU
Register here

Call for projects - Urban Forum - Deadline 15 October

The third online Urban Forum of 2021 will take place on 12 November 2021. This digital version offers a rare opportunity, to thrive on international exchanges between practitioners and thinkers sharing visions and prospects on aspects of time in design

During the screen talks authors will be invited to present their project/research endeavors and discuss burning questions, critical aspects, inspiring findings they wish to bring to light and get feedback on, in a collegial atmosphere.
Find more information here

Agri4D 2021 – Food systems for new realities

28-30 September

To progress towards sustainable and just food systems, Agri4D will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to engage actively with the challenges of food systems with a focus on low-income contexts in a globalised world. The conference, organised by SLU Global and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), aims to be a platform to take stock of the current knowledge frontier, connect science to policymaking and practice, and spark new collaborations. Learn more

Food and Cities

At SLU a large number of research and collaborations with significance for food and cities are conducted.  Food and Cities is a joint project between SLU Future Food and SLU Urban Futures, communicating SLU’s existing research and aiming to create new encounters between different disciplines and sectors. Visit the new web page

Workshop on transdisciplinary research with invited funding agencies - 6 October

SLU's four future platforms are inviting researchers to a digital workshop on transdisciplinary research and its funding. Together with research funders, we discuss different aspects to improve application success in transdisciplinary research applications. Learn more and register

SLU Global's Open Call

A new call is open to support SLU researchers or other staff in initiatives that contribute to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in line with the Policy for SLU’s global contribution to Agenda 2030 and SLU’s strategy 2021-2025. The initiatives should take a systems approach to development questions of importance for future sustainable life, where collaboration across disciplines is needed. Deadline 17 Oct.
Read more about the call
View over Berlin.

SLU Urban Futures in Berlin: Building SLU’s International Transdisciplinary Networks

SLU Urban Futures attended a Transdisciplinary Conference in Berlin, engaging with over 100 participants on the theme of ‘transdisciplinarity as an institutional challenge for universities’. The event presented a great opportunity to network with researchers and institutional actors working with innovation and organizational change to foster greater transdisciplinary collaboration and capacity-building.
Read more about the event

Urban Voices on UrbanScapes

Spatial injustice, urban segregation, and violence in a Central American capital

Urban development in Guatemala City, like many other cities in Latina America, takes place along lines of social segregation and spatial fragmentation. Florencia Quesada, Lecturer in Latin America Studies at the Department of Cultures, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, discusses her research as part of her project ‘Fragile Cities in the Global South’.
Read the feature
The Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission: Sharing the lived experience of poverty

How can the lived experience of poverty help inform our understanding of the challenges people face in low-income urban areas? Lucy Zwolinska, Coordinator and Facilitator of the Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission, discusses how their organisation is establishing supportive communities to listen and learn from those who have experienced poverty first-hand.

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Jagvillhabostad.nu: Safe housing for the youth of today

With increasing rents and property prices, unreliable contracts and poor housing stocks, how can the youth of today live safely in our cities? Johanna Clarin, Vice President of the non-profit organisation Jagvillhabostad.nu, shares perspectives on the housing crisis in Sweden and their organisation’s concept for building houses for young people.
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The new urban gardening commons: creating spaces of care and connection

Are urban gardens more than growing vegetables? Nathalie Bergame, PhD candidate at Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, discusses how urban gardening as part of the practice of urban commoning is transforming public space, with both spatial and social consequences.
Read the feature
Find all Urban Voices at UrbanScapes.slu.se
UrbanScapes is a new, complementary web to slu.se, created by SLU Urban Futures, that brings forward a selection of urban-focused work at SLU, crossing faculties, departments and programs.
Visit UrbanScapes
A man standing in a river stream.
Effects of uncontrolled urbanization on river streamflow and water quality
Read the article
Photo: Samuel L. Gossweiler Rivas
Aha seminar: The importance of the outdoor environment for health and learning
More information (in Swedish)
Geese on a field in urban area.

More wildlife causes problems in cities

There are a growing number of wild animals in cities, demonstrating that urban habitats are important for many wildlife speciesBut while blackbirds and hedgehogs are appreciated elements in the city, wild boars, geese and rabbits can cause problems. A new SLU report focuses on municipal wildlife management and shows that perceived problems caused by wildlife are increasing. This is especially true in larger cities, where wild boar numbers are growing. Read the article (In Swedish)

Science communication @LTV 

One responsibility of universities is to contribute to societal development by disseminating research-based knowledge. In 2021, a project is therefore underway at the LTV Faculty to strengthen the faculty’s science communication. Learn more


Future sustainable perspectives on food are based on a better understanding of the relationship between consumer and producer, cities and rural areas, where food comes from and how it is a part of our culture. Watch the video where Richard Tellström, food historian and associate professor of meal knowledge, introduces the transdisciplinary master's program Food and Landscape at SLU. Read more at: www.slu.se/foodscape

Upcoming events

- relating to sustainable urban development
  • 21 Sept  - Movium släpper STAD 34, digitalt och i Malmö Learn more
  • 22 Sept - Results and insights from ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) Learn more
  • 22-24 Sept  - IOER Annual Conference 2021: Space & Transformation Learn more
  • 24 Sept - Att leva och bo med nya klimatförutsättningar - Hur ställer vi om? Learn more
  • 27-30 Sept - Ecocity World Summit - Urban Transformations for Natur-Based Solutions Learn more
  • 28 Sept - Aha-seminarium: Utemiljöns betydelse för hälsa och lärande Learn more
  • 28 Sept - Visuella metoder: en möjlighet för att gagna social rättvisa i gröna urbana rum? Learn more
  • 28-30 Sept - Agri4D - Food systems for new realities Learn more
  • 29 Sept -  What are urban forests? Learn more
  • 6 Oct - Vatten och vegetation som värden i stadsmiljö Learn more
  • 7 Oct - Tätortsnära skog: utveckling och skogsskötsel med många mål Learn more
  • 13 Oct - SLU Landscape day Learn more
  • 18 Oct - Climate Change Challenges and Ways Forward for Land Use Learn more
  • 20 Oct - Urban forestry; prioritizing the right values of the urban forest Learn more
  • 12 Nov -  Urban Forum - Practice meets academia  Learn more
  • 19 Nov - Urban Forum - Practice meets academia, possible second session
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