Join USN on Day Zero

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Our newly established Center for Sustainability Transition is organizing its own workshop on Day Zero during the SDG conference in Bergen on 10 February. Join for free and be a part of the sustainability initiative at USN.

The fourth national Sustainability Conference in Bergen (SDG Conference Bergen) will be held from 10 to 12 February 2021. This is where Norwegian universities and colleges meet decision-makers, voluntary organizations, businesses, trade unions and others to take a critical look at how the sector should work with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The first day of the conference is called ‘Day Zero’. This is the day of our workshop (to be held between 15.30 to 17.00), which we have organized under the auspices of the Center for Sustainability Transition. The theme is ‘collaboration to achieve the SDGs’. The workshop will be held in English.

Vice-rector Kristian Bogen will open the workshop, and Anne Gry Gudmundsdotter, who is also the general manager of the Center, will moderate.

Interactive workshop

At the workshop, specific R&D project will be presented as examples where our researchers collaborate with private and public partners to approach sustainability challenges.

A panel of students, external partners and researchers from USN will discuss and request inputs on the instruments, methodologies, and arenas that can best facilitate strong partnerships in achieving SDG No. 17: Partnership for the goals.

The workshop will present specific R&D projects where researchers at USN have collaborated with private and public companies to tackle sustainability challenges. A panel comprised of a student, representatives from the industry, and researchers from USN, will discuss and seek inputs on what can best facilitate strong partnerships to achieve the UNSDG No. 17.

See an overview of the panellists in the fact box.

“We call this a workshop because we want interactions with the audience and inputs from the outside. After the panel, there will be a discussion, where we hope to address the various topics that have come up and seek inputs from the audience,” says Gudmundsdotter.

The workshop will be fully digital via video (on Zoom). The workshop will be connected to a common platform, where the audience can come in and out of different sessions in the program.

‘Triple Helix’

The theme for the workshop based on the ‘Triple Helix Model’, which is a starting point for achieving the SDGs. Triple Helix refers to the cooperation between the private sector, the public sector, and the civil society.

The theme of the workshop was far from random:

“SDGs No. 17 states that new, and strong partnerships are necessary to succeed in achieving the SDGs. This means, among other things, stimulating well-functioning partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and the civil society, which are based on experiences and resource strategies. This is precisely also one of the main goals of our newly established Centre,” says Gudmundsdotter.

USN Center for Sustainability Transition

  • Established on 17 December 2020 as a collaborative arena for research or project work within sustainable development at USN.
  • To promote USN's research and education related to sustainability challenges regionally, nationally, and globally.
  • To make the work with the SDGs more concrete and facilitate well-functioning partnerships between the public sector, the private sector, and the civil society to achieve this.

USN on Day Zero

Day Zero is a part of the Sustainability Conference in Bergen (SDG Conference Bergen).

USN participates with an interactive and digital workshop under the auspices of our Center for Sustainability Transition. Our five panellists will present different perspectives on cooperation to achieve the climate goals. The audience is invited to participate actively.


  • Associate Professor Mona Sæbø (USN and Standard Bio) will talk about the NFR project "Catch & Kill", and its goal to develop a new type of cleaning material for microbes in water and air. Read more
  • Assistant Professor/PhD candidate Anette Momrak (USN), will talk about the DIKU project ‘Innovation in Teams’ and the methodology they use to connect interdisciplinary student groups and companies to work with specific sustainability issues. Read more
  • Associate Professor Niklas Kreander (USN), will discuss USN for Norway's only fair-trade university and the social responsibility that comes with it. Read more
  • Master's student at USN, Vilde Solbakken, will talk about her work with SALT, a company in Lofoten about her project related to plastic removal. She will focus on the Triple Helix collaboration from a student perspective.
  • Linn Johnsen, head of the Climate and Energy Network in Vestfold and Telemark County Authority, will talk about the importance of collaboration with academia in corporate networks.