Science week: Is the World Becoming a Better Place?

Girls in Rajasthan, India, ahead of a football game.
International event
Science week: Is the World Becoming a Better Place?
5 March, 2017 (All day) - 12 March, 2017 (All day), Lund Sweden

There seems to be no end to the major global challenges we have to tackle. How do we reverse the trend and how can research contribute?

What kind of world do we live in? How has development resulted in the current situation and what will we leave behind for our children and grandchildren? What are the burning issues of our time and how have we dealt with the challenges that previous generations passed on to us? During the week we will address questions regarding human rights and equality. We will talk about the important part water has in our society and the role of technology today. If we can eat ourselves healthy and other questions will also be addressed during the week.

You can read more about the week on the website of Lund University.

Opening Ceremony: Exactly the Same World

Date: 5 March I Place: Main University building auditorium I Time: 17:00-18:00
The first science week will kick off with music and a choral performance by the Palaestra Vocal Ensemble, led by Odeum’s choirmaster Cecilia Martin-Löf. We will also give you a taste of the science weeks to come and what they offer. Admission is free.

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    Main symposium: Towards a Peaceful Global Order and Gender Justice in Diplomacy

    Date: 7 March I Place: Main University building auditorium I Time: 10:00-12:00
    Where are the women in diplomacy and peace negotiations? Symposium with prominent guests speakers, such as the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and the international researchers Joshua Goldstein, Thania Paffenholz and Ann Towns.

    The event is free and open to the public, but don't forget to sign up!


    Main symposium: Disasters Evermore? Past, Present and Future Disaster Risks in an Uncertain World

    Date: 7 March I Place: Main University building auditorium Time: 15:00-18:00
    This symposium aims to raise awareness about global and local disaster risk, the challenges and potential solutions. There will be a mix of short presentations by researchers and a panel debate with high­-level decision-­makers on national and international levels.

    The event is free and open to the public, but don't forget to sign up!

    Learn more and sign up (in the calendar at

    Events and activities during the week

    • Debate: Is the World Becoming a Better Place? Date: 6 March I Place: AF-borgen I Time: 19:00-21:00
    • Care for the Dying - Today and Tomorrow I Date: 7 March I Place: Hörsalen, Medicon village I Time: 09:00-12:10
    • Nanotechnology for the Future I Date: 7 March I Place: K-space, Division of Solid State Physics, Department of Physics I Time: 14:00-20:00
    • Post-Coup Thailand: Anxiety over the Royal Succession I Date: 8 March I Place: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 I Time: 13:15
    • Rich Man, Poor (Wo)man. Inequalities in Health and Wellbeing Re-Examined I Date: 8 March I Place: Edens hörsal I Time: 13:00–18:00
    • Street Violence, State-Making, and Popular Nationalism in South Korea I Date: 9 March I Place: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18, Lund I Time: 09:15
    • Water in a Changing Climate – Threats and Opportunities I Date: 9 March I Place: Lecture room A, V-building, Faculty of Engineering I Time: 13:00-15:00
    • Screening of To Singapore with Love by Tan Pin Pin. I Date: 9 March I Place: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18, Lund I Time: 14:15-16:00
    • Debate: War, Extremism and Development in Africa and the Middle East I Date: 9 March I Place: AF-borgen I Time: 18:00-21:00
    • Democracy and Human Rights in East and Southeast Asia: Developments and Challenges I Date: 10 March I Place: Palaestra, Lund I Time: 09:00-16:00
    • Social Development in Vietnam Reflected in Women’s Gestures on TV Shows I Date: 10 March I Place: Palaestra, Lund
    • Theme: Earth – Vattenhallen Science Centre I Date: 11-12 March I Place: Vattenhallen Science Centre I Time: 12:00-17:00