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TEDxKTH Salon: Why aren't politicians listening to scientists?

Three wise monkey as symbol for not listening, not hearing.

Join an exciting, interactive discussion about the gap between research on alarming climate change and the lack of necessary policy action.

Time: Wed 2023-01-25 15.00 - 16.30

Location: Ångdomen, KTH Library (fully booked) and online via Zoom

Language: English

Participating: Jonna Bornemark, Olga Kordas, Elina Eriksson, Jonas Anund Vogel. Moderator Karin Larsdotter

Join via Zoom

Please note that this event in Ångdomen is fully booked, but you can join the live stream on Zoom in real time. You don't need to register to join via Zoom. You can also join the talk at a small movie theatre we are setting up in the library entrance. The recording will not be available after the event.

Why was the climate issue not debated during the Swedish election campaign? Why don't politicians in Sweden and globally listen to research related to the climate crisis? Do we have to wait for politicians to act or can the climate crisis be tackled in other ways?

Join an exciting, interactive discussion about the gap between research on alarming climate change and the lack of necessary policy action. According to the UN's global goal number 13 , we must take immediate measures to combat climate change. A number of researchers connected to KTH are involved.

The speakers

Jonna Bornemark.

Jonna Bornemark

Jonna Bornemark is professor in philosophy at The Center for Studies in Practical Knowledge at Södertörn university. Her books Det omätbaras renässans: en uppgörelse med pedanternas världsherravälde (Volante, 2018), and Horisonten finns alltid kvar - om det bortglömda omdömet (Volante, 2020) has influenced the ongoing conversation in society as a whole, bringing philosophical questions on judgement and the limitations of trying to understand the world through calculation and measurement to centre stage. 

Jonna is active in several research-projects within the theory of practical knowledge, posthuman philosophy, art-based research and human-animal-studies. Within these projects she discusses for example human judgement and artificial intelligence, human-dog knowledge and autistic writing. 

Olga Kordas

Olga Kordas

Olga Kordas  is a Associate Professor in Sustainable Urban Development. Her main research areas are urban data analytics for energy transition, and smart and sustainable cities, addressing the role of ICT, electrification and citizen engagement as enablers for sustainable urban development.

She is leading a research group “Urban Analytics and Transitions” at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Sciences and Engineering (SEED), KTH. The group’s mission is to foster sustainable urban transitions through collaborative processes informed by data analytics and conceptual modelling.

Elina Eriksson.

Elina Eriksson

Elina Eriksson  is an Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction with a specialization in Sustainability at KTH. She is also associated with Green Leap and Digital Futures at KTH. She is the co-leader of the research group Sustainable Futures Lab. 

 Her research concerns sustainable lifestyles and the pursuit of low carbon futures. Her research is often action-oriented and strives to support transitions to a more sustainable society through design interventions such as digital tools and workshop methods that can be applied to society at large. She also teaches about sustainability and ICT and conducts research on how to integrate sustainability in computing education. 

Jonas Anund Vogel.

Jonas Anund Vogel

  Jonas Anund Vogel  is the center director of KTH Live-In Lab at the Royal Institute of Technology. As director his goal is to accelerate innovation and make smart and sustainable buildings a reality within years instead of decades. This is tackled by opening up buildings and systems, and sharing data, for researchers, industry partners, teachers, and students to use in multidisciplinary R&D-projects. And importantly, Jonas also engage in sharing and discussing results in order to make impact, a work that is equally important to perform at both scientific and more popular science arenas.


Karin Larsdotter

Karin Larsdotter

Karin Larsdotter  works at KTH Sustainability Office and is Deputy Director of KTH Climate Action Centre. She holds a PhD in Applied Environmental Microbiology from KTH and a Masters in Biology. She has many years of experience working within research collaboration, communication, policy, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and sustainable development within research. Karin often moderates conferences at KTH on sustainability and research.

Meet the participants

KTH Foodtech – Our mission is to connect students to the world of food innovation and sustainability as well as inspire industry and students to make greener decisions. Feel free to come and talk to us about what we do and how you can participate.

KTH Students for Sustainability – We are a community of environmentally concerned students and a space to act on sustainability issues. Do you want to get involved or learn more about sustainability on and outside of the campus? Talk to us!

KTH Hyperloop  - We are a student team working on bringing the Hyperloop concept, the future of sustainable and fast transportation, to life. Feel free to come and talk to us about what we do and what you could do in the team!