FSG3133 Engineering for a Sustainable Society 3.0 credits

Ingenjörskap för ett hållbart samhälle

The course will provide PhD-students a multi-disciplinary and sustainable perspective of the current challenges and give them tools to link science/research to innovation and technical solutions. The outcome should help PhD-students to relate their research (and career) with a need future technologies and actions toward a sustainable society.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course will cover different aspects of the sustainability challenges that humanity encounters presently. It will consist of inspiring lectures given by KTH researchers and external presenter. The lectures will highlight new aspect and different perspectives regarding the societal challenges and also present the point of view of different actors or stakeholders. The second part of the course will consist of presentations prepared by the students (in group of 4-5). Each group will do 3 presentations focusing respectively on (i) describing a societal challenge, (ii) presenting technical solutions, and (iii) identifying research needs for a sustainable society.

Intended learning outcomes *

The overall goal of the course is to Give a sustainable and multidisciplinary perspective to PhD students and inspire by linking science and societal challenges. The students will learn to identify relevant data to address societal challenges, tools to analyses and quantify the challenges, methodologies for reviewing technological gaps, and to relate innovation needs with research.

Course Disposition

The course will be organized in form of 4 times one-day events. It will be composed of inspirational lecture by KTH-staff and external professionals and presentations by the PhDstudents.

The inspirational lectures target opening perspective and provide tools to identify and understand societal challenges, technical needs and innovative science. Student presentations will complement the course and will consist of 3 presentations for each group of 4 or 5 students. These presentations have different objective and will focus successively from a societal challenge (A) to technical solutions (B) and finally research challenges (c). For presentation A the students will chose a societal challenge to examine, find and present data to define the challenge and set ground for addressing the challenge. For presentation B, the students will identify technologies (or technical bottlenecks) that are used to solve A. Theses technologies will be presented critically. For presentation C, the students will examine the potential of better understanding (research for empowering innovation and erase bottlenecks in B. The preparation of presentation A, B and C will be supervised by coaches.

The course output (selected presentations of students) will be presented at different events organised by KTH Sustanability office, e.g. KTH sustainability days.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Open to all PhD-students registered at KTH

Recommended prerequisites

Open to all PhD-students registered at KTH.


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Mostly material from internet.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Other requirements for final grade *

    Pass will be given to students that have (i) been present att all inspirational lecture, and (ii) that have participated to the three presentations (both as active presenter and in discussions following other groups’ presentations).

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Christophe Duwig

    Further information

    Course web

    Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

    Course web FSG3133

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    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Christophe Duwig

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Supplementary information

    REQUIREMENTS: Presence at the seminars, contribution to 3 group presentations and engagement in discussions.

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at SCI/Mechanics