5 Oct
6 Oct


Conference: Getting our cities right #2: From Living Laboratories to urban healthscapes

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Text: Getting our cities right.

Welcome to a conference organised by the future platform SLU Urban Futures, in collaboration with SLU Movium Think Tank. Together we will explore Living Labs as new formats for research, teaching and collaborations.

“The future of our planet depends on getting our cities right”

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat

Welcome to Alnarp

Following the first conference at Ultuna Campus this summer, where we looked at transformative change through the lens of sustainable foodscapes, this conference at Alnarp Campus will focus on Living Laboratories as new formats for research, teaching and society interaction. What role can the university campus play in shaping sustainable urban healthscapes; and how can the campus be part of transdisciplinary research for societal change?

5 October -  Conference with international speakers

Keynote session 1 will explore the Campus as a Living Lab - perfect places for transdisciplinary science:

  • New roles of universities in urban (innovation) environments
    Michael Bossert, Research Innovation and Business Development Manager, Concordia University, Montreal

  • Towards a Sustainable Campus: developing a living lab landscape for experimentation and co-creation
    Tom McDevitt, Project Leader at UULabs, University of Utrecht

  • TU-StadtManufaktur platform for Living Labs in Berlin
    Anja Steglich, Urban Transformation & Transfer, StadtManufaktur Coordinator, TU Berlin

  • Panel with expert presentations
    - Sonia Curnier, Postdoctoral Researcher, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
    - Cornelia Redeker, Associate Professor, Umeå School of Architecture
    - Annika Herth, PhD candidate, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft

Keynote session 2 will look at SLU’s Alnarp Campus – a model for outdoor labs and urban healthscapes:

  • Developing Alnarp Campus farm model to experimental
    Karl Lövrie, Pro Dean at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture,
    Horticulture and Crop Production Science (LTV), SLU

  • Alnarp Campus as a Living Lab, a starting PhD project
    Lisa Diedrich, Tobias Emilsson & Dennis Andreasson, SLU

  • Campus Alnarp’s health landscapes: The Garden Lab & Nature
    Based Rehabilitation (NaturUnderstödd Rehabilitering)
    Sara Kyrö Wissler, Project Manager Campus Development
    Alnarp, SLU

  • Agroecological experiments at Campus Alnarp
    Georg Carlsson, Professor at the Department of Biosystems and
    Technology, SLU

  • Alnarp Landscape Laboratory: urban woods for urban futures
    Björn Wiström, Manager of the Alnarp Landscape Laboratory


Book launch & panel discussion

 “Woods go Urban: three decades of experiments with woodlands in Landscape Laboratories”.

Roland Gustavsson, Anders Busse Nielsen, Björn Wiström, Hanna Fors, Henrik Sjöman, Alnarp Lab Team

Moderators: Lisa Diedrich & Catherine Szanto (editors)


Site visits at Alnarp Campus

Parallel site visits and guided tours to Alnarp Landscape Lab and SLU Rehabilitation Garden. 

6 October: Study trip to urban woodlands

Stadsskog för framtiden - Design och förvaltning av tätortsnära

The study trip on the 6th October is organised by SLU Movium Think Tank and will be given in Swedish, on the topic of Landscape Laboratories and Urban Woodlands in the South of Sweden. See the programme for more information and register via the event page (click on the red button).


Time: 2022-10-05 - 2022-10-06
City: Alnarp
Organiser: SLU Urban Futures & SLU Movium Think Tank
Last signup date: 27 September 2022
Price: Conference: free of charge. Bus tour: 1250 SEK ex VAT.
Additional info:

Dinner in Malmö on 5th of October

SLU Movium Think Tank is also arranging a dinner at Restaurang Spill in Malmö on the Wednesday evening. The price of the dinner will be 500 kr per person and you register via the event registration form.

The 'Getting our Cities Right' conference series

SLU Urban Futures is organising a series of day-conferences, where researchers, students and anyone active in - or simply interested in - sustainable urban development, are invited. The series explores different ways of making our cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The 11th Sustainable Development Goal will be used, both as a portal - for understanding the interconnected social, economic and environmental challenges society faces, and as a docking station - for connecting to the other 16 development areas, envisioning how we facilitate transformative change.


Andrew Gallagher, Project Coordinator for SLU Urban Futures
Hub coordinator, Ultuna
The Unit for Collaboration and Development
+46(0)730 55 80 27

Harald Klein, coordinator at the Movium Think Tank
Enheten för samverkan och utveckling
E-mail: harald.klein@slu.se
Telephone: 0706-25 80 17