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A sustainable world

In 2015, the world's leaders adopted the UN's 17 global sustainable development goals - Agenda 2030. There are ten years remaining to meet those goals. In order to contribute scientific facts and obtain a better perspective, Umeå University will have a special focus this year on research that contributes to a sustainable world.

The 17 sustainable development goals adopted by world leaders in 2015 are ambitious and universal, and they aim to bring about a world that’s socially, environmentally and economi-cally sustainable by 2030. Some of the university’s researchers share their research output, ideas and experiences on topics such as future energy sources, the impact of climate change on health, new forms of cancer therapy, antibiotic resistance, what the actual concept of sus-tainability involves and how we as individuals can live more sustainably.

Umeå research for a sustainable world

Tourism to Västerbotten can increase this summer
Tourism to Västerbotten can increase this summer

Tourism has been hit hard by Covid-19. But it will come back. Perhaps already this summer in Västerbotten.

Future people in our hands
Future people in our hands

The idea of sustainability takes future people into account. But who are they? Kalle Grill seeks answers.

"Sustainability requires systems thinking"
"Sustainability requires systems thinking"

For many years, H&M's new CEO Helena Helmersson has been on a mission to turn them into a sustainable company.

Chemistry that turns biomass into petrol
Chemistry that turns biomass into petrol

Jyri-Pekka Mikkola's research group have invented renewable petrol. Can they put the system into production?

From filthy industry to eco-friendly company
From filthy industry to eco-friendly company

Ann-Kristin Bergquist studies the development of climate transitions in trade and industry.

The birth of sustainable development
The birth of sustainable development

Ulf Holmgren on the UN report "Our common future" which was crucial to viewpoints on sustainability.

Serious health consequences
Serious health consequences

Peter Byass is one of the Umeå researchers that contribute to the Lancet Countdown global health report.

Mixed forests are the future
Mixed forests are the future

Properly mixed forests are more valuable than the present-day monoculture, according to Micael Jonsson.

So much more edible food can be saved
So much more edible food can be saved

The gastronomy programme is collaborating with a waste company to change behaviours and reduce food wastage.