The Green and Digital Transition: A research perspective

25 May 2023 | 09:00-11:00 | Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Bruxelles

An event aiming to bring the science behind the green and digital transition from Sweden to Brussels.



09:00             Doors open & breakfast is served

09:30            Welcoming remarks by Ann-Charlotte Larsson, Chair of Universities in South Sweden Brussels cooperation

09:35            Big open ecosystem science for the Green Deal – one careful field study at a Time by Kevin Bishop

09:50 Calling for trustworthy and intelligent systems to drive the evidence-based digital transition by Carl Magnus Olsson

10:05            The Role of Universities in the Transition by Ann-Charlotte Larsson

10:20            Moderated Q&A

10:45            End of session

11:00             End of the breakfast

The session will be co-moderated by Stijn Verleyen and Caroline Sundberg

The registration is closed. Please get in touch with Ronja Cedergren ( if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.

About the speakers

Ann-Charlotte Larsson, Professor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for internationalisation and innovation, and societal driving force at Linnaeus University.

My research areas are related to environmental science with a focus on air pollution and chemical process engineering. My specialty is interaction of catalysts with the chemical process where the catalyst is applied with a goal to understand and improve material lifetime. In this field I hold an adjunct professorship at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH).

I have a long background in industry and my experience from industry involves research on flue gas cleaning processes including SOx, NOx, Hg and Dioxins where I worked both nationally and internationally. I have also been globally involved in developing new processes for capture of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel off gases to abate climate change.

Kevin Bishop, Professor at the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment; Division of Geochemistry and Hydrology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

My research identifies human influence aquatic ecosystems and distinguishes it from natural variability in space and time. Forestry, mercury, and hydrology are some of the major issues I have worked with in Europe and Africa. Between 2016-2020 I was SLU’s Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. This part of SLUs mission provides the scientific basis for a more sustainable future. Societies must find better ways to use natural resources while protecting other ecosystem services like biodiversity and water quality. SLUs is an international leader in the producing this knowledge and putting it to work.

Carl Magnus Olsson, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology at Malmö University

My research is positioned within the design and use of context-aware systems. These can be characterized as adapting their behavior to relevant changes in the environment they are in, and the human agents that are using them. With a background in software engineering as well as human-computer interaction, my interests have always been on how such technology can be developed and made into viable products relevant for end users. My publications therefore span from the more development-oriented perspectives such as concept development and assessments, to user studies and data-driven indicators from use-time. Since starting at Malmö University, I have led major projects assoctiated with sensor and data driven systems through our research center Internet of Things and People (IOTAP). This is done in close collaboration with a large number of industry partners, some of which have researchers from my projects directly integrated in research and development projects at these companies. Funding agencies of projects that I lead or am involved in include the Swedish Knowledge Foundation, Vinnova, Mats Paulsson Foundation, K2, STINT, and the European Commision.

Stijn Verleyen, Coordinator for interinstitutional relations at the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Stijn Verleyen holds a PhD in linguistics from Leuven University (2005). After his research career, he held several positions in research funding and research policy organisations (Science Foundation Flanders, European Research Council). He joined the Commission’s Joint Research Centre as a policy officer in 2018, and is currently responsible for the Science meets Regions project as well as cooperation with the Committee of the Regions.

Caroline Sundberg, EU Policy Officer / Brussels Representative for the Universities in South Sweden

Caroline Sundberg is the Brussels representative of the Universities in South Sweden network since 2021. She has since 2010 worked with Higher Education policy, in various roles and with different portfolios.