Gunnerus Award 2021 to Jianguo LiuProgramme
Award Ceremony 21 September 7:30 p.m., Frimurerlosjen
Concert – Trondheim Chamber Music Festival
Trine Knutsen, flute
Marianne Thorsen, violin
Håkon Magnar Skogstad, piano
Erling With Aasgaard, cembalo
Geir Inge Lotsberg, artistic leader
Hyfer Festival opening
Opening of Hyfer, NTNU’s futures festival
by Rector Anne Borg
Gunnerus Award Ceremony
Jianguo Liu receives the Gunnerus Award 2021,
by President DKNVS May Thorseth and Rector NTNU Anne Borg
Join the Hyfer Afterparty at Sellanraa and Kunsthall Trondheim, after the official opening of Hyfer! Advance registration Afterparty.
Gunnerus Award seminar 22 September 09-12, Rådssalen
Pandas, People and Planetary Sustainability
How could a rise in the divorce rate threaten the Chinese giant panda? Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu will talk about that – and other connections between people and nature – in his Gunnerus Award lecture. A holistic approach to sustainability is at the core of Professor Liu’s research. He coined the groundbreaking concept of “telecoupling”, and will tell us more about what this entails in his lecture.
Professor Liu holds the “Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability” at Michigan State University, where he also is director of Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability.
How does a life-cycle approach help to address biodiversity impacts?
Francesca Verones is Professor at Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU. Dr. Verones’ work is related to developing models for projected impacts on aquatic, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity. Human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems call for novel methods to assess, quantify, and spatially differentiate their extent and consequences. Verones focuses on advancing the field of life cycle assessment (LCA) to improve and complement this widely used assessment approach.
Listening to the voices of sustainability
Elizabeth Barron is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography at NTNU. Dr. Barron’s research interests are broadly on understanding different knowledge systems for addressing human-environment challenges in the areas of conservation and resource management, alternative economics, and sustainability. Her current research is on place-based sustainability theory and practice. From 2018-2021 she is serving as a coordinating lead author for an IPBES Assessment on the Sustainable Use of Wild Species.
Panel discussion moderated by Ruth Astrid Sæter
Panel participants: Jianguo Liu, Elizabeth Barron, Francesca Verones and May Thorseth.
Kirsti Huke (vocals) and Bjørn Marius Hegge (double bass) are musicians from the highly merited jazz education at NTNU. They will perform at the seminar. Photos: K.Huke: Lena Knutli, B.M.Hegge: Hegge
Rådssalen is situated in NTNU’s main building, Høgskoleringen 1. Photo: Maren Agdestein/NTNU
Photo: Michigan State University
Francesca Verones. Photo: Lars R. Bang.
Elizabeth Barron. Photo: Elin Iversen.
Ruth Astrid L. Sæter chairs the Gunnerus Seminar. Sæter is a former journalist. Since 2009 she has worked within the field of communication, primarily focusing on climate, energy and the environment.
May Thorseth is Professor of Philosophy and President of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS). Dr. Thorseth participates in the panel discussion following the lectures at the Gunnerus Award Seminar on 22 September. Photo: Thor Nielsen.
Anne Borg was appointed rector of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2019. Borg heads NTNU’s academic and administrative activities. Rector Borg presents the Gunnerus Award to Prof. Liu together with DKNVS President May Thorseth on 21 September. Photo: NTNU
About the Gunnerus Award
HONORS OUTSTANDING SCIENTIFIC WORK
The Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science is an international research prize of NOK 1 million. The Gunnerus Award was founded by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters and awarded for the first time in 2012. From 2017, it has been jointly awarded every other year with NTNU.
The award honors outstanding scientific work for global sustainable development, and aims to promote research and strengthen the scientific basis of sustainability.
Previous winners include biologist Kamal Bawa (2012), environmental researcher Carl Folke (2017), ecology professor Sandra M. Díaz (2019), ecology professor and conservationist Jianguo Liu (2021).
The conferring institutions and Johan Ernst Gunnerus
The international Gunnerus Sustainability Science Award is a collaboration between the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) – Norway’s oldest scientific institution and the original founder of the prize, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Norway’s largest university. The prize is awarded every two years.
The founding father of DKNVS was bishop Johan Ernst Gunnerus (1718-1773) who became Norway’s first internationally acclaimed naturalist. His legacy is still very much felt in Norway and Trondheim today, the city from which he led the Society. Thus, the Award is named in his honor, as the Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science.