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A commitment to the community...

Recognising the vital importance of sustainability and the values of leadership and innovation to Blekinge, the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Blekinge Tekniska Högskola) is proud to announce a free public lecture series in association with our internationally recognised Master in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) programme.

We are delighted that this lecture series will bring some of the world's most recognised experts in the sustainability field to Karlskrona and we extend a warm invitation for all members of the local community to participate.

Upcoming Events

January 17, 2012: Sustainability-Driven Innovation

How Swedish industry can contribute to global sustainability and become more competitive by doing so

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Leif Johansson PRLeif Johansson is one of the most prominent business leaders in Sweden. He has been President of Husqvarna Motorcycles, Facit, Electrolux and The Volvo Group and is a board member of SCA and Chairman of Ericsson. He is also President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, board member of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists. Leif Johansson has also been engaged repeatedly by the Swedish Government and was, for example, member of Prime Minister Göran Persson's Oil Commission and Chairman of the Governmental Delegation for Science and Engineering Education.

Leif Johansson has a deep understanding of the sustainability challenges faced by the human civilization. He believes in science, leadership and innovation as important means for meeting these challenges and turning them into opportunities.  He is a strong proponent of the sustainability methodology being developed at Blekinge Institute of Technology. From his broad industrial background, Leif Johansson will speak about how he wants Swedish industry to pioneer strategic leadership and innovation for sustainability - both because it is the right thing to do and because it will strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish industry in the increasingly sustainability-driven global market. It is hard to think of anyone that could speak more competently about this and that better personifies the vision of BTH - 'a globally attractive knowledge community within applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth'. We are deeply honored to once again welcome our Honorary Doctor to BTH and we are proud to be able to offer this event to our community through the Karlskrona Dialogues series. Warmly welcome!

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17:00-18:00: Reception and Poster Exhibition.

18:00-18:15: Introduction by Dr Ursula Hass, Vice-Chancellor of BTH: "A world leading university focusing on applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth".

18:15-19:00: Keynote by Dr Leif Johansson, Chairman of Ericsson: "Sustainability-driven innovation - how Swedish industry can contribute to global sustainability and become more competitive by doing so".

19:00-19:30: Q & A with Dr Leif Johansson.

19:30-20:00: Mingle and closing discussions in the poster area.

Moderator: Professor Göran Broman

Please register for this free event: http://karlskronadialogues.eventbrite.com/

NOTE: The event will be broadcasted live from 18:00 h (CET) on this link: http://bit.ly/x9XZpm


Previous Events in the Series


"5000 STUDENTS living in Karlskrona in 2010" with Dr. Regina Rowland, Innovation Strategist.

29 May 2009

What does it mean for Karlskrona to host a multicultural community? What are the opportunities? This event invites you to build in a team a "3D model". Shape Karlskrona as a sustainable model-city and exemplary international society!

"Social Perspectives on Sustainable Development: What Roles do Religion and Science Play in the Development of a Sustainable Society?" with Bishop Antje Jackelen and Dr. Karl-Henrik Robert

9 October 2008

Do we need to believe in sustainability in order to be 'sustainable'? Can religion and science work together? How important are our values and ethics when working in sustainable development? Does religion tell us WHY and science tell us HOW? Or is it the other way around?

Dr. Antje Jackelén is the Lutheran bishop of the Diocese of Lund. From 2001 until her election as bishop she was professor of systematic theology / religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt is the founder of The Natural Step, and Adjunct Professor at BTH. In 2005 he was named the inaugural winner of the prestigious global award, the Social Responsibility Laureate Medal.


"Strategic Sustainable Development: A Whole-Systems Approach" by Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D. PhD.

4 September 2008

Many of us are wondering how to better include a sustainability perspective in our daily lives and workplaces. This lecture will provide an introduction to sustainability

"Climate Change Conversations: How can Climate Change Affect my Life? - A World Cafe"

2 June 2008

Tony Thompson brings lessons from Al Gore.

99% of scientists agree that human-induced climate change is a reality. In which ways are we contributing to this both positively and negatively? We need to find creative solutions to this without worsening other problems in the process.


"How Does ICT (Information & Communication Technology) Relate To Sustainable Development?" A Panel Discussion

May 28th, 2008

Communication is a human need. ICT can play an integral role in helping us become more sustainable as a society. How can we facilitate global communication and information sharing without deteriorating our environment or social fabric?

Hosted by Dr. Markus Fiedler and Dr. Göran Broman


Dr. Timothy Gonsalves, IIT-Madras, India

Vineeta Kommineni, Rural Technology Business Incubator, Madras, India

Matilda Gustafsson, Sustainable Development Manager, Ericsson

Per-Ola Carlsson, CEO of Wireless Independent Provider

"Turning Green into Gold - The Business Advantage of Becoming Sustainable"
Bob Willard, December 7th, 2006.

The benefits are there for the taking. Smart executives will take them before their competitors do. Companies that lag will be history, trapped in the hoax of perpetual, unsustainable growth. Companies that lead will win.

"Ekonomi och Ekologi - Vi börjar se sambanden, men det behövs ett nytt sätt att tänka"
Göran Carstedt, October 4th, 2006.

("Business and Ecology in the 21st Century - an emerging awareness and need for a new way of thinking"; given in Swedish - read a translated article about the event, featured in the local newspaper, by clicking here).

"What matters is how we think. What kind of society do I want around me in the future? What do I need to reflect on and do to make it happen? A leader should not wonder "What is good for my organisation?", but "What is my organisation good for?" - "Who would miss us if we were to disappear?"

"Governance and Democracy for a Sustainable Europe
Margot Wallström, VP, European Commission.

"We simply can not talk about governance and democracy for a sustainable Europe without including the rest of the world in the picture and I think this is really the added value of the concept of sustainable development or hållbarhet utvekling."

"The Next Industrial Revolution"
Göran Carstedt. Former executive at Volvo and IKEA, now coaching international organizations.

What will be so different about the next industrial revolution? Our real future lies in building sustainable enterprises and an economic reality that connects industry, society and the environment.

"Travelling Towards Sustainability"

Leif Johansson, President of Volvo AB and CEO of the Volvo Group.

Within a global, transport-related company such as the Volvo Group,environmental objectives are increasingly becoming a part of business life.Leif Johansson will give a view on direction of changes, based on businessand environmental conditions.

"Society in the 21st Century"

Featuring Per Carstedt, Karl-Henrik Robért, and Manfred Max-Neef.

Join an esteemed international panel - a cancer scientist, an entrepreneur and an economist - for a challenging and insightful dialogue about the future of society. The style of this event promises to be anything but a lecture, providing a healthy balance of practical knowledge, inspiring leadership and visionary thinking in a stimulating, 'round table' format.


  • Learn about future business and community opportunities
  • Gain an understanding of how to strategically plan for success
  • Network and share ideas with local business and community members
  • Build community capacity for positive change


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