Final Program Out - Focali Annual Meeting & 10-year Anniversary

Focalimembers Eskil Mattsson & Matilda Palm at Focali network meeting 2013. Photo: Maria Ölund

Final Program Out - Focali Annual Meeting & 10-year Anniversary

Join us the 5-(6th) of November for the first ever Focali annual meeting and our 10-year anniversary. We welcome both Focali members and our partners to attend this oportunity to learn from and network with each other.

What Annual meeting
When Nov 05, 2019 09:45 AM to
Nov 06, 2019 02:00 PM
Where Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg
Contact Name
Contact Phone 0766-22 92 22
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Day 1: Open for all interested in Focali themes - both members and partners. - for short presentations about members work, interactive discussions with stakeholders and most importantly there will be space to get to know each other better and discuss collaborations! A dinner will be arranged to celebrate our 10-year anniversary!

Day 2: A Focali co-office will be hosted at GMV from around 9 – lunch with time to develop joint collaborations/applications and future Focali activities.

Register no later than October 28:

Register here for: day 1, 2 and dinner

A participatory program development: 

Members and partners have contributed with speed-talks and themes for the world café discussion tables. The submission period is now closed, thank you for your contributions. The speed-talks will be presented in two parallel sessions in the afternoon. All speed-talks will be recorded and shared after the event. 

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Read more about the event outline, sessions and speakers in the final program here ! See summary of panelists, speed-talks and themes for World Café below:


Panel: The role of science and networks in times of populism and climate crisis

Andrea J. Nightingale, Professor of Geography at the University of Oslo and Senior Researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Martin Hultman, Associate professor in science-, technology- and environmental studies at the Department of Technology Management and Economics at Chalmers University of Technology and research leader of Centre for Studies of Climate Change Denialism (CEFORCED)

Maria Schultz, Director of Vi-Agroforestry and Chair of Agroforestry Network

Stephen Woroniecki, Doctoral student at LUCSUS - Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies

Esse Nilsson, Senior Policy Adviser for Rural Development and Food Security, Sida

Read bios of the panelists in the final program here 

Martin Hultman

Martin Hultman

Speed-talks for the two PM paralell sessions:

How to save and restore forests in the Agenda 2030 spirit? |
Anders Malmer, International Coordinator, Swedish Forest Agency

Why does SIWI get involved in resilient landscapes? | Anna Tengberg, PhD, Programme Manager Swedish International Water Institute - SIWI

Landscape transformation and livelihood impacts from tree plantations: Evidence from North India | Harry Fischer, Associate Senior Lecturer, Division of Rural Development, SLU

How are disproportionately-vulnerable groups affected by nature-based solutions to climate change; evidence from Sri Lanka | Stephen Woroniecki, Doctoral student LUCSUS - Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies

Felling forests from afar: tropical deforestation driven by agricultural expansion and international trade | Florence Pendrill, Ph.D. candidate Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Division of Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology

Policy options for EU (and other) consumer countries in reducing tropical deforestation | Martin Persson Associate Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology

Understanding the relative impact of our consumption patterns on terrestrial biodiversity | Louisa Durkin, Master's student, Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Center, University of Gothenburg

Institutional innovations & sustainable agricultural supply chains | Mairon G. Bastos Lima, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology

Financial giants and the Amazon – reflecting on recent actions | Alice Dauriach (via video), PhD candidate, Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

Good Wood: A new paradigm for restorative & sustainable forest management | Rosa Goodman, Associate Senior Lecturer, Dept. Forest Ecology and Management SLU & SLU Global coordinator for the Forest Faculty

Doing more with less: resource efficiency for sustainable bioenergy production in Indonesia | Fumi Harahap, PhD Candidate, Division of Energy and Climate Studies (ECS), Department of Energy Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

From an idea to a book – the case of success stories on multifunctional land uses in Africa | Madelene Ostwald, Docent, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, GMV & Theme Leader Multifunctional Landscapes AgriFoSe2030

Forests, Climate and Livelihoods – perspectives from upland Myanmar | Laura Kmoch, Ph.D. candidate Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Division of Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology

Multifunctional, land-based, production systems for ecosystem restoration | Henrik Haller (via video), Senior lecturer Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering. Mid Sweden University

New Approaches to Tenure Reform in sub-Saharan Africa | Lasse Krantz, Guest-researcher at the Unit of Human Geography, University of Gothenburg

Using trees to restore soil hydraulic properties in tropical African drylands: The five Ws?| Aida Bargués Tobella (via video), Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) & World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Kenya

Tropical montane forest in a warming world – findings from field experiments in Rwanda | Göran Wallin, Senior lecturer, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, GU

Temperature responses of leaf photosynthesis and respiration in tropical montane trees |Eric Mirindi Dusenge, EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Drivers of heat-and drought-induced mortality in tropical montane trees | Maria Wittemann PhD Student, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Drained organic soils a global hotspot of greenhouse gas emissions | Åsa Kasimir Researcher Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Evolution of nitrogen cycling in regrowing Amazonian rainforest | Tobias Rütting, Associate Professor - Biogeochemistry Department of Earth Sciences University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Don’t panic. Cooperate! Biodiversity in a time of crisis | Allison Perrigo, PhD Director, Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre GGBC & Project Manager, Antonelli Lab

Actors and Context in Forest Governance for REDD+ with the case from Vietnam | Thao Do Jorgensen (Previously) Governance specialist at UNDP in Vietnam now freelance consult

Blue Green City Lab and Digital Forest | Eskil Mattsson, Project Manager, Swedish Environmental Research Institute - IVL

Wall at the venue: Museum of World Culture

Wall at the venue: Museum of World Culture


World Café: Bridging research – policy – practice for informed action

Participants and table hosts will discuss sub-questions (tba.) under each theme below to identify key gaps and challenges as well as what needs to be done to address these and how.  

Theme: Avoiding tropical deforestation
Martin Persson Chalmers and Maria Rydlund SSNC

Theme: Forest and landscape restoration
Anna Tengberg and Malin Gustafsson SIWI

Agroforestry and multifunctional land-use
: Maria Schultz, Agroforestry Network and Madeleine Fogde, SIANI

The art of translating science into policy and practice
Hosts: Madelene Ostwald and Linda Hansson, GMV & AgriFoSe2030

Biodiversity in a time of crisis - don’t panic cooperate
Ulrika Palme & Allison Perrigo, GGBC

Better governance - How do we effectively divert from business as usual?
Host: Mairon G. Bastos Lima, Chalmers and Trase-Earth at SEI

How to enable transformative change?
Andrea Nightingale, University of Oslo and SLU



Who can attend?

Day 1 the 5th of November is open to all active within our thematic area from different disciplines and sectors while day 2 the “Focali co-office” the 6th is devoted for members and researchers within the Focali thematic area. 40 (out of 60) seats day 1 will be reserved for members and partners, if the event get fully booked members and partners will be prioritized. 


Day 1: Museum of World Culture, Tramstop Korsvägen
Day 2:
Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development Tramstop Kapellplatsen, Aschebergsgatan 44



Focali is grateful for enthusiastic support from our members and partners in planning and organizing this event. In addition we particularly want to acknowledge the financial support from our partners GMV, SIANI and the Agroforestry Network for venue costs and food during the day.

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