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Do you want to know more about our working groups for sustainable development?

Here, you can find more information about the five working groups for sustainable development at the faculty, the group leaders, members and current activities.

Go directly to working group 1: Intervowen and competitive education and research for sustainability

Go directly to working group 2: Active joint efforts to solve sustainability challenges faced by society

Go directly to working group 3: Sustainable national and international relations and perspectives

Go directly to working group 4: Coworkership, leadership and managers' roles for sustainability

Go directly to working group 5: Appropriate resources and tools for sustainability


Working group 1: Interwoven and competitive education and research for sustainability

Working group leader: Magnus Sandberg, Senior Lecturer
Members: Fredrik Bengtsson, Malin Inghammar, Christoffer Mattisson, Lisa Påhlman, Martin Stafström

The group is open to new members who are interested to contribute!


magnus [dot] sandberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Vision and goals

The group wants to make it simple for teachers and researchers, who are interested in promoting sustainable development at the faculty, to deepen knowledge and strengthen their skills in sustainability. The group also contribute to a larger willingness in leadership to let teachers and researchers develop this knowledge and these skills. Existing resources  to this end should be made visible. The group aims to become a stronger voice for sustainable development.


Currently, the working group focuses on competence development for teachers, to enable integration of education for sustainable development into the faculty's educational programmes and courses. The group wants to disseminate information about existing educational resources online. The group is also represented in a network of university teachers, who want to share experiences and develop integration of sustainable devleopment in their teaching at Lund University.

The group has also initiated cooperation with Nordic Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, NCSH. The format for collaboration will be developed in the near future. To start with, a researcher network with focus on the future of sustainable healthcare environments will be launched. Researchers from the Faculties of Engineering and Medicine, but also from other faculties and universities, are welcome to the launching seminar on October 12th, back-to-back with the NCSH Nordic conference on October 11th. 

Working group 2: Active joint efforts to solve sustainability challenges faced by society

Working group leader: Kajsa M Paulsson, Associate Professor and Research Group Leader

Members: Emma-Lisa Hansson, Anders Sjöström

The group is open to any new members from Lund University, who are persevering and have time and energy to invest in sustainability work!


kajsa_m [dot] paulssson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Vision and goals

The group touches several sustainability goals, for example SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing, SDG 4: Quality education, and SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure.

The vision is to redirect focus from increased profit and economic growth to contributing to strengthening sustainability in the Öresund region. The ambitions should be set on completing, integrating and supporting eachother within the region and between regions, rather than on achieving the highest status and competitiveness. We need to understand that competence is scattered, and that active collaboration makes it possible to come up with innovations and novel solutions to sustainability challenges.


The group currently develops a cross-border cloud-based solution for big data from large-scale research facilities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany. In doing so, the group addresses several sustainability challenges in transferring big data over borders, such as legal issues. The solution will also contribute to improving environmental sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

The working group's activities are funded by the cross-border Interreg-project HALRIC, a consortium with 21 partners in the Öresund - Kattegatt - Skagerrak region - research infrastructures, hospitals, innovation, life science industry and universities.


Working group 3: Sustainable national and international relationships and perspectives

Working group leader: Fredrik Bengtsson, Senior Lecturer
Members: Susanne Brokop, David Gisselsson Nord, Maria Sjöström and expert: Anette Agardh

The group is open to new members, PhD students and other students are especially welcome!


fredrik [dot] bengtsson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se 

Goals and vision

The working group currently focuses on the following goals in the faculty's action plan for sustainability:

  • Integrate local and global health aspects in education and research
  • Create good preconditions for internationalization for students and coworkers
  • Increase the faculty's international attractivity and professionalise reception of international students and coworkers
  • Develop and create clearer goals for partnerships with other national and international universities and important actors in the public and private sectors
  • Raise awareness, value and stimulate coworkers' and students' involvements in national and international organisations, consortia and networks
  • Improve social sustainability through increasing opportunities for exchange with students and coworkers from low income countries


The group has an active collaboration with U21 Health Sciences SDG group. It has developed two modules for the digital course "Ready Set Go", one about sustainable development and one about global citizenship. The course is a preparatory course for students at the faculty going abroad. Another edition of the educational films will be available also for staff at the university, and other members of the U21 network. 

Currently, the working group is exploring how the faculty can develop collaborations with NGO:s, how such collaborations should be regulated with regards to sustainable development, and what aspects of such collaboration should be addressed in drafting of a strategy.  Moreover, the group is represented in a university-wide working group developing sustainable internationalization and mobility. The group is involved in revising the university's sustainability plan.

Working group 4: Coworkership, leadership and managers' roles for sustainability

Working group leader: Saema Ansar, Associate Professor and Research Group Leader
Members: Joakim Esbjörnsson, Martin Garwicz, Anna Kristensson Ekwall, Pia Sundgren, Darcy Wagner

The group has been recruited to ensure diverse expertise and experience, as well as range of seniority, to ensure different perspectives on the issues at hand.


saema [dot] ansar [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Goals and vision

Working group 4 has identified four mission areas for its work: (1) organization, (2) leadership, (3) recruitment and career development, and (4) individual responsibility. The addressed United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) are:
SDG 4 – Quality education
SDG 5 – Gender equality
SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth,
SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production


The group has set a priority order for its mission areas, and started by focusing on the goals of the Faculty of Medicine’s action plan for sustainable development concerning a well-defined, transparent, fair, efficient, and strategic recruitment process. The recruitment process is a multistep process that the group has divided according to the following steps: recruitment plan, shortlist, interview, selection, and onboarding. The group also identified the need of offboarding. The identified aims were:
•    Enhancing the transparency of policies and practices in how positions are requested, and how staff is recruited
•    Ensuring fairness in the process
•    Suggesting implementation of a strategic rationale for the positions
•    Suggesting a way of preventing time delays in the recruitment process 

The group has done a baseline inventory of the current sustainability challenges in the subject area, identified relevant stakeholders, and have had discussions with them. The group also organised a workshop with invited speakers from other universities with long-term experience in high quality recruitment practices. The academic appointments committee of the Faculty of Medicine was invited to the workshop and many members participated. Working group 4 is currently finishing a report with suggestions for developing the recruitment process for academic positions further – partly based on the discussions that took place during the workshop.

Working group 5: Appropriate resources and tools for sustainability

Working group leader: Claire McKay, Research Coordinator
Members: Linus Jeppsson, Pia Kinhult, Anna Oudin, Erika Norén, Iran Augusto Neves da Silva

New members are welcome to the group, both interested employees at the faculty, students, and those who have connections with the business world.


claire [dot] mckay [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se 

Goals and vision

The working group has focused on Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production, and Goal 13: Fight climate change, in Agenda 2030.

The group hopes to be able to contribute to more efficient systems for sustainable procurement, re-use and sustainable logistics/transportation, and to reducing the faculty's carbon footprint, by improving sustainability of scientific research in laboratory settings.


Currently, the group is collaborating actively with the university's environment management to align the faculty with implementation plans of a Green Labs concept throughout the university. 

The working group also wishes to continue discussions and to collaborate with Med-Service to this end. 




Susanne Sundell

Tel. 046-222 06 57
susanne [dot] sundell [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se