GUPES Green Gown Awards 2016 Europe Chalmers University of Technology Winner

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Challenge Lab

In the Challenge Lab students learn to explore, define and act upon global challenges that will transform the way we live together on this planet. The current scenarios of resource shortages, land use and energy are creating many challenges for our societies. These can be solved by collaboration in complex systems and the Challenge Lab empowers students to be leading change agents in these collaborations. Challenge Lab acknowledges, equips and empowers students to have transformative impact in society.

In the Challenge Lab, a multi-disciplinary international team of students work together with industry clusters, the public sector and academia to take upon the greatest challenges we have. Space is created for the students in a dynamic environment to be in charge to connect projects, companies and public sector initiatives together with academia to identify “leverage points” in the system, where they then suggest and initiate solutions to take all sectors forward. The topics are formed through the process in the lab and are aimed in the local context, but transferrable elsewhere. Challenge Lab believes that students have an ability that goes beyond what any actor in society can do alone and we let them be the transformative leaders our planet is in dire need of.

Top 3 learnings

1. We learned how to engage in transitions towards a sustainable society.
2. We learned that students have a power as change agents in the system.
3. We learned that stakeholders love to work with students and going beyond “business as usual”.

What it means to win

“From the university’s standpoint we will gain recognition that verifies that we are on the right track in our work to bring transformative change being a long-term actor in society.”

John Holmberg, Vice President, Chalmers University of Technology

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