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Is the World Becoming a Better Place?

Science Week 6-12 March 2017
There seems to be no end to the major global challenges we have to tackle. How do we reverse the trend and how can research contribute?

Opening ceremony

Exactly the Same World

Date: 5 March I Place: Main University building auditorium I Time: 17:00-18:00
The first science week will kick off with music and a choral performance by the Palaestra Vocal Ensemble, led by Odeum’s choirmaster Cecilia Martin-LöfWe will also give you a taste of the science weeks to come and what they offerAdmission is free.

Main symposiums

Towards a Peaceful Global Order and Gender Justice in Diplomacy

Date: 7 March I Place: Main University building auditoriumTime: 10:00-12:00

Where are the women in diplomacy and peace negotiations? Symposium with prominent guests speakers, such as the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, and the international researchers Joshua Goldstein, Thania Paffenholz and Ann Towns.

The event is free and open to the public, but don't forget to sign up!

Disasters Evermore? Past, Present and Future Disaster Risks in an Uncertain World

Date: 7 March I Place: Main University building auditorium I Time: 15:00-18:00
This symposium aims to raise awareness about global and local disaster risk, the challenges and potential solutions. There will be a mix of short presentations by researchers and a panel debate with high­-level decision-­makers on national and international levels.

The event is free and open to the public, but don't forget to sign up!

Events and activities during the week

Debate: Is the World Becoming a Better Place?

Date: 6 March I Place: AF-borgen I Time: 19:00-21:00
In this debate, leading international researchers in moral phi­losophy, economics and politics will provide new per­spectives on where the world is headed. Guests include: Martha Nussbaum, Carlota Perez, James Robinson, Jan Teorell and Alf Hornborg.
Learn more about the debate (in the calendar at

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Care for the Dying - Today and Tomorrow

Date: 7 March I Place: Hörsalen, Medicon village I Time: 09:00-12:10
Symposium on palliative care from an international perspective. What is palliative care, that is, the care of the dying, out into the world and here in Sweden. The conference is open to researchers, health professionals as well as the general public. The morning sessions, between 09:00-12:00, are held in English.
More about the evets during the symposium (in the calendar at

Nanotechnology for the Future

Date: 7 March I Place: K-space, Division of Solid State Physics, Department of Physics I Time: 14:00-20:00
During the day we will open up the lab and give guided tours, telling the story of the role that nanotechnology plays in current and future challenges. During the evening, we welcome you to lectures and debates about nanotechnology in society.
Learn more about Nanotechnology for the Future (in the calendar at

Post-Coup Thailand: Anxiety over the Royal Succession

Date: 8 March I Place: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18 I Time: 13:15
Open lecture with Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Associate Professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.
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Rich Man, Poor (Wo)man. Inequalities in Health and Wellbeing Re-Examined

Date: 8 March I Place: Edens hörsal I Time: 13:00–18:00
This symposium address the growing inequalities between men and women in the face of increasing living standards in developing countries. It also discuss poverty and inequality in Sweden during the last 100 years.
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Street Violence, State-Making, and Popular Nationalism in South Korea

Date: 9 March I Place: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Room 005, Sölvegatan 18, Lund I Time: 09:15
Open lecture with Erik Mobrand, Associate Professor of Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University.
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Water in a Changing Climate – Threats and Opportunities

Date: 9 March I Place: Lecture room A, V-building, Faculty of Engineering I Time: 13:00-15:00
The Division of Water Resources Engineering will give eight brief popular science talks about water and its importance in society in a number of different areas.
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Screening of To Singapore with Love by Tan Pin Pin.

Date: 9 March I Place: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Asia Library, Sölvegatan 18, Lund I Time: 14:15-16:00
Film director Tan Pin Pin has interviewed Singapore political exiles about their feelings about Singapore. The film is banned in Singapore for undermining national security but has been screened at film festivals around the world and won many prizes. See
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Debate: War, Extremism and Development in Africa and the Middle East

Date: 9 March I Place: AF-borgen I Time: 18:00-21:00
In this debate, leading scientists discuss development in the Middle East and Africa and whether there is reason to be optimistic or pessimistic.
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Democracy and Human Rights in East and Southeast Asia: Developments and Challenges

Date: 10 March I Place: Palaestra, Lund I Time: 09:00-16:00
This event addresses recent political developments and the human rights situation in various countries in East and Southeast Asia.
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Social Development in Vietnam Reflected in Women’s Gestures on TV Shows

Date: 10 March I Place: Palaestra, Lund
How have the conditions for female musicians changed since Vietnam opened its borders to the West? Thanh Thuy Nguyen, musician and doctoral student at the Malmö Academy of Music, talks about her experiences and research on gestures seen on Vietnamese television shows with traditional music.
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Theme: Earth – Vattenhallen Science Centre

Date: 11-12 March I Place: Vattenhallen Science Centre I Time: 12:00-17:00
Vattenhallen holds an open house, with free entrance, and offers popular science lectures and many experiments on energy and the climate. The planetarium show "Earth - A Planet Among Many," and we discuss how the Earth compares to other planets (so far discovered) in the universe.
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