UAAI past seminars

  • Saturday, November 04, 2051 at 06:00 PM
    Summit Tidningshuset in Stockholm, Sweden

    Sustainable Leadership

    UAAI 1st Seminar: Chief Oren R. Lyons / Stockholm, Sweden - November 4th, 2015

    Professor Oren Lyons is the Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy. Once a legendary lacrosse player, Lyons is now a recognized advocate of indigenous rights and the global environmental challenge. Oren Lyons was born in 1930 and raised in the culture and practices of the Iroquois on the Seneca and Onondaga nations in Upstate New York.

    For over fourteen years he has taken part in the meetings in Geneva of Indigenous Peoples of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, and helped to establish the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982.

    He serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, and is a principal figure in the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders. He was a negotiator between the governments of Canada, Quebec, New York State and the Mohawk Indians in the Oka crisis during the summer of 1990.

    In 1992 he addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations where he opened the International Year of the World's Indigenous People. Lyons has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Syracuse University. He has been the recipient of the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the National Audubon Award, the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations, and the Elder and Wiser Award of the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights.

    In 2000 Chief Lyons adressed the Millennium Peace Summit in the UN Assembly Hall, making his famous ”The Ice is Melting Speech”. 2014 he gave the same speech, at the same UN Assembly Hall - ending it with: ”As we speak, the ice continuous to melt in the north”. 

    Lyons serves on the board of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and is board chairman of Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations.

    Since January 2008 Oren Lyons is the Chairman of the Board of Plantagon.


    Join the other attendees and partake in an open discussion after this speech.


    17:00-18:00 Mingle and networking

    18:00-20:00 Seminar on ‘’Sustainable Leadership’’ by Professor Oren R. Lyons

    45-60 minute speech followed by open Q&A


    Organizer: Plantagon International Association

    Get your ticket here. Welcome!

  • Saturday, February 19, 2061 at 05:00 PM
    DN-skrapan, Summit Tidningshuset in Stockholm, Sweden

    New ways to tackle Food and Nutrition Security - The Role of the EU Agri-Food Sector

    UAAI 2nd Seminar: Dr. Franz Fischler - Stockholm, Sweden.

    The United Nations' summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was held in New York during September 2015. The General Assembly convened an updated version of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be the framework for governments to proceed towards development with consideration of sustainability fundamentals.

    The agenda was adopted by a majority of national governments including the EU nations and was labeled 'Transforming Our World'.

    But what is the effect of such an agenda on the global and European Agri-Food industry? How would SDG2, 6 and 7 affect the food-water-energy nexus for feeding 9 billion people? How would SDG8, 11 and 12 have influence over our expanding cities and the city-food connections? And finally what is the role of urban agriculture as a means to fight climate change and to lower our footprint?

    Dr. Franz Fischler, former Austrian European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and current President of European forum Alpbach speaks in Stockholm on February 19, 2016.


    Join the other professional attendees and partake in an open discussion after the keynote: 

    17:00 - 18:00

    Networking & Mingle

    18:00 - 20:00

    45-minute Keynote Speech

    30 minutes of Debate with Dr. Bo Andersson, Vice President of Kgl Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien (The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry)

    45-minute open Q&A and Discussion

    Moderator: Mr. Mats Hellström, Former Swedish minister of agriculture, foreign trade and European affairs


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  • Thursday, June 09, 2061 at 12:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Dome of Visions in Stockholm, Sweden

    Enabling Technology for Smart Sustainable Cities

    Today’s most prominent demographic trend is the urbanization combined with rapid population growth. The movement of people from rural to urban areas today is collosal; in thirty years the urban population will increace from 3 billion to 7 billion and this is a phenomena that is incomparable to anything we have ever experienced in modern human history.

    For this rural-to-urban transition to work, we need to expand our urban areas and figure out new ways to make our land use evermore effective. Amending how we operate and plan our cities tightly connects to how we use our resources and manage our assets, this to be able to face and cope with the world's future challenges.

    With our event on June 9th, Plantagon International Association and the Dome of Visions invite you to dive deeper into some of the perspectives touching upon how technology could be the enabler for developing sustainable and smart cities. Welcome!


    Please registrer by sending an email with the names of the participants to

    Name the subject of your email "Event 9th of June".


    Keynote speakers:

    Professor Dickson Despommier, Columbia University - New York City, The United States

    Dr. Dickson Despommier is a microbiologist, ecologist, and emeritus professor of Public and Environmental Health at the Columbia University. For 27 years he conducted research on cellular and molecular parasitism and, in 1999, founded the root for the idea of vertical farming.

    Although indoor agriculture had been around for a long time, nobody before Despommier had thought of making it vertical. In 2010, Despommier published his widely received book: “The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st Century”, St. Martin’s Press, New York, and his standpoint continues to be that vertical agriculture is one of the best solutions to counter population increase, urbanization, and infectious diseases caused by parasites that spread when human feces is used as a fertilizer for traditional farming methods. According to Despommier, vertical farms serve as the basis for re-designing cities as technological equivalents to functional ecosystems.


    Gustaf Landahl, Head of Department, City of Stockholm

    Gustaf Landahl, Head of Department Planning & Environment at the Environment and Health administration, City of Stockholm, started to work for the City of Stockholm in 1988 as a project manager for the city’s work with comprehensive land-use planning.

    In 1995 Mr. Landahl was appointed head of Department Planning & Environment. This department is responsible for environmental control in Stockholm as well as environmental issues in land use planning and traffic.

    Mr. Landahl has coordinated several large European projects with funding from the European Commission and is also a frequent speaker at international events. At present he also coordinates GrowSmarter, a European project demonstrating twelve smart solutions to help Europe grow smarter.


    Christina Lindbäck - Sustainability Director, NCC

    Christina Lindbäck has an education within Law from Stockholm’s University and is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for the NCC corporate group. NCC is one of the leading construction companies in the Nordic countries with the goal of offering the best sustainable solutions on all its markets. Christina Lindbäck is responsible for the strategic work with sustainability within the NCC corporate group. She is also the chairman of Miljömärkning Sverige AB (Ecolabelling Sweden) whom administers the labels Svanen, EU Ecolabel and EU-blomman (the EU-flower). Additionally, Lindbäck is a member of the government’s council for green transition appointed by the Swedish government and under supervision of the Minister for Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation, Kristina Persson.

    Before Christina has this position at NCC, she was amongst other things the Senior Vice President for environment and quality at the recycling company Ragn-Sells AB and previous to that, she was Head of Department at the Swedish Environmental Department for eleven years.  


    Sepehr Mousavi, Sustainability Strategist, Plantagon 

    Sepehr Mousavi is a sustainability professional competent within areas of multidisciplinary planning, urban ecology, standardization as well as smart cities, energy-water-food (-waste) nexus and social responsibility. Holding two Masters degrees in Agroecology and Business Administration, multinational background and working experiences; all together provide him with an overall understanding of our global sustainability challenges for framework development and implementation of innovative solutions in urban settings with a systemic and holistic approach.

    He chairs the national technical committee of Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) on Sustainable Urban Food Production, is the chair to SIS’s national technical committee on Sustainable and Smart Cities and Communities, works with European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities platform, ISO and IEC joint committee (JTC1) on Smart Cities and holds a chair with International Standard Organization (ISO) as technical committee member on Sustainable Development in Communities.


    Anna H Kramers, Doctor, KTH 

    Anna's area of research is Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Smart Sustainable Cities, where she explores how cities can make use of ICT solutions to reach sustainability targets.
    She is currently engaged in the following projects:
    ICT for Urban Sustainability - ICTUS
    ICTUS aims to establish an understanding and evaluate how smart sustainable city (SSC) initiatives in some selected cities in the world have been envisioned, initiated, planned, implemented and managed, and to develop recommendations for the governance of future SSC-initiatives.
    Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Solutions - SAMS
    A program proposal together with CESC and ITRL at KTH and VTI.
    The program aims at supporting local capacity to develop fossil fuel transport systems, with improved information on renewable fuels in a systems perspective and development of smart ICT solutions.
    Concluded projects:
    ICT for sustainable cities (ICIT), (2012-2015)
    ICIT explored how cities could make use of ICT solutions to reach sustainability targets.
    Travelplanners for sustainable cities (TRACS), (2010-2013)
    The project TRACS described the design of advanced integrated travel planners that provide both efficient decision support for travelers and a tool for local and regional planning for sustainable development.
    Telecommunicators’ work in the sustainable city TeleSy (2010-2012)
    The project aims to understand and describe how we will work in future sustainable cities.



    Session I

    12:00-13:00 Professional mingle

    13:00-14:00 Dickson Despommier - Professor, Columbia University

    14:00-15:00 Gustaf Landahl - Head of Department and Director of Grow Smarter - Stockholm City

    15:00-15:30 Coffee break

    Session II

    15:30-16:00 Christina Lindbäck - Sustainability Director, NCC

    16:00-16:30 Sepehr Mousavi, Sustainability Strategist, Plantagon 

    16:30-17:00 Anna H Kramers, Professor, KTH 


    Don't forget to registrer by sending an email to

    Name the subject of your email "Event 9th of June".






  • Monday, October 10, 2061 at 05:00 PM
    OpenLab in Stockholm, Sweden

    New Ideas for Feeding the Cities in 2050

    Jan de wilt

     Watch Dr. Jan de Wilt's webinar here!

    Recent UN estimates show that by 2050 the world’s population will increase by a major percent and exceed 9 billion people, of which 70% will by then be living in cities . When looking at the issue of food security against the background of a growing world population and urbanization, multiple issues arise.

    This event will touch upon the environmental and social impacts of conventional food systems and will work towards a possible local solution for creating food security within the urban context, namely modern urban agriculture. Urban agriculture is defined as “a new industry located within or on the fringe of a town, a city or a metropolis, which grows or raises, processes and distributes a diversity of food and non-food products, (re-) using largely human, industrial and material resources, products and services found in and around that urban area, and in turn supplying human and material resources, products and services largely to that urban area ...


    Keynote: Dr. Jan de Wilt, Agribusiness program manager, The Innovation network – Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Dr. Jan de Wilt is Champion for sustainable agriculture at the Dutch innovation network, InnovatieNetwerk. His specialties are agriculture and agribusiness, industrial ecology, bio-based economy, animal integrity, marine production systems. Working experience in academia and public administration.

    He is now involved in groundbreaking innovations in agriculture, agribusiness and rural areas. 

    Industrial ecology is an important focus in his work de Wilt, at Innovation network he is responsible for Agroparks (industrial ecology in agriculture), Greenhouse Village (linking greenhouses and buildings to create new public utilities), Bioport (Rotterdam as main port for biomass), Marine Parks (multifunctional use of space at sea by combining energy infrastructure with aquaculture), Ecoferm (remediation of waste streams from farms and power plants by algae production) and Ecopyramid (multiple use of biomass aimed at eco-efficiency and value creation).




    Ivan Björkman - OpenLab Stockholm, Executive Director

    Stockholm is growing at a rapid pace and this presents numerous challenges with respect to finding sustainable solutions for the future in areas such as infrastructure, housing and the environment. The rapid growth also increases the need for new enterprises and organisations that work in a dynamic and innovative way to support the type of development the city and the region needs.

    Openlab is a centre where students, educators and researchers from Karolinska Institutet medical university, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Södertörn University work with clients from the City of Stockholm, Stockholm County Council and Stockholm County Administrative Board. The goal is to find solutions to complex social issues through new forms of collaboration across the lines between traditional knowledge areas. Openlab offers a new way of learning new things in a partnership between various sectors of society; between different fields and professions; between medicine, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities and the arts. 


    Joakim Rytterborn - Plantagon, Head of R&D

    Joakim Rytterborn leads Plantagon’s R&D processes, manages R&D organizations and ensures the transfer of new know-how and technology to staff, working-groups or departments. Joakim has a degree in Project Management from Umeå School of Business and Economics and extensive experiences as supervisor and project manager in innovative development and construction projects. As Head of R&D Joakim works with research, development and implementation of methods for growing food in closed loop systems, smart energy systems and reutilization of urban resources. His expertise includes integration of connected systems within urban functions e.g. surplus energy, heat spillage, water efficient techniques and reuse of organic waste. Joakim as Plantagon’s technical-challenge-solver has a unique understanding of practical settings and solutions in the urban agriculture arena.


    Johan Jörgensen - Internet Society Special Interest Group (Internet of Food), Chairman

    With 20+ years of experience in the Internet sector Johan coaches and invests in Internet companies with scalable and disruptive capabilities; but since a few years back he has gone all in on food. Solving the Big Question on how to feed soon 9 Billion people in a healthy and sustainable way demands all the innovation we can produce. When the biggest industry on the planet gets disrupted, times will be exciting! Johan works with Internet of Food (IoF) ... Where food and internet meet!

    Mark Smith

    Mark T. Smith - KTH, Professor

    Mark Smith is a professor in the department of electronic systems at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. Dr. Smith's research interests are in information technologies that make up future IT products, where products can be defined very broadly.

    Sensors and their use in non-traditional ICT devices, Context aware systems, Power efficient system architectur and Processes for system level ICT product realization.


    Moderator: Mr. Mats Hellström - Former Minister of Agriculture and Foreign Trade

    Mats Hellström is Former Minister of Foreign Trade, European and Nordic Affairs and Agriculture in various Swedish Cabinets between 1983–1991 and 1994–1996. He served as Sweden’s Ambassador to Germany in 1996–2001 and Governor of the Province of Stockholm in 2002–2006. Within his work, Mats is devoted to the promotion of sustainable innovation.

          sepehr mousavi

    Hosts: Per Styregård - Food Workshop Manager OpenLab & Sepehr Mousavi - Network Manager, UAAI





    Innovative risk management for demanding activities

    Briab turns risk into opportunities through innovative and effective solutions that improve processes, reduce costs and create security. From the origins in fire protection, Briab has developed into a company with innovative risk management expertise.


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  • Monday, May 11, 2071 at 01:00 PM
    United Spaces, Waterfront Building in Stockholm, Sweden

    The Politics behind the SDGs and UN 2030 Agenda

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 "Global Goals" with 169 targets between them. Spearheaded by the United Nations through a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States, as well as global civil society. The Resolution is a broader intergovernmental agreement that acts as the Post 2015 Development Agenda and successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

    Plantagon International Association and the Urban Agriculture Advisory Initiative Network (UAAI) are happy to share the details of our 5th seminar in partnership with United Spaces;this time by having another member of Plantagon Honorary Board, Mrs. Connie Hedegaard!

    This seminar was held under the title of 'The politics behind the SDGs and UN 2030 agenda' and is scheduled for the 11th of May from 13:00-17:00 at the United Spaces, Waterfront building located at Klarabergsviadukten 63, Stockholm.

    Our Keynotes are Mrs. Connie Hedegaard, former EU commissioner, Minister of climate and energy for Denmark and host to COP 15 back in 2009 and Mr. Anders Wijkman, Politician, Former EU PM, author and global thought leader. Consequently we have spiced up our program with other interesting panelists and moderation of Mr. Mats Hellström - former minister of agriculture and foreign trade of Sweden.


    Program of the seminar is as of following:

    13:00- 14:30 Intro & Keynotes

    14:30 - 15:00 Break and mingle

    15:00 - 16:00 Panel discussions

    16:00 - 17:00 Professional Mingle


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