Take the Sustainable UiO train to the SDG Conference Bergen

We invite you to travel in a low-carbon and engaging way from Oslo to the SDG Conference Bergen in February 2020.

Train Sustainable UiO SDG conference Bergen

Photo: David Gubbler / Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The theme of the SDG Conference Bergen 2020 is Action/Inaction – Technologies and Partnerships.

The train carriage is now fully booked!

The University of Oslo has booked one train carriage on the afternoon train from Oslo to Bergen on Tuesday February 4, the day before the conference starts. The conference is held from February 5 - 7 at the University of Bergen.

Aboard the train, we kick-start the conference through talks, music, discussions and arts, exploring how small changes can lead to larger social and environmental transformations. What are the tipping points that can make a big difference for sustainability?

Reasons to get on-board our train

  • It is low-carbon!
  • We will prepare you for the conference through our on-board programme.
  • Meet other conference participants and expand your network.
  • Enjoy the spectacular mountain views from the train.
  • Join us in demonstrating possibilities and needs for transforming work cultures in academia and beyond towards low-carbon travel.
  • It is free of cost for conference participants.

Arrive on track(s) for the SDG Conference Bergen

UiO has booked one train carriage (68 seats) on the 12.03 pm train from Oslo to Bergen on Tuesday February 4, to arrive in time for Day Zero of the conference.

The train ticket for this carriage is free of charge. We will hand out the tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, to persons who are planning to attend the conference in Bergen. UiO students and employees who request a ticket before December 10, 2019 will be prioritized.

The train carriage is now fully booked!

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We also encourage you to take the train back from Bergen to Oslo, although there will not be a special UiO train on the return travel.

On-board the train


The train will leave Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) at 12.03 pm on Tuesday Feb. 4, and will arrive in Bergen at 18.56 pm.

12.03  Train departs Oslo S

12.03 – 12:30    Lunch

Falafel with baked vegetables, beans and tomato pesto, from the train's café

12.30 – 12.40    Welcome onboard

Professor Åse Gornitzka, Vice-Rector, University of Oslo

12.40 –  12.55   Sustainability in higher education

Anne Kveim Lie, Associate Professor, Institute of Health and Society, UiO and Linnea Barberini, Student Parliament at UiO

12.55 – 13.25    UiO Sustainability students

Students nominated for UiO’s award for best MA thesis on sustainability. Hanna Furuseth, Håvard Lunde Helgesen, Clare Margaret Andvik, Erling Fjeldaas, Sigrid Jerpstad and Camilla Aukrust.

13.25 – 14.00    Break

14.00 – 14.10   Urban tipping points: preventing or enabling social sustainability

Per Gunnar Røe, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, UiO

14.10 – 14.55    Art + activism = ARTIVISM

Emma Arnold, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, UiO

From Extinction Rebellion to Fridays for Future, art is increasingly being brought into climate activism. Rather than being a superficial addition to activism, art is an expression of political protest as well as an aesthetic means through which to achieve political change. This talk gives an introduction to artistic activism or ARTIVISM and involves the audience in some interactive and creative dissent.

14.55 – 15.30    Coffee break

15.30 – 16.00    Concert with Marte Wulff

Marte Wulff is a Norwegian artist who has released five solo albums and is twice nominated for the Spellemann award. She is known for several hit songs and her strong, direct and personal lyrics. In the fall of 2018, she took her career in a new direction when she started making "Climate pop". Since then she has received much attention and acclaim for her public engagement in environmentalism and the climate issue, and is currently working on an interdisciplinary art project about it.

16.00 – 16.15    Train times: Trains as infrastructural standards for progressive and sustainable times

Closing speech as the train arrives at Finse station, by Helge Jordheim, Professor, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, UiO

16.15 – 18.56    Break

18.56   Train arrives in Bergen


Programme theme

Tipping points: How little things can make a big difference for sustainability

The on-board conference train programme aims to explore some of our planet and societies’ tipping points. In the climate system, a tipping point is a threshold that, when exceeded, can lead to large changes in the state of the system. Climate scientists fear that these ‘known unknown’ tipping points, for instance created by the melting of polar ice, could exacerbate the current climate crisis.

In the social sciences and humanities, a tipping point is a point in time when a group or members of a group rapidly and dramatically changes behaviour and practices, leading to larger both human and environmental transformations. A better understanding of human and climate tipping points – historical, contemporary and future – will be crucial in working towards transformative climate action.


Contact Lise Bjerke: lise.bjerke@sum.uio.no

The train programme committee consists of Sidsel Roalkvam, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), Linnea Barberini, Student Parliament at UiO, Anne Kveim Lie, Faculty of Medicine, and Lise Bjerke, SUM and Faculty of Medicine.

Published Nov. 21, 2019 6:20 PM - Last modified Jan. 28, 2020 1:21 PM