PhD student workshop on Sustainability as part of academic research

PhD student workshop on

Sustainability as part of academic research

September 30, 2021, 9:00 – 15:00 CET
Venue:                                           Zoom
Contact person:                          Simo Hostikka, Aalto University,

Role of sustainability and motivation

The importance of sustainability in all human activity is widely recognized. For many industries and professions, recognizing how sustainability relates to their actions is straightforward. For others, the sustainability (or lack thereof) of activities is not self-evident or easily measured. A student workshop on the topic of sustainability as part of academic research is organized to help students to define the role of sustainability in their own work.

Goal of the workshop

The goal of the workshop is to inspire participating PhD students to think on the role and meaning of sustainability on their own research work. For example:

  • How do the anticipated results of the research advance sustainability?
  • Are the chosen research methods sustainable?

After attending the workshop, the students can describe the sustainability benefits and consequences of their research for research communications and grant applications.

Workshop format and program

The format of the workshop is lecture+small group discussion. Participants form small working groups to discuss and think on the meaning and advancement of sustainability from the perspective of their own research work.

9:00            Opening and introduction – prof Simo Hostikka, Aalto University

9:15            Research sustainability assessment – prof Alexis Laurent, DTU

11:00          Task description: personal sustainability statement, small groups organized

11:30          Lunch break

12:30          Individual work: sustainability statement formulation

13:30          Discussion in small groups

14:30          Wrap-up


How to participate

The workshop is open for the students associated with NFSNenergy network.


Thu 30 Sep 21
9:00 - 16:00


Online, the zoom-link will be send to all registered participants the day before the event.