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Video podcast: Climate talks between students and researchers

In the video podcast The Third Task, students and researchers discuss how social change needs to occur in connection with the climate crisis.

The name of the podcasts alludes to the so-called “third task” where Swedish universities have the task of collaborating with the surrounding society – the third task, after education and research. Naram-Sin Poli, project manager for The Third Task with a bachelor's degree in biology from Stockholm University, talks about the background to the podcast:

Naram-Sin Poli. Photo: Lars In de Betou

“Adaptation for climate change is too slow – at the same time there is very relevant knowledge at universities that does not reach the public. Knowledge that can accelerate a democratic transition and reduce the risk of being drawn into misleading political agendas”, says Naram-Sin Poli. 

He continues: 

“We students are a driving force to influence our future and we do not have to wait with the third task until we graduate or are employed by the universities – many students have understood that it is urgent and that we, with the help of our teachers, must directly spread the knowledge we get from the universities,” says Naram-Sin Poli.


Received help from Stockholm University

The podcasts are a long-term project and will continue to be run by the organization Climate Students. The project has received some support in the production process from Stockholm University, in connection with the sustainability conference held at Albano on 1 June 2022. 

“We are very happy that we started a collaboration with the conference on 1 June and we have produced twelve episodes in English, with students and teachers, mainly from SU, KTH and KI”.

Lars In de Betou, media producer at the Communications Office, has worked with recording and editing the material.

“We are in the midst of a crisis and it feels important that the universities do what they can to encourage meaningful conversations. It has been very inspiring and meaningful to work with these committed students”, says Lars In de Betou.


A selection of the video podcasts

A selection of the video podcasts can be seen below. You can also find all video podcasts on YouTube or on the Climate Students' website.


Student perspective 

A conversation between students Krzysztof Jurdzinski and Ireen de Vries at the Molecular Techniques in Life Science programme. Students discuss how they view the role of science, academia and themselves in transforming our uncertain future.

Watch the film on YouTube.


The complexity of climate change talks

A conversation between Linn Rabe, postdoctoral fellow in environmental sociology and master's student Kara Tai. They discuss the difficulties involved in maintaining climate change talks, such as the conflicting emotions that can arise with individualized responsibility when living in complex societal systems.

Watch the film on YouTube.


Climate ethics

A conversation about climate ethics between Olle Torpman, postdoctoral fellow in climate ethics, and environmental student Daniel Vamos about climate science. The conversation touches on different ideologies and values, and how we can discuss the climate crisis and action despite these differences.

Watch the film on YouTube.


Economy as a tool for sustainable change

A conversation between Thomas Hahn, associate professor and researcher, and Hanna Lange, bachelor student who discuss the economic aspects of sustainable change.

Watch the film on YouTube.


Climate transformation

A conversation between Staffan Laestadius, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Development at KTH, and Naram-Sin Poli, Bachelor of Philosophy in Biology at Stockholm University. They discuss the importance of political short-term goals in order to achieve the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

Watch the film on YouTube.


The other problem behind the climate crisis 

A conversation between Elina Eriksson, associate professor of human-computer interaction at KTH, and Judy Fabienne Kool, master's student in toxicology at KI. They discuss how and why our systems are built in an unsustainable way and the connected reasons why climate change is so slow.

Watch the film on YouTube.