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Gothenburg: Unique effort to meet global societal challenges

UGOT Challenges is a unique research initiative where the University of Gothenburg invests 300 million SEK (over 30.4 million euro) in six multidisciplinary research centres over a six-year period with the beginning in January 2016. The premise is that a strong multidisciplinary research effort is needed to meet today’s global societal challenges.

This follows the University of Gothenburg’s vision to “have quality-driven research in an inspiring environment and that the university will accept its social duty by being a responsible and globally committed university”.

The six research centres cover many research disciplines. All of them have significant multidisciplinary elements. Some initiatives are new; others start from earlier research structures that have extended as a result of the global challenges perspective.

Read more about the UGOT Challenges centres at this web page.

The six centres are:

Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe)
CARe is an interdisciplinary effort to meet the development of antibiotic resistance. The research centre primarily focuses on a crucial threat: multi-resistant carbapenamase producing enterobacteriaceae (CPE).

Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR)
Several global challenges require changes at a collective level. In this effort, conditions for how people act collectively will be studied, including in cooperation with scientific research on climate change and the acidification of the seas.

The Swedish Mariculture Research Centre (SWEMARC)
To produce nutritious food for a growing population in a sustainable manner is one of our greatest challenges. SWEMARC’s aim is that through multidisciplinary and socially engaging research increase the production of food from the sea in a sustainable way.


Centre for Ageing and Health (AgeCap)
The overall aim of AgeCap is to perform coordinated studies of capability in ageing. Capability refers to the individual’s ability to perform actions in order to reach goals he or she has reason to value.


Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS)
The world is globalising and changing, and what does this mean for what we usually call “cultural heritage”? This interdisciplinary centre gathers and generate knowledge on cultural heritage based on new life patterns, identities and social structures.

Centre for Future Chemical Risk Assessment and Management Strategies (FRAM)
FRAM is a multi-disciplinary research centre focusing on chemical mixtures and chemical pollution on ecosystem services that are provided by rivers, lakes and coastal areas.

UGOT Challenges - Global Societal Challenges
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