A thriving global society relies on the stability of the Earth and its resilience across oceans, forests, waterways, biodiversity, the atmosphere and more. So how do we shape sustainability at a global scale? The boundaries set by the planet’s natural resources, the resilience of those resources, and the human activities that impact sustainability all come into play.
In this massive open online course, see the rapidly evolving trends in global environmental change and the responses aimed at slowing or eliminating these changes. Get an overview of what is seen by some scientists as our current geological epoch – the Anthropocene, or an age of global change driven most significantly by humans. Learn how unsustainable patterns of production, consumption and population growth have challenge planetary resilience, all in support of human activity – and how our societies can develop in a just and safe way within the planet’s boundaries.
This course is for:
* Anyone new to the concept of sustainable development who wants to understand the interplay between human actions and what the planet can support. * Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of sustainability, environmental science, responsible consumption and related topics * Sustainable development practitioners – as well as private-sector actors, such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility – who want a concise overview of the latest developments in the field
This is a course for professionals and PhD students seeking a wider understanding of our current global predicaments, how to make sense of them, and how to respond.
The first module introduces the Anthropocene, The Great Acceleration, Planetary Boundaries along with causal relationships between energy, technology, economy, values and the human and more-than-human experience. The second module explores how our own cognition, values, norms and emotions guide our responses to the crises of our time, and how we can formulate coherent responses based on our experiences. The third introduces a way of reasoning about the world in terms of interconnected systems instead of independent problems, and explores what such a view means for us.
The course is run online with 2h highly interactive seminars connected to each module along with recorded material, readings and exercises.
Målet med kursen är att ge lärare fortbildning inom ämnet djurvälfärd och hållbarhet. Kursens mål är också att ge lärare inspiration att designa sin egen undervisning, att ge lärare möjlighet att ta till sig ny forskning och att dela med sig av läraktiviteter som kan användas av fler.
Miljö, klimat och hälsa
Kursen ger en fördjupad förståelse för hur hälsa samspelar med globalisering och miljö- och klimatförändringar, och hur hållbara lösningar kan utvecklas på lokal och global nivå för att möta framtidens utmaningar.
Globala processer såsom miljö- och klimatförändringarDe globala hållbarhetsmålen / Agenda 2030HälsokonsekvensanalysKlimatanpassningRamverk inom miljö- och klimatpolitik.
Vidare behandlar kursen specifikt klimatförändringar och deras effekter på hälsa i vårt nordeuropeiska klimatområde. I det sammanhanget behandlas också särskilt utsatta miljöer respektive känsliga patientgrupper och individer. Även värmens effekter vid arbete samt klimatanpassning och förebyggande av väderrelaterade risker för boende och inom hälso- och sjukvård ingår. Larmkedjor, handlingsplaner och beredskapsfrågor inom vård- och omsorg tas upp, och effektiviteten av förebyggande åtgärder inom vård- och omsorg.
Kursen är uppdelad i tre delar, med totalt 15 filmade föreläsningar.
Christofer Åström (Medicine doktor, Folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Umeå universitet)
Maria Nilsson (Professor, Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå universitet)
Chris Ebi (Professor, Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington)
Eva-Lotta Glader (Docent, överläkare, Folkhälsa och klinisk medicin, Umeå universitet)
Gustav Strandberg (Filosofie doktor, SMHI)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a networking paradigm which enables different devices (from thermostats to autonomous vehicles) to collect valuable information and exchange it with other devices using different communications protocols over the Internet. This technology allows to analyse and correlate heterogeneous sources of information, extract valuable insights, and enable better decision processes. Although the IoT has the potential to revolutionise a variety of industries, such as healthcare, agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing, IoT devices also introduce new cybersecurity risks and challenges.
In this course, the students will obtain an in-depth understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the associated cybersecurity challenges. The course covers the fundamentals of IoT and its applications, the communication protocols used in IoT systems, the cybersecurity threats to IoT, and the countermeasures that can be deployed.
The course is split in four main modules, described as follows:
Understand and illustrate the basic concepts of the IoT paradigm and its applications
Discern benefits and drawback of the most common IoT communication protocols
Identify the cybersecurity threats associated with IoT systems
Know and select the appropriate cybersecurity countermeasures
Module 1: Introduction to IoT
Definition and characteristics of IoT
IoT architecture and components
Applications of IoT
Module 2: Communication Protocols for IoT
Overview of communication protocols used in IoT
MQTT, CoAP, and HTTP protocols
Advantages and disadvantages of each protocol
Module 3: Security Threats to IoT
Overview of cybersecurity threats associated with IoT
Understanding the risks associated with IoT
Malware, DDoS, and phishing attacks
Specific vulnerabilities in IoT devices and networks
Module 4: Securing IoT Devices and Networks
Overview of security measures for IoT systems
Network segmentation, access control, and encryption
Best practices for securing IoT devices and networks
Organisation and Examination
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scehduled online seminars: January 30th 2024, February 12th 2024 and 11th of March
Examination, one of the following:
Analysis and presentation of relevant manuscripts in the literature
Bring your own problem (BYOP) and solution. For example, analyse the cybersecurity of the IoT network of your company and propose improvements
The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!
Skills in development work are becoming increasing importance in professional life. This course offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in product development, production development, and business development, as well as the relationship between these areas.
You will be introduced to systematic working methods for product development, production development, and business development, with a specific focus on innovation and creativity in practical contexts. The goal of the course is to provide a deep understanding of the application of various processes in different types of development work. The objective is for course participants to enhance their ability to understand and apply development processes and gain deeper insights into how these processes relate to organizations' innovation and business strategies in order to achieve circular flows, resilience, and sustainability in the manufacturing industry.
The teaching consists of self-study using course literature, films, and other materials through an internet-based course platform, as well as scheduled webinars and written reflections. There are no physical meetings; only digital online seminars are incuded.
Study hours: 40 hours distributed over 7 weeks
Scheduled online seminars: 30th January, 13th February, 27th February, and 13th March 2024.
The course begins on the 30th of January 2024:
(Week 5) 30th January: Webinar 1: Introduction – Part 1 (Focus: Product development)
(Week 7) 13th February: Webinar 2: Part 2 (Focus: Production development)
(Week 9) 27th February: Webinar 3: Part 3 (Focus: Business development)
(Week 11) 13th March: Webinar 4: Final presentations and course evaluation
This course is primarily intended for engineers in management or middle management positions within industry, whether they are recent graduates or individuals with extensive experience. The course is suitable for individuals with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering management, or similar educational background.
To be eligible for this course, participants must have completed courses equivalent to at least 120 credits, with a minimum of 90 ntry Requirementscredits in a technical subject area, with at least a passing grade, or equivalent knowledge. Proficiency in English is also required, equivalent to English Level 6.
Link to Syllabus
Please note that the number of participants for this course is limited, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!
Virtual commissioning (VC) is a technique used in the field of automation and control engineering to simulate and test a system's control software and hardware in a virtual environment before it is physically implemented. The aim is to identify and correct any issues or errors in the system before deployment, reducing the risk of downtime, safety hazards, and costly rework.
The virtual commissioning process typically involves creating a digital twin of the system being developed, which is a virtual representation of the system that mirrors its physical behaviour. The digital twin includes all the necessary models of the system's components, such as sensors, actuators, controllers, and interfaces, as well as the control software that will be running on the real system. Once the digital twin is created, it can be tested and optimized in a virtual environment to ensure that it behaves correctly under various conditions.
The benefits of using VC include reduced project costs, shortened development time, improved system quality and reliability, and increased safety for both operators and equipment. By detecting and resolving potential issues in the virtual environment, engineers can avoid costly and time-consuming physical testing and debugging, which can significantly reduce project costs and time to market.
Following are suggested modules in the virtual commissioning course, each with its own specific role in the process. These modules work together to create a comprehensive virtual commissioning process, allowing engineers to test and validate control systems and production processes in a simulated environment before implementing them in the real world.
Modeling and simulation: This module involves creating a virtual model of the system using simulation software. The model includes all the equipment, control systems, and processes involved in the production process.
Control system integration: This module involves integrating the digital twin with the control system, allowing engineers to test and validate the system's performance.
Virtual sensors and actuators: This module involves creating virtual sensors and actuators that mimic the behavior of the physical equipment. This allows engineers to test the control system's response to different scenarios and optimize its performance.
Scenario testing: This module involves simulating different scenarios, such as equipment failures, power outages, or changes in production requirements, to test the system's response.
Data analysis and optimization: This module involves analyzing data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system. Engineers can then optimize the system's performance and ensure that it is safe and reliable.
Link to course syllabus
75 university credits in production technology, mechanical engineering, product and process development, computer technology and/or computer science or equivalent or 40 credits in technology or equivalent and at least 2 years of full-time professional experience from a relevant area within industry. In addition, good knowledge in English, equivalent to English A/English 6 are required.
Describe the use of digital twins for virtual commissioning process.
Develop a simulation model of a production system using a systems perspective and make a plan for data collection and analysis.
Plan different scenarios for the improvement of a production process.
Analyze data from the virtual commissioning process to identify any issues or inefficiencies in the system and then optimize the system's performance.
Needs in the industry
Example battery production: Battery behaviors are changing over time. To innovate at speed and scale, testing and improving real-world battery phenomena throughout its lifecycle is necessary. Virtual commissioning / modeling-based approaches like digital twin can provide us with accurate real-life battery behaviors and properties, improving energy density, charging speed, lifetime performance and battery safety.
Faster innovation (NPI)
Lower physical prototypes
Shorter manufacturing cycle time
Rapid testing of new battery chemistry and materials to reduce physical experiments
Thermal performance and safety
It’s not just about modelling and simulating the product, but also validating processes from start to finish in a single environment for digital continuity.
Suggested target groups
Early career engineers involved in commissioning and simulation projects
Design engineers (to simulate their designs at an early stage in a virtual environment to reduce errors)
New product introduction engineers
Process engineers (mediators between design and commissioning)
Master's/PhD degree students who are involved in energy, digitalization, controls and production fields.
Scehduled online seminars: None
Study hours: 80 hours distributed over 10 weeks
The number of participants in the course is limited, so please hurry with your application!