Towards SUD. Students and Artificial Intelligence


Institutional Communication Service

18 April 2022

Sustainable University Day 2022 is fast approaching. It will be held on Friday, 29 April, in Mendrisio, on both USI and SUPSI campuses. In the run-up to the event, each week, we are presenting one of the four sessions in which the programme promoted by U Change is divided. Sustainable University Day (SUD) is a day in which students, professors, researchers and all those interested in the topic of sustainability will be able to discover various sustainability initiatives and projects and discuss together how universities can contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainability Goals.

Universities and the 2030 Agenda: what role do social challenges, dialogue with the territory and student commitment play? This will be the leitmotif of the ten workshops, divided into four sessions, that will lead the Sustainable University Day 2022. Here are the two workshops of the third session, scheduled in parallel from 1.30 pm to 2.15 pm.



Students for Sustainability: Creating Connections (dalle 13:00)
Annuscha Wassmann-Tomura e Michelle Studer (Focus Sustainability)

In an interactive World Café format, students and higher education institution repre- sentatives develop creative ideas on how student engagement with sustainability can be promoted across Switzerland. The exchange of ideas and required competencies offers the opportunity for networking. The results of this workshop will be incorporat- ed into the work of the national centre Focus Sustainability.

Language: English.


The ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence
Dr. Alessandro Facchini (IDSIA USI-SUPSI), Prof. Luca Maria Gambardella (USI Faculty of Informatics; IDSIA USI-SUPSI)

Artificial intelligence permeates many areas of our lives. In this workshop we analyze what contributions it brings in favor of sustainability and what ethical dilemmas we must face. A meeting-debate to analyze the opportunities of this technology and to reflect critically on its diffusion, led by experts in the field.

Language: Italian with simultaneous translation in French / German.



Global sustainable development issues have gained political importance in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) context. Consequently, the thematisation of these issues during studies has become even more important. For this reason, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, through the U Change initiative, is promoting Sustainable University Day (SUD) - a day in which students, researchers, lecturers, university staff and all interested parties will be able to engage in various activities as part of an interactive and multifaceted programme, in collaboration with research and teaching partners, non-profit organisations and local associations.


Ten workshops, a "project exchange" to discover different initiatives in sustainability and performance with the Master students of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri. Friday 29 April, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Mendrisio: in the morning on the SUPSI Campus, in the afternoon on the USI Campus.

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Participation is free and open to all interested parties upon registration by 22 April 2022.

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