For researchers, practitioners, activists, citizens, artists, and students. Share your knowledge at GRASP 2022!

We live in a world that is changing rapidly and where there is a constant need to make decisions with limited insight dynamically and on an individual basis. However, this way of navigating has the risk of creating tunnel vision, where we jump from rock to rock with a limited sense of direction and bigger perspectives. This is where Grasp comes in. Grasp creates a space for having an intermezzo where we can look at the bigger picture. Practitioners, researchers, activists, students, and artists use this summit to learn about and share the latest knowledge and think about how we can support a sustainable future related to the environment, community, politics, and governance. We genuinely believe that we create a sustainable direction, intention, and shared visions through communities of practice.

Grasp consists of two days with knowledge, art, music, activism, and community. It is a hybrid between an action-oriented conference and an attitude-oriented festival. It is 100% non-profit. Independent of party politics and national borders. Through talks, art, exhibitions, panel talks, concerts, and performances from Danish and international enthusiasts, GRASP gives life and air to a movement towards sustainable change.

Big issues should be conceived in communities where silos and dogmas have been replaced with diversity. Therefore, for sustainable change to strive, it is essential to create a space for knowledge sharing across all practices. Therefore, this call is an invitation for you as an active citizen of the world to contribute and participate with your ideas and new knowledge around sustainable change.

Sustainability in its widest sense
The core focal point of Grasp is sustainability in its widest sense. From sustainable ideas that bring businesses, communities, music, activism, and art together to sustainability in an environmental sense. The festival is structured around the following thematic days, and we invite you to make contributions that challenge the discourses around them:

  • Thursday: Engage in sustainable community practices, city development, etc., locally and globally.
  • Friday: Nature and biodiversity for transitions toward more sustainable and circular ways of using our resources in art, activism, culture, gastronomy, etc.

What is a knowledge contribution?
We invite researchers, artists, activists, practitioners, and students to share everything from practice-based knowledge to high level theoretical and philosophical reflections on this year's theme. Maybe you are...

  • A researcher with a traditional academic knowledge contribution.
  • An activist who has developed a specific approach to getting your agenda heard in the media.
  • A researcher who has connected practice and theory in new ways.
  • A part of a corporate institution that has found a new way to integrate sustainability in your business model.
  • A citizen who has developed a new way of engaging your local community for sustainable development.
  • An artist who has changed a discourse around sustainable development.
  • A student who wants to showcase a new way of working with, thinking about, or experiencing sustainability.
  • Collaborating between different stakeholders in new ways.

In short, we want your fresh perspectives on how we can move beyond the status quo; How we break the old patterns and gain new understandings of what lies behind them. So please surprise and impress us with what you have been working on.

Kinds of formats
Different kinds of stakeholders have different types of knowledge contributions; therefore, we have the following formats:

  • Do a pitch in a panel session:
    This format is for people who want to pitch their concepts, knowledge and idea to an audience. You will get ten minutes to present with a projector, and then there will be ten minutes for questions. The submitted knowledge contribution will be grouped thematically in panels. At the end of each panel session, there will be time for shared reflection among the audience and the participants for 15 minutes. You do not have to follow the keynote format. If another way of presenting your knowledge (food tasting, musical composition etc.) is more relevant, then we welcome you to be inventive with your expression within the timeframe. We will have panels every day of the event.
  • A project showcase:
    This format is for people who have a project or prototype they want to demo and showcase. This will be in the form of a shared one-day exhibition where Grasp participants can engage with you and all the other projects.
  • Other:
    In case you have some other format that would suit you better, then describe what works best for you — for example, a documentary screening, etc. If accepted, we will reach out to you for a concrete plan for presenting your contribution.

How to apply - Abstract submission:
To apply, we will need a one-page abstract from you. This abstract needs to answer the following:

  • What is the concrete knowledge contribution that you are going to present?
  • How is this knowledge contribution relevant to the theme of Grasp 2022?
  • How does this relate to existing knowledge, either practice-based or theoretical?

You are welcome to be one or more authors on the abstract.


Important dates

  • August 28th: Deadline for abstract submission.
  • September 5th: You will receive a response regarding whether your contribution has been accepted for this year's Grasp Festival
  • October 6-7th: GRASP Festival 2022

The panel sessions will be divided into the themes of the specific days. We will take the liberty to curate the placement of your presentation in case we find that your contribution will support another theme better. We will inform you of the day you are presenting when you receive the attendance response.

Ticket for Grasp 2022
Please note that you must register separately by buying a ticket for the GRASP Festival. Look here for different kinds of ticket formats:

The review committee
The review committee is responsible for reviewing and curating the submissions for GRASP Festival 2022. The review committee consists of the following Grasp collaboration stakeholders:

  • Roskilde University: Mads Hobye, Linda Lundgaard Andersen, Rasmus Rex Pedersen & Thomas Budde Christensen
  • Roskilde Festival: Karin Gottlieb

Further publication
There will be an invitation to submit a full paper for a special issue in The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies. This will be a full paper that is academically peer-review.