Sustainability research

The Sustainability Research Initiative aims to direct science towards sustainable development and Agenda 2030, thereby supporting the work on socially-relevant priority issues. It represents Switzerland in the international Future Earth programme.

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  • 2019
  • Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology
  • Articolo

Addressing sustainability challenges with a broader concept of systems, target, and transformation knowledge

Systems, targets and transformations are guiding metaphors of environmental and sustainability research. Is the framing of these concepts still adequate to address today’s wicked sustainability challenges?
gen 31
feb 1
C2C Congress 2020
  • Conferenza pubblica
  • Berlin

Internationaler C2C Congress 2020

Der Internationale C2C Congress gewährt Zugang zu einem spannenden Mix aus Praxis- und Fachwissen aus erster Hand. Renommierte Akteur*innen aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Bildung, Politik und Gesellschaft bringen Teilnehmer auf den aktuellsten Stand.
Getting children into primary schools is within reach, but most of the Sustainable Development Goals will not be met by 2030 on current trends. (Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty)
  • 10.01.2020
  • Notizie

Save the Sustainable Development Goals

The goals have had a considerable positive impact. At the current rate, most of the goals will not be met. Here’s how the 2030 agenda can be put back on the right path.
feb 5
Swiss Science Briefing "A sustainable Europe through transdisciplinary research"
  • Accademie svizzere delle scienze
  • SwissCore
  • Congresso per specialisti
  • Ixelles

A Sustainable Europe through Transdisciplinary Research

This Swiss Science Briefing, jointly organised by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and SwissCore, presents good practice based on transdisciplinary research undertakings in Switzerland by Burcu Demiray (UZH) and Michael Stauffacher (ETHZ) and on an OECD study (Jakob Zinsstag, STPH).
feb 23
feb 28
World Biodiversity Forum
  • Universität Zürich
  • URPP
  • Conferenza pubblica
  • Davos Platz

World Biodiversity Forum

First of its kind, the World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will bring to­geth­er lead­ing re­searchers, ear­ly ca­reer re­searchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent sec­tors, de­ci­sion-mak­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to have a con­ver­sa­tion on the kind of fu­ture we want (and/or do not want) for bio­di­ver­si­ty.
From left to right: Peter Messerli (Main project leader and Director of the Centre for Development and Environment CDE at the University of Bern), Christian Leumann (Rector University of Bern), Hansjörg Wyss (Entrepreneur and patron, Wyss Foundation), Christoph Ammann (President of the Government of the Canton of Bern), André Nietlisbach (Project leader of the Canton of Bern and Secretary General of the head office of economy of the canton Bern).
  • 13.12.2019
  • Notizie

Wyss Academy for Nature founded at the University of Bern

How can the necessary nature conservation be reconciled with human well-being? The coming decade will be decisive in terms of whether and how we come up with forward-looking solutions on a global scale.
The road to Bern website
  • 05.12.2019
  • Notizie

The Road to Bern for the Agenda 2030

The Road to Bern consists of a series of events, which leads to the United Nations World Data Forum 2020 (UNWDF).
EEA (2019) The European environment — state and outlook 2020: knowledge for transition to a sustainable Europe
  • 2019
  • EEA
  • Relazione

The European environment — state and outlook 2020

Europe will not achieve its 2030 goals without urgent action during the next 10 years to address the alarming rate of biodiversity loss, increasing impacts of climate change and the overconsumption of natural resources. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest ‘State of the Environment’ report states that Europe faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. The report says, however, there is reason for hope, amid increased public awareness of the need to shift to a sustainable future, technological innovations, growing community initiatives and stepped up EU action like the European Green Deal.
mar 19
mar 20
  • Congresso per specialisti
  • Geneva

Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region.
mar 19
mar 20
10. Tagung Innovationsforum Energie
  • Congresso per specialisti
  • Zürich

10. Jahrestagung Innovationsforum Energie

Als unabhängige Plattform für Entscheider aus Versorgungsunternehmen, Industrie, Forschung und Politik zeigt das Innovationsforum Energie die aktuellen Trends im Energiesektor auf und gibt einen umfassenden und profunden Überblick zu den strategischen und technischen Herausforderungen im Energiemarkt der Zukunft. Den Teilnehmenden werden neue Ideen und innovative Lösungen für die anstehenden Aufgaben vorgestellt.
SDGs – l'Educateur 10/2019
  • 2019
  • Articolo

La durabilité enseignée grâce aux sciences

Science on Stage Europe produit chaque année du matériel pour l’enseignement des sciences du primaire au secondaire II. C’est dans ce but que l’association recherche des enseignant·es pour son nouveau projet sur la durabilité.
Sudac - KFPE conference 2019: Opening statements by Laurent Goetschel
  • 14.11.2019
  • Notizie

Research networks as a pathway to achieving sustainability

International Conference of SUDAC – swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network and KFPE. The focus was placed on research partnerships in and with the Global South. With its programmes Consortia for Education and Research (COFERs) and Clusters of Cooperation in the Global South (CLOC), swissuniversities provides important instruments to foster these research partnerships.


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  • 24.09.2019

La recherche suisse en développement durable doit proposer des solutions

Si rien ne change, les objectifs de développement durable des Nations unies ne pourront pas être atteints. Et le monde scientifique est également sur la sellette: comme le demande le premier rapport sur le développement durable dans le monde, la recherche visant des solutions concrètes doit être intensifiée. À travers une initiative, la SCNAT souhaite donc renforcer la recherche en développement durable en Suisse.