Sustainability Science Forum 2021 - Accelerating Transformation

30.11.2021 | Eventforum Bern


09:30 - 17:00

Luogo della manifestazione

Eventforum Bern
Fabrikstrasse 12
3012 Bern

The Sustainability Research Initiative is creating a yearly event that brings together a community of professionals united by a keen interest – Sustainability Science. The first Sustainability Science Forum focuses on accelerating transformation towards sustainability. Together with research funders and other stakeholders, we will discuss priorities for capitalising on existing knowledge and for addressing key open questions.

Sustainability Science Forum
Immagine: Hansjakob Fehr, 1kilo

How can scientific contributions more strongly and more directly support accelerating change towards sustainability? We will explore this question in many facets and against the background of the interrelated nature of sustainability crises. Since scientific contributions can take many forms, we will not only ask how to enhance knowledge brokerage and policy advice, but also how to strengthen developing possible pathways for action and opportunities for innovative collaborative research on key open questions, as identified in the white paper Priority Themes for Swiss Sustainability Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.


09:30 Welcome note by Marcel Tanner, president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

09:45 Keynote by Thomas Vellacott, CEO of WWF Switzerland

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 The value of priority themes for institutional agenda setting
With contributions by Corina Caduff, vice rector for research, Bern Univ. of Applied Sciences
and Lutz Merbold, head of strategic division "Agroecology and Environment", Agroscope

11:30 How can we strengthen science for change? Panel discussion with
Stuart Lane, SNSF research council
Renat Heuberger,
Innosuisse innovation council and CEO South Pole
Panellist 3 (tbc)
Panellist 4 (tbc)

Moderator: Florian Egli, ETHZ and Swiss Young Academy

12:30 Networking lunch

13:45 Parallel sessions

1. Unleashing knowledge
2. Research for societal transformation
3. The hard problem: interdependencies between sustainability goals

Networking lounge

15:00 Coffee break

15:15 The way forward. Plenary fishbowl discussion
Moderator: Christian Pohl, TdLab ETHZ

16:15 Outlook: Peter Edwards, president of the Sustainability Research Initiative

16:30 Apéro

Please register here
Registration will close on the 24th of November
Participation is free of charge
Please note that a valid Covid Certificate will need to be presented at this event.


  • Interazioni


Anja Bretzler
Gruppo di coordinamento Ricerca sulla sostenibilità
Casa delle Accademie
Casella postale
3001 Berna


Registration deadline: 24 November 2021
Please be aware that a Covid certificate is mandatory at this event
Lingue: Inglese, Tedesco, Francese