What are the priority issues in the context of the 2030 Agenda that science must address? This question has been explored by the Initiative for Sustainability Research. On December 8, we will launch the resulting white paper: the main authors will present highlights in an expert talk, before we put the topics up for broader discussion with key players.
In 10 years' time, we want to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. The Initiative for Sustainability Research (SRI) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences supports science in participating more broadly in this societal project.
Over the past 18 months, priority themes for sustainability research in Switzerland have been identified and developed in a participatory process. On December 8, we will launch the resulting white paper - be part of it via livestream!
17.00 Welcome & Introduction
Marcel Tanner (President, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences)
Peter Edwards (President, Steering Group Sustainability Research)
17.15 Expert talk on the priority themes
Urs Niggli (agroecology.science)
Heike Mayer (University of Bern)
Michael Stauffacher (ETH Zurich)
Marc Chesney (University of Zurich)
Marlyne Sahakian (University of Geneva)
Christian Pohl (ETH Zurich)
17.45 Panel discussion
Michael Hengartner (President, ETH Board)
Katharina Michaelowa (Presidium of the Research Council, SNF)
Maria Stoll (ARE, Sustainable Development Section)
Elgin Brunner (Head of Transformational Programmes, WWF Switzerland)
Florian Egli (Member, Swiss Young Academy)
Moderator of the two rounds of talks: Thomas Häusler, SRF
18.45 Summary and outlook
Philippe Moreillon (President, Swiss Academy of Sciences)
The languages of the event are French and German (with simultaneous translation).
Using six priority themes, the "White Paper on Sustainability Research" outlines Switzerland's most urgent research needs in order to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The priority themes were developed by 30 experts from science and practice on the basis of a broad-based dialogue with over 100 stakeholders from science, business, administration and civil society.Image: a+
Welche Forschung die nachhaltige Entwicklung der Gesellschaft in der Schweiz bestmöglich unterstützt, legen Forschende im «Whitepaper Nachhaltigkeitsforschung» der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz dar. Zusammen mit Personen aus Wissenschaft, Regierung, NGOs und dem privaten Sektor identifizieren sie sechs prioritäre Themen wie Ernährungssysteme, lebendige Räume oder Wertewandel. Das Whitepaper soll der Forschungscommunity als Wegweiser dienen, um gezielt vernetzte Forschungsprojekte zu entwickeln und zu finanzieren.Image: Hansjakob Fehr
Under the leadership of SCNAT, the Sustainability Research Initiative is developing priority topics for sustainable development research in Switzerland. At a review meeting in early July, several well-known experts gave the draft research agenda very good marks. They especially appreciated the systemic approach and encouraged the authors to place even more focus on pathways towards transformation.Image: Wikipedia