Priority Themes for Swiss Sustainability Research
Launch of the SRI white paper In the course of about 18 months and in a participatory process, we identified and developped priority themes for sustainability research in Switzerland. On December 8, we discussed the resulting white paper with key actors.
Workshops 2019: Priority topics for research in sustainable development
In the view of experts from science and practice, what are the problem areas on the path to sustainable development that science should address? Where do they think it would be useful to jointly develop new understandings, alternative models of thought and options for action? Where can we build new partnerships together? These questions were discussed in two workshops in 2019:
28 August 2019 at the University of Lausanne
30 August 2019 at the University of Zurich
The Sustainability Science Dialogue series was successfully launched at the University of Neuchâtel on 28.09.2021. This event series serves to substantiate research needs and encourage collaborative projects based on the themes suggested by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.Image: Hansjakob Fehr, 1kilo
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action adopted by all Member States. Switzerland is not on track to meet the SDGs. How can science best contribute to accelerating this process? The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have identified six priority themes which outline the most pressing respective research needs. This event aims to discuss shared visions of a sustainable future by placing migration and peace at the centre of the discussion.Image: Pixabay
During three parallel workshop sessions focussed on different themes, research and teaching staff of the University of Fribourg will be discussing how science can best contribute to the transformation to sustainability. The workshops will be followed by the formal opening of the new Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute and an apéro.Image: Pixabay
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.
To support society in achieving sustainability, we need to make better use of the knowledge we already have.
The all-encompassing ambition of sustainable development entails pursuing many goals in parallel. Very often, achieving one goal makes it more difficult to achieve another, and the challenge for policy is to minimize the conflict.
Science has an essential role to play in enabling the societal transformation necessary for achieving sustainability. Indeed, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly calls upon the academic community to provide the research and expert knowledge needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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.
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.
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.
Geht es so weiter, werden die Ziele für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung der Uno verfehlt. In der Kritik steht auch die Wissenschaft. Es brauche mehr lösungsorientierte Forschung, fordert der erste Weltnachhaltigkeitsbericht. Eine Initiative der SCNAT will deshalb die Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in der Schweiz stärken.