Sustainability Science Dialogue

Priorities for sustainability research

Together with research institutions, the Sustainability Research Initiative invites experts to exchange ideas on priorities for sustainability research. The Sustainability Science Dialogue event series serves to substantiate research needs and encourage collaborative projects, based on the themes suggested by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Sustainability Science Dialogue
Image: Hansjakob Fehr, 1kilo

The UN Agenda 2030 includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Switzerland is not on track to meet those goals. How can science best contribute to accelerating this process? The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences identified six priority themes which outline the most pressing research needs.

This event series aims to identify in which thematic areas research institutions could make a contribution, where research gaps exist and which collaborations could be promising.

First planned events

  • September 28, 2021: Université de Neuchâtel
  • October 26, 2021: Swisspeace
  • November 18, 2021: Université de Fribourg
  • February 3, 2022: Universität Basel
  • February 14, 2022: Haute école spécialisée de la Suisse Occidentale (HES-SO)
  • Spring 2022: Pädagogische Hochschulen Bern and Luzern
  • Spring 2022: Berner Fachhochschule
  • Spring 2022: Fachhochschule Graubünden
  • May 2022: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften ZHAW
  • September 2022: Universität Zürich

The exact content and format of each event is adapted to the specific priorities and interests of individual institutions.

More detailed information on the individual events will follow and be added to this website.

Coming soon: The Sustainability Science Dialogue blog summarises the results of the individual events.



Anja Bretzler
Steering Committee Sustainability Research
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern