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Sustainability Science Forum 2022 - Shaping Research for our Future

3.11.2022 | Eventforum Bern


09:00 - 17:00


Eventforum Bern
Fabrikstrasse 12
3012 Bern

The Sustainability Science Forum 2022 addresses the future of research for sustainable development. How can science evolve to most effectively support societal change towards sustainability?

Sustainability Science Forum
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We will address different aspects of this question: What will be important for the development of the field from a global perspective? What is the nature of societal transformation processes, and how is it currently understood and shaped? What are promising research formats for developing possible pathways of change? What matters most for research funding and how can research institutions support efforts to build a resilient, nature-positive society?

The Sustainability Science Forum 2022 will explore these and many other questions, inspired by a keynote lecture presented by Prof. Dr. Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General, IIASA.

Please register until 25 October.


9:00 Doors open

9:30 Welcome note

Bernard Lehmann, President, Platform Science and Policy, SCNAT
Gabriela Wülser, Head, Sustainability Research Initiative, SCNAT

9:40 New perspectives for sustainability science

Albert van Jaarsveld, Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

10:20 Coffee Break

10:45 Societal transformation: current understandings from a social sciences perspective
Panel discussion

  • Marlyne Sahakian, University of Geneva
  • Eva-Maria Spreitzer, University of Lausanne
  • Philip Balsiger, University of Neuchâtel

Moderation: Clemens Mader, Technology and Society Lab, Empa

11:45 Cross-cutting initiatives in sustainability science

12:30 Lunch

13:45 Parallel sessions

  1. Lighthouse programmes in sustainability science
    Peter Edwards, ETH Zurich & President, SCNAT Sustainability Research Initiative
    Gabriela Wuelser, SCNAT
  2. How can the sciences and arts touch people?
    Bianca Vienni-Baptista, ETH Zurich
    Karin Zindel, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
  3. Rethinking paradigms for societal transformation
    Christoph Küffer, President, td-net & Working group co-leader, SAGUF
    Markus Zürcher, Swiss Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS)
  4. Policy making for sustainability
    Basil Bornemann, University of Basel
    Eva Lieberherr, ETH Zurich
    Marius Christen, University of Basel and SusCon

15:00 Coffee break

15:15 Shaping research for our future: promising formats
Panel discussion

  • Sonja Schenkel, Storytex
  • Michael Stauffacher, USYS TdLab, ETH Zurich
  • Lucas Müller, Swiss Young Academy

Moderation: Bianca Vienni-Baptista, ETH Zurich

16:15 Final plenary session

16:45 Apéro

The Sustainability Science Forum...
...is a meeting place where new ideas can be presented and debated, research concepts developed and partnerships forged. The Forum is intended to be fresh and exciting – not just another conference! - and is designed to meet the interests and needs of a growing sustainability science community.

We support the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development IYBSSD2022



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

The conference fee is CHF 50.
Registration deadline: 25 October.
Languages: English, German, French