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Policy and science: joining forces for a sustainable future

Dialog 2030 meets Sustainability Science Forum


09:00 - 17:00


Fabrikstrasse 12
3012 Bern

How should and can science participate in shaping a sustainable future? What form can effective cooperation between politics, administration and science take in order to achieve the SDGs, and to what extent should the roles of these actors interlock?

Sustainability Science Forum 2023
Image: ARE

The event will explore these and other questions. It combines the "Dialogue 2030" of the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) with the "Sustainability Science Forum" of the Initiative for Sustainability Research of SCNAT. The Dialogue 2030 facilitates the exchange between relevant stakeholders and thus promotes a coordinated and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Switzerland. The Sustainability Science Forum is a meeting place for the growing community of sustainable development research - where new ideas are discussed, research concepts developed and partnerships forged.




  • Daniel Dubas, Federal Council Delegate for the 2030 Agenda, ARE
  • Gabriela Wülser, Head of Sustainability Research Initiative, SCNAT

How politics and science can collaborate effectively
to jointly achieve the sustainable development goals

  • Caspar Hirschi, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of St Gallen
  • Jaakko Kuosmanen, Chief Coordinator, Science Advice Initiative of Finland, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
  • Gabriela Suter, member of the National Council for Canton Aargau
  • Thomas Breu, Director of the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

Sustainability policy in practice
Experiences from the interface between science and politics

  • Food systems – Carole Küng, Co-Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Switzerland
  • Circular economy – Patrick Semadeni, CEO of Semadeni Plastics Group
  • Equal opportunities and social cohesion – Sophie Achermann, Executive Director Public Discourse Foundation

Opportunities for research and innovation funding
Do we need lighthouse programmes?

  • Peter Edwards, President of the Sustainability Research Initiative of SCNAT
  • Katrin Milzow, Head of Strategy, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Kathrin Kramer, Head of Programme Funding, Innosuisse
  • Katja Maus, Coordinator Energy Research and Cleantech, Swiss Federal Office of Energy

Do we need to better link the 2030 Agenda with public policy?
The role of research

  • Reto Knutti, Professor, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich
  • Clara Zemp, member of the Swiss Young Academy
  • Julie Cantalou, Co-Secretary General of the Green Liberal Party of Switzerland

Thinking beyond the boundaries of the earth:
Sustainable development from a space perspective

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, Head of ETH Zurich Space, former Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA

Moderators: Christine Gubser (sanu future learning ag) und Florian Egli (ETH Zurich)

Policy and science: joining forces for a sustainable future



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

Languages: English, German, French