Publications

Here you find a selection of publications from the Academy and its members.

  • Publications

Variety is the source of life: Agrobiodiversity benefits, challenges, and needs
  • 2020

Variety is the source of life: Agrobiodiversity benefits, challenges, and needs

For millennia, humankind’s food security and resilience were ensured by thousands of cultivated plant species, dozens of domesticated animal species, and the wider biodiversity from which they derive. But with the expansion of industrial agriculture and globalized standardized food systems, this long-running agricultural biodiversity has fallen steeply. Today, just three plant species account for half of all plant-based food calories, and only four animal species account for the vast majority of meat supplies. Looking ahead, restoring agrobiodiversity – the richness of what we cultivate, breed, consume, and conserve in the wild – is crucial to ensure resilient food systems against the backdrop of climate change. In particular, we must safeguard the livelihoods of the “guardians of agrobiodiversity”: approximately 500 million small farms across the world – particularly those in the global South. This factsheet outlines causes and consequences of agrobiodiversity loss, areas of promise, and options for policy and research.
Guidelines to Conflict Sensitive Research
  • 2020

Guidelines to Conflict Sensitive Research

Doing research in conflict contexts is crucial. But how do you best conduct research in conflict-affected contexts? These guidelines are designed for all levels of researchers – from research student to professor – who conduct research in settings that are affected by conflict.
Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz Nr. 144
  • 2020

Informationsdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 144

Nistkästen wirken sich positiv auf Turmfalkenpopulation aus
Cover GeoAgenda 4/2019
  • 2019

GeoAgenda No. 4/2019

Für die GeoAgenda 2019/4 haben wir die Form des «Open Issue» gewählt. Sechs thematisch freie Beiträge ersetzen in dieser Ausgabe das übliche Themendossier «Fokus».
Jahresprogramm 2020
  • 2020

Jahresprogramm 2020

Im Jahr 2020 begibt sich die NGB mit ihren Mitgliedern auf Zeitreisen
Teaser_GAIA_2019-4
  • 2019

Addressing sustainability challenges with a broader concept of systems, target, and transformation knowledge

Systems, targets and transformations are guiding metaphors of environmental and sustainability research. Is the framing of these concepts still adequate to address today’s wicked sustainability challenges?
IBS2019_143
  • 2019

Informationdienst Biodiversität Schweiz IBS Nr. 143

Nur ein vielfältiger Wald schützt gut vor Rutschungen
Jahrbuch 2018/2019 der SCNAT
  • 2019

Jahrbuch 2018/2019 der SCNAT

Die Jahresberichte der Fachgremien und Mitgliedsorganisationen der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz für die Jahre 2017 und 2018.
Horizonte Nr. 123
  • 2019

Beware of poison! How we deal with the chemicals in the world

It’s the dose that makes the poison, said Paracelsus. But with toxic substances, we might never know where the boundary lies between what’s harmless and what’s dangerous.
Swiss Academies Factsheet

Swiss Academies Factsheets

On politically relevant topics, factsheets provide an overview of the most important scientific findings.
horizonte

Horizons

The research magazine reports to a wide audience on the latest findings and development of science in Switzerland.