Sustainability Research Initiative

The Sustainability Research Initiative aims to promote research for sustainable development and the Agenda 2030. It fosters scientific work on key societally-relevant priority themes. The SRI also represents Switzerland in the international programme Future Earth.

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News related to sustainable development

Please note:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Council has banned all events in Switzerland until 19 April 2020. There is no guarantee that all event listed in the Swiss Science Portal are up-to-date. In case of doubt, please contact the organisers.

Apr 7
Swiss Global Change Day Teaser
  • ProClim
  • Symposium
  • Bern

POSTPONED: 21st Swiss Global Change Day

The 21st Swiss Global Change Day has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. For this year, a half-day event on 30 November 2020 is planned. Further information will follow.
Apr 28
May 1
Our Planet our Future - National Academy of Sciences
  • Conference
  • DC 20418

Our Planet, Our Future

Human society is facing unprecedented challenges in the 21st century. This first Nobel Prize Summit will explore what it will take to ensure humanity’s shared future on Earth.
EASAC Bericht "Packaging plastics in the circular economy"
  • 2020
  • Report

Packaging plastics in the circular economy

Packaging plastics offer an almost infinite range of options for manufacturers in terms of function and design. Their durability and resistance to degradation means that if they ‘leak’ into the environment, they stay there. Leakage has been increasing rapidly and its detrimental impact, especially on the marine environment, has attracted wide public and political concern.
May 5
Forum Nachhaltige Entwicklung
  • Federal Office for Spatial Development
  • Symposium
  • Bern

Save the Date: 33. Forum Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Die Tagung des Forums Nachhaltige Entwicklung bietet Orientierung zu aktuellen Entwicklungen im In- und Ausland, Impulse für neue Projekte und ein Netzwerk für den schweizweiten Austausch bewährter Methoden. Die jährliche Veranstaltung besteht aus Impulsreferaten, Podiumsdiskussionen, Reflexionen und Co-Creation Labs.
  • 17.02.2020
  • News

Call for Proposals: Research and innovation for sustainable development

SDC is looking for promising research and innovation initiatives, which engage researchers from Switzerland and from the Global South and East and implementation partners from other sectors (government, civil society, private sector).
  • 2020
  • EEA
  • Report

The first and last mile — the key to sustainable urban transport

The growing use of electric scooters and ride-hailing services is transforming how we move in urban centres — but walking, cycling and public transport remain the best way to improve sustainable mobility in cities, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today. A separate EEA briefing on the environmental and climate impacts of transport finds that emissions of greenhouse gases from transport continue to increase, as demand for mobility across Europe keeps growing.
The Diagram shows the frequency of SDGs addressed by 216 papers published in Tropical Medicine and International Health between January 2018 and July 2019, weighted by the number of SDGs assigned per paper.
  • 28.01.2020
  • News

Introducing the SDGs into Peer-Reviewed Literature

Tropical Medicine and International Health is the first peer-reviewed journal that fully integrates the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its publication process. In turn, this will enhance the visibility of the contributions of the scientific community to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Institute aims to promote sustainability on smallholdings in developing and emerging countries
  • 27.01.2020
  • News

BFH-HAFL gets its first institute

The interdisciplinary HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute will focus on promoting sustainability on smallholdings in developing and emerging countries.
Jun 18
Welchen Staat braucht die nachhaltige Entwicklung?
  • Conference
  • Bern

Welchen Staat braucht die nachhaltige Entwicklung? - Wirtschaftliche, soziale und ökologische Perspektiven

Der Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 hat einmal mehr die Dringlichkeit und Notwendigkeit für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung deutlich gemacht. Im Jahr 2020 verbleiben noch zehn Jahre, um die Ziele für Nachhaltige Entwicklung der Agenda 2030 der Vereinten Nationen zu erreichen.
Jun 18
  • Conference
  • Lecture
  • Seminar
  • Symposium
  • Workshop
  • Bern

Swiss Governance Forum 2020

Das Forum bietet Vertreterinnen und Vertretern aus Politik, Verwaltung, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft über Sektoren- und Fachgrenzen hinweg neue Impulse für staatliches Handeln in Bezug auf die nachhaltige Entwicklung.
  • 2019
  • Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology
  • Article

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?
Jun 23
Jun 25
World Resource Forum 2020
  • Conference
  • Accra

World Resource Forum 2020

Key Topics:
Primary resources - Fair resource extraction for a quality future
Secondary resources - From waste to resources for development
Circular Economy - Making a case for circular resources


Steering Committee Sustainability Research
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern

+41 31 306 93 28

Wind energy
  • 24.09.2019

Jetzt muss die Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitsforschung Lösungen aufzeigen

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.