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

  • 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).
Feb 23
Feb 28
World Biodiversity Forum
  • Universität Zürich
  • URPP
  • Conference
  • Davos Platz

World Biodiversity Forum

First of its kind, the World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will bring to­geth­er lead­ing re­searchers, ear­ly ca­reer re­searchers, prac­ti­tion­ers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dif­fer­ent sec­tors, de­ci­sion-mak­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to have a con­ver­sa­tion on the kind of fu­ture we want (and/or do not want) for bio­di­ver­si­ty.
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.
Mar 19
Mar 20
  • Symposium
  • Geneva

Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region.
Mar 19
Mar 20
10. Tagung Innovationsforum Energie
  • Symposium
  • Zürich

10. Jahrestagung Innovationsforum Energie

Als unabhängige Plattform für Entscheider aus Versorgungsunternehmen, Industrie, Forschung und Politik zeigt das Innovationsforum Energie die aktuellen Trends im Energiesektor auf und gibt einen umfassenden und profunden Überblick zu den strategischen und technischen Herausforderungen im Energiemarkt der Zukunft. Den Teilnehmenden werden neue Ideen und innovative Lösungen für die anstehenden Aufgaben vorgestellt.
  • 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?
Mar 23
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Workshop
  • Zürich

Nachhaltig Investieren und Finanzieren: Marktentwicklung und Stolpersteine

Nachhaltig Geld anlegen boomt. Der Marktanteil in der Schweiz betrug im Jahre 2016 lediglich ca. 7%, Ende 2018 waren es bereits über 20%, Tendenz steigend.
Was bewirkt nachhaltiges Investieren: Für die Rendite, aber auch für den Impact bzgl. den gesellschaftlichen und ökologischen Zielen?
Mar 24
Mar 26
Geneva Health Forum 2020
  • Conference
  • Genève

The Geneva Health Forum 2020

EIGHT EDITION: Improving access to health: learning from the field
Getting children into primary schools is within reach, but most of the Sustainable Development Goals will not be met by 2030 on current trends. (Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty)
  • 10.01.2020
  • News

Save the Sustainable Development Goals

The goals have had a considerable positive impact. At the current rate, most of the goals will not be met. Here’s how the 2030 agenda can be put back on the right path.
From left to right: Peter Messerli (Main project leader and Director of the Centre for Development and Environment CDE at the University of Bern), Christian Leumann (Rector University of Bern), Hansjörg Wyss (Entrepreneur and patron, Wyss Foundation), Christoph Ammann (President of the Government of the Canton of Bern), André Nietlisbach (Project leader of the Canton of Bern and Secretary General of the head office of economy of the canton Bern).
  • 13.12.2019
  • News

Wyss Academy for Nature founded at the University of Bern

How can the necessary nature conservation be reconciled with human well-being? The coming decade will be decisive in terms of whether and how we come up with forward-looking solutions on a global scale.
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.


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.