Sustainability Research Initiative

With the Sustainability Research Initiative, SCNAT, together with its sister institutions, promotes research on sustainable development and 2030 Agenda. It focuses on the joint handling of social issues of higher priority in overarching consortia.

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News related to sustainable development

2020
Sep 26
BAB Seminar Room
  • Conference
  • Basel

7th Namibia Research Day in Basel (Switzerland)

The Namibia Research Day brings together graduate students and scholars of all levels and from all disciplines to share their research, experiences and expectations.
SFIAR Award 2020 Winner
  • 18.09.2020
  • News

Winners of the SFIAR Award 2020 are Dr. Michelle Nay and Jacqueline Ribeli

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.
Sheep_Windmills
  • 18.09.2020
  • The Mountain Research Initiative MRI
  • News

Call for Papers: Sustainability Special Issue on Transboundary Sustainable Mountain Governance

This Special Issue of the journal Sustainability is guest edited by MRI Chair Jörg Balsiger and MRI Executive Director Carolina Adler, and invites contributions that address transboundary sustainable mountain governance. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 January 2021.
KFPE & SUDAC Annual Conference
  • 15.09.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

KFPE&SUDAC Annual Conference 13 November 2020 in Bern

Research shall contribute to transformations towards sustainable development. How does such research look like and what is needed to promote this kind of research? Will transformative research become the new normal or is it just a short-lived new fashion?
MRD
  • 11.09.2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Call for papers: Dynamic Urban Centers and Sustainable Mountain Development

Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that help understand urbanization in mountains and emerging new relations between rural mountain areas and urban centers in and outside mountains. Papers that propose ways of shaping these transformation processes to increase sustainability, as well as synthesis and comparative studies across several mountain regions are also highly welcome.
Our Future on Earth
  • 2020
  • Report

Our Future on Earth

Our Future on Earth 2020 aims to tell the story of where we are on our collective journey by connecting the dots between what society is currently experiencing – from fires to food shortages to a rise in populism – with recent developments in the research community.
Mining in Namibia
  • 01.09.2020
  • Steering Committee Sustainability Research
  • News

Priorities for sustainable development research

Under the leadership of SCNAT, the Sustainability Research Initiative is developing priority topics for sustainable development research in Switzerland. At a review meeting in early July, several well-known experts gave the draft research agenda very good marks. They especially appreciated the systemic approach and encouraged the authors to place even more focus on pathways towards transformation.
To contribute to sustainability transformations, learning and teaching at higher education institutions must become trans-formative. A group of experts met for a one-day workshop organized by the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (saguf) in December 2019 to discuss the challenges of sustainability-oriented transformative learning and teaching in higher education, and to explore approaches that can be used to meet these challenges. This paper presents key findings from the discussion, set up in eight pro-positions.
  • 2020
  • Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology
  • Fact sheet

Sustainability-Oriented Transformative Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Eight Propositions on Challenges and Approaches

To contribute to sustainability transformations, learning and teaching at higher education institutions must become trans-formative. A group of experts met for a one-day workshop organized by the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (saguf) in December 2019 to discuss the challenges of sustainability-oriented transformative learning and teaching in higher education, and to explore approaches that can be used to meet these challenges. This paper presents key findings from the discussion, set up in eight pro-positions.
2020
Oct 23
2020
Oct 24
SGAS
  • Action day
  • Conference
  • Bern

Swiss Researching Africa Days

The Swiss Society for African Studies organises the upcoming 6th Swiss Researching Africa Days.
2020
Nov 13
KFPE & SUDAC Annual Conference
  • KFPE
  • Conference
  • Symposium
  • Bern

Transformative Research – The New Imperative in Science?

Research shall contribute to transformations towards sustainable development. How does such research look like and what is needed to promote this kind of research? Will transformative research become the new normal or is it just a short-lived new fashion?
2020
Nov 16
2020
Nov 18
Geneva Health Forum 2020
  • Conference
  • Genève

The Geneva Health Forum 2020

EIGHT EDITION: Improving access to health: learning from the field
2020
Nov 19
2020
Nov 20
Online-Workshop for academic coordinators of Development Studies Programmes, 19-20 November
  • Conference
  • Workshop
  • AR 72712

Online Workshop for Coordinators of Academic Programmes

Following the success of its 2019 edition, we are pleased to announce our 2020 workshop for Academic Coordinators of Development Studies Programme.

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Mining in Namibia
  • 01.09.2020

Priorities for sustainable development research

Under the leadership of SCNAT, the Sustainability Research Initiative is developing priority topics for sustainable development research in Switzerland. At a review meeting in early July, several well-known experts gave the draft research agenda very good marks. They especially appreciated the systemic approach and encouraged the authors to place even more focus on pathways towards transformation.
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.