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 April 26, 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.

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.
Cover SCNAT-Jahresbericht 2019
  • 2020
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Report

Jahresbericht 2019 der SCNAT

Die Biodiversitätskrise und der Klimawandel haben vieles gemeinsam. Sie gegeneinander auszuspielen, macht aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht wenig Sinn. Die Wissenschaft muss dagegen mehr Teil der Lösungsfindung werden und mit den verschiedenen Akteurinnen und Akteuren in den Dialog treten. Und sie sollte gestützt auf wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse vermehrt ihre Besorgnis ausdrücken. Mehr dazu und was die SCNAT 2019 sonst noch beschäftigte, lesen Sie im neuen Jahresbericht.
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
SAPEA report "A sustainable food system for the European Union"
  • 2020
  • Report

A sustainable food system for the European Union

To make our food systems sustainable, radical transformation of their complex social, economic and ecological components is needed. Simply increasing productivity is not enough to meet the raising global demand for food in the future.
Teaser towards shared research
  • 2020
  • Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology
  • Book

Towards shared research

Intercultural, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research interfaces confront researchers with considerable challenges. Towards Shared Research portrays how scholars from different disciplinary and geographical origins and at various academic career stages strive for a more inclusive and better understanding of knowledge about African environments.

The book is addressed to researchers, facilitators, and policy-makers to make a case for participatory and integrative approaches resulting in systemic and co-created analyses.
GAIA 1/2020
  • 2020
  • Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology
  • Article

Virtual conferences in higher education

The Coronavirus outbreak has made virtual education a high necessity. Our intention here was to highlight potentials of virtual conferences to enhance transformative learning for sustainable development; new applications will provide powerful insights.
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.
Aug 17
Aug 26
  • Workshop
  • Potsdam

Potsdam Summer School 2020 – Water: Our Global Common Good – The Hydrosphere across Land and Sea

This summer school will provide its participants with a comprehensive perspective and overview of the relevant aspects when dealing with the hydrosphere. They will be engaged in discussions and group works and will be provided with tools to develop effective strategies in order to deal with the challenges they face in their daily work.
Sep 9
Sep 10
ICSD 2020
  • Conference
  • Lecture
  • Session
  • Symposium
  • Roma RM

8th International Conference on Sustainable Development 2020

The 8th ICSD 2020 is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context.
Sep 14
Sep 19
WSF2020 Banner
  • MDPI Sustainability Foundation
  • Conference
  • Genève

The 8th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 2020)

WSF2020 is an international scientific conference coordinated by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel, the University of Geneva and  the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).
  • 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.
Oct 2
Oct 10
Nature Film Festival Innsbruck
  • Celebration / Festival
  • Cultural event
  • Other
  • Innsbruck

International Nature Festival

Inmitten reicher großartiger Natur findet vom 6. bis 9. Oktober 2020 zum 19. Mal das INNSBRUCK NATURE FILM FESTIVAL statt. Welche Filme dem Publikum gezeigt werden, entscheidet sich in den nächsten Wochen.


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.