• 13.12.2019
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Wyss Academy for Nature founded at the University of Bern

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).
Image: © University of Bern, Image: Ramon Lehmann.
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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).
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). (Image: © University of Bern, Image: Ramon Lehmann.)

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.

This is exactly the area in which the Wyss Academy for Nature tackles this issue: teams of scientists will join forces with experienced experts and representatives from the fields of policy, business and civil society on four continents to develop innovations aimed at protecting nature and ensuring the sustainable use thereof. The implementation-oriented applications, strategies and policy guidelines are tested at the hubs of the Wyss Academy and extended to other regions. The way the different stakeholders cooperate is also new: it breaks up the conventional silos of science, nature conservation, development cooperation and policy making. In this way, scientific findings are applied quickly and can take effect.

Three world-renowned research institutions of the University of Bern are involved in the Wyss Academy: the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR) and the Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS).

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