Sustainability Science
Target group:
All Interested
Event type:
Conference / Congress / Symposium
SCNAT, Steering Committee Sustainability Research
Contact person:
Anja Bretzler (

The Sustainability Research Initiative is creating a yearly event that brings together a community of professionals united by a keen interest – sustainability science. The first Sustainability Science Forum focuses on accelerating transformation towards sustainability. Together with research funders and other stakeholders, we will discuss priorities for capitalising on existing knowledge and for addressing key open questions.

How can scientific contributions more strongly and more directly support accelerating change towards sustainability? We will explore this question in many facets and against the background of the interrelated nature of sustainability crises. Since scientific contributions can take many forms, we will not only ask how to enhance knowledge brokerage and policy advice, but also how to strengthen developing possible pathways for action and opportunities for innovative collaborative research on key open questions, as identified in the white paper Priority Themes for Swiss Sustainability Research of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.


09:30 Welcome note by Marcel Tanner, president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
09:45 Keynote by Thomas Vellacott, CEO of WWF Switzerland
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 The value of priority themes for sustainability research for institutional agenda setting
11:30 How can we strengthen science for change? Panel discussion
12:30 Networking lunch

13:45 Parallel sessions
1. Unleashing knowledge

2. TResearch for transformation
3. The hard problem: interdependencies
Networking lounge

15:00 Coffee break

15:15 The way forward. Plenary fishbowl discussion
16:15 Outlook
16:30 Apéro

Registration will open at the end of September 2021
Participation is free of charge
The event takes place in presence. Venue is the Eventforum, Bern (Switzerland)

For more information click here.

Graphik: Hansjakob Fehr, 1kilo