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Wyss Academy Symposium

Help Find New Ways Toward a Just and Sustainable Future


Kursaal Bern


The inaugural Wyss Academy Symposium can be joined in person or online.

The Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern was founded to provide a new approach to the environmental crisis and its interconnected problems. Now, for the first time, we want to gather perspectives from across the globe – from those who are directly affected, as well as those with special insights and expertise – to raise the discussion around what needs to be done to another level.

Wyss Academy Symposium

Join the symposium and help demonstrate holistic pathways toward systemic transformation – in the fields of climate, biodiversity and land use – and network with like-minded experts from around the world.

The Symposium will be held at the Kursaal Conference Center in Bern, Switzerland. It is organized in conjunction with the 2022 Spirit Of Bern event, which will take place on the preceding day, under the motto “How To Save The Planet”. Al Gore is expected to provide a virtual keynote address, and some of the speakers include renowned experts such as Sonia Seneviratne, Maja Göpel, and Thomas Vellacott. We will be happy to assist any participants who wish to attend both events.

The Symposium will be divided into two sessions, each with a unique format. Three parallel working sessions will take place during the morning, followed by an Ideathon visioning challenge in the afternoon. You are invited to join both sessions, either virtually or physically. ​

The Parallel Working Sessions will serve as a stimulant to the Ideathon that will follow in the afternoon. The goal of these sessions is to understand fundamental conditions that drive the transformation of socioecological systems, and how knowledge plays a key role in the process. The sessions will seek to unravel 3 themes: (1) Embracing complexity: What tools and approaches adequately capture the complexity of the socio-ecological systems that we seek to transform? How do we achieve a shared vision of sustainability, and how can we best support practitioners in the field? (2) Catalyzing co-benefits between nature and human wellbeing: What is the scientific evidence, and how can we amplify positive examples? Can tipping points be observed? (3) Rewiring the conventional thinking of sustainable development.

The Ideathon will employ various techniques tested by the Wyss Academy and its advisors to enable innovative thinkers to visualize their thoughts within a safe space, and to inspire collaborations across different sectors and fields. Its output will be shared as a knowledge base that can be used by participants and by the Wyss Academy in future projects.


Sprachen: Englisch