The Sustainability Science Forum 2022 addresses the future of research for sustainable development. How can science evolve to most effectively support societal change towards sustainability?
We will address different aspects of this question: What will be important for the development of the field from a global perspective? What is the nature of societal transformation processes, and how is it currently understood and shaped? What are promising research formats for developing possible pathways of change? What matters most for research funding and how can research institutions support efforts to build a resilient, nature-positive society?
The Sustainability Science Forum 2022 will explore these and many other questions, inspired by a keynote lecture presented by Prof. Dr. Albert van Jaarsveld, Director General, IIASA.
9:00 Doors open
9:30 Welcome note
Bernard Lehmann, President, Platform Science and Policy, SCNAT
Gabriela Wülser, Head, Sustainability Research Initiative, SCNAT
9:40 New perspectives for sustainability science
Albert van Jaarsveld, Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
10:20 Coffee Break
10:45 Societal transformation: current understandings from a social sciences perspective
- Marlyne Sahakian, University of Geneva
- Eva-Maria Spreitzer, University of Lausanne
- Philip Balsiger, University of Neuchâtel
11:45 Cross-cutting initiatives in sustainability science
13:45 Parallel sessions
- Lighthouse programmes in sustainability science
Peter Edwards, ETH Zurich & President, SCNAT Sustainability Research Initiative
Gabriela Wuelser, SCNAT
- How can the sciences and arts touch people?
Bianca Vienni, ETH Zurich
Karin Zindel, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
- Rethinking paradigms for societal transformation
Christoph Küffer, President, td-net & Working group co-leader, SAGUF
Markus Zürcher, Swiss Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS)
- Policy making for sustainability
Basil Bornemann, University of Basel
Eva Lieberherr, ETH Zurich
Marius Christen, University of Basel and SusCon
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 Shaping research for our future: promising formats
- Sonja Schenkel, artist – scientist - filmmaker
- Michael Stauffacher, USYS TdLab, ETH Zurich
- Lucas Müller, Swiss Young Academy
16:15 Final plenary session
The Sustainability Science Forum...
...is a meeting place where new ideas can be presented and debated, research concepts developed and partnerships forged. The Forum is intended to be fresh and exciting – not just another conference! - and is designed to meet the interests and needs of a growing sustainability science community.
Dr. Gabriela Wülser
Steering Committee Sustainability Research
House of Academies