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Policy and science: joining forces for a sustainable future

Dialog 2030 meets Sustainabilty Science Forum


09:00 - 17:00


Fabrikstrasse 12
3012 Bern

How should and can science participate in shaping a sustainable future? What form can effective cooperation between politics, administration and science take in order to achieve the SDGs, and to what extent should the roles of these actors interlock?

Sustainability Science Forum 2023
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The event will explore these and other questions. It combines the "Dialogue 2030" of the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) with the "Sustainability Science Forum" of the Initiative for Sustainability Research of SCNAT.

The Dialogue 2030 facilitates the exchange between relevant stakeholders and thus promotes a coordinated and effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Switzerland.

The Sustainability Science Forum is a meeting place for the growing community of sustainable development research - where new ideas are discussed, research concepts developed and partnerships forged.


08:30 Reception with coffee

09:00 Welcome

  • Daniel Dubas, Federal Council Delegate for the 2030 Agenda, Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE
  • Gabriela Wülser, Head of Sustainability Research Initiative, Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT

09:15 How politics and science can collaborate effectively
Achieving sustainability goals together

Keynote presentations and panel discussion

  • Caspar Hirschi, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of St Gallen
  • Jaako Kuosmanen, Chief Coordinator, Science Advice Initiative of Finland (SOFI), Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
  • Gabriela Suter, member of the National Council for Canton Aargau
  • Thomas Breu, Director of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Sustainability policy in practice
Experiences from the science-policy interface

Short presentations and dialogues

  • Food systems – Carole Küng, Co-Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Switzerland SDSN
  • Circular economy – Patrick Semadeni, CEO of Semadeni Plastics Group
  • Equal opportunities and social cohesion – Sophie Achermann, Executive Director Public Discourse Foundation

12:15 Lunch

13:30 Opportunities for research and innovation funding
Do we need lighthouse programmes?

Keynote presentation and panel discussion

  • Peter Edwards, President of the Sustainability Research Initiative, Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT
  • Katrin Milzow, Head of Strategy, Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Kathrin Kramer, Head of Programme Funding, Innosuisse
  • Katja Maus, Coordinator Energy Research and Cleantech, Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE

14.30 Break

15:00 Do we need to better link the 2030 Agenda with public policy?
The role of research

Keynote presentation and panel discussion

  • Reto Knutti, Professor, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich
  • Clara Zemp, member of the Swiss Young Academy
  • N.N., policy representative

16:15 Carte blanche

Thomas Zurbuchen, Head of ETH Zurich Space, former Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA

16:45 Reception

Moderators: Christine Gubser (sanu future learning ag) und Florian Egli (ETH Zurich)

Registration until 5 November 2023