Sustainability Science Dialogue + Opening event of the UniFR_ESH Institute
Date: 18 november 2021
Place: University of Fribourg, building PER21, room A120
Host: University of Fribourg Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute
Event: Workshop / Opening event / Apéro
Workshop: Sustainability Science Dialogue
The UN's 2030 Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Switzerland is currently not on course to achieve them. How can science contribute to accelerating the necessary transformation? The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has outlined the most urgent need for research on the basis of six priority topics: i) food for people and planet, ii) thriving spaces: sustainability and spatial development, iii) net-zero greenhouse gas emissions society, iv) economic and financial systems for well-being, v) shared values, visions and pathways, and vi) dealing with synergies, trade-offs, and common threds.
In order to address these research needs, this event will highlight the topics to which the University of Fribourg can contribute, the open questions it intends to address and the new partnerships that would be promising in this regard.
This event invites researchers and teachers of the University of Fribourg as well as other interested parties to reflect together on the following questions:
- Which aspects of the priorities identified by the Academies are already being researched at the University of Fribourg? In which areas does it contribute to the priority topics?
- What are the main gaps and unresolved issues? How, by whom and in which partnerships could they be addressed?
- How can research and teaching on these issues be institutionalised at the University of Fribourg, what institutional requirements are needed for this and what role can the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute play in this?
When registering, participants choose three priority themes" for discussion in groups.
The event is part of SCNAT's "Sustainability Science Dialogues" series.
Target groups: Researchers/academic staff and teachers from all faculties of the University of Fribourg, interested researchers from other universities and research institutions
UniFR_ESH Institute : Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, Matthias Eggel, Hanna Schübel; environment[at]unifr.ch
SCNAT: Gabriela Wülser, Anja Bretzle
|15h30||Welcome (Prof. Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, director, University of Fribourg Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute)|
|15h40||Keynote: Priority Themes for Swiss Sustainability Research (Peter Edwards, president of the Sustainability Research Initiative)|
|16h00||Workshops: Discussion of the questions a) and b) in the context of the priority themes|
|17h30||Compilation of the results of the individual groups and discussion: What is needed at the University of Fribourg to institutionalise sustainability in research and teaching?|
|18h15||Opening of the UniFR_ESH Institute (with Rector Prof Astrid Epiney and Prof Olivier Graefe)|