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Sustainable development research

Flavours from our Soils
We invite you to join us in celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification and the International Year of Soils on Wednesday, 17 June 2015! Farmers from South Africa and Switzerland will discuss the challenges of growing wine and rooibos in drylands, and present their land management strategies to the public. An interactive exhibition will be offered enabling participants to learn more about the diversity and functions of soils.

Forests in the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage region: diverse, dynamic, and invaluable

Forests perform many important functions for society. They not only supply timber and fuelwood, but also protect us against natural hazards and clean the water we drink and the air we breathe. Almost half of Switzerland’s animals and plants depend on forest as their habitat. Forest is often regarded as the epitome of nature, and in all its diversity it is a typical feature of the Swiss landscape. While our planet is losing large areas of forest daily, forests in the European Alps are expanding and changing the Alpine landscape – including in the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage region.

Sustainable University Day 2015 at the University of Bern

On 20 November 2015 the University of Bern will hold its second Sustainable University Day. The event will highlight current issues of sustainability in teaching, research, and operational management at the University of Bern. The theme of this year’s Sustainable University Day is “Shortlivedness vs Sustainability”. Students, researchers, and operational staff are invited to present their sustainability projects at a stand or hold a workshop.


Eco-Drive for Noise Abatement – Assessment of an Intervention Programme to Promote a Quiet Driving Style

Roadway noise is the most harmful source of traffic noise pollution for humans. Behavior change among those who cause traffic noise is a promising possibility of complementing existing noise reduction measures. The present study – supported by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the Ministry of the German State of Rheinland-Pfalz responsible for the environment, agriculture, food, vineyards, and forests – examined how promotion of a quiet driving style can contribute to reducing road traffic noise.

Swiss academia engages with commodities and trade

A workshop at the University of Bern on 21 April 2015 will shed light on research gaps in the field of commodities and trade. The event is co-hosted by the World Trade Institute and CDE of the University of Bern and the Institute for Business Ethics of the University of St.Gallen. It will focus on open research questions related to the trade in, and the production and processing of, hard and soft commodities.
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