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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.

Preventing hunger from eating up our future: Agroecology and food sustainability

​One out of nine persons worldwide goes to bed hungry every night. At the same time, hunger is said to be the world’s greatest solvable problem. But just how can we grow enough food without depleting the planet’s resources? This and related questions are the focus of an event to take place on Wednesday, 3 June 2015. Organized jointly by SWISSAID and CDE, the event will feature a presentation by Miguel Altieri, one of the most renowned scientists in the field. Jordan Gama, President of the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement, will report on ongoing developments in Africa.

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.


Swiss academia engages with commodities and trade

A workshop at the University of Bern on 21 April 2015 shed light on research gaps in the field of commodities and trade. The event was 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 focused on open research questions related to the trade in, and the production and processing of, hard and soft commodities.
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