Events calender


Face-to-Face Event of the Swiss NGO DRR Platform with contributions from CDE / WOCAT and launch of the book ‘where people and their land are safer’

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Sustainable for North and South: Implementing the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

How can we achieve coherent policies for sustainable development? This module of the CAS in Sustainable Development focuses on the UN global sustainable development goals (SDGs), which set a benchmark for sustainable action in the global North and South. More information (in German)

Nacht der Forschung, Universität Bern

Night of Research, University of Bern

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Towards sustainable agriculture

17/18 October 2017
Well-maintained cultural landscapes, beautiful flower meadows, and high-quality food products are the result of a targeted agricultural policy. The CAS Sustainable Development module “Towards sustainable agriculture” shows what helps to make Swiss agriculture more sustainable. More information (in German)

International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD)

5 - 8 September 2017
The 4th International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) will convene in Bern, Switzerland, 5–8 September 2017, under the umbrella theme “Evidence. Engagement. Policies.” The conference seeks visionary contributions that will enhance transformations towards sustainable development in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. More information

Fair Food

Wide-Retraite: A feminist view of the “fair food” idea

24 August 2017
The Fair Food Initiative launched by the Green Party of Switzerland aims to structure the importation of food and feed to Switzerland in a way that supports sustainability. Should importing countries be permitted to distinguish, and treat differently, goods that have been produced in a different manner? CDE researcher Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi examined this question from a legal perspective with regard to agricultural products. Her study also shows how the measures proposed by the Fair Food Initiative fit into ongoing debates about a sustainable agricultural trade system. On 24 August 2017, the study will be discussed from a feminist perspective at a workshop organized by Women in Development Europe (WIDE) Switzerland. More information


Business Sustainability – Doing Business Sustainably!

29. - 30. August 2017
This module of the CAS Sustainable Development shows how innovative employees can integrate sustainability trends into the strategic management of businesses. More information

World Bank

Public Conference 25 Years Switzerland - World Bank: Stock-Taking and Outlook

22 August 2017
Switzerland has ever since been convinced that multilateral development banks like the World Bank are necessary to tackle global challenges such as climate change, refugee crises, pandemics or financial crises, and to implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SECO, SDC and CDE have joined hands to commemorate this anniversary and celebrate the 25 years of cooperation between the World Bank and Switzerland, to take stock and set the course for their future international cooperation. More information

Production and consumption – in a cycle of sustainability

15 - 16 August 2017
The new module of the CAS Sustainable Development shows how patterns of production and consumption could be structured to benefit ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable development. More information


Energy: transitioning sustainably

20 - 21 June 2017
The new CAS Sustainable Development module introduces you to international, national, and cantonal energy policies as well as innovative and encouraging initiatives launched by communities and businesses. With the instruments taught in the course, you will develop forward-looking approaches for supplying energy and using resources sustainably. More information

Staying on course through evaluation

9 - 10 May 2017
Interested in getting to know evaluation tools in the field of sustainable development, both in theory and in practice? Take the training module “Staying on course through evaluation” of the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) programme in Sustainable Development. The tools will enable you to assess concrete measures and projects with a view to sustainable development. More information


Sustainable3: Sustainability Day of Bern’s 3 Institutions of Higher Education

6. April 2017
It is our pleasure to invite you to the first jointly organized Sustainability Day of the PHBern, the University of Bern, and the Bern University of Applied Sciences, taking place on 6 April 2017. Its theme will be "Sustainable3: Networking and Creating Synergies – Sustainability Day of Bern’s 3 Institutions of Higher Education”. More information


SFIAR Award 2016

15 December 2016, ETH Zürich
Innovation for a Better Life: Linking Agricultural Research to Results in the Field. Award ceremony and public discussion organized by the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) hosted by the World Food System Center – ETH Zurich. Fritzi Hartung-Hofmann, CDE researcher and winner of SFIAR Master Thesis Award, will talk about land use and agricultural abandonment in Nepal. More information

CAS Modul Wirtschaft

The Economy in Transition – Achieving a paradigm shift from growth to sustainability

09./10. November 2016
Achieving a paradigm shift from growth to sustainability: current environmental and social threats are not just side-effects of today’s economic activities; they are an integral part of them. How can environmentally and socially compatible business and policy look? Learn more in the CAS Module, The Economy in Transition.

open science meeting conference

3rd Open Science Meeting "Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions"

24 - 27 October 2016, Beijing
The aim of this conference is to bring together the international research community working on land system issues. More information

Sustainable event management

18. and 19. October 2016, Bern
Sustainable event management is a way of managing events responsibly to ensure consideration of the environment, regional economy, and society. Ideally, such events would leave a cultural mark and catch people’s attention. But how can events be organized more sustainably? This module provides an insight into fundamental issues of sustainable event management and how to organize these in practice. More information

Rohstoffe schweiz

Transparency in commodities trading: Options for action at the international level and in Switzerland

20 September 2016
Die Schweiz ist in den letzten Jahren zu einem der wichtigsten Rohstoffhandelsplätze geworden. Dieser Aufstieg ist begleitet von Sorgen um Transparenz, angemessene Regulierungen sowie Risiken für rohstoffexportierende Entwicklungsländer. Die Veranstaltung der Akademien zeigt Hintergründe, präsentiert nationale und internationale Lösungsansätze und diskutiert brennende Fragen. Weitere Informationen

Sprachkompass, Forum Landschaft

Sprachreflexion als Wegweiser zu einem nachhaltigen Umgang mit Natur und Landschaft

15 September 2016
Sprache ist weit mehr als ein Kommunikationsmittel - sie prägt auch die Art und Weise, wie wir Landschaft wahrnehmen, über sie denken und mit ihr umgehen. Die Veranstaltung beleuchtet die Bedeutung der Sprache im Umgang mit Natur und Landschaft und lädt zur Diskussion ein. More information

Module: Finance and its systemic risks: how can we create sustainable financial markets?

5 and 6 September 2016
While the stock market celebrates record gains, in the real world the consequences of the last financial crisis have not yet been overcome. Promoting a sustainable development towards more stable financial markets: this is the topic by Marc Chesney, professor of finance known for his critical views, in the CAS Module, Finance and its systemic risks. More information


Module: Transport and spatial development: Getting around sustainably

16 - 17 August 2016
The way we get around and the way our built environment develops: these are things that don’t just “happen”. Current debates show that we can become more active in shaping these processes to ensure a sustainable and liveable future. Learn the necessary skills in our CAS Module "Transport and spatial development: Getting around sustainably"! More information

Module: Business sustainability – do business sustainably!

21 - 22 June 2016
How can global sustainability trends be integrated and employed in strategic business management? Learn the necessary skills in our CAS Module: Business sustainability – do business sustainably! More information


IASC Regional European Conference at the University of Bern

10 - 13 May 2016, University of Bern
Commons in a “Glocal” World: Global Connections and Local Responses. Link to programme

Transatlantic trade and investment Partnership

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Switzerland: Information at first hand

Friday, 08 April 2016
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Switzerland: Information at first hand on 8. April 2016 at the University of Bern. Link to programme

berner umweltforschungspreis

’Bernese Prize for Environmental Research’ – award ceremony

Thursday, 17 March 2016, University of Bern
The 2015 prize went to Dr. Pierrick Buri for his dissertation on pollinating insects in intensive agricultural matrices bees. A special recognition prize went to Ms. Bettina Scharrer for her master’s thesis on conflicts between intensive livestock production and water protection in the Canton of Lucerne.
Link to programme

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Realizing women’s right to food in the face of climate change: How to overcome the barriers?

Thursday, 10 March 2016, Käfigturm, Bern
To commemorate International Women’s Day, we are pleased to invite you to a public panel discussion with Hilal Elver, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Link to Flyer (PDF, 146KB)

large scale land acquisitions

From Land Acquisition to Land Grabbing

Thursday, 14 January 2016, University of Bern
How do large-scale land acquisitions impact local populations and sustainable development in affected countries and regions? We invite you to discuss these questions with experts from North and South on 14 January 2016 at the University of Bern. Link to flyer

Orphan crops and agrobiodiversity

Wednesday, 25 November 2015, University of Bern
Award ceremony event organized by the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern.

Sustainable University Day

Friday, 20. November 2015, University of Bern
On 20 November 2015 the University of Bern will hold its second Sustainable University Day. The theme of this year’s Sustainable University Day is “Shortlivedness vs Sustainability”.

Helvetas Event

Is a just world in sight?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015, University of Bern
A panel discussion organized by Helvetas in collaboration with CDE, will spotlight the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals.

Flavours from our soils

Flavours from our soils

Wednesday, 17 June 2015, University of Bern
We invite you to join us in celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification and the International Year of Soils! Farmers from South Africa and Switzerland will discuss the challenges of growing wine and rooibos in drylands. More information

Swissaid Event

Preventing hunger from eating up our future

Wednesday, 3 June 2015, University of Bern
How can we grow enough food without depleting the planet’s resources? Organized jointly by SWISSAID and CDE, the event will discuss solutions for sustainable food systems. More information

Biovision Event

How can the SDGs help transform global agriculture?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, University of Bern
As global SDG negotiations are beginning in New York, the event offers an update on the status of negotiations concerning the post-2015 development agenda and the question of food security. More information