How universities can move societies to address sustainability - individual actions and global movements

October 4, 2016 | University of Zurich | 18.30 - 20.00
Join the University of Zurich to discuss universities' roles in supporting the transition to a sustainable development. This evening event features public talks by Dalia Khalil (Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development in Cairo) and by Hilligje van’t Land (International Association of Universities).

Event flyer (pdf)


Integrating sustainable development into teaching at the University of Bern

Guidelines now available
To strengthen integration of sustainable development in teaching at the University of Bern, the Centre for Development and Environment developed a set of guidelines and tools designed specifically for faculty staff in all disciplines who wish to incorporate and integrate the crosscutting theme of sustainable development in their university teaching.

The material is now available on and encompasses:
  • conceptual basics on educational content, skills, and teaching arrangements for ESD
  • case studies at the University of Bern
  • a selection of literature, coaching services, and links to web-based tools
  • teaching material (PPT slides and explanatory videos on SD and ESD)
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Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2016 features sd-universities projects

Call for contributions open until August 8
November 7, 2016 | University of Luzern

This years’ conference of td-net focuses on how to develop a successful inter- and transdisciplinary proposal and aims at bringing together researchers’ and funders’ perspectives. It is organised in cooperation with the University of Lucerne.
Examples of inter- and transdisciplinary project framing and proposal development will be presented from projects funded by the sd-universities programme and from an open call where we invite you to contribute.

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Ensuring long-term existence of student projects - registration now open

December 2, 2016 | University of Basel
Photo: Université de Lausanne
This event is dedicated to the question of how student initiatives can be sustained over a longer period of time. It is mainly targeted to student project incubators and student projects that aim to further develop their activities once the sd-universities funding ends (or has already ended). Other student initiatives and institutions dedicated to facilitate, foster and finance student projects are highly welcome, too.

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Sustainable University Day 2017 - save the date

April 7, 2017 | University of Basel
Sustainable University Day
On April 7, 2017, the last Sustainable University Day will take place, formally bringing the sd-universities programme to a close.
It is organised in partnership with the University of Basel.

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Sustainable University Day 2016

April 21, 2016 | University of Lausanne
Photo: Université de Lausanne
Photo: Université de Lausanne

In the context of the universities’ contributions to sustainable development, this year's Sustainable University Day discussed how scientific work on the finiteness of earth' life-sustaining capacity can more effectively be linked to individual and collective decision-making.

The event featured
This event was hosted and co-organised by the University of Lausanne.

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Swiss education is plotting its course to sustainability

New article in Green Economy Dialogue
Many actors are promoting the themes of sustainable development and resource conservation in university and vocational education. Priority is often given to a concentrated approach. Critics feel things are not moving fast enough – sustainability competencies lack more than ever in practice.

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PSC Summer School 2016 | Agriculture in Transformation

Sep 11-16 & Sep 19, 2016
Future demand in agricultural output is supposed to match the needs of 9-billion people with less input of resources. The Plant Science Centre (PSC) wants to address the question, if and how we can transform current agricultural practices and move behind existing paradigms to develop innovative and sustainable agriculture production systems.

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BOOST your impact

Im Rahmen des BOOST-Wettbewerbs wurden 2015 drei studentische Projektideen ausgezeichnet, die zu einer nachhaltigeren Universität Basel beitragen sollen. Die prämierten Gruppen „Social Meal meets unibas“, „Offener Hörsaal“ und „Make a Change“ erhalten für die Umsetzung ihrer Projekte im Frühjahrssemester 2016 je 5‘000 Franken und persönliches Coaching.

Project update (pdf)
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Synergies event series: time slots for upcoming events now available

Photo: Université de Lausanne
The synergies events aim at exchanging insights, results and experiences gained in the 54 projects of the sd-universities programme. We now fixed the time slots for the six 2016 and 2017 events.

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Event on innovative teaching and learning methods for sustainable development: downloads now available

A succesfull first event on "innovative teaching and learning methods for sustainable development" took place in December at the University of Zurich. Presentations are now available for download.

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List of international institutions and platforms published

We now provide a first list of international institutions and platforms that are active in the context of sustainabilty at universities. It may serve as starting point for further inquiry.

Have a look at institutions and networks on sustainability at universities

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