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Deuxième appel à projets U Change

Le deuxième appel à projets pour le programme U Change sera publié le 8 novembre!
Toutes les informations seront disponibles prochainement sur la page web du programme.

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Sustainable University Day 2018
La date est fixée! Le prochain Sustainable University Day aura lieu le 22 mars 2018 à la Haute Ecole pédagogique Fribourg. D'autres informations suivront à l’automne!

Plus de durabilité dans les universités suisses : un programme qui s’achève avec succès

Rapport final du Sustainable Development at Universities Programme
Les universités suisses ont inscrit le thème du développement durable dans leurs priorités et le programme d’encouragement « Sustainable Development at Universities » a certainement joué un rôle à cet égard.

Durant ces quatre dernières années, le programme de la Confédération, doté de quatre millions de francs, a soutenu 54 projets. Les responsables du programme dressent un bilan positif.

Rapport (pdf)


Swiss Research Portal for Sustainable Development now online

Featuring the UN SDGs
The Swiss Research Portal for Sustainable Development is now online. Researchers are invited to share their profile, projects and publications to make the work in this field more visible. The platform can be searched using the UN SDGs.

Vistit the platform Swiss SDR


Sustainability-oriented methods of knowledge co-production in research and teaching

February 2, 2017 | University of Bern
The concept of sustainability can be framed and interpreted in several ways, especially within different actor groups. During this Synergies Event, participants were given the opportunity to confront and discuss their own understanding, before some of them presented their experiences with methods and processes to co-produce knowledge and foster sustainability within teaching and research.
These very diverse examples and the sharing of challenges, successes and learnings permitted very enriching exchanges within the group and helped to think together about strategies to anchor sustainable development in teaching, learning and research in a longer term perspective.

Read more and check out the programme


Renforcer le développement durable dans l'enseignement

Interview au sujet d'une formation continue pour enseignants
Clemens Mader et Sara Petchey ont développé deux formats de formation continue pour enseignants, dans le cadre du programme "sd-universities". Leur objectif est de renforcer la thématique du développement durable dans l'enseignement. Dans une interview donnée au journal du campus de l'Université de Zurich (UZH Journal), les deux universitaires relatent leurs expériences.

Lire l'interview (en allemand)

BOOST your imp!act

Cérémonie de clôture et remise des prix
Une année pleine d'idées et d'expériences s'achève pour "BOOST your imp!act". À cette occasion, une cérémonie a eu lieu le 7 décembre à l'Université de Bâle pour célébrer les projets soutenus en 2016 et annoncer les nouveaux projets selectionnés. Le programme BOOST aide depuis trois ans les étudiants et doctorants de l'Université de Bâle à conrétiser des projets en lien avec le développement durable. Il propose ainsi une plateforme d'échange pour des idées innovantes, inspirantes et engagées.

Site Web de BOOST


Ensuring long-term existence of student projects

December 2, 2016 | University of Basel
Photo: Université de Lausanne
This event is dedicated to the question of how student initiatives for sustainable development can be sustained over a longer period of time. It will address questions like
  • what are successful models of sustainability oriented student project support structures or activities?
  • how can students be motivated to develop their own project?
  • how to design student initiatives with long term ambitions?
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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)
Go to the website
Read more about this project


Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2016 featured sd-universities projects

November 7, 2016 | University of Luzern
This years’ conference of td-net focused on how to develop a successful inter- and transdisciplinary research proposal. It brought together researchers’ and funders’ perspectives and was organised in cooperation with the University of Lucerne.
Examples of inter- and transdisciplinary project framing and proposal development were presented from projects funded by the sd-universities programme, amongst others.

More information on this conference

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.

Go to the article


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.

More information on the summer school
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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)
Go to the website
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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.

Check out the presentations

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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