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Third Basel Sustainability Forum

04/06/2018 , Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel, Switzerland

Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Science, Global Warming, Global Surface Temperatures, Climate Hazards, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Policy, SDGs, Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030
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Welcome from the Chairs

Average global surface temperatures have dramatically risen since the industrial revolution. Colloquially referred to as global warming or climate change, most scientists and policy makers are united in recognizing this to have many adverse local and global economic, social, and environmental consequences. These range from the threat of extinction of bumble bees and butterflies to famines, civil wars, mass migration, and the need to prepare and respond to increasing climate hazards. Most expert dissent occurs when discussing which regions are effected in what way, who is accountable, what can be done, and how much time we have to mitigate the effects of climate change.

This conference presents the current status of research and policy on climate change in Switzerland and beyond, and it will address some controversial topics, such as the pricing and consumption of fossil fuels affecting pathways towards decarbonization, the right of developing economies to follow their own development path, the competition between economic interests and their social or environmental consequences, and a certain competition between a global climate change agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Henri Rueff, Nikolaus Kuhn, and Max Bergman
Chairs of the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum

When: 4 June 2018, 08:30-16:30

Where: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel

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The event is free but participants need to register here.

Places are limited and we are unable to accommodate unregistered guests, once we reach the limit imposed by the conference venue.

The Basel Sustainability Forum is a Swiss local offshot of the World Sustainability Forum.
The conference language is English.
Other edition in this series: 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy and 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Mobility

Conference Chairs

Henri Rueff
Senior Research Scientist, Socio-Economic Transitions Cluster, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE),
University of Bern, Switzerland

Nikolaus Kuhn
Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland




Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland




Opening and Welcome

Ed ConstableEd Constable
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Vice-Rector for Research, University of Basel, Switzerland




Speakers

Océane Dayer
Founder and Vice-President Swiss Youth for Climate and Co-Chair SDSN Switzerland



Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern, Switzerland

Thomas Stocker
Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP), University of Bern, Switzerland





Roundtable of Stakeholders

Angela Hinel
Scientific Assistant, Programme MGU, University of Basel, Switzerland





Thomas A. Hügli
Thomas HügliChief Sustainability Officer at AXA Switzerland






Matthias Nabholz
Head Environment and Energy, Canton Basel-Stadt, Switzerland





Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern, Switzerland



Mr. Andreas Zivy
Andreas ZivyChairman of Ameropa Holding, Founding Member of the Ameropa Foundation





Marco Piffaretti
Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland



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Conference Secretariat

Marcella Zamparelli
Dr. Franck Vazquez
Martha Vogel
Christoph Ratz
Matthias Burkhalter

Email: burkhalter@mdpi.com

Mailing Address

MDPI
BSF 2018 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland
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Conference Sponsors

Organizers

University of Basel

The university opened with a mass held at Basel Minster on 4 April 1460. It has undergone dynamic development ever since its inception. During the first year following its founding, the University Register in Basel listed 226 students and lecturers. Today, the seven faculties at the University of Basel have around 13,000 students and over 350 professors.

Sustainability Office University of Basel

The University of Basel commits itself to the principles of sustainability. With selected goal-oriented activities and projects, sustainability will be integrated across all areas of the organisation - research, teaching and outreach. Furthermore, it strives for a respectful use of ecological, economical and social resources in university daily-life.

MDPI Sustainability Foundation

The groundwork of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation was laid in the 1980s. It is based on Dr. Shu-Kun Lin’s early conviction that compounds developed by chemists around the world should be collected, preserved, and shared. In 1996, Dr. Lin founded MDPI—Molecular Diversity Preservation International—to achieve this goal of chemical compounds’ sustainable preservation. The collection and distribution of chemical samples was transferred to the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, registered in 2012, and operated by Mollmall Sarl on behalf of the Foundation.
The vision of the MDPI Sustaibility Foundation is to preserve diversity, important for academic research and its wider global implications. The initial focus was limited to preservation of chemical compounds through the deposit and exchange of rare molecular and biomolecular research samples. These samples may then be made available to the scientific community for future research purposes and contribute to further scientific developments. Future steps are to expand this preservation effort to other types of samples and resources.
Since then, Dr. Lin’s interest in sustainability has widened considerably and he is now strongly committed to support societally-relevant research that contributes to regional and global efforts toward a sustainable world. As part of this effort, MDPI has initiated the World Sustainability Forum (WSF), an international conference at which the World Sustainability Award will be presented, as well as its smaller counterparts—the physical WSF local forums and the electronic WSF electronic forums. Furthermore, MDPI fosters scholarly exchange on issues of sustainability with its according publications—the open-access journal Sustainability and the edited book series Frontiers in Sustainability (FinS).


Sponsors

Sustainability

Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050; CODEN: SUSTDE) is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings. Sustainability provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published monthly online by MDPI.  

Climate

Climate (ISSN 2225-1154) is a scientific open access journal of climate science published online quarterly by MDPI. 


Patronage

Centre for Development and Environment

CDE is Switzerland’s centre of excellence for sustainable development. One of the University of Bern’s strategic research centres, we are tasked with mainstreaming sustainability throughout the university’s research and teaching.

We conduct research and teaching on behalf of a more sustainable world. Our aim is to chart pathways to sustainable development and to initiate transformations in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In our Strategy 2016–2021, we offer a blueprint for engaged and transformative science. We combine sound research with inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to analysis and transformation. Our research agenda is created within long-standing partnerships spanning the global North and South.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

In 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following their adoption, we are now committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales.

We aim to accelerate joint learning and help to overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. The SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

The organization and governance of the SDSN aims to enable a large number of leaders from all regions and a diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the network, while at the same time ensuring effective structures for decision making and accountability. The SDSN Leadership Council acts as the board of the SDSN. A smaller Executive Committee oversees financial, programmatic, and other operational matters. Twelve Thematic Networks involving experts from around the world lead the technical work of the SDSN. Members of the SDSN are part of the SDSN Assembly and can participate in National or Regional SDSNs. A small Academic Advisory Committee works on issues relating to education and curriculum design. The SDSN Secretariat is hosted by Columbia University with staff in Paris and New York.

SAGW

Die Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (SAGW) vereinigt als Dachorganisation rund 60 wissenschaftliche Fachgesellschaften. Sei es in der Literatur oder der Theologie, in den Kommunikations- oder den politischen Wissenschaften, ihre Mitgliedgesellschaften repräsentieren eine Vielfalt von Disziplinen. Gesamthaft gesehen sind nicht weniger als 30'000 Personen als Mitglied einer Fachgesellschaft mit der SAGW verbunden und bilden somit das grösste Netz in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften unseres Landes.

 

The Sustainable Corporate Responsibility (SCORE) Group

The Sustainable Corporate Responsibility (SCORE) Group, directed by Prof. Manfred Max Bergman (University of Basel) and Prof. Klaus Leisinger (University of Basel; Global Values Alliance), is dedicated to empirical research on the complex relations between business and society from a culture-sensitive and context-specific perspective. As a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), SCORE is studying the ways and means the SDG process is utilized to further inclusive and green economic development, foster social development, and improve environmental management. In this regard, the SCORE group is currently exploring the roles and responsibilities of corporations in and beyond regions and societies. It also compiles and analyses the corporate responsibility expectations of relevant stakeholders from government, NGOs/NPOs, and civil society. The aim of the research programme is not only to advance theories and research on corporate sustainability in cross-national and cross-cultural contexts but also to facilitate change. Examples of important research questions are: Why and how should corporations be responsible? What are the corporate responsibility expectations of important stakeholder groups? Why are some corporations more committed to sustainable development than others? What are the advantages of, and the main hurdles toward, integrating international commitments (e.g. UN Global Compact; UN SDGs)? By focusing on such questions, SCORE aims to contribute to policy-relevant and future-oriented research that will help to improve global relations between business and society – and thus facilitate sustainable development through co-creation.

Conference Chairs

Chair

Henri Rueff

Senior Research Scientist, Socio-Economic Transitions Cluster, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland Website

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Email: henri.rueff@cde.unibe.ch

Chair

Nikolaus Kuhn

Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland Website

DETAILS
Email: nikolaus.kuhn@unibas.ch

Chair

Max Bergman

Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Switzerland Website

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Email: max.bergman@unibas.ch

Program & Schedule

Tentative Program
The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum: Climate
4 June 2018, Alte Universität, University of Basel, Switzerland

08:30

Registration

Morning Chair: Dr. Henri Rueff, University of Bern

09:00

Introduction of Program

Prof. Max Bergman
University of Basel

09:05

Keynote: Conflicts Between Climate Change and Sustainability Goals from the Point of View of Materials Science

Prof. Ed Constable
Vice-Rector, University of Basel

09:30

Keynote: Climate Change: Resource Problem of the 21st Century

Prof. Thomas Stocker
University of Bern

10:15

Coffee Break

10:45

Title: TBA

Ms. Océane Dayer
Swiss Youth for Climate and SDSN CH

11:30

Questions and Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Henri Rueff

12:15

Lunch

Afternoon Chair: Prof. Max Bergman

13:45

Title TBA

Prof. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
University of Bern

14:30

Decarbonizing without Peak Oil

Dr. Henri Rueff
University of Bern and University of Basel

15:15

Coffee Break

15:45

Multi-stakeholders Roundtable

Moderator: TBA

Panelists

Prof. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza , University of Bern
Mr. Matthias Nabholz , Canton Basel-Stadt
Mr. Thomas Hügli , AXA-Winterthur
Mr. Andreas Zivy , AMEROPA, Binningen
Ms. Angela Hinel , University of Basel
Mr. Marco Piffaretti , University of Basel

17:00

Closing Remarks

TBA

17:15

Apéro offered by MDPI

When: 4 June 2018, 08:30-16:30

Where: Alte Universität, Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel

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The event is free but participants need to register here.

Places are limited and we are unable to accommodate unregistered guests, once we reach the limit imposed by the conference venue.

The Basel Sustainability Forum is a Swiss local offshot of the World Sustainability Forum.
The conference language is English.
Other edition in this series: 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy and 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum: Mobility

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The conference will be held at the 'Alte Universität', Rheinsprung 9/11, University of Basel.

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About the University of Basel

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.

As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students.

The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. In international rankings, the University of Basel is regularly placed among the 100 top universities in the world thanks to its research achievements.

The University of Basel has deep roots in the economically powerful and culturally rich Basel region. The university also works closely with domestic and international partners to make relevant contributions to the advancement of the sciences and society. This also means that the University of Basel pays particular attention to aspects of sustainability, equal opportunity and knowledge transfer.

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BSF2018 Blog

19 April 2018

Short Bio of the Confirmed Main Speakers



Océane Dayer
Founder and Vice-President Swiss Youth for Climate and Co-Chair SDSN Switzerland. As the representative of the Swiss Youth at the UN (YouthRep) in 2015, Océane founded Swiss Youth for Climate http://sci.fo/4qt. She is also Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland http://sci.fo/4qu

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza
Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern, Switzerland http://sci.fo/4qv. Prof. Ifejika Speranza is a Geographer with backgrounds in Climatology (BSc, Univ. of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria), Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (MSc, Univ. of Zurich), and Human Geography (PhD, Univ. of Bern). She is Professor at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland. She has over 10 years’ experience in training Extension Officers in Kenya and Tanzania on drought and food security management, and is involved in science-policy activities. She is an associate fellow at the German Development Institute, Bonn, and a visiting Professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is an editorial board member of Regional Environmental Change.

Thomas Stocker
Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP), University of Bern, Switzerland http://sci.fo/4p2. Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich and obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences of ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York) and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he is Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern. Thomas Stocker has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in the area of climate dynamics and paleoclimate modeling and reconstruction. From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group I of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) http://sci.fo/4qw that provided the scientific foundation of the Paris Agreement http://sci.fo/4qy. Thomas Stocker holds two honorary doctorates (University of Versailles and ETH Zürich) and received numerous awards for his work. He is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist in 2017 https://marcel-benoist.ch/en/.

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06 April 2018

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza and Thomas Stocker Keynote Speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum

Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Professor of Geography and Sustainable Development, Unit Leader Sustainable Land Management and Thomas Stocker, Professor Head of Division, Climate and Environmental Physics (CEP) both from the University of Bern, Switzerland confirmed as keynote speakers at the 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate.

The event is free but participants need to register here.

05 April 2018

United Nations Climate Change Head Wants Donald Trump Back in the Paris Agreement

Patricia Espinosa
Photo: Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The head of the United Nations body charged with addressing global warming wants to work with the Trump administration to bring the U.S. back into the Paris Agreement on climate change, she told TIME last week at an energy conference in Houston.
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that she remains “hopeful” that Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement can be reversed before it becomes official in 2020. By Justin Worland, TIME

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4ov

02 April 2018

China’s Bold Energy Vision

WSA Cape Town
Thandi Mgwebi, Max Bergman, Sonia and Jeffrey Sachs joint recipients of the first World
Sustainability Award
, and Franck Vazquez at the ceremony during WSF2017 in Cape Town,
South Africa. Photo: Matthias Burkhalter

China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the world faces today. By Jeffrey D. Sachs

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4o7
Chinese Version: 中国大胆的能源愿景

29 March 2018

"Every country must put the welfare of the whole Earth above all else"

Joseph Deiss
Photo: Joseph Deiss. © WTI

Whether the environment, business and trade, migration, or institutional development: the international community faces immense challenges. Now, 15 years after it officially joined the UN, Switzerland, too, must re-examine its global role: Does it wish to act as a bridge builder for a better world? How does it help enable real solutions? At the 1st Swiss-UN Day on March 23, 2018, representatives from science, policy, international organizations, and civil society met at the University of Bern to discuss the way forward. By Gaby Allheilig

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4o1

07 March 2018

University of Basel tests camera for Mars rover

Nikolaus_Kuhn
From Witterswil to Mars: Professor Nikolaus Kuhn tests the operation of a specially
developed camera with a model of the ExoMars Rover. (Image: University of Basel, Florian Moritz)

In 2020, the European Space Agency (ESA) is sending a rover into space to examine the surface of Mars for signs of life. Its on-board equipment includes a high-resolution camera developed in Switzerland, and researchers from the University of Basel are currently testing the camera’s operation in an artificial Martian landscape.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4n7

01 September 2017

Climate scientist Thomas Stocker awarded the Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize


Professor Thomas Stocker and Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.

Thomas Stocker, a professor at the University of Bern, has been awarded this year’s Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize. By means of climate modelling and ice core analysis, Prof Stocker has been able to demonstrate the reality of climate change and its resulting consequences. In keeping with the objects of the Foundation, his research findings are of great importance to human life, and address one of the main challenges facing today’s society. Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, President of the Marcel Benoist Foundation, met Professor Thomas Stocker in Bern today, and congratulated him on this important award. The award ceremony will be held in Bern on 1 November.

For full reading, please refer to: http://sci.fo/4n8

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