Priority Themes for Swiss Sustainability Research

Article, 07.12.2020

Using six priority themes, the "White Paper on Sustainability Research" outlines Switzerland's most urgent research needs in order to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences has identified sustainable development as one of its strategic priorities. The Sustainability Research Initiative (SRI) was set up under the leadership of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) to promote research for sustainability in Switzerland. Important tasks for the SRI include expanding and strengthening the community of researchers working on sustainable development in Switzerland, identifying priority themes for sustainability research, and promoting funding opportunities.

In this white paper, the SRI proposes a set of priority themes for Swiss sustainability research. The themes were developed through intensive consultation over the course of 18 months with stakeholders from academia, government, NGOs, and the private sector. They are intended to provide crucial knowledge needed for Switzerland to progress towards greater sustainability and to meet its international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change.