Transformative Research – The New Imperative in Science?

KFPE & SUDAC Annual Conference – 13.11.2020 14h-17h

KFPE & SUDAC Annual Conference
KFPE & SUDAC Annual Conference (Bild: SUDAC)
KFPE & SUDAC Annual Conference
KFPE & SUDAC Annual Conference (Bild: SUDAC)

Research shall contribute to transformations towards sustainable development. How does such research look like and what is needed to promote this kind of research? Will transformative research become the new normal or is it just a short-lived new fashion?

This conference brings together actors from academia, civil society, private sector, administration and politics to discuss the role of research for transformation. With presentations of examples of innovative transformative research partnerships and expectations from policy workers and practitioners we learn more about the potential but also challenges of transformative research. Together, we discuss how to implement, improve and promote transformative research.



Speichergasse 4


Englisch & German


Ladina Spiess


Please register for the conference with Eventbrite before 2 November 2020, to ensure adequate COVID-19 prevention.


13.30 Registration

Philippe Moreillon (President SCNAT)

Setting the Stage


Transforming science for sustainability transformations

Thomas Breu (President KFPE)

Getting Concrete

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's (SDC) strategic orientation regarding research for development.


"Synergies between research and services for development at Swiss research institutions"

Jasmina Saric (Swiss TPH)


Examples of innovative transformative research approaches

  • Network for Water and Life (NEWAL) – insights from a cross-cultural research experience in West Africa

    Darcy Molnar & Students (SUDAC)

  • “Field Experience of South Pole” Hanspeter Egler (South Pole)
  • “Tech4Dev – Activating EPFL Technologies for Disruptive Development Cooperation” Hilda Liswani (EPFL)
15.45 Coffee Break

Shaping the Future (Deutsch)


Podiumsdiskussion zur Rolle der Schweiz bei der Förderung von Gefässen für transformative Forschung für globale Nachhaltigkeit im und mit dem Globalen Süden.

  • Wissenschaft: Jürg Utzinger (Direktor SwissTPH)
  • Privatsektor: Hanspeter Egler (Direktor Public Affairs South Pole)
  • NGO: Melchior Lengsfeld (Geschäftsleiter Helvetas)
  • Weitere Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer aus Politik und Verwaltung
16.45 Closing Remarks
17.00 Reception



Fabian Käser

COVID-19 Prevention

Please register for the conference before 2 November 2020, to ensure adequate COVID-19 prevention.

In case of changing regulations regarding COVID-19 prevention, the event might take place online. Registered attendees will be informed about changes.

Please observe the rules on hygiene and social distancing during the conference and participate only at the conference if you have been free of COVID-19 symptoms the last 10 days before the conference.

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Participants from abroad might face travel restrictions implemented to prevent further spreading of COVID-19.