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Second Basel Sustainability Forum

The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate will be held on June 4, 2018.

When: 15 September 2017, 12:30-17:15

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

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The Basel Sustainability Forum is a Swiss local offshot of the World Sustainability Forum.
This event is public and free of charge but you must register here.
The conference language is English.
Other edition in this series: 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy
The 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum is part of the 'Mobilitätswoche Basel Dreiland'


Welcome Message

The massive increase in mobility of people, goods, ideas, and data in quantity and speed poses tremendous challenges, but it also presents many opportunities for individuals, groups, regions, governments, businesses, and industries. Mobility is inseparable from urbanization, social transformation, scientific and technological advancement, socioeconomic development, prosperity and wellbeing, and, ultimately, sustainability. Here some examples from research foci on the so-called mobility turn:

  • The enormous opportunities for social and economic development associated with mobility, particularly for developing countries, and the thus arising environmental costs.
  • The incompatibility between mobility preferences and global sustainable development.
  • The limits of the current infrastructure and how it must be developed, despite an unknown future.
  • The disconnection between technological development and individual or societal needs.
  • The consequences of the shrinking of time and space for the economy and for social life.
  • Large-scale migration away from poverty- and conflict-ridden regions, from rural to urban areas, and from the heartlands toward coasts, and its impact on regional, national, and global politics and infrastructure inadequacy.
  • Incentive-based relocations of service and manufacturing centers and their consequences on accountability and governance, environmental and labor conditions, and on fiduciary and corporate responsibilities.

The 2nd Basel Sustainability Forum will address some of these issues, covering local as well as global links to mobility. It brings together representatives from academia, politics, and the private sector to discuss current and future developments of mobility systems and their consequences on the future of mobility.

In the name of the organizers and sponsors of this event, I am looking forward to welcoming you in Basel on 15 September 2017.

Max Bergman
Chair of the Basel Sustainability Forum and the World Sustainability Forum

Conference Chair 

Prof. Max Bergman
Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel, Switzerland



Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Paul BurgerBurger
Sustainable Development, University of Basel, Switzerland



Prof. Vincent KaufmannVincent Kaufmann
Professor of Urban Sociology and Mobility Analysis, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland



Sylvie LandrièveSL
Co-Director, Mobile Lives Forum, Paris, France



Opening and Welcome

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




Dr. Hans-Peter Wessels
Governing Counsellor, Head of the Department of Building and Transportation, Canton Basel-Stadt, Switzerland



Sylvie LandrièveSL
Co-Director, Mobile Lives Forum, Paris, France



Dr. Yann DuboisYD
Urban Sociology and Mobility Analysis, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland



Prof. Timo Ohnmacht Timo Ohnmacht
Institute of Tourism, Lucerne School of Business, Switzerland



Marie-Laure (MarLa) Burgener Marla Burgener
Owner & Chief Innovation Officer, GreenGoWeb.com, Crans-Montana, Switzerland



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Conference Secretariat

Diana Costa Lopes 
Dr. Franck Vazquez
Martha Vogel
Christoph Ratz
Matthias Burkhalter

Email: bsf2@mdpi.com

Mailing Address

BSF 2017 Secretariat
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland