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First Basel Sustainability Forum

14/10/2016 , University of Basel, Switzerland
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Welcome from the Chairs

When: 14 October 2016, 13h-18h

Where: Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 118, Petersplatz 1, University of Basel

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The Basel Sustainability Forum is a mini-symposium of the World Sustainability Forum.

Welcome Message

Colloquially speaking, we need more, cleaner, and cheaper energy. Energy is the power of a body or system to perform work. Because energy is finite, it is neither generated nor consumed, but transformed from different sources, such as crude oil and electromagnetic radiation of the sun into different forms, such as physical movement, heat, and light. The main problems associated with our energy management relate to the transformation and storage of energy, the efficiency and byproducts of the energy transfer, production methods and consumption patterns, and costs associated with all of the above.

The 1st Basel Sustainability Forum focuses on the relations between energy and sustainability. It is aimed at sensitizing an interested general public on new developments in energy transfer from scientific, consumer, and business perspectives. Topics to be covered at this event are the potential of artificial photosynthesis (Prof. Constable), the influence of climate change on access to renewable energy in France and the Upper Rhine region (Dr. Grégoire), coordination efforts of the Chamber of Commerce in France to share energy-efficient technology advances among businesses in the Alsace (Mr. Goetz), energy-related personal consumption patterns in Switzerland (Prof. Burger), the economics of energy (Prof. Krysiak) and 'Das Übereinkommen von Paris. Umsetzung in der schweizerischen Klima- und Energiepolitik' (Ms. Andrea Burkhardt).

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

MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) is an academic open-access publisher with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Additional offices are located in Beijing and Wuhan (China) as well as in Barcelona (Spain). MDPI publishes 150 diverse peer-reviewed, scientific, open access, electronic journals.


Sponsors

Kanton Basel-Stadt

Basel has power: Economic power. Basel is the most dynamic economic region in Switzerland, it is also one of the most productive and most innovative in the world.

Energies

Energies (ISSN 1996-1073; CODEN: ENERGA) is an open access journal of related scientific research, technology development, engineering, and the studies in policy and management and is published monthly online by MDPI.

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. Sustainabilityprovides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development, and is published monthly online by MDPI.  


Patronage

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.

interreg Oberrhein - Rhin Supérieur

Die Regionalpolitik ist die wichtigste Investitionspolitik der Europäischen Union (EU). Diese solidarische Politik zielt darauf ab, wirtschaftliche, soziale und territoriale Ungleichheiten zwischen den verschiedenen Gebieten, die gemeinsam die Europäische Union bilden, zu verringern.
La politique régionale est la principale politique d’investissement de l’Union européenne (UE). Cette politique de solidarité vise à diminuer les disparités économiques, sociales et territoriales entre les différents territoires qui composent l’Union européenne.

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.

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.

Registration

The event is public and free of charge.

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Conference Venue

Basel

The conference will be held at the Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 118, Petersplatz 1, University of Basel.

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Kollegienhaus

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching.
As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from all over the world and provides excellent conditions for studying towards a bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree. In international university rankings, the University of Basel is regularly included among the top 100 universities in the world.

Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.

Conference Photos

Conference Photos from the 1st Basel Sustainability Forum, 14 October 2016, Kollegienhaus, University of Basel

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Conference Presentations

A conference video from the 1st Basel Sustainability Forum will be available by mid-November.

Das Übereinkommen von Paris. Umsetzung in der schweizerischen Klima- und Energiepolitik - Ms. Andrea Burkhardt, Head of Climate Division, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

Presentation 01

Findings from the 1st wave of the Swiss household energy demand survey - Prof. Paul Burger, Sustainable Development, University of Basel

Presentation 02

Energy transitions in Europe: policy or market driven? - Prof. Frank Krysiak, Center for Business and Economics, University of Basel

Presentation 03

The myth and reality of artificial photosynthesis - the dream of free energy - Prof. Ed Constable, Department of Chemistry and Vice-Rector for Research, University of Basel

Presentation 04

Energy clubs in the Alsace - Mr. Alexandre Goetz, Chamber of Commerce, Alsace, France

Presentation 05

 

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Conference Video

Conference Video from the 1st Basel Sustainability Forum, 14 October 2016, Kollegienhaus, University of Basel.

BSF2016 VIDEO

In German:

0:00:09 Das Übereinkommen von Paris. Umsetzung in der schweizerischen Klima- und Energiepolitik - Ms. Andrea Burkhardt, Head of Climate Division, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

In English:

0:51:37 Findings from the 1st wave of the Swiss household energy demand survey - Prof. Paul Burger, Sustainable Development, University of Basel

1:31:23 Energy transitions in Europe: policy or market driven? - Prof. Frank Krysiak, Center for Business and Economics, University of Basel

2:09:35 The myth and reality of artificial photosynthesis - the dream of free energy - Prof. Ed Constable, Department of Chemistry and Vice-Rector for Research, University of Basel

2:52:24 Energy clubs in the Alsace - Mr. Alexandre Goetz, Chamber of Commerce, Alsace, France

3:12:47 Final remarks - Prof. Manfred Max Bergman, Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel

The 2nd Basel Sustainability Forum on Mobility and Tourism will be held on 15 September 2017 at the 'Alte Universität', University of Basel.


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Conference Secretariat

Dr. Franck Vazquez
Matthias Burkhalter
Martha Vogel
Email: bsf1@mdpi.com

Mailing Address

MDPI AG
BSF 2016 Secretariat
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4052 Basel, Switzerland

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Conference Schedule

Program – The 1st Basel Sustainability Forum – BSF2016
14 October 2016, Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 118, University of Basel, Switzerland

PDF Program

The event is public and free of charge but you must register here.

12:30-13:00

Registration

13:00-13:15

Opening and Welcome - Introduction of Program

Prof. Paul Burger
Sustainable Development, University of Basel

13:15-13:55

Das Übereinkommen von Paris. Umsetzung in der schweizerischen Klima- und Energiepolitik

Ms. Andrea Burkhardt
Head of Climate Division, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

13:55-14:35

Findings from the 1st wave of the Swiss household energy demand survey

Prof. Paul Burger
Sustainable Development, University of Basel

14:35-15:15

Energy transitions in Europe: policy or market driven?

Prof. Frank Krysiak
Center for Business and Economics, University of Basel

15:15-15:45

Coffee Break

15:45-16:25

The myth and reality of artificial photosynthesis - the dream of free energy

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

16:25-17:05

Energy clubs in the Alsace

Alexandre Goetz
Chamber of Commerce, Alsace, France

17:05

Apéro offered by Kanton Basel-Stadt and MDPI

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