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Second Basel Sustainability Forum

15/09/2017 , University of Basel, Switzerland
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Welcome from the Chair

The 3rd Basel Sustainability Forum on Climate will be held in September/Ooctober 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.
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 Sponsors


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 (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.



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.  


Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811) is an international scientific open access journal on infrastructures published quarterly online by MDPI. The first issue will be released in 2016. The journal collaborates with the Spanish Road Technology Platform /Plataforma Tecnológica Española de la Carretera (PTC) .

Urban Science

Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851) is an international, scientific, open access journal of urban and regional studies published quarterly online by MDPI. The first issue will be released in 2016.



In 2017 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK will be held under the theme of clean, shared and intelligent mobility, as encapsulated by the slogan 'Sharing gets you further'. By using shared forms of transport we can reduce our expenses and lower our carbon footprint. Best of all, we can meet new people and make our journey more sociable. In 2017, EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK invites local politicians and the public to experience the benefits of shared mobility.

Mobilitätswoche Basel Dreiland

Die kommende Mobilitätswoche findet vom 11. bis 17. September 2017 in Basel und im Dreiland statt. Soviel schon vorweg: Es wird wieder sehr bewegt zugehen: Umweltfreundliche Mobilität in allen Facetten, zum Ausprobieren, Mitmachen und Erleben. Gemeinsam mit über 2'400 anderen Städten engagierte sich Basel bereits im sechsten Jahr für umweltfreundliche Fortbewegung bei der Europäischen Mobilitätswoche.

Velotaxi Basel

Die Zahl der Menschen, welche freiwillig auf das eigene Auto verzichten und sich den Ausbau der öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel wünschen, nimmt in den Zentren zu. Der Langsamverkehr ist damit in schweizer Städten eine ernst zu nehmende Grösse geworden. Die Zeit für Velotaxis scheint gekommen.
Am 25. November 2010 ist es soweit. Das erste Velotaxi Basels ist in der Innenstadt unterwegs, um Ortsansässige zu bewegen und den Touristen die versteckten Sehenswürdigkeiten zu zeigen. Der Antrieb sind Tretpedale und ein Elektro-Stützmotor. Die Kombination muskulärer und elektrischer Leistung setzt ein Zeichen für grüne Mobilität und Energieeffizienz.
Offizieller Start im Februar 2011: Als erste Fahrgäste fahren Nationalrätin Anita Lachenmeier-Thüring und alt Nationalrätin Angeline Fankhauser vom Marktplatz via Mittlere Brücke zum Messeplatz, an die Messe Natur (heute eco.kongress genannt).


Die Schweizerische Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (SAGW) vereinigt als Dachorganisation rund60 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.


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.


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.

EPFL Lausanne

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is an engineering college active in education and research. It covers disciplines ranging from the Basic Sciences to Engineering, Architecture and the Life Sciences. EPFL is a public institution founded in 1969, mainly funded by the Swiss Confederation. The figures below illustrate the extent of EPFL’s growth and its ranking on the international stage.

Conference Chairs


Prof. Dr. Manfred Max Bergman

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Conference Presentations

Ed Constable

Ed Constable's Opening and Welcome Speech at the 2nd Basel Sustainability Forum.


Hans-Peter Wessels - Urban Mobility in Basel

Silvie LandrièveMobility and Lifestyles: What Aspirations for the Future?

Yann DuboisCross-Border Lifestyles? Daily Mobility in the Trinational Metropolis of Basel

Marie-Laure BurgenerAggregating, Shipping, and Disaggregating Commodities, Arts, and Crafts from the South Pacific: Results from a Hackathon

Timo OhnmachtCarsharing in Switzerland: Identifying New Markets by Predicting Membership Based on Data on Supply and Demand

Max Bergman - Closing Remarks: Sustainability Going Glocal

Conference Venue


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.





The 2nd Basel Sustainabilty Forum is Part of the 'Mobilitätswoche Basel Dreiland'

Mobilitätswoche Basel Dreiland 2017: Sharing gets you further …

… is the slogan of the European Mobility Week 2017. Together with more than 2400 cities, Basel will take part in the campaign to raise awareness for sustainable urban mobility. During 7 days, from September 11 to 17 2017, more than 40 campaign partners will offer more than 60 free, attractive and engaging activities in and around Basel. “Moving” experiences for a broad audience.
Find out, how sharing gets you further: Try out shared cars or the new cargobike rental system. Stay informed about clever ways to combine public transport, bicycle and car on your way to work. Enjoy special walks and bicycle rides, a solar powered boat trip or the bike taxi happy hour and experience the shared benefits of sustainable mobility for your fitness, city life and the environment.
As a participant you can also win attractive prices that will get you moving, for example SBB 1-day travelpasses or a monthly Green Travelcard (U-Abo) for the entire TNW Transport Network.
Take part in our varied activities, enjoy yourself and gain new insights – a visit will pay off.

For further information on the Mobility Week and the whole programme, visit

The full program can be downloaded here.


The event is public and free of charge.

If you need assistance, please e-mail the Conference Secretary.

Sponsoring Opportunities

Sponsoring & Exhibition Opportunities

Sponsoring the BSF2017 will give you a unique opportunity to present your organisation’s products, services, and ongoing sustainability projects, as well as to connect with scholars and practitioners engaged in policy and change-relevant research.

The 'Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities Brochure' can be downloaded here. For questions regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact Matthias Burkhalter - Email:

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Conference Secretariat

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


Mailing Address

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

Conference Schedule

Program – The 2nd Sustainability Forum – BSF2017
15 September 2017, Alte Universität, University of Basel, Switzerland

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Opening and Welcome - Introduction of Program

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


Keynote: Urban Mobility in Basel

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


Mobility and Lifestyles: What Aspirations for the Future?

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


Cross-Border Lifestyles?
Daily Mobility in the Trinational Metropolis of Basel

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


Coffee Break


Aggregating, Shipping, and Disaggregating Commodities, Arts, and Crafts from the South Pacific: Results from a Hackathon

Marie-Laure Burgener
Owner & Chief Innovation Officer,, Crans-Montana, Switzerland


Carsharing in Switzerland:
Identifying New Markets by Predicting Membership Based on Data on Supply and Demand

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


Closing Remarks

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


Apéro offered by MDPI


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'

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

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