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WYSS ACADEMY FOR NATURE

Creating a New Relationship with Nature

We bring human-wellbeing into harmony with nature protection.

The Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Berne is a place of innovation, where research, business, policymakers and communities come together to co-design solutions for sustainable futures.

From Knowledge to Action

Our mission is to transform scientific knowledge into action. We co-design and implement concrete projects across a swathe of regions and countries. This global structure facilitates replication of successes and learning. We currently operate Hubs in Central Europe (Bern, Switzerland), Southeast Asia, East Africa and South America

 
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HUB / PROJECTS

Bern

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East Africa

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South East Asia

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South America

MISSION AND VISION

The Academy for Nature

Our areas of action increase and align human wellbeing with biodiversity protection, sustainable land use and climate-friendly societies. Our fundamental world view sees human wellbeing as dependent on nature and intact ecosystems. To support this case, we conduct research and co-design solutions involving everybody. Together, we test concrete solutions and develop scalable projects worldwide.

 

The next ten years are crucial to reversing climate change, biodiversity loss and degradation of natural resources. As impacts are being felt worldwide, it becomes even more important to address inequality and climate injustice. The Wyss Academy for Nature understands current global challenges as systemic. As such, they require action, the spread of ideas and reciprocal learning in ‘solution-scapes’ at local, regional and global levels.

 
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CONTEXT-SPECIFIC INNOVATION

Theory of Change

By involving diverse people with a common goal and by translating scientific findings into practice, we create new pathways to sustainability. Our team consists of researchers, diplomats, entrepreneurs and innovators collaborating with the business community, policymakers, civil society and communities to co-create strategies and practical results.In creating pathways to transformation, research becomes knowledge diplomacy.

 

We turn knowledge into action by forging links among disciplines and spheres of activity: We break out of the silos. Solutions become tangible through testing in our incubators. Collaboration takes place beyond divides. Diverging interests are addressed through co-design. Large-scale change starts to manifest by engaging policy and decision-makers worldwide. Positive experiences spread and replicate through local, regional and global networks.

 
COLLABORATION IN OUR DNA

Invitations to Co-Inspire

Collaboration and learning are in our DNA. It follows that we seek to amplify and add profile to projects, people and ideas whose contributions to systems change are ongoing, awe-inspiring, material for debate, astonishing, provocative, heart-warming, and stem from a positive, change-is-possible mindset.

  

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CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS

Transformation through Art

Transformations to sustainability must address the whole human being. We believe that art, sensory and whole-body experiences of why change is both needed and possible add to our success. This is why we collaborate with artists and ‘sense-makers’ from all fields. 

Our current guest are Monica Ursina Jaeger with her installation called Forest Tales and Emerald Fiction (2019 the design collective Post Fossil with their project Flags for the Earth.

Both installation can be seen from public space at Wyss Academy for Nature, Kochergasse 4 in Bern.

The video installation is active from 2pm - 8pm

 
Wyss Academy for Nature
at the University of Bern
Kochergasse 4
3011 Bern — Switzerland
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