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WYSS ACADEMY FOR NATURE

Creating a New Relationship with Nature

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. We use the power of knowledge and the creativity of engagement to empower agents of change. 

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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

What we do...

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.

 

RECENT NEWS

The Wyss Academy for Nature has issued a Declaration on Food Systems as official feedback to the United Nations Food Systems Summit, taking place on September 23rd 2021.

DISCUSS & CONNECT WITH US

The Wyss Academy's ongoing projects

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.

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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.

  

OP-ED

Innovative Community Leader and Scientist

Let us know if you have a story to share: an inspiration around creating impact, system change, biodiversity protection, the fight against climate change.

What is your capacity?

Your contribution?

PLANET EARTH

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Change Maker

Sustainable Investor

Let us know if you have a story to share: an inspiration around creating impact, system change, biodiversity protection, the fight against climate change.

What is your capacity?

Your contribution?

PLANET EARTH

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Impact News

Activist, Thought Leader, Father

Let us know if you have a story to share: an inspiration around creating impact, system change, biodiversity protection, the fight against climate change.

 

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Your contribution?

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Funders

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Partners and Friends

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We are Building a Community

What are you interested in?

Thank you!

 
 
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. 

DECEMBER 15TH 2021 - MARCH 19TH 2022

Towards a Circular Society:

Learning from Nature

 

The Habitat at the Wyss Academy for Nature was created as a space of reflection and experimentation at the intersection of art, design and nature. In a dialogue with creatives and their work, we search for answers and ways on how to catalyze solutions that transform interactions between people and nature. 

 

How can we modify our ways of living to reflect and sustain a respectful relationship with nature? Art can be one answer as it has the power to shatter outmoded paradigms and draw freely from the past in order to face and address challenges of the future.

 

The current exhibition “Towards a Circular Society” focuses on the reflection of the concept of circularity to go beyond the buzzword circular economy and what we can learn from nature in this regard. To enable such a transformation, we need to look at transforming our society rather than just focusing on changing the economic system. Thus, the Wyss Academy wants to put its own theses on the "Circular Society" out in public for discussion. Together with actors from different sectors of society, we want to reflect on the theses in the context of this exhibition and beyond, adapting them throughout this exhibition, which will continuously change as well.