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NCCR North-South - Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development


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Events

PAST EVENTS


Research partnerships with the global South – A paradigm shift for Swiss research policy and development cooperation?
Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 5 pm – 7:30 pm, University of Bern, UniS, Room 003.
At the programme’s final policy event, politicians and researchers commented on the potential of North-South research networks and discussed the role of politics vis-à-vis successful development cooperation. Programme participants highlighted how co-production of knowledge contributes to improving the environment and people's lives, and how Switzerland has a key role to play based on its comparatively high educational capital and established links with the global South.

Press release (German / PDF 129 KB)
Link to flyer (English / PDF 178 KB)
Link to flyer (German / PDF 178 KB)
Photos of event

Clips of the following programme-supported films were shown at the event to illustrate the value of research partnerships:




Tertiary Education for Sustainable Development was the title of the sixth North-South Forum, jointly organised by ETH Global of the ETH Zurich, the NCCR North-South, and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE). It was held at the University of Bern on 13 November 2012. After a series of presentations, representatives from development cooperation and research institutions in Europe and Africa discussed the possibilities and challenges of university-level education for sustainable development.
At the end, Sabine Douxchamps received the 2012 Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) award for her ground-breaking work in Nicaragua.





Summer School
The first IGS North-South Summer School (formerly the ITC of the NCCR North-South) took place from 23 to 29 August 2012 in Switzerland.








NCCR North-South conference in 2012

Research for Global Transformation

The NCCR North-South held its 3rd international conference on research for development - ICRD - on
20-22 August 2012 in Bern, Switzerland.

The 3rd ICRD featured keynotes, workshops, and poster sessions. Participants shared and discussed the most recent insights on development-oriented research conducted in North-South partnerships and created an agenda for research partnerships with developing and transition countries.
For more details see www.icrd.ch
Twitter Hashtag #icrd2012
Read ICRD blog posts on scidev.net


North-South Forum: urban transformation

The fifth North-South Forum took place on 24 April 2012, at the ETH Zurich. It addressed the interface between formality and informality in urban transformation in order to show the peculiarities and vitality of these hybrid development processes. The event was jointly organised by the North-South Centre of the ETH Zurich, the NCCR North-South, and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE).




7th North-South Week
Aeschi, Switzerland, 12-16 March 2012

The seventh North-South Week was held in Aeschi, Switzerland, from 12-16 March 2012. The North-South Week is an internal retreat and aims to increase the common understanding of core concepts among senior researchers and enable a thematic and methodological exchange to take place.


Water diplomacy: transboundary rivers and international politics is the title of the fourth North-South Forum, jointly organised by the North-South Centre of the ETH Zurich, the NCCR North-South and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE).
The forum focused on the opportunities and pitfalls of “water diplomacy”, concentrating on international rivers in the Global South, particularly in the Horn of Africa and Central Asia.

It was held Monday, 28 November 2011, 9:00 – 13:00. Alte Aula, Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel.
Forum flyer
Presentation Hydro Diplomacy (1,1 MB)
Presentation Business in water diplomacy (350 KB)
Presentation Water diplomacy (250 KB)
Presentation Water development policy (2,3 MB)
Presentation Water-related negotiation (9,0 MB)
Swiss National Science Foundation news story


North-South Forum: Peak Phosphorus?
For the third time, the NCCR North-South and the North-South Centre of the ETH Zurich jointly organised the North-South Forum. The Forum focused on phosphorous use in agriculture and the implications of its growing scarcity for food security in the developing world. It was held on 12 April 2011 at the ETH Zurich.
Flyer (PDF 610 KB)
Link to presentations (ETHZ website)
Link to video


6th North-South Week
Aeschi, Switzerland, 13-18 March 2011

The sixth North-South Week was held in Aeschi, Switzerland, from 13-18 March 2011. The North-South Week is an internal retreat and aims to increase the common understanding of core concepts among senior researchers and enable a thematic and methodological exchange to take place.



North-South Forum – “Green Economy: Development opportunity or latest buzzword?”
The latest North-South Forum was held on 25 November 2010 at the University of Bern. Participants discussed the UN Green Economy Initiative and the measures that must be taken to achieve its goals while simultaneously responding to the needs of developing countries. It was jointly organised by the North-South Centre of the ETH Zurich and the NCCR North-South.

Download forum flyer and presentations below:


Listen to presentation by Derek Eaton (UNEP)


Integrated Training and Capitalising on Experience (ITC) & Site Visit of the Review Panel
Ethiopia, 1-12 September 2010 ITC; 12-15 September 2010 Site Visit

Case study based learning – starting from disciplinary and moving towards inter- and transdisciplinary research methodology.


The NCCR North-South and the North-South Centre at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) held a joint North-South Forum on 18 May, 2010. It took place in Zurich, and focused on agricultural land investment and the effects on rural areas.

More information




5th North-South Week
Aeschi, Switzerland, 8-14 March 2010

The fifth North-South Week was held in Aeschi, Switzerland, from 8-14 March 2010. The North-South Week is an internal retreat and aims to increase the common understanding of core concepts among senior researchers and enable a thematic and methodological exchange to take place.


SNIS Annual Conference
European Integration, International Migration and Swiss Foreign Policies
Thursday 15 and Friday 16 October 2009
Kursaal Bern, Kornhausstrasse 3, Bern

www.snis.ch











Photo: PHOTOPRESS/Seco/Janosch Abel
How can climate change be reconciled with the right to development? That was the question at the centre of this year's annual conference of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on 21 August 2009. For videos/PDFs of the conference speeches:

www.deza.admin.ch

Conference photos


Academic Council Debate Series
19 February - 25 June 2009

Debates on "Perspectives Within International Organisations on the Financial and Economic Crisis" are being held at various locations in Switzerland.

Download the programme here.


Zurich Lectures cum Graduate Seminar in Development Geography
University of Zurich, 25-27 February 2009 and 25-27 March 2009

The Department of Geography, Zurich University, takes the pleasure to invite you to the 2009 Zurich Lectures in Development Geography. Each lecture is followed by a graduate seminar open to interested PhDs, Postdocs and Senior Researchers. In a workshop with the invited speakers (Prof. Tania Murray Li, Prof. Anthony Bebbington), issues ranging from contemporary theoretical debates to methodological implications and area specific details can be addressed.

People interested in joining the graduate seminars please contact Dr. Urs Geiser of the NCCR North-South.


Brown Bag Series: “Development Implications of Financial and Economic Crisis“
World Trade Institute, Bern, Switzerland
23 March 2009, 12.00-14.00

The NCCR Trade Regulation is holding Brown Bag seminars on the development implications of the financial and economic crisis.

Click here for the programme.



4th North-South Week
Aeschi, Switzerland, 16-20 March 2009








Arranging the Facets of Life in a Consistent Mosaic

Lunch event in Bern, 19 Jan 2009, 12:15-13:45 – Debate on Work-Life Balance

The gender and career representatives of the 3 NCCRs at the University of Bern invited all interested people, in particular PhD candidates, to a free lunchtime event at the World Trade Institute on 19 January 2009


swisspeace Conference and Anniversary

The annual swisspeace conference was held on 10-11 November in Bern. Participants discussed "The Politics of Peace: From Ideology to Pragmatism?".

Swisspeace celebrated its 20th anniversary on
18 August 2008. To mark the occasion, the foundation published a commemorative brochure, available here.


Honorary Doctorate

Prof. Dr. Marcel Tanner, Director of the Swiss Tropical Institute, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neuchâtel University’s Faculty of Science on 1 Nov 2008.

Prof. Dr. Tanner, who also heads the NCCR North-South’s Work Package on Health and Environmental Sanitation, received the honour for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of public health in developing and transition countries, as well as to disease containment. On the same day, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan received an honorary doctorate of law.

The award to Prof. Dr. Tanner is an acknowledgement of the need to cooperate more with developing and transition countries at the level of research and university education.

More on the story in German and French.



Integrated Training and Capitalising on Experience (ITC) 2008

San José, Costa Rica, 27 Aug - 5 Sep 2008




The NCCR North-South is holding a course designed to provide practical assistance to its PhD students. The course - Integrated Training and Capitalising on Experience (ITC) 2008 – takes place in San José, Costa Rica, from 27 Aug until 5 Sep 2008. It focuses on case study based learning, starting from a disciplinary and moving towards an inter- and transdisciplinary research methodology. The course features modules such as scientific writing, with the goal of putting PhD students in a better position to develop their academic careers.


International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2008)

Download the Pre-conference Proceedings (13 MB) and enjoy the photos taken during the international conference that took place in Bern, Switzerland from July 2-4 >>More







International Conference on
Research for Development (ICRD 2008)


Bern, 2-4 July 2008



In order to seek synergies between research partnership projects in the North and the South and jointly identify entry points and pathways to sustainable development, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South will organize an International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD 2008) from 2 - 4 July 2008 in Bern, Switzerland.

ICRD 2008 invites researchers, representatives from development agencies, civil society organizations and the private sector to share research results, concepts, methodologies, and pilot experiences.

For further details and the notice of intent, please visit the conference website at
http://icrd.unibe.ch



12th EADI General Conference on
Global Governance for Sustainable Development:
The need for Policy Coherence and new Partnerships


Geneva, 24-28 June 2008


The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) is holding a conference on "Global Governance for Sustainable Development: The need for Policy Coherence and new Partnerships". The conference will be held from 24-28 June 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. It will present the perceptions of leading European development experts and their associates in the developing regions on dramatic global challenges. It will also put forward possible policy options or governance models to meet those challenges. >>More



ISCO 2008
15th Annual Congress of the
International Soil Conservation Organization


Budapest, 18-23 May 2008


The theme of the 15th Conference of ISCO is
“Soil and Water Conservation, Climate Change and Environmental Sensitivity.”
>> More

A limited number of conference grants may be available through the Swiss National Science Foundation's SCOPES Eastern Europe programme, or through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's Cooperation Offices in Southeastern Europe and the Commonwealth of European States.




Swiss Peace Foundation


Annual Conference 2007
Bern, 13 Nov 2007




Environmental Peacebuilding - Managing Natural Resource Conflicts in a Changing World
Drawing on four years of research conducted within the framework of the NCCR North-South, swisspeace invites international experts from the scientific and development communities to explore the links between renewable natural resources and conflicts. Acting as a platform of exchanges between researchers and
practitioners, the conference will also look into challenges and best practices for the peaceful management of water and land in developing countries in Africa, South America and Central Asia.
For more information, click here




Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS/IUED) Geneva, Switzerland

International Symposium

Geneva, 22-24 Nov 2007



Governance: Towards a Conceptual Framework
NCCR North-South researchers have developed a conceptual framework for applying the concept of governance to practical situations at the local level. The symposium is intended to provide an opportunity for sharing the experience of the NCCR North-South in this area and comparing it with that of other scholars and experts. Papers are welcome on both the theoretical and practical aspects of the "Governance Conceptual Framework."



Swiss Centre for Scientific Research
in Côte d'Ivoire

International Conference

Abidjan, 3-5 Sept 2007



Health and Environmental Research: Challenges in Urban Poor Settlements
The invitation is open to individual and group participants with an interest in development research. A limited number of travel grants is available. >>More


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