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