Events from May 2020

26.05.2020, 3rd dialogue of the Road to Bern via Geneva: Data sharing, online

Like the second dialogue, the third dialogue took place online. This time the dialogue took place over one day, tackling the first stage of data management, data sharing. Once again, two international organisations were present to co-present the dialogue. On this occasion, representatives from CERN and the ITC shared their experience of data sharing.

During the first session concerning the benefits and risks of data sharing, or not sharing data, Nuria Oliver (Data Pop Alliance) stressed the importance of this step, “sharing is caring”!

Then, in the second part, conscious of the obstacles in data sharing, Zeynep Engine (UCL), John Wilbanks (Sage Bionetworks) and other participants shared their recommendations to ensure that data sharing offers benefits for all.

There remains just one more dialogue. We are currently evaluating the option of holding this fourth dialogue in Geneva in physical form.

From the start of May to 31 August, “Leave No One Behind” data visualisation contest organised by Ecoparc and the FSO

As part of the Road to Bern, the FSO and Ecoparc wanted to give students from art and graphic design schools all across Switzerland the opportunity to share their points of view and understanding of data in association with sustainable development, the 2020 Agenda and its 17 goals (SDGs).

The topic of this competition is “Leave No One Behind” which is one of the five messages of the Road to Bern. It defines the obligation of “new data sources and official statistics providing relevant data and information on all social groups and all territories.”

Participants have until 31 August to submit their project.

More information is available from:

05.05.2020, Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE

This event has been postponed until 18.05.2021 due to the extraordinary situation.

The forum is a national network which opens up new prospects and favours the implementation of sustainable development processes and actions and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Switzerland.

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19.05.2020 Humanities and social sciences and innovation: create change

This event took place online.

In a political and social context calling for the determined and decisive involvement of higher education institutions in today’s “major societal challenges”, the conference on the “contribution by the humanities, social sciences and innovation” invited further reflection on these different functions. The debate then focused more broadly on how the humanities and social sciences are not only “enabling sciences” but also “creators” of innovations. The question of the choice of indicators to quantify the contribution by the humanities and social sciences was also considered. The FSO took part in the discussion: “Do the current challenges of innovation call for new measures?” Its experience in modelling multi-thematic indicator systems such as the 2030 MONET indicator system may serve as a model.