Innovation for Sustainable Development

Goals and focus

In the proven saguf tradition, the working group "Innovation for Sustainable Development" would like to initiate a process and develop solutions with which innovations that have the potential to contribute to sustainable development can be specifically supported and promoted. This is intended to ensure the constitutional mandate for sustainable development in Switzerland. The working group is characterised by its heterogeneous composition: Representatives from public and private research, federal administration and practice-oriented networks. Its activities to adapt innovation policy are based on the framework set for sustainable development at international and national level. The "Agenda 2030" makes clear that a global transformation is necessary and that it affects all states. Switzerland is both very innovative and has a strong international network. However, its innovation policy urgently needs to be adapted to contribute to the transformation towards sustainable development.

Current activities

The working group has initiated a new project to promote the adaptation of innovation policy to sustainable development. The project focuses on the "young generation" and wants to involve them in the process of promoting innovation. Civil society, and in particular the "young generation", can hardly help shape the direction of innovation promotion, even though it is particularly affected by its impact. The aim of the project is therefore to incorporate the perspectives of the younger generation into research and innovation funding in order to contribute to ensuring that sustainability is adequately taken into account. To this end, we would like to launch a dialogue between representatives of the younger generation, the main actors in innovation and research promotion. The dialogue is to be designed as a "transformation laboratory".

Lead: Andreas Kläy (CDE, Universität Bern; E-Mail:

Members: Thomas Heim (FHNW), Olivier Jacquat (BAFU), Jürg Minsch (zhaw), Flurina Schneider (CDE, Universität Bern), Susanne Wymann von Dach (CDE, Universität Bern), Simon Zysset (WWF)

Further Publications

  • saguf, 2015: Stellungnahme im Anhörungsverfahren zum Bundesgesetz über die Schweizerische Agentur für Innovationsförderung (Innosuisse-Gesetz, SAFIG). (pdf)
  • saguf, 2013: Stellungnahme im Anhörungsverfahren Totalrevision der Forschungs- und Innovationsförderungsverordnung (V-FIFG). (pdf)
  • Kläy, A., 2012: Nachhaltige Entwicklung an Schweizer Hochschulen: Zeit für Tritt- statt Stolpersteine. GAIA 21/4: 321-323. (pdf)
  • Kläy, A., Heim, T., Minsch, J., Stauffacher, M., Zingerli, C., 2011: Welche Forschung führt zu Innovationen für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung? GAIA 20/3: 214-216. (pdf)
  • saguf, 2011: Stellungnahme Cleantech Masterplan Schweiz. (pdf)
  • Minsch, J., T. Heim, A. Kläy, 2011: Innovation, eine Tochter der Freiheit. GAIA 20/1: 61-63. (pdf)
  • Kläy, A. et al., 2010: Nachhaltige Entwicklung in der Forschungs- und Innovationsförderung. GAIA 19/2: 152-154. (pdf)
  • saguf, 2010: Stellungnahme Totalrevision des Bundesgesetzes über die Förderung der Forschung und der Innovation (FIFG).