Biodiversity & Climate Week
For the Climate and Biodiversity theme Week at Expo 2020, the Swiss Pavilion and its partners will share best practices in nature conservation through panels and workshops, from big data to monitor biodiversity conservation to the pursuit of peace in conflict zones thanks to birds of prey.
- World Majlis – Nature’s Game of Jenga. Getting creative to fight biodiversity loss
- Workshop – From the Alps to the Desert: comparing best practices in nature conservation
- Keynote – Dancing with nature: How collaborating with natural forces can improve our well-being (live stream)
- Panel – Owl for peace: Ecology and reconciliation in the MENA thanks to bird of prey (live stream)
- Exhibition – Biodiversity and climate change: From the Alps to the Desert
Conserve nature. Protect nature. Restore nature. The Crowther Lab, part of the ETH Zürich, helps generate a better understanding of Earth’s ecology and aims to inspire responsible ecosystem restoration. This multidisciplinary team of theoretical ecologists, restoration experts and data scientists believes that conserving, protecting and restoring nature can help fight climate change and enhance human health and wellbeing.
Globalization, climate change and mobile information societies are at the heart of research and teaching of Geographers at the University of Zurich. Following the slogan “One Earth – Many Worlds” the Department of Geography engages with topics of public relevance, be it in Switzerland, in Los Angeles, in remote mountainous regions, in rural areas of the global south, or in cyberspace. Close cooperation with private and public organizations ensures that its findings have real societal benefits.
Biodiversity is both, a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. Improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The University of Zurich Research Priority Programme (URPP) on Global Change and Biodiversity embarks on innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, which will yield more reliable and robust knowledge about global change processes.
RSL’s central research goal is to advance understanding of the Earth system sciences using Earth observation methods. RSL achieves this by combining fundamental and applied research in the domain of remote sensing. Although their focus is on ground based, airborne and spaceborne remote sensing, they contribute at national and international levels to the conceptual development of Geography as an interdisciplinary science.
The NPOC is a public service initiated by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education and Research. It is a joint venture shared by the Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) at the University of Zurich and the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo). Its mission at the university is to foster the use of Earth Observation by sharing its knowledge of technology and methods, offering free support and scientific consultation to Swiss potential users (authorities, research agencies, commercial providers and end-users).
The Barn Owl Research Group, lead by Prof. Roulin of the University of Lausanne, studies this fascinating creature which is unique in terms of its rapid genetic evolution and social behaviour. One of their projects, Owls For Peace, combines ecology and reconciliation in the MENA region by bringing together farmers and scientists within areas of conflict.