NCCR North-South - Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development

3rd International Conference on Research for Development
(ICRD 2012)
Research for Global Transformation
20 - 22 August 2012, Bern, Switzerland


The 3rd ICRD on Research for Global Transformation is the NCCR North-South's final major event, and, as such, will be a showcase for what the 12-year programme has achieved since its launch in 2001.

The conference will offer participants an opportunity to discuss their experiences with research partnerships. Its objectives are to:

  • share and discuss most recent insights on development-oriented research conducted in North-South partnerships
  • outline an agenda for research partnerships with developing and transition countries in support of more equitable and sustainable global transformation.

Participants in the conference are expected to bring in multiple national and international perspectives on development-oriented research, policy dialogue, and practice aiming towards global transformation. The conference will have a strong focus on the global South; but the role of the global North will also be addressed. Further emphasis will be given to discussing research policy and funding in the North, including in Switzerland. In addition, the conference will take into account and critically review the outcomes of the international ‘Planet under Pressure’ science conference (London in March 2012) and Rio+20 (Rio de Janeiro in June 2012), and discuss the consequences of these global events for research partnerships.

The Bern Conference will offer space for keynotes, workshops, and poster sessions for presenting research on how to tackle global change, reduce disparities, and enhance diversity. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on strategic research policy aspects in the workshops and plenary discussions.

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The NCCR North-South is hosted by the University of Bern
and funded jointly by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation