Upcoming key events in, or involving, Switzerland

Date Event Location
24 April 2018 Drawdown - Can global warming be reversed? Geneva

The CIES and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are co-hosting a panel discussion on decarbonising the economy and the potential of Drawdown’s 100 solutions to reverse climate change. To motivate action on climate change, the project Drawdown, “the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming” describes the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse climate change and achieve Drawdown, the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Led by a coalition of scholars, scientists and entrepreneurs, the Drawdown’s research team has developed realistic, solution-specific models, technical assessments, and policy memos projecting the financial and climate impacts of existing solutions deployed at scale over the next thirty years.

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24 April Finance Verte - Marketing ou Innovation? Lausanne

The Finance Club HEC Lausanne and and oikos Lausanne invite interested participants to discuss whether green finance is merely a marketing farce or actually has the potential for true innovation. Jean Laville (Deputy CEO, Swiss Sustainable Finance) will host the evening.

No registration needed

26-27 April 2018 RFI Summit 2018 Zurich

The Responsible Finance & Investment Foundation (RFI) and Swiss Arab Network (SAN) organise this two-day event to build awareness of shared values that can bring socially responsible investing (SRI), environmental, social and governance (ESG) and Islamic finance together to increase their positive impact. The RFI Summit will bring together 200 responsible finance leaders to discuss, share case studies and collaborate to identify actions that will mainstream impact finance across the financial sector to support more equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

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8 May 2018 Finanz und Wirtschaft Forum - Nachhaltig Investieren 2018 Rüschlikon, Zurich

More and more investors are paying attention to stocks and bonds issued by companies that have a good financial record, but also take responsibility for the environment, society and governance issues. How such ESG investments can be built into portfolios and what we can learn from the Canadian system is highlighted and discussed at this Sustainable Investing Forum.

The Sustainable Investing Forum is aimed at investment decision-makers (such as trustees, investment committee members, investment managers) from pension funds, family offices, insurance companies and charitable foundations. Also addressed are portfolio managers, investment advisors, analysts and client advisors from banks and independent asset managers. This conference is free of charge and will be held partly in English and partly in German.

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17 May 2018 Wirtschaft 2030: Visionen für die Zukunft Zurich

At Forum ö 2018, representatives of a wide range of companies will tackle this question and dare to look into the future: they present what changes they are expecting and how they are preparing for them. Case studies and successfully tested solutions are meant to inspire participant's own business practices.
It also provides ample chances for networking with decision-makers and specialists from business, science, administration, politics and society coming together.

The event will be held in German

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30 May 2018 Infrastruktur Investments & Energiestrategie 2050. Herausforderungen. Risiken. Investment Opportunitäten. Zurich

The energy transition is a megatrend, which will lead today's system with high fuel and operating costs to an energy system with lower fuel costs, but significant capital expenditure. Switzerland and the EU have entered into binding international commitments in this regard, which have led to far-reaching legislative measures. The investment needs for the energy transition from 2018 to 2050 are estimated at around € 2,200 billion. What challenges are there? What are the risks? Which investment opportunities open up?

The Kapitalmarktforum Alternative Asset Management Series consists of conferences and roundtable meetings on questions relating to "alternative investments". The Kapitalmarktforum aims at bringing around the same table experts from different worlds: financial industry, advisory, supervisory and academia and wishes to offer them the opportunity to grow through the exchanging of views and sharing of ideas.

This event will be held in German.

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12 June 2018 Green Summit 2018 Liechtenstein
  In 2017, University of Liechtenstein has successfully conducted Green Summit with the focus on sustainability in society, politics and economy, especially finance. In 2018, this platform will be expanded by input from architects and business information systems.
19 June 2018 Game-changers in finance - leveraging Swiss expertise Bern

Each year, following our members' assembly, we host the Annual SSF Conference to discuss current trends in the market. 

The tide is turning in the realm of sustainable finance. Climate risks are gaining higher prominence amongst institutional investors, while Europe is shifting up a gear with an action plan to direct financial flows towards a more sustainable future.

At this event, Swiss Sustainable Finance will discuss with different experts how the Swiss financial market can profit from those trends, while helping to shape their development.

Please save this date if you wish to attend. View details from last years event.

Registration details will be available closer to the date.

19/20 June 2018 Swiss Foundation Symposium 2018: Stiftungen heute – partnerschaftlich, engagiert, sichtbar St. Gallen

The Swiss Foundation Symposium invites founders, managing directors and foundation staff to learn, exchange, discuss and network. It offers 15 learning, practice and discussion forums, inspirational keynote speeches and plenty of networking opportunities.

This event is held in German and French.

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6 September 2018 Artificial Intelligence in Industry and Finance (3rd European COST Conference on Mathematics for Industry in Switzerland) Winterthur

The aim of this conference is to bring together European academics, young researchers, students and industrial practitioners to discuss the application of Artificial Intelligence in Industry and Finance within the COST research network. 

The ZHAW has invited 20 speakers both from within Switzerland as well as abroad, working on AI in Finance and Industry.
One track will focus on financial mathematics and its applications of machine learning, whereas the other one will tackle the implications for industry.

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22-26 October 2018 World Investment Forum Geneva
  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Investment Forum by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Under the overall theme of Investing in Sustainable Development, this year’s Forum will address global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalization and industrialization. It will explore solution-driven initiatives and partnerships to advance prosperity for all. 

The 2018 World Investment Forum will consist of more than fifty events covering various dimensions of investment. The programme highlights include the Global Investment Game Changers Summit, two Global Leaders Investment Summits, ministerial roundtables, a week-long investment village, private sector-led sessions and networking opportunities. Several events will be co-hosted in partnership with other organizations, a list of which is available on the website.

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