GEN Partners




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The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is the University of Bern’s centre for sustainable development research. Founded in 1988 as a part of the Institute of Geography, it became an interdisciplinary university centre in 2009, with the aim of fostering sustainable development-oriented research across various institutes and departments of the University of Bern. The University of Bern already has a long tradition of sustainable development research in Switzerland and worldwide; together with its academic partners in the North and South, CDE coordinates the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South and the International Graduate School (IGS) North-South, a collaborative programme between the universities of Bern, Basel and Zurich. CDE hosted the Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) from 2013 to 2015.


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The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is an international, interdisciplinary centre for research and education in environmental studies located in Munich, Germany. It was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of the LMU Munich (Ludwig Maximilians Universität) and the Deutsches Museum, with the generous support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The centre is named after the American biologist, nature writer and environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose accessible writing raised awareness worldwide about threats to the environment and human health. The Rachel Carson Center aims to advance research and discussion concerning the interaction between human agents and nature and to strengthen the role of the humanities in current political and scientific debates about the environment. By bringing together scholars who work in various disciplines and national contexts and communicating the results of their research, the RCC aims to internationalise environmental studies and to raise its profile as a globally significant and growing field. RCC hosted the inaugural GESA in 2011, and again in 2012.





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Through its exceptional patronage, philanthropic and educational programmes, the Rolex Institute encourages excellence in many fields around the globe. The Rolex Institute supports those who make significant contributions in the arts, sciences, innovation, education and exploration – initiatives designed to advance human knowledge and improve the quality of life on our planet.



SalviaThe Salvia Foundation is a non-lucrative organisation with exclusively charitable objectives – to encourage and develop a better protection of the global environment based on the study of nature with a holistic approach (namely, scientific, systemic and qualitative); to promote the education of children along the same holistic approach, enhancing the full development of a child’s capacities – intellectual, emotional and social – by favouring alternative educational programmes; to encourage studies on the phenomena of conscience and a better understanding of personal and transpersonal psychology aiming to improve and resolve conflicts between individuals and peoples with an emphasis on personal autonomy and responsibility; and to encourage progress in the field of democratic and parliamentary systems of government favouring the general interest.


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Burgergemeinde Bern serves the Bernese population and promotes the cultural, social and scientific life of the city of Bern. Burgergemeinde unites values such as tradition and continuity with the challenges of the future.




Additional financial support has been provided by:

The following organisations have directly supported individual participants’ involvement in GESA:

Additionally, many GESA participants have obtained support from their respective institutions to participate in the Academy. Individual donors have also supported the costs of scholarship recipients through our Support 100 Global Emerging Environmental Leaders campaign on

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