The Basel Peace Forum 2018 inspires new and unconventional ideas for peacebuilding. To achieve this, carefully selected leading personalities and decision-makers from business, diplomacy, academia, and civil society are invited.
Rethinking peace - innovating the future
Detailed program for January 14- 15, 2018.
January 14, 2018
Opening of the Basel Peace Forum
Panel Debate: "From Utopia to Reality – How Peace Can Benefit from Business Innovation"
January 15, 2018
Registration & Coffee
Innovation Forum 1: "A Robot for Peace?"
Innovation Forum 2: "Migrating Healthy to Peace?"
Innovation Forum 3: "Managing Conflict Risks?"
Innovation Forum 4: "Building Peace? "
Innovation Forums 1 - 4: In-depth Sessions
Highlights of the Basel Peace Forum 2018
In a novel workshop format, participants from business, academia, diplomacy, and civil society will discuss topical issues that are relevant to peace given current social, economic, and technological change, and attempt to find innovative ways forward.
1: A Robot for Peace? The Potential of Artificial Intelligence
Humanity expects a lot from the development of full artificial intelligence: support for the ending of wars, for example. But at the same time, many fear a loss of control and unintended negative consequences. This forum gathers together experienced technologists and scientists to analyze the role of artificial intelligence in changing warfare and preventing violent conflicts. Furthermore, it explores the impact of virtual platforms on building trust through social and commercial interactions in countries emerging from conflicts.
2: Migrating Healthy to Peace? The Nexus of Health, Migration, and Peace
What is the nexus of health, migration, and peace? What root causes, early warning indicators, and signals for conflicts and human rights violations are related to health issues and migration? The forum will bring together epidemiologists, global health specialists, peace builders, political scientists, and other stakeholders from different sectors for exchange on challenges, opportunities, and best practices.
3: Managing Conflict Risks? Opportunities for Extractive Industries
Extractive industries are often among the first to make much-needed investments in post-conflict environments. Nevertheless, they have been accused of exploiting and instigating armed conflicts, trapping societies in a mutually reinforcing cycle of violence and poverty. Bringing together experts from different backgrounds, this forum will review opportunities, risks, and challenges related to extractive industries and the promotion of peace, and sustainable development.
4: Building Peace? The Fragile Side of Architecture
How does architecture contribute to war and peace? Does architecture help cities fall apart and separate societies, or does it recreate social bonds? And how does a given political context impact on reconstruction? Analyzing the nexus of architecture, peace, and war, this innovation forum gathers experts in architecture, urban planning, and related fields in order to elaborate whether “Building Peace” is actually possible.
As a novelty of this second edition, participants will have access to pavilions used to present and discuss a rich array of activities related to peace promotion. The pavilions are open on Monday, January 15.
Technology & Peacebuilding
New technologies have an undeniable potential to support and even transform peacebuilding processes. In their pavilion, Build Up displays how modern technology allow for new forms of engagement in conflict and post-conflict contexts and how broader participation than ever before is achieved.
The Role of Art in Peacebuilding
with art as foundation
Art initiatives in the context of conflicts have received growing attention. artasfoundation, the Swiss Foundation for Art in Regions of Conflict presents how they merge artistic production, international cooperation, cultural management, and peacebuilding in their work in the South Caucasus.
Emotions & Peacebuilding
with the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences
with the Basel Peace Office
Sport & Peacebuilding
Sustainable Development Goals
Museum of Art (January 14) - Kunstmuseum Neubau
St. Alban-Graben 16
Congress Center Basel (January 15)
January 16, 2018
Syrian writer Hamed Abboud reads from his book: "Der Tod backt einen Geburtstagskuchen"
Information for participants
Please find below our hotel recommendations close to Congress Center.
For further accommodation options please contact the Basel tourism office: www.basel.com
Travel to Basel
From EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, bus line number 50 will take you to the main station (Basel SBB) in 25 minutes. From Zurich Airport, there are regular train connections to Basel (Basel SBB) taking 1 hour and 10 minutes. For detailed information and railway timetables check SBB.ch.
Public Transport in Basel
Your hotel may offer a city ticket that you can use for trams and buses. If it does not, you can buy a ticket at any station or online. You can expect public transport to be on time in Basel. The station at Museum of Art Basel (Neubau) is called “Kunstmuseum”. The station at the Congress Center is called “Messeplatz”. For detailed information, online ticket purchases or timetables on trams and buses: SBB.ch.
Taxis in Basel
If you want to take a taxi, you can call "33er”, which is the biggest taxi company in Basel: +41 61 333 33 33. UBER is also available in Basel.
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For information on the weather in Switzerland, we advise you to check www.meteoswiss.admin.ch. In general you can expect cold weather in January and even snow.
The currency in Switzerland are Swiss Francs. You can withdraw Swiss Francs at ATMS at the airports in Basel or Zurich, at railway stations or in the city of Basel. You will also find counters to change your currency at the airport as well as at the railway station. Credit and debit cards are accepted at most places. Some places accept Euros (only bills).
Switzerland has its own standard of electrical plugs, but they are compatible with two-pin Europlugs. However, they are not compatible with the round "schuko" type.