In the wake of the publication of a policy brief on “Governance in the age of complexity: building resilience to COVID-19 and future pandemics”, Dr Didier Wernli worked with the League of European Research Universities to develop a statement on the role of academic institutions in building resilient and sustainable societies.

The statement which was adopted at the 39th Rectors’ assembly in La Sorbonne on 21st May 2021 highlight how universities, as unique loci of knowledge production and transmission, can help foster transformation to more resilient and sustainable societies. This covers their contributions through research, through education, and in shaping public policy.