A complete success: The first digital SPSA congress

On February 4 and 5, 2021, after seven years, the IPW once again successfully held the SPSA annual congress. But of course everything was different this time: the congress took place virtually via "zoom". Nevertheless, there was a lot of lively discussion in more than 18 parallel workshops in five sessions. A virtual city tour was offered and for interested students the different Master Polito programs in Switzerland were presented. A total of 350 people participated in the scientific part and the highlight was certainly the plenary session. We dedicated this to the topic «Climate policy in times of crisis». Prof. Dr. Thomas Stocker, internationally known climatologist of the University of Bern, gave a lecture on the success and failure of communication between politics and science. Afterwards, a roundtable discussion with four political scientists delved deeper into this topic: Politicians Esther Friedli and Céline Widmer and Professors Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen and Karin Ingold.