Seven of the eight CCES research projects of the second phase were successfully completed in 2016. The most important results from these were presented at a final symposium at ETH Zurich that was attended by over 300 people from scientific and practical backgrounds. During a podium discussion, which included two members of the National Council, options were discussed for improving the dialogue between science and policy-makers. In the field of education, the CCES Winter School "Science Meets Practice" was held with great success for the sixth time. In collaboration with ETH Zurich’s STEM Training Centre, CCES@School developed further teaching materials for secondary schools, exploring the topic of geothermal energy on this occasion. Finally, measures were also taken to forge ahead with the setting up of the “EnviDat” environmental database. The training and outreach activities will also be continued following the end of CCES.