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Festreden / Discours solennels
  • 2016
  • SCNAT
  • brochure/flyer

Denkschrift

Festreden zu 200 Jahre Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz.
NWR Kristall
  • 01.06.2016
  • SCNAT
  • news

Schätze des Gotthards

Dank Druck und Wärme entstanden aus Ablagerungen aus einem Ur-Mittelmeer Kristalle, die bei den Bohrarbeiten entdeckt wurden.
Die blinden Flecken der Wissenschaftskommunikation
  • 01.06.2016
  • SCNAT
  • news

Den ‹wichtigen› Forschenden entmystifizieren

Wie schwer den blinden Flecken der Wissenschaftskommunikation beizukommen ist, zeigte sich am deutlichsten in der Präsentation von Gilles Hernot (Musée d’histoire des sciences de Genève) zur Nacht der Wissenschaft in Genf. Obwohl das Festival voller Show- und Kulturelementen ist und im Sommer am Ufer des Genfersees stattfindet, haben 70% der Besuchenden einen Uniabschluss. Was braucht es denn noch, um «Bildungsferne» mit Wissenschaft in Berührung zu bringen? Diese Frage stand im Zentrum des Anlasses «Die blinden Flecken der Wissenschaftskommunikation» am 27. Mai 2016 in Bern.
Wildbiene auf einer Blüte (Sonja Gerber)
  • 30.05.2016
  • SCNAT
  • news

Pollinators are in decline

The first report of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was published in February 2016. The IPBES member Markus Fischer of the University of Bern talks to us about its main topic, pollination.
Pfeiler zwischen der Tunnelröhre (links) und einem baulogistischen Verbindungsstollen (rechts),(Quelle Ingenieurgemeinschaft Gotthard Basistunnel Süd, 04.03.2002)
  • 30.05.2016
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • news

Gotthard: Into the high-risk zone

On 1 June 2016, the Gotthard Base Tunnel opened after just under 20 years of building work. Peter Guntli was involved in the construction of what is the world’s longest railway tunnel, working as chief geologist of the Sedrun section. He looks back on the project for us.
Horizons_109_E
  • 2016
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • magazine

Weapons: making, selling and using them

Swiss legislators are currently debating dual-use goods, such as the kitchen knife, the perfect example of a product that is both utensil and weapon. They’re trying to find a solution to the inevitable moral issues that arise out of legislating the arms trade, in particular defining categories of military goods and of authorised export-destination countries.
Philippe Moreillon / Maria Schönbächler
  • 27.05.2016
  • SCNAT
  • media release

Maria Schönbächler und Philippe Moreillon neu im Vorstand

Die Geologin Maria Schönbächler der ETH Zürich und Philippe Moreillon, Vize-Rektor der Universität Lausanne, wurden am Freitag in Bern von den Delegierten der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften (SCNAT) in den Vorstand gewählt. Philippe Moreillon tritt sein Mandat am 1. Juli 2016 an und Maria Schönbächler am 1. Januar 2017.
the commodity sector
  • 23.05.2016
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • media release

Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries - Local Impacts, Global Links, and Knowledge Gaps

Switzerland occupies an important position in the global trade of hard and soft commodities. Companies headquartered within its borders directly or indirectly shape commodity extraction practices around the world, some of which carry considerable negative environmental and social risks on the ground, particularly in fragile contexts. Minimizing these risks and maximizing shared economic gains could enable mutually beneficial development and counteract persistent social and political inequality.
Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries
  • 2016
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • fact sheet

Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries - Local Impacts, Global Links, and Knowledge Gaps

Switzerland occupies an important position in the global trade of hard and soft commodities. Companies headquartered within its borders directly or indirectly shape commodity extraction practices around the world, some of which carry considerable negative environmental and social risks on the ground, particularly in fragile contexts. Minimizing these risks and maximizing shared economic gains could enable mutually beneficial development and counteract persistent social and political inequality.
Call for abstracts
  • 25.02.2016
  • Foundation Science et Cité
  • news

ScienceComm’16: Call for Abstracts

Der Call for Abstracts für die ScienceComm’16 ist ab sofort bis 1. April offen. Alle, die den Kongress am 22. / 23. September 2016 mit einem Beitrag mit gestalten wollen, sind herzlich eingeladen, einen Abstract online einzureichen.
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