The SNSF at WEF - Swiss research on a global stage

​Year after year, high-ranking politicians, captains of industry and leading lights from culture and the arts meet at the World Economic Forum in Davos. There they discuss the challenges the world will face in the near future.

As an independent representative of Swiss science, the SNSF is taking this opportunity to explain what research can do, and what it needs in order to be successful. And as an innovator concerned with the future of scientific research, we are hosting discussions and participating in events organised by our partners.

Next event: Public talk on 23 January 2020 at the House of Switzerland. For more information, please refer to the news and events sections below.

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    On 23 January 2020, the SNSF will be hosting a public talk at the House of Switzerland in Davos. Everyone interested in international research cooperation is invited to attend.

    Host Matthias Egger, president of the National Research Council, is looking forward to discussing the following question with guests from Switzerland and abroad:

    • Didier Queloz, astronomer and physics Nobel laureate of 2019. He is a professor at the University of Geneva and at the University of Cambridge. Queloz discovered the first exoplanet together with his thesis supervisor Michel Mayor, honorary professor at the University of Geneva. Many of Didier Queloz's projects have been funded by the SNSF.
    • Alessandro Curioni, IBM Fellow, Vice President Europe and Africa, director of the IBM Research Lab in Zurich. He is in charge of basic research on the computer of the future. He is also the co-author of recommendations for a Swiss artificial intelligence strategy.
    • Mauro Ferrari, president of the European Research Council (ERC); he will take up his new role as of 1 January 2020, during an important phase in the ERC’s development.
    • Lene B. Oddershede, Head of Natural and Technical Sciences and Interdisciplinarity at the Novo Nordisk Foundation. She is also the Center Leader of the Danish National Research Foundation Center for Stem Cell Decision Making (StemPhys), a Center of Excellence of the Danish National Research Foundation. In 2015, she received the EliteForsk (Elite Research) Prize, awarded annually by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science to five Danish researchers at an exceptional international level and younger than 45 years old.

    The topic of our public talk:

    What kind of global research cooperation
    is necessary to produce the innovations
    that society needs most?

    The event will take place on 23 January 2020 from 11:00 to 13:00 and will include a buffet lunch.

    Venue: Crystal Lounge at the House of Switzerland in Davos