Innovations from Switzerland for Switzerland

Place: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Flüelastr. 11, 7260 Davos Dorf
Time: Thursday, 24 January 2019, 11.1512.30 noon, followed by a buffet lunch

Exclusive exhibition and guided tour: Scientists from the institutions of the ETH Domain present a total of 6 selected projects. The guided tour in small groups is led by a member of the directorate of the respective institution (languages: German and French).


As of 10.45 Arrival of the guests

11.15 Welcome
Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and ETH Board President Fritz Schiesser

11.30–12.30 Guided tour through the exhibition

ETH Zurich: The Cubli cube can move by itself
Guided by Prof. Dr Joël Mesot, scientists: Carlo Sferrazza and Matthias Hofer

EPFL: Fly Jacket: How to control drones with your body and provide more effective disaster relief
Guided by Prof. Dr Martin Vetterli, scientists: Carine Rognon and Jenifer Miehlbradt

PSI: ESICUBE: How to store electricity
Guided by Dr Thierry Strässle, scientist: Marcel Hofer

WSL: Protection against natural hazards thanks to computer simulations
Guided by Prof. Dr Koni Steffen, scientists: Dr. Andrin Caviezel and Marc Christen

Empa: Wood in a different way – innovative applications for a renewable Swiss raw material
Guided by Prof. Dr Gian-Luca Bona, scientist: Dr. Tanja Zimmermann

Eawag: Underwater microscope – automatic imaging of planktonic microbes in their natural environment
Guided by Prof. Dr Janet Hering, scientist: Dr. Francesco Pomati

12.30 Closing remarks by Dr Jürg Schweizer, Head of SLF

12.40–14.00 Buffet lunch

Artificial intelligence: Switzerland as a global player in cutting-edge technology

Place: Pavillon of ETH Zurich, Davos ice hockey arena, Talstrasse 41, 7270 Davos Platz
Time: Thursday, 24 January 2019, 18.30–19.30 p.m., followed by apéritif dînatoire
Topic: Artificial Intelligence is the technology of the future. The European states see themselves challenged by the USA and China (language: English).


As of 18.00 Arrival of the guests

18.30 Welcoming address by Prof. Dr Joël Mesot, ETH Zurich President

18.35 Prof. Dr Martina Hirayama, SERI State Secretary

18.40 Prof. Dr Gisbert Schneider, ETH Zurich: “AI in Drug Design”

18.50 Prof. Dr Marcel Salathé, EPFL: “Crowdsourcing & Artificial Intelligence”

19.00 Panel discussion on possibilities and limits of Artificial Intelligence with

  • Dr Marianne Janik, CEO Microsoft Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr Martin Vetterli, EPFL President
  • Dr Olivier Bousquet, Head of Google AI Research in Europe

19.30 Farewell address by Fritz Schiesser, ETH Board President

19.40 Apéritif dînatoire

Moderation Patrizia Laeri, SRF