The ETH Domain is presenting highlights from its current research to mark WEF 2024.
To coincide with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the ETH Domain invited 50 dignitaries from the political, research and business spheres, including Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, President of the National Council Eric Nussbaumer, State Secretary Martina Hirayama and many rectors of Swiss universities, to the Davos-based WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF. Host and head of the Institute Jürg Schweizer was delighted at the interest the event attracted: "It's wonderful to be able to showcase here, at the ETH Domain's highest-altitude research institute, what the Domain's researchers are achieving, both for the scientific community and for society." Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) as well as the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), which together form the ETH Domain, provided insights into their work.
Christoph Hegg, Acting Director of WSL, explained: "It's important to demonstrate to political decision-makers that innovations are a force driving forward not only the economy but also society." He also referred to the many cases, such as the rockslide in the village of Brienz in the Swiss canton of Grisons, where ETH Domain researchers have supported the public authorities with the latest findings.
The fact that the scientists look beyond their own backyard is also crucial. "International collaborations with researchers around the world, from which Switzerland also benefits, are a pillar of our success," said Michael Hengartner, President of the ETH Board.
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