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  • 24.09.2019

Jetzt muss die Schweizer Nachhaltigkeitsforschung Lösungen aufzeigen

Geht es so weiter, werden die Ziele für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung der Uno verfehlt. In der Kritik steht auch die Wissenschaft. Es brauche mehr lösungsorientierte Forschung, fordert der erste Weltnachhaltigkeitsbericht. Eine Initiative der SCNAT will deshalb die Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in der Schweiz stärken.
Forschende prüfen den Einsatz von Drohnen zur Stärkung der Gesundheitsversorgung in Madagaskar
  • 22.08.2019

Academies call for better use of research in international cooperation

Poverty, social inequality, global environmental problems and pandemics: Switzerland has to focus its international cooperation strategy more strongly on poverty reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030 using research to make its global contribution. This is what the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences call for in their statement on international cooperation, which was elaborated under the lead of KFPE.
During the summer of 2019, 8 metres of ice melted at the snout of the Findelen glacier – an amount strikingly illustrated by a pole used for mass-balance measurements.
  • 15.10.2019

Glacier volume reduced by 10 per cent in only five years

During the summer heatwaves of 2019, glacier melt rates reached record levels. This led to another year of major losses of ice volume, as reported by the Cryospheric Commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. Switzerland’s glaciers have thus shrunk by 10 per cent over the past five years.

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The road to Bern website
  • 05.12.2019
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The Road to Bern for the Agenda 2030

The Road to Bern consists of a series of events, which leads to the United Nations World Data Forum 2020 (UNWDF).
  • 05.12.2019
  • Job advertisement

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Research position in archaeological and forensic isotope biogeochemistry

The Geology & Geochemistry (G&G) research group of the Department of Earth Sciences has a vacancy for a junior or senior (postdoctoral) researcher to strengthen the team responsible for carrying out forensic and archaeological isotope research in the Netherlands. The G&G group consists of ~ 30 research and technical staff. Research addresses a diverse set of questions that range from the formation and differentiation of the terrestrial planets to the environmental impact of human activity. This vibrant and internationally renowned group has consistently obtained major EU and national funding, including infrastructure investment and runs state-of-the-art geochemical facilities.
  • 05.12.2019
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London South Bank University - PhD: biomechanics of the fabella

The fabella, a sesamoid bone located in the lateral head of the gastrocnemius, behind the lateral femoral condyle. Interestingly, it is the only bone in the human body that is more common today than 100 years ago (~3.5 times more common) Recent analyses on global prevalence rates have shown fabella are more common in older individuals than younger, men than women, and people from Asia/Oceania compared to those from Europe/Africa.
  • 05.12.2019
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University of York - Postdoctoral Research Associate (Osteoarchaeology)

The Department of Archaeology is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to work for 53 months on the ERC funded project “COMMIOS: Communities and Connectivities: Iron Age Britons and their Continental Neighbours”. The project is led by Professor Ian Armit.
EEA (2019) The European environment — state and outlook 2020: knowledge for transition to a sustainable Europe
  • 04.12.2019
  • FOEN
  • EEA
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The Environment in Europe – State and Outlook 2020

Despite considerable progress, Europe continues to face great environmental challenges. This is the conclusion reached in the new Environment Report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Compared with its neighbouring countries, Switzerland received mixed scores depending on the environmental sector concerned.
Niederschlagssummen November 2019 in Prozent zur Norm 1981−2010 (Stand 28.11.2019)
  • 29.11.2019
  • Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss
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November mit Rekordschnee auf Alpensüdseite

Während das Novemberwetter auf der Alpennordseite unspektakulär verlief, fielen auf der Alpensüdseite regional Rekordschneesummen. Die anhaltend wolkenverhangene Witterung mündete zudem in eine extreme Sonnenarmut. Die Alpensüdseite registrierte einen der sonnenärmsten Monate seit Messbeginn. Mit dem leicht zu milden November endet der sechstwärmste Herbst seit Messbeginn 1864.
Africa should set its own health-research agenda
  • 28.11.2019
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Local experts — not rich donors — must design and control studies

For more than 20 years, Francisca Mutapi led a programme in Zimbabwe on human schistosomiasis. The experience gave her first-hand knowledge of how inequitable partnerships that task African scientists as data gatherers for Western research agendas are unlikely to make a difference to the African health problems that really matter.
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  • 25.11.2019
  • News

Report of the SGA/SSA Annual Meeting 2019 in Basel

This year, the Annual Workshop and Meeting of the Swiss Society for Anthropology (SGA/SSA) took place between the 15th and 16th November 2019 at the Natural History Museum in Basel.
Lenkungsabgaben auf Treibstoffe
  • 25.11.2019
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • ProClim
  • Press release

Ein Mix aus Massnahmen für eine wirksame Schweizer Klimapolitik

Mit der Totalrevision des CO2-Gesetzes stellt das Schweizer Parlament derzeit die Weichen für die zukünftige Klima- und Energiepolitik. Zwei Faktenblätter der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz geben eine Übersicht über verfügbare Instrumente für eine wirksame Klimapolitik.
Movetia - pilot programme 2019
  • 25.11.2019
  • News

International pilot programme - call for projects 2020

All Swiss schools or institutions wishing to implement innovative cooperation projects are invited to submit their ideas to Movetia. The programme aims to expand the geographic scope of cooperation activities beyond Europe, while seeking exchange and mobility to promote educational and scientific innovation.
From Nature: Disaster zone research needs a code of conduct
  • 22.11.2019
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Disaster-zone research needs a code of conduct

Researchers working in the aftermath of earthquakes, floods and other disasters need to appreciate how to interact with survivors, local officials and scholars without adding to those people’s problems, argue social scientists JC Gaillard and Lori Peek.
KFPE-Newsletter Nov. 2019
  • 20.11.2019
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KFPE's newsletter published

Have a look at the November newsletter
PiA Physics in Advent 2019
  • 19.11.2019
  • SPS
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PiA - Physics in Advent 2019

Under the motto "still 24 experiments until Christmas" 24 entertaining physics experiments are offered to do yourself, which are provided in a German and an English version.
Semaine d'étude Chimie et sciences des matériaux
  • 19.11.2019
  • News

Studienwoche - Chemie und Materialwissenschaft, 2. - 7. Februar 2020

Die Studienwoche richtet sich an Jugendliche, welche selbst einmal in einem Labor eines bekannten Schweizer Chemie- oder Pharmaunternehmens oder einer renommierten Hochschule stehen und mit Materialien experimentieren möchten. Nebst interessanten Projekten, wie der «Herstellung eines künstlichen Süssstoffes», «Silberschmuck en miniature: molekulare Ringe und Ketten» oder «Biologisch orientierte Werkstoffe» wird ihnen auch die bestmögliche Betreuung geboten.
Artistic representation of a proton decay. Illustration: Hyper-Kamiokande Collaboration
  • 18.11.2019
  • CHIPP
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  • Press release

Visiting the Japanese Super-Kamiokande detector (part 2)

In deep underground tunnels of former mines near the Japanese Alps, teams of scientists with Swiss participation are researching various types of elementary particles. Over the next few years, powerful research instruments will be put into operation with which scientists want to discover the nature of neutrinos. The hoped-for results could lead to solving of deep puzzles in our understanding of the universe.
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