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4 reasons why you should attend the International Congress of the ALLEA from 8 to 10 May 2019

Number 1: Mariana Mazzucato
Laureate of the Madame de Stäel Prize

With her work on the entrepreneurial state and its important role in the innovation Mariana Mazzucato is shaping a new narrative for Europe and its economy. That is why we are particularly excited to hear her speak as she has also been influential in the design of the next European Union Research Framework. During the 25th anniversary celebration of ALLEA on 8 may we award the ALLEA Madame de Staël Prize to economist Mariana Mazzucato.

It is our honour to announce that for this occasion, the Swiss Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research will introduce the Madame de Staël award ceremony with a welcome address. Jean-Eric Paquet, European Commission Director-General for Research and Innovation, will deliver the ALLEA 25th anniversary speech.

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Number 2:
Captivating Science Symposium

A wide variety of renowned speakers and contributors will participate on 9 May to delve into the depths of science and society in present-day Europe. The programme includes keynote lectures by ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon and Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Director of the Institute for European Global Studies of the University of Basel. Furthermore, an interactive citizen science session is organised by the Swiss Science et Cité foundation. There will also be a panel on how discussions among the public shape science advice. Lastly, presentations from early-career researchers illustrate the potential of a 'Re-Enlightenment'.

During captivating sessions, we explore the interplay between science, politics and society. In doing so, we will focus, among other things, on the current topic of microplastic and how the moon landing of 1969 has impacted society. All these discussions attract a community of experts from all around Europe, who have the opportunity to network at the event.

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Number 3:
An Exciting Science Walk

Throughout the years, Bern has proven to be a scientifically important city. Even Albert Einstein got the inspiration for his revolutionary theory of relativity in this very place. You will explore this place from an unconventional perspective. As you stroll through the alleys of this mesmerising and historic city, learn how memorable locations related to science intersect with the lives of notable researchers.

Afterwards, the Natural History Museum welcomes us to a memorable dinner surrounded by meteorites and rock crystals. Surprise your palate with different dishes and flavours.

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Number 4: Discover Basel on the Tracks of Innovation, Research and History

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 25th anniversary of ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities. We will celebrate this occasion with the conference Science and Society in Present-Day in Bern, hosted by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, on 8-9 May.

Are you unable to join us for the event in Bern next week? We got you covered!

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Music, autonomous camera and splendid views

Musical performances and an autonomous camera contribute to special and memorable moments at the event. Matthias Müller, musician and start-up founder of SABRe innovatively combines acoustic music with the digital world. Our musical guests also include Gardan Quartet, four young, talented musicians, who express passion and emotions through their performance. Furthermore, Sami Loertscher and Heinz Maeder, who are accomplished Alphorn players, will deliver a performance with an Alphorn.

Last but not least, Seervision, winner of the Swiss Technology Award 2018, revolutionises the concept of camera operation, which allows an almost fully autonomous video production. Follow the results of this technical achievement with a livestream on Youtube. Our creative and innovative acts perform and present at the Congress Centre Kursaal and the University of Bern. Both locations present a breathtaking view of Bern city.

To the livestream (only active from May 8)

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ALLEA 25th Anniversary

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8-10 May


Alec von Graffenried
Mayor of Bern

Antonio Loprieno
President of ALLEA and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

Christian Leumann
Rector of the University of Bern

Connie Nshemereirwe
Science and Policy Facilitator, Actualise Africa

Dilyana Mihaylova
Marine Plastics Project Manager, Fauna & Flora International

Francesco Profumo
President of the Compagnia di San Paolo

Giulia Carlini
Staff Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law

Guy Parmelin
Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

Jean-Eric Paquet
Director-General of Directorate Research and Innovation, European Commission

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
President of the European Research Council

József Györkös
Director of Slovenian Research Agency

Koen Vermeir
Research Professor at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Lesley Wilson
Secretary General of the European University Association

Madeleine Herren-Oesch
Director of the Institute for European Global Studies, University of Basel

Mariana Mazzucato
Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose

Michael Saliba
Incoming professor at the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

Nicola Forster
President, Science et Cité

Nicole Grobert
Member of the European Commission's Group of Chief Scientific Advisors

Sabine Pahl
Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK

Vivienne Parry
Science writer and broadcaster

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences is an association of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). It further comprises the centre of excellence for technology assessment (TA-SWISS) and Science et Cité as well as other scientific networks.

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