FELLOWS' REPORTS

It was a hot Sunday, and the air conditioning couldn’t hold up. Car by car, the train got hotter and hotter. By the time the air was unbearable and the staff told us we had to get out early, to abandon the train, we had reached Basel. Fortunately, the A/C of the modern ICE train hadn’t shut down earlier on my day-long journey from Berlin to Switzerland. All sweaty passengers were transferred into another cool, comfortable trai...

One of the Lunch@Lab events at the laboratory of Professor Lee Ann Applegate at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) featured making biological bandages to simulate the cell therapy that her lab has developed for treating burns and chronic wounds.

Using a biobank created from donated human fetal skin cells, her lab has developed a therapy that effectively encourages patient’s own healthy cells to regenerate and heal wound...

For the Pitch Slam event, organizer Bethany Brookshire delivered more than just a panel of six editors from The Washington Post, Undark, Nature and other top-notch publications for participants to pitch live in real-time.

She also injected some true Swiss culture into the event. Before the meeting, Brookshire asked if it was possible to have an “authentic Swiss cowbell” as a timer for the event, in which participants have 1 min...

The Fuse workshop on artificial intelligence was a workshop of two parts, theory and presentations and the practical.  

The first part focused more on the presentations on Artificial Intelligence, how it is changing the world and the exclusive use of it. It also focused on how journalists are finding new facts that they didn’t know before. The experts opined that AI still has a long way to go and humans still have a lot of...

The first panel of WCSJ2019 brings together experts on space travel to discuss what the next fifty years hold for humanity’s endeavour to conquer the stars.

“Sustainability” That’s the word that the attendees at the first panel of the WCSJ2019 heard more than any other during that — all too brief — session, held on the morning of Tuesday 2 July in the SwissTech Convention Center. 

The speakers — Thomas Zurbuchen, Anatoly Petruko...

Seven years ago, in July 2012, I was in Lindau in Germany to cover the 62nd meeting of Nobel Laureates, which included about 28 scientists and more than 500 young researchers from all over the world. The meeting was dedicated to physics, and I still remember the happy expressions on the faces of all the attendees while they were watching the live press conference from CERN where the Higgs boson’s discovery was announced by the...

Where are all the baseball fields in the USA? The question may seem silly, but the answer is not easy. There is no official data on it. Satellite images might show the location of the fields. However, it would take some long tedious hours to analyse the pictures since there are thousands of them. This is the kind of task that could be done using artificial intelligence. It is cheaper, faster and more doable, as other journalis...

The FUSE AI Workshop was truly inspiring. We spent the day with diverse, inspiring speakers, teaching us about how AI can be used in journalism, and we even got a little taste of how machine learning works and how we can put it to practical use. 

In my line of work, I often write about AI and edit articles on how it is used in various fields, like healthcare, for instance, but I never truly reflected on how it could be used in...

Prior to the main events of the World Conference of science Journalists, WCSJ2019, an interesting workshop was organized by Jacobs Foundation and the University of Zurich.

In recent years, I have found myself more interested on Neuroscience and meditation. So, I was pleased to attend a workshop led by Prof. Dr Nora Maria Raschle of the University of Zurich. Nora expressed her views with the help of PowerPoint in a simple and un...

How did life begin? The answer to this big question may lie in a 17-mile tunnel that spans the border of Switzerland and France, where a collaboration of international scientists at CERN are building a new experiment to understand how matter is put together. The Standard Model, informed by Einstein's theory of general relativity, describes how tiny particles like protons and electrons interact--you can think of it like the Leg...

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