Can Switzerland do without electricity imports?

You can find the answer at Scientifica from 30 August to 1 September. And in our video, which sets the scene for this year’s event.

Many of the things that the scientists at ETH and the University of Zurich spend their time on every day sounds a lot like science fiction. Some of it, however, may come to be taken for granted in future. At Scientifica, researchers present their projects and concepts at exhibitions stands, in workshops, during short lectures and at many more events. And they are happy to discuss the consequences for society.

In the era of "fake news" and "alternative facts", science has a crucial role to play. It’s not that it can always offer simple answers to every question, but scientists can at least provide facts for social discussion. "Science fiction - science facts", the theme of this year’s Scientifica, is also focused on this aspect.

Scientifica is the biggest science festival in Switzerland. It takes place every year from 30 August to 1 September at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Our video series aims to set the scene.

You can find the whole Scientifica programme at

Roland Baumann

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