Re-Opening of U.S. Consular Agency in Geneva

We are pleased to announce the official re-opening of the Consular Agency in Geneva on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Currently, more than 40,000 U.S. citizens reside in Switzerland, and Swiss authorities estimate over one million U.S. tourists visit Switzerland each year. The agency has previously been offering limited services due to a staffing gap. Keeping ...
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December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually held on December 3. The United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 proclaimed the annual observance of this Day in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness about the situation of persons with ...
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Sylke Hoehnel to Participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad Nov 28 – 30

U.S. Embassy Bern has selected Sylke Hoehnel of SUN bioscience to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India from November 28 – 30.  This year’s theme is “Women First – Prosperity for All.”  Hoehnel, a graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), cofounded SUN bioscience in 2016 with classmate Nathalie Brandenberg.  Their startup seeks to develop ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Ira Long

Ira came to Switzerland as a recipient of the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  We caught up with him to learn more about his experience here and with the program. Ira is a junior at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, majoring in political science.  In ...
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Cybersecurity Expert Kiersten Todt Speaks in Switzerland

U.S. Embassy Bern hosted cybersecurity expert Kiersten Todt in Switzerland.  The former executive director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, Ms. Todt continues to advise organizations on how to navigate today’s digital landscape in a way that effectively manages risk.  While in Switzerland she met with Swiss government officials, small to medium enterprises, international corporations, parliamentarians, ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath Welcomes SelectUSA Investment Summit Participants at Alumni Luncheon

On September 28, Chargé d’Affaires Tara Feret Erath hosted a high-profile group of SelectUSA Investment Summit participants at a luncheon at the U.S. Residence.  Along with a distinguished group of business leaders, Swiss Ambassador to the United States Martin Dahinden attended the event.  The guests’ participation in the previous summits has led to increased foreign ...
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Cybersecurity Expert Kiersten Todt in Switzerland

  On invitation from U.S. Embassy Bern, cybersecurity expert Kiersten Todt will be in Switzerland October 2-5, 2017. She will meet with think tanks, government offices, professional associations, and small to medium enterprises to talk about how the public and private sector can together mitigate cyber risks. Ms. Todt is part of U.S. Embassy Bern’s ...
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U.S. Scholar Presents Research on Decision Making

U.S. Embassy Bern invited philosophy professor Dr. Jesse Prinz, of the City University of New York, to speak at a number of venues in Switzerland before his participation in an academic conference.  At Impact Hub Bern, he led a vibrant discussion with audience members about the influence of ethics and morals in marketing and business ...
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Lebanese-American Artist Leads Workshops at School & Asylum Center

On invitation of the U.S. Embassy Bern, Helen Zughaib visited Switzerland this week as a part of the State Department’s Speaker Program. On Monday she held workshops for a multicultural school class in Bümpliz and a “Durchgangszentrum” (transit center for asylum seekers) in Lyss. She opened the workshops by discussing her family’s migration story and ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Explains the American Political System in Sargans

Assistant Public Affairs Officer Cybèle Cochran traveled to eastern Switzerland on March 9 to speak at the Reformierte Kirchgemeinde Sargans. The group had invited her to talk about the American political system to their Continuing Education division. Forty congregation members attended the presentation where they learned about the system of checks and balances in the ...
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U.S. Embassy Bern Hosts the Bern Public Relations Society

On March 8, 2017, U.S. Embassy Bern welcomed the members of the Bern Public Relations Society (Berner Public Relations Gesellschaft, or BPRG) at the U.S. Residence. Press and Cultural Attaché Stephanie Morimura presented the State Department’s public diplomacy and communications structures. She highlighted how we as the U.S. Embassy Bern coordinate our messaging with offices ...
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Prof. Paul Freedman, University of Virginia, to Discuss 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

The U.S. Embassy in Bern is pleased to be sponsoring Dr. Paul Freedman, associate professor of political science from the University of Virginia, on a speaking tour of Switzerland during first week of March. A specialist in public opinion, media and politics, and voting behavior, Dr. Freedman also serves as an election analyst for ABC ...
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Cultural and Education Attaché Meets with ConnectUS Students

What is the secret to business success? How do companies in Switzerland and the U.S. innovate and adapt to change? And how closely do Switzerland and the U.S. work together on economic issues? These are some of the questions that students of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland explore during the ConnectUS ...
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Call for Applications for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Bern is pleased to announce the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Summer Institute for students from the age of 16 to 18. Applications are now being accepted for program participation. The four-week institute will address important issues such as youth engagement, democracy and civil society development, ...
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