Meet Christian Hirsig, our April Exchange Alumni Member of the Month!

In June 2016, Christian Hirsig travelled to the United States as a participant in the Young Transatlantic Leaders Initiative (YTILI), where he visited Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco with other innovators from Europe. During a discussion at Google, he was inspired by two panelists, both of whom were European entrepreneurs. One started a catering ...
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Computer Scientist Rohini Srihari in Switzerland for Speaking Engagements

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Professor Rohini Srihari spoke on February 14 at the International Blockchain Forum in Rotkreuz, organized by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.  Later, U.S. Ambassador Edward McMullen participated in a panel discussion on the topic with the ambassadors from the Embassies of Canada and the ...
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Ambassador McMullen’s Cantonal Visit to Ticino

February 6-7, 2019, Ambassador McMullen visited Switzerland’s southern Canton of Ticino to learn about the economic and political life in the region. In addition to meeting representatives of the cantonal authorities, the visit provided insights into the canton’s business, innovation and research activities. To round off his visit, the Ambassador sampled a taste of Ticino ...
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Computer Scientist Rohini Srihari to Speak at the International Blockchain Forum

On invitation by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Professor Rohini Srihari will come to Switzerland to speak at the International Blockchain Forum in Rotkreuz, organized by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy and the Embassies of Canada and the UK.  The 2019 event will focus on ...
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IVLP Exchange Program HiddenNoMore to Support Women in Science and Technology

In October 2018, Marion Schleifer, a freelance software developer and community organizer from Switzerland, participated in the three-week IVLP exchange program  #HiddenNoMore  designed by the U.S. Department of State. The award-winning film Hidden Figures inspired viewers across the world as well as an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) that brought 50 women leaders who represent “hidden ...
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Senior Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of State Len Hause Speaks in Switzerland

On invitation of the U.S. Embassy, Senior Technology Advisor for the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues Len Hause was in Switzerland on a speaking tour.  Len focused on how governments, companies, and the population can address the challenges of security and privacy issues arising from the ever increasing ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Swiss Student Scientists through GLOBE Programming

In July, a group of five Swiss students and their teacher from Kantonsschule Olten traveled to Kilarney, Ireland for the 2018 GLOBE Learning Expedition and Student Experience to present their scientific research projects to hundreds of other international students and scientists.  They presented two environmental research projects and were one of the few groups invited ...
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Ambassador McMullen Attends 10 Years Disney Research in Switzerland

On June 1,  Ambassador Edward T. McMullen, Jr.  attended the celebration of ten years of Disney research in Zurich, Switzerland.  At the celebration, examples of the successful collaboration between Disney and the Swiss Polytechnic University, ETH, were shown.  With strong ties to the Computer Graphics lab at ETH, the Disney lab in Zurich is influencing video ...
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Embassy Bern Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

April 26, 2018, marks the 18th annual celebration of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.  Intellectual property underpins nearly every aspect of the economy – it supports good paying jobs, creativity in the arts, innovation in sciences and technology, and it creates a framework that allows new industries and innovations to flourish. Every year, we celebrate ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Jessica Caldwell “Sometimes, I’m speaking in French and nobody knows that I’m speaking in French!”

Jessica Caldwell, a native Hoosier (colloquial tern for a resident of the State of Indiana) came to Switzerland in September of last year for a Master’s degree program at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg which offers a broad array of programs with specialties in biology, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and more.  She met with ...
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Americans in Switzerland: Meet Gilman Scholar Devin Bayly

Devin Bayly 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. Hailing from Tucson, Arizona, Devin is a 26-year-old junior at the University of Arizona ...
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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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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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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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Dr. Jane Muir, Director of Florida Innovation Hub of the University of Florida, Talks Tech Transfer in Switzerland

From Wednesday, January 25 to Sunday, January 29, Dr. Jane Muir, Director, Florida Innovation Hub of the University of Florida, visited Switzerland to address several audiences on the topic of technology transfer. While in Switzerland, Muir delivered the keynote address at the annual Swiss Technology Transfer Association (swiTT) conference in Interlaken. At a separate event ...
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Ambassador LeVine Greets Microsoft Delegation

On October 20 and 21, Ambassador Suzan LeVine and her husband, Mr. Eric LeVine, hosted a high-level delegation from Microsoft headed by President Brad Smith as well as a JP Morgan Chase executive. Microsoft had expressed particular interest in how the Swiss Vocational Education and Training system works, meeting with apprentices, and comparing programs to ...
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