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Swiss Science celebrates Hansjörg Wyss
More than half a billion Swiss francs have been granted over 10 years to groundbreaking research projects in Switzerland within three different Wyss Centers or Academy in Zurich, Geneva and Bern. This makes entrepreneur and philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss one of the major private donors for Swiss science. Wyss was celebrated as the laureate of the 2022 Gallatin Award of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce. The laudatio was given by Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin.
A new law unchains fusion energy
Physicists at EPFL, within a large European collaboration, have revised one of the fundamental laws that has been foundational to plasma and fusion research for over three decades, even governing the design of megaprojects like ITER. The update shows that we can actually safely use more hydrogen fuel in fusion reactors, and therefore obtain more energy than previously thought.
“Kindness is a powerful tool in teaching”
Computer engineer Jamila Sam joined EPFL 30 years ago. As well as being named best teacher on several occasions, she’s also co-developed six MOOCs, along with toolkits for teaching programming using project-based methods.
“I didn't write my presentation so that I would sound more natural"
The EPFL final of the My Thesis in 180 Seconds competition was held on 17 March and, for the first time in six editions, the jury and the audience chose the same winner. Sophie Rivara, a PhD student in life sciences, will go on to represent the School at the Swiss finals on 19 May at the University of Geneva alongside second and third place winners Tamara Rossy and Eric Paic. Rivara spoke with us about her experience.
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