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Welcome to FEST

FEST is launching in Canada in April 2022, hosted by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver bringing together organizations and audiences from the fields of science, technology, arts, industry and community around Swiss-Canadian innovation.

Join us for a week-long series of dynamic events and showcases, educational and networking gatherings, and exchanges with influential leaders across sectors.

 
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HOSTED BY

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver

The Consulate handles bilateral relations between Switzerland and Canada such as cooperation in economics, education, research, innovation, and cultural exchange.

 
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INTRODUCTION

Switzerland is home of some of the world's most significant science and technology. We have come together with trend-setting organizations to enrich its connection with Western Canada.

Switzerland and Canada share a long-standing tradition of research and innovation excellence. With their leading universities positioned almost identically in the key world university rankings, the constant push for new innovations naturally follows the two countries’ ambitions. Switzerland has in fact been on top of the Global Innovation Index for 10 years in a row and Canadian industry and government policies aim to move up in this ranking. In the province of British Columbia, higher education institutions have numerous agreements with their Swiss counterparts. Canada’s particle accelerator center TRIUMF, located in Vancouver, works very closely with CERN in Geneva and with its ATLAS experiment demonstrated its role as the keystone of Canada’s contribution to this multinational science endeavor. In the spirit of this science collaboration and the notion of the multilayered value that arts bring to science, we are planning the Swiss Innovation FEST Vancouver 2022.

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PROGRAM

SUMMER 2022

Registration is now open. Please note that each gathering has its own link to RSVP.

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OPENING RECEPTION

Science World

Wednesday April 20

6-8:30pm

Exhibition featuring behind the scenes photography at CERN by Andri Pol, followed by a panel discussion about the intersection of art and science.

STEAM SYMPOSIUM

Emily Carr University

Friday April 22

4:00-7pm

Keynote, panel and cocktail led by researchers on how we collaborate across Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

SCIENCE FORUM

NMG x TRIUMF (hybrid)

Saturday April 23

10am-12pm

A fireside chat on particle accelerator based physics discovery and technology between the heads of CERN and TRIUMF.

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SENSE OF BEAUTY FILM SCREENING

The Cinematheque

Tuesday April 26

See The Sense of Beauty on the art behind the science at CERN, unveiling the mysteries behind scientific discovery through creative storytelling.

INSIDE CERN EXHIBITION

Science World

April 21-July 24

Swiss Photographer Andri Pol shares images and unique moments from behind the scenes at CERN, the world's largest science experiment.

INDIVISIBLE EXHIBITION

New Media Gallery

June 4-August 14

A carefully curated group of multi-disciplinary artists from the Arts at CERN residency who use technology and moving images in their work.

 
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INDIVISIBLE: IMAGINATION DIALOGUE


New Media Gallery

Monday August 8 at 4pm

Sharad Khare, Founder of Human Biography, will moderate and film a 1-hour dialogue between Monika Stachura of TRIUMF and Laura Marks of SFU inspired by the Indivisible exhibition, followed by a gallery tour.

 

Produced in partnership with

ISM Arts & Culture

Launching and supporting game-changing initiatives that pursue knowledge production, meaning, innovation and impact.

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Could your organization play a part?

 

COORDINATORS

NINA BADER

Economy, Higher Education, Science & Technology Officer - Consulate General of Switzerland


SCOTT MALLORY, JR.

Founder, Director - ISM Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture Curator - TRIUMF
Faculty - Emily Carr University of Art + Design

 
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