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The Consulate General of Switzerland is responsible for bi-lateral relations for science, technology, innovation, education and cultural exchange between Switzerland and Canada.

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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 launched the Swiss Innovation FEST Vancouver 2022.

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PROGRAM

SPRING-SUMMER 2022

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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.

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FEST22 PARTNERS

Organizations that collaborated with us to make the inaugural FEST happen.

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ISM Arts & Culture

ISM Arts & Culture is an end-to-end creative agency that launches and supports innovation & impact initiatives.

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CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research.

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TRIUMF

Canada’s particle accelerator centre, TRIUMF is a multidisciplinary laboratory and driver of discovery and innovation.

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SCIENCE WORLD

BC's science centre with a vision for a country thriving on scientific literacy, technological innovation, and a deep connection to nature.

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ECUAD

Canada's top ranked art and design university, and the first purpose-built institution of art and design in Canada.

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New Media Gallery

The New Media Gallery is a contemporary public art gallery devoted to presenting international, national and regional new media art.

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LEANING OUT OF WINDOWS

A multi-year SSHRCC funded interdisciplinary project co-designing and developing models of collaboration for art and science.

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Presence Switzerland

Presence Switzerland is responsible for promoting Switzerland’s image and implementing its communication strategy abroad.

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State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI

The federal government's specialized agency for national and international matters concerning education, research and innovation policy.

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Embassy of Switzerland in Canada

As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Kyrzov Creative

Kyrzov Creative specializes in Communication Design, Brand Identity, and UI Design for compelling projects big and small.

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Human Biography

Human Biography produces video content for the most powerful brands, organizations, and humans on the planet.

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