Nicola Forster is the new president of Science et Cité


Institutional Communication Service

7 December 2018

Science et Cité Foundation, the centre of expertise of the Swiss Academies of Sciences dedicated to the dialogue between science and society has appointed a new president. Nicola Forster was elected on December 4 in Bern by the Foundation Board to succeed Prof. Thomas Zeltner (former Director of the Federal Office of Public Health) who reached the end of his term. Nicola Forster, 33, is the founder of Foraus, which crowdsources innovative policy ideas from a network of thousands of academics and foreign policy professionals. Besides his work with Foraus, he is a professional moderator and co-founder of the public innovation lab Staatslabor, the movement Operation Libero, and already counts extensive experience in politics and the promotion of public initiatives.

Science et Cité (founded in 1998), promotes dialogue between the community and the scientific world in three Swiss language regions through innovative interactive formats. In Ticino, the Foundation is represented by L'ideatorio, USI's service for the promotion of scientific culture, directed by Dr. Giovanni Pellegri. Thanks to the support of Science et Cité, L’ideatorio organises several activities with the aim of creating a common ground between science and society. The offer includes, among several others, conferences, interactive projects, educational workshops, both for children and adults. Since the beginning of its activities in 2001, the chapter of Science et Cité in Southern Switzerland has seen the participation of 140,000 people at its events.

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