Laboratories are not usually inviting spaces that encourage you to stay around. But things are different at the site of Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology in Dübendorf (canton of Zurich). A building laboratory has been built here in which guests can even come to stay, thereby becoming an integral part of the research Projects. Residential experiments in the building laboratory weiterlesen
The European Energy Network (or: EnR) held its annual meeting in Zurich on 22 and 23 February. The EnR is a voluntary network currently consisting of 24 European energy agencies, and SwissEnergy part of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). This year, the EnR discussed putting greater emphasis on an ‘integrated energy approach’. Different energy sources, as well as different producers and consumers of electricity, are becoming increasingly interconnected. European Energy Network: Towards an integrated energy approach? weiterlesen
André Borschberg was Bertrand Piccard’s co-pilot on Solar Impulse, the first fixed-wing aircraft to fly day and night powered only by solar energy. He and Piccard designed and built the Solar Impulse, aided by a team of engineers and technicians. In July 2016, they completed their flight around the world and showed the potential that solar energy has in the world of aviation. We talked to him about his achievements, ambitions and projects for the future.
That’s the upshot of the world’s premier conference on Carbon Capture and Storage GHGT-13 held at EPFL’s Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne from 14 to 18 Nov 2016. GHGT is the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D program’s biannual conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) works! weiterlesen
Science has become a lot bigger and faster. Now we have to make it better! We want science to be creative, solid, open, helpful for society and a good career opportunity for the talented youth. Let’s start to change what it means to be a scientist and the way and the framework in which science is conducted. It is us scientists who need to change science.
The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) is a voluntary partnership of 86 nations and five official observers (International Atomic Energy Agency, European Union, INTERPOL, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). It is co-chaired by the United States of America and Russia. Its mission is to strengthen global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear or radiological terrorism. GICNT work has raised awareness of the ever-changing threat of terrorist use of nuclear and radioactive materials, and it has provided opportunities for countries to share information, expertise, and best practices in a voluntary, non-binding framework. GICNT meeting in The Hague weiterlesen
Imagine your task is to devise a site selection process for a radioactive waste disposal site: Where would you begin? What do you need to consider? How do you involve stakeholders? Which challenges will you face concerning their involvement? These questions were at the heart of a Technical Meeting on Stakeholder Communication in Radioactive Waste Disposal of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA, held from June 13th to June 17th 2016 in Vienna. International experiences in stakeholder involvement weiterlesen