The topics on which research is conducted in Graubünden are often very complex. At this year’s congress “Graubünden forscht – The Young Researchers Convention” in Davos, the young scientists set themselves the goal of presenting their research to an audience that was not familiar with the subject in a clear and understandable way. The Graduate School Graubünden, which organized the event, offered a special course in advance to train the participants’ communication skills.

Those who were best able to captivate the audience were able to win prize money of 500 Swiss francs each. The Graduate School Graubünden awarded a total of seven prize winners from the medical and life sciences as well as the natural sciences. In the medical sciences category, Karin Fieten (Hochgebirgsklinik, Davos), Kirstin Jansen (Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF, Davos), Sebastian Wangler (AO Research Institute, Davos), and Oliver Wirz (CK-CARE, Davos / Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF, Davos) gave convincing presentations. In the natural sciences, Stephanie Mayer (WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos), Hannes Merbold (HTW Chur), and Vincent Simonin (University of Geneva / Swiss National Park) won.

On the first day of the conference, the Graduate School Graubünden honoured the 40 or so researchers who successfully completed their doctoral theses between 2016 and 2018 at one of the research institutions in Graubünden. Ten of them received the award in person during the festive dinner at the Ameron Hotel in Davos. Marina Sabaté Brescó is now researching again in her native Spain, but she conveyed this message: “When I moved to Davos, I was not sure what I would find. But Davos soon became everything to me. Professionally, I had the opportunity to work on implant related infections and immune responses at the AO Research Institute and the Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research. I was able to collaborate with excellent researchers in various fields in both institutions. I met people from all over the world who inspired and taught me. From this, deep friendships have developed. While nothing lasts forever, my time in Davos will remain a valuable and unforgettable experience in my life”.