Graduate School Graubünden

September 14, 2016 – September 15, 2016

Passion for the profession and scientific curiosity are the best prerequisites for a successful career in research. That this is true, the young researchers proved impressively in their presentations at the fifth congress “Graubünden forscht -Young Scientists in Contest” at the Davos Congress Centre on September 14–15, 2016.
The Graduate School Graubünden awarded the best work in the field of medical and life sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities and social sciences with an academic prize of 500 francs each. Seven laureates were happy to receive this award.

In the category of Medical Sciences Marina Sabaté-Bresco, (AO Research Institute, Davos, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF, Davos), Letizia Vainieri (AO Research Institute, Davos), and Marcin Wawrzyniak (Swiss Institute for Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF, Davos) showed the best performances. The winners in natural sciences were William Ball (Physical Meteorological Observatory Davos/World Radiation Center), Achille Capelli (WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos) and Lukas Hofer (CSEM, Landquart). Laura Trott of the Free University of Bolzano (South Tyrol) impressed with her research on the integration of unaccompanied minors in South Tyrol.

On the first conference day, the Graduate School Graubünden honored fifty researchers who were successfully completed their doctoral thesis at one of Graubünden research institutions between 2014 and 2016. Ten of them received their award in person as part of the conference dinner at the Hotel Seehof in Davos. The honorees shared their experiences in Graubünden. Carmelia Maissen showed that the research on peripheral issues in border regions in an edge discipline unexpectedly could mean a stepping stone for a professional career. Juan Escallon from Colombia discovered his love for snow and winter sports at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF. Today he uses his knowledge successfully working for the market leader in gondola and chairlift construction.
The panel discussion “Choosing a career path” and the workshop “Career development” gave impulses for career planning. What are opportunities are open to researchers? What skills are acquired during academic training, which are also useful in professional practice? Closing the conference, the roundtable “Limitations and opportunities in medical research” looked at medical trends and their ethical and moral implications.

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Conference Program

Media coverage:
Weiterbildunsgzeitung, October 27, 2016, “Auszeichnungen für hervorragende Forschung”
Davoser Zeitung, September 20, 2016, “Hervorragende Forschung ausgezeichnet”
Südostschweiz, September 14, 2016, “Ein Leben lang auf Entdeckungsreise”
Davoser Zeitung, September 6, 2016, “Graubünden forscht 2016”

Opening addresses (Wednesday, September 14, 2016)
Walter Reinhart (President Graduate School Graubünden)
Martin Jäger (Head Department of Education, Culture, and the Environment; Member of the Governing Council of the Canton of Grisons)
Cyrill Ackermann (Grosser Landrat, Municipality of Davos)
Presentation Graduate School Graubünden by Duri Bezzola (Managing director Graduate School Graubünden)