Science Prizes

Swiss Science Prizes Marcel Benoist and Latsis go to pioneer in laser physics and innovative legal and medical scholar

Physics professor Ursula Keller receives the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist for her ground-breaking work in short-time laser physics. The Swiss Science Prize Latsis goes to the legal and medical scholar Kerstin Noëlle Vokinger for her outstanding interdisciplinary research.

South Africa

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin heads economic and scientific mission to South Africa

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), will visit South Africa from 5 to 8 July with a large delegation representing economic and scientific stakeholders. During the mission, he will sign a memorandum of understanding and meet with multiple government ministers.


Ukraine: Implementation of further EU sanctions against Russia

In view of Russia’s ongoing military aggression in Ukraine, the Federal Council enacted further sanctions against Russia on 29 June. This implements the Federal Council's decision of 10 June to adopt the EU's latest package of sanctions. The measures come into force at 6pm on 29 June.

Inquiries for affected persons or companies:
sanctions@seco.admin.ch / 058 464 08 12


Martin Ackermann named as new Eawag director

On 29 June, the Federal Council appointed Martin Ackermann as the new director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). Mr Ackermann (51), who is currently Professor for Microbial Systems Ecology at ETH Zurich and a group leader at Eawag, succeeds Janet Hering, who has reached the age of retirement. He will take up his new position on 1 January 2023.

WTO: conclusion

Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference: Switzerland committed to overcoming current challenges in trade policy

The 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva came to a successful close on 17 June. Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the EAER, and SECO State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch led the Swiss delegation. The WTO ministers adopted decisions and declarations covering topics such as food security, the WTO response to the COVID-19 pandemic and harmful fisheries subsidies. In view of the current challenges facing the multilateral trading system, this result should be considered a success.

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