Selected Projects

Public protests and protest publics in authoritarian regimes

Towards the end of the last century, the spread of democracy seemed inexorable. Today, the opposite appears to be the case. Not only are hybrid regimes becoming more authoritarian, but democracies are challenged by illiberal forms of populism. However, the renewal of authoritarianism has also provoked contentious politics which are challenging authoritarian leaders and forcing policy […]

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Bioethics, Biolaw, and Medical Humanities: A Swiss-Russian Comparative Research

Bioethics is a field of academic inquiry that deals with the ethical questions arising at the intersection of medicine, life sciences, law and philosophy. In addition to the classic issues relating to the physician-patient relationship, bioethics explores new areas of ethical debate concerning technological developments in life sciences and medicine, as well as questions of […]

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Literature of crisis – crisis of literature. Russian Literature since the 1990’s

The goal of the proposed project is to establish a network of cooperation between the Slavic Institute of the University of Basel and its Russian partners (especially the LUNN, Linguistic University of Nizhny Novgorod, see below); preliminary discussions about shared research interests have already taken place. The project focuses on literary and discursive imaginations of […]

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Responding to COVID-19 Global Crise – Best Practices for Supply Chain Management

The measures put in place in Switzerland, in Russia and all over the world to limit the spread of COVID-19 have profoundly affected the supply chains that have been expanding globally since the 1980s. This unprecedented disruption has exposed the many flaws in today’s supply chains – a lack of visibility on flows, particularly upstream, […]

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Annotation methodology in a supracorpora database of connectives

The project is aimed to substantially develop a supracorpora database (DB) of connectives. The DB was built as a result of the joint Swiss-Russian project IZLRZ1_164059/1 («Corpus-based contrastive study of connectors in Russian») co-financed by the FNS and the RFBR. This DB stores parallel texts from French and Italian subcorpora of the Russian National Corpus, […]

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Virtual Digital Experience: New Visual Communication for Promotion of Territory

The current societal context creates a new communicative situation (Simondon, 2017), mediated by digitization and social distance, which reinforces the importance of the virtual visual environment. This environment of virtual reality (Hashish, 2020; Steuer, 1992), and immersive virtual environments (Slater, 2009) are leading to a symbiosis between machines and humans (De Landa, 2006, 2016) and […]

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Towards Sustainable Space Logistics Research Collaboration

In the past few years the complexity of space projects has increased, along with more affordable launch costs and improvements in technology. Massive satellites intended for e.g. telecommunications, Earth observation, and astrophysical observations, tend to be replaced with distributed space systems with comparable or superior performance, which are comprised of several smaller satellites. This brings […]

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Rationalizing the structure of the active sites in heterogeneous catalysts using X-ray absorption and infrared spectroscopies strengthened by machine learning algorithms

The active sites in heterogeneous catalysts consist of highly dispersed metal species, whose structure is difficult to probe due to the low concentration of active sites. The structure of active sites often evolves under reaction conditions. Therefore, a combination of operando techniques that are sensitive to the local geometric and electronic structure as well as […]

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Quantum skyrmions

Starting from 2006, one of the main focuses in material science has been on topological magnetic objects, skyrmions, that are characterized by a specific magnetization pattern in real space. The topological origin of these skyrmion spin structures protects them against temperature fluctuations and distortions of different kinds. Skyrmions have been observed in numerous bulk materials […]

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Spin resolution at SKIF and SLS

Coherent synchrotron radiation takes an important place in modern condensed matter research and has provided a significant boost in the study of structural and electronic properties of novel materials. High brilliance and tuneable UV and soft X-ray radiation as generated by modern synchrotron facilities has made the detailed electronic structure research possible that has proven […]

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OMC4DBD:Ordinary Muon Capture as a probe of properties of Double Beta Decay processes

The search for the neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) is one of the key research topics in neutrino physics with major impact on particle physics and cosmology. It probes the neutrino nature (Majorana vs. Dirac), the neutrino mass scale, and possibly CP-parity violating effects. An observation of 0νββ would also shed light on the origin […]

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Operando physics of novel ferroelectric devices by soft-X-ray spectroscopy

Progress of the electronic devices based on the conventional Si-based technology is presently slowing down, calling for alternative device concepts. One of them is heterostructures embedding a ferroelectric (FE) layer such as doped HfO2. Using FE-HfO2 as a gate dielectric in field-effect transistors, one can realize multifunctional  devices combining the conventional field effect on the […]

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On- and Off-screen. The ‘New Woman’ in Early Russian Cinema (1907-1921)

Early cinema and its role in modernity are closely linked to the transformation of the role and image of women. This is also the case in Russia, where cinema has occupied an important place in the public life of women in the big cities, at the latest since its institutionalization around 1908. It is the […]

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Development and application of extended steroid profiling to clinical practice: a metabolomic approach

Metabolomics aims to identify and quantify all metabolites in a biological system. Metabolomics is a powerful approach to improve early detection of diseases, diagnosis and prognosis. Among the numerous biological compartment that can be evaluated, screening of steroids as disease biomarkers is an emerging area with numerous applications. Current advances allow an efficient simultaneous quantification […]

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Asymmetric Synthesis of Highly Functionalized alpha-Amino Acids via Radical Intermediates

Enantiopure α-amino acids (α-AA) play a key role in nature being building blocks for the construction of a broad range of peptides and proteins. At the moment the scientific community pays attention to the non-proteinogenic (or unnatural) AAs due to their wide use in the modification of the structure of peptides and proteins in order […]

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Breakdown of thermalization in quantum systems: analytical and numerical approaches

Recent experimental advances have enabled realization of synthetic quantum systems with many particles. Examples include ultracold atoms in laser traps and superconducting qubits. These systems have provided ideal platforms to investigate non-equilibrium quantum dynamics, which previously has been out of reach. In recent years, theoretical investigations have focused on describing universality classes of quantum dynamics. […]

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Magnetoencephalography and machine learning techniques for studying predictive processes of the human brain

The world around us is full of sensory experiences, which follow repetitive rules. Through exposure to reoccurring stimuli, we are able to learn patterns and form predictions about future events. Predictive traces manifest in multiple stages of processing in the brain, with the most prevalent theory being that brain regions that are ‘high’ in a […]

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Towards understanding the structural evolution of the Verkhoyansk fold-and-thrust belt (Russia)

The Verkhoyansk fold-and-thrust belt is located in far-east Russia and formed during the Mesozoic as a result of accretion of several continental terranes to the Siberian platform. The fold-and-thrust belt consists of imbricated thrust sheets of sedimentary sequences deposited onto the Verkhoyansk continental margin, which represented the eastern boundary of the Siberian platform. These thrust […]

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Embedded Neural Quantum State

There is always demand, and especially in light of recent events,  in faster and cheaper methods for simulation of chemical systems. Due to extremely high complexity of the full quantum many-body problem, one needs always to find a compromise between accuracy and computational cost. At the present time my project in UZH (group of Prof. […]

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Deterministic and stochastic methods in manufacturing process

Manufacturing has changed drastically over the last decades due to adaptation and application of new technologies from different disciplines. The increase of computational power brought artificial intelligence  as counterweight to the often very sophisticated deterministic modelling with new chances and challenges into play and is today with the massive evaluation of data from different sources […]

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Demand networks: from smart city to tourism intelligence

In the last years tourism has seen an incredible growth. However, this has resulted in a high diversity in the ways destinations have experienced the phenomenon and its effects, mainly for what concerns the concentration of tourist flows to specific areas. Overtourism, undertourism and other similar buzzwords have been used to highlight the different problems […]

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Group theory, topology and dynamics: Russian-Swiss collaboration

The main goal of this proposal is to organize a strong multi-disciplinary research group working in a rapidly developing area at the intersection of  dynamical systems, low-dimensional topology and geometric group theory. The group will include several leading mathematicians from Switzerland and Russia, as well as young researchers and graduate students from both countries. Historically, […]

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Impact of genetic deficiency in the synthesis of brain-specific gangliosides and glycoproteins mediated by the ST3GAL3 and ST3GAL5 genes on the neuropathology

Background: Neurons and glia carry diverse glycolipids and glycoproteins, regulating their  interactions with cellular environment (Yoo et al.,2015). Sialic acids are playing a key role in these processes (Svennerholm,1994). Sialoglycan biosynthesis is mediated via glycosyltransferases, where glycoprotein/ganglioside sialyltransferase ST3GAL3 and ganglioside-specific sialyltransferase ST3GAL5 are critically important. Human mutations in genes St3gal3 and St3gal5 result in […]

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Fritz Platten: Switzerland, Communism, and Soviet Russia

Fritz Platten (1883–1942) was one of the best-known Swiss Communists of his time. After an early encounter with the radical left, he joined Lenin’s cause at the clandestine Zimmerwald Conference in 1915. He was the organiser of the legendary ‘sealed train’ which, in April 1917, transported Lenin and a group of Russian exiles from Switzerland […]

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Interdisciplinary Archaeological Science and Knowledge Transfer in Siberia

The Tunnug 1 project is excavating, documenting, and analyzing the earliest princely tomb of Scythian material culture in Tuva Republic, Russia. The size, dating, and preservation conditions make the monumental burial mound (kurgan) an archaeological archive of primary importance for the understanding of the prehistory of the Eurasian steppes and human adaptation to this harsh […]

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Lysosomal biology in autophagy: peculiarities of the interaction of DPPII and ADA in lysosomes

Autophagy is a cellular recycling pathway that targets macromolecules for lysosomal degradation. We aim at a better understanding of the role and regulation of two lysosomal enzymes critical for macromolecule turnover: dipeptidyl peptidase II (DPPII, EC 3.4.14.2) and adenosine deaminase (ADA, EC 3.5.4.4). In lysosomes a wide variety of macromolecules, including proteins, complex carbohydrates, glycolipids […]

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Small finds in metal and mural paintings from a Roman grave

The Ukrainian archaeological heritage bears the marks of a turbulent history. The collaborative project that we are submitting here provides one example among many: a monumental Kurgan tomb, excavated in Kerch in the 1950’s by archaeologists from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. This tomb contained many precious small finds in metall, which […]

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Demand-driven Research for Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Development in Georgia

Agriculture is a crucial economic sector in the Republic of Georgia. Yet since the collapse of the Soviet Union 28 years ago it is struggling with land tenure and productivity issues as well as low value addition. The agricultural land privatization reforms of the 1990s not only led to extreme land fragmentation but put the […]

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Uncertainty Quantification for Natural Resources

Many critical natural resources – such as fresh drinking groundwater, fossil fuels, geothermal heat, or mineral resources that are required to produce sustainable energy – are exploited underground. This exploitation is often costly, difficult, and subject to high uncertainty because the exact position of these resources is not accurately known in 3D. To minimize the […]

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Globalization of Multicultural Regions: Discursive Landscapes of policy transformation (energy, urban development, language and education)

Building on the success of and inspired by the collaborative project “Capturing globalized energy discourses in an exhibition landscape (2017)”, the partnership between School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan) and School of Applied Linguistics of Zurich University of Applied Science (Switzerland) undertakes to expand academic collaboration.   The project aims to […]

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Special design issues of low emittance electron storage rings

PSI is planning for an upgrade of the Swiss Light Source (SLS) storage ring (project “SLS 2.0”), and already submitted a proposal to the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) early 2018. CANDLE SRI pursues design of a new light source for Armenia as one of its most promising projects. PSI and CANDLE successfully collaborated since […]

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CoWriting Kazakh

Kazakhstan has recently adopted a state program for the development and functioning of languages for 2011-2020. This new trilingual education policy aimed at development among the Kazakhs of fluency in three languages: Kazakh, Russian and English. Additionally, a recent decision on the transfer of Kazakh language from Cyrillic into the Latin alphabet was approved by […]

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ATREEbranch in the Ukraine

Problem statement. This project will be conducted within the framework of the Swiss applicants’ recently started NFP73 Project “Analysing TRade-offs in forests between sustainable Economy and Environmental objectives” (ATREE). The ATREE project proceeds from the observation that the growing sustainable economy produces increasing trade-offs in forests, in Switzerland as well as in other European countries. […]

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ADC4SD: Armenian Data Cube for Sustainable Development

Pressures on natural resources are increasing and many challenges need to be overcome to meet the needs of a growing population in a period of environmental variability. Some of these environmental issues can be monitored using remotely-sensed Earth Observations (EO) that are increasingly available from various freely and openly accessible repositories. EO data acquired by satellites […]

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Gender Sensitive Research in Armenia and Switzerland: New Ideas for a Neglected Aspect

This project aims to develop the capacities of Yerevan State University Center for Gender and Leadership Studies (CGLS) staff and its affiliate researchers through a series of workshops, trainings, and online coaching in the field of gender research methodology. These workshops and trainings will be organized together with members of the University of Fribourg. The […]

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Characterization of UHF Schottky diodes based on oxide semiconductors

Future societies will benefit from a constantly increasing degree of automation in all aspects of everyday life. The ultimate connectivity from machine to machine and from human to machine via wireless networks will become a reality under the wider notion of the Internet of Things (IoT). The key elements of IoT applications are a radio […]

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Neuromorphic controller for an autonomous robotic vehicle

The goal of the project is to establish a long-term collaboration between Laboratory of Robotic Systems in Minsk and Institute of Neuroinformatics in Zurich. The two labs share interest in neuronally inspired control for autonomous robots, capable to work in real-world environments. In particular, in this first joint project, we will develop a reactive neuromorphic […]

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Intercultural approaches in teacher education: a comparative and exploratory study Switzerland – Kazakhstan

This project is a partnership between University of Geneva and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University focuses on enhancing intercultural approaches that are necessary in educating teachers in Switzerland and Kazakhstan. Both educational systems are dealing with an increasing cultural and linguistic diversity. The research emphases on intercultural approaches necessary in educating teachers to become globally and […]

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Glacier meltwater: current and future relevance in mountain hydrology in Kyrgyzstan

Introduction Arid and densely populated regions of Central Asia strongly depend on water from nearby mountain ranges. The changing climate will likely affect river discharge and related water availability from glacier melt. While a number of studies point towards a decrease in future water availability, comparison to actual discharge measurements is rarely carried out as […]

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Exploring the utility of new Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning methods for radiological image analysis and lung disease diagnosis

Current state of collaboration. The MedGIFT research group of the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES–SO), Sierre, Switzerland (Swiss group) and the Biomedical Image Analysis group from United Institute of Informatics Problems, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (Belarus group) have had a remote collaboration based on emails, telephone conferences and common conference organizations […]

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Eastern Partnership Security Policy Workshop “Situational Neutrality – A Strategic Option for In-between States?”

Neutrality as a concept is suited to combine academic research with applied policy in the Eastern European context. Switzerland’s experience in researching and applying neutrality is immensely valuable for a debate in the region, and particularly in Belarus between East/Russia and West/EU. In turn, Swiss research can benefit from the experience in applying and tailoring […]

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Brain cancer incidence and mortality–comparisons between Switzerland and Georgia

Tumours of the brain and the central nervous system (brain/CNS) include a collection of neoplasms (gliomas, meningiomas, and acoustic neuromas) that vary widely by the degree of malignancy. Aside from increasing age, high-dose radiation, and some hereditary syndromes, no risk factors for these tumours have been established and their etiology remains largely unknown (Bondy ML […]

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Formal Analysis and Verification of Accidents

This project aims to extend CAFAISHA, a cognitive architecture developed at NU, to incorporate STAMP, an accident causality model extensively used at ZHAW in industrial projects. CAFAISHA (Cognitive Architecture for the Formal Analysis of Interactive Systems and Human Activities) consists of an arbitrary number of system components, interfaces and human components interacting through two distinct […]

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Opioid maintenance therapy (OMT) in Belarus and Switzerland – a multistep project to enhance methodological knowledge and strengthen competencies in the further education of young scientists and physicians in the area of OMT

In the 1980s the consumption of illegal psychotropic substances, especially heroin, increased massively in Switzerland. The intervention methods, which were considered revolutionary at the time, included a harm reduction approach with the introduction of low threshold opioid maintenance programs (OMT) even in special settings like prisons. In addition to methadone and buprenorphine, heroin assisted treatment […]

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Establishing a Swiss-Kazakh collaboration for teaching and research studies on the Cenozoic paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental record of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan, being among the largest countries in the world, occupies a wide territory from Eastern Europe to China. The rich geological history and unique (paleo)geographic location of Kazakhstan provide an outstanding opportunity for investigating different aspects of Earth history, including climate evolution, desertification of Eurasia, history and development of vertebrate faunas. The main part of […]

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Collaboration in PTSD studies between UZH and Ilia State Univ. Tbilisi, Georgia

The project is aimed at knowledge transfer between University of Zurich and Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. PA from the Switzerland is Prof. Andreas Maercker and Co-PAs from Georgia are Proff. Jana Javakhishvili and Nino Makhashvili. The project goal is to establish closer collaboration in the field of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) between above mentioned universities and […]

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Development of an Energy Management System algorithm for a modular Energy Storage System

Residential prosumers are Smart Buildings, which are capable of feeding  energy into the grid based on renewable energy sources like photovoltaics  and at the same time can limit their energy consumption through controllable loads (e.g. heat pumps). Energy storage is an important element of residential prosumers, allowing to decouple production and consumption of electricity with […]

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Smart Supply Chain

Machine learning is becoming an unavoidable component for companies to remain competitive in today’s economy. Defined as a data processing discipline in which algorithms can “learn” from great range of data, those algorithms continuously review and refine models to do predictions (Vidal, 2017)*. Within the context of Supply Chain Management, predictive analytics can be defined […]

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Understanding extreme events driven by climate and cryospheric change in the Caucasus

The proposal is aimed to exchange the expertise from the Russian team in glaciers and remote sensing and natural hazards and tree-ring sciences from the Swiss team, and to form the next generation of young researchers in the field, and more precisely in the Mt Elbrus region (Caucasus). The Russian team will be led by […]

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Enhanced PhD Studies and Scientific Exchange

The principal goal of this pedagogical and scientific PSG is to enhance the PhD studies at both Department of Actuarial Science (DSA) of University of Lausanne (UNIL) and Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics Department, Math & Mech (PTMS) of Saint Petersburg State University (SPbSU). Currently, at DAS there are no specific courses in probability and […]

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The Summer School “The Masoretic Text, the Septuagint and Early Jewish Biblical Exegesis”

The scientific study of biblical texts is nowadays a highly complex interdisciplinary enterprise. It is no longer sufficient to master Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek and to possess the conventional text-critical skills. Rather, it has come become clear that it is also necessary to acquire a set of tools which allows to see different forms of […]

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Cross-Cultural studies: Switzerland-Russia

This PSG Program brings together two research teams from two universities, Saint Petersburg State University and the University of Lausanne, as well as Leman Russe Cultural Association, in Lausanne. The members of Swiss and Russian research teams will coordinate joint activities — a workshop and a doctoral school — in 2018-2019 and onwards. These initiatives will […]

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Exploring the synergy of proteogenomics and cold ion spectroscopy of biomolecules

This project aims to develop a long-term training exchange program between PhD students of EPFL and MIPT/INEPCP, involved in the field of cutting-edge bioinformatics of (MIPT/INEPCP) and state of art experimental cold ion spectroscopy (LCPM, EPFL). MIPT is a leading Russian technical university in physics/chemistry/biology. Institute of Energy Problems of Chemical Physics hosts PhD students […]

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Testing Modern Technologies for Inverted Classes in Healthcare Teaching

Background Inverted classroom, a flipped classroom model for higher education, is a form of blended learning consisting of self-learning classroom instruction. The learning phase is focused on factual knowledge and can be drawn from online multimedia support whereas the face-to-face classroom phase is designed to help assimilate and implement the acquired knowledge. Its aim is […]

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Towards High Dimensional Hyperentanglement

The goal of the present PSG is to trigger an active scientific and educational collaboration between the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Bern (UBE) and Department of Quantum Electronics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). In order to rapidly start a collaboration, a topic has been selected in which both applicant […]

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A keen look into the past: the archaeology of lakes and bogs in Russia and Switzerland

Prehistoric archaeology is a scientific discipline characterized by a pronounced interdisciplinarity. It deals with early human communities using modern scientific methods of analysis. The conservation conditions in archaeological sites are of fundamental importance for research. Of particular relevance are sites that favour the preservation of organic finds. These materials are generally not found in archaeological […]

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WECHSELWIRKUNGEN – INTERPLAY – ВЗАИМОДЕЙСТВИЯ – A Literary Translation Project for Junior Translators in Basel and Nizhny Novgorod

Aims The aim of the project is to organize two workshops that will lay the foundation for a program of regularly held workshops in the field of literary translation. The project will be carried out by lecturers of the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Basel and the Faculty of Translation at the […]

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Educational Network for Sustainable Water Resources

We request a funding for establishing a high standing network for long-term exchange and collaboration on education and research between the University of Geneva and Astrakhan State University working in the field of aquatic sciences. Water is critical for  human and planetary well-being, and water-related challenges are in the hearth of the quest toward sustainable […]

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Joint Course in Epidemiology – Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Siberian State Medical University

Synopsis The common vision of Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (SwissTPH) and Siberian State Medical University in Tomsk (SSMU), Russian Federation, is a joint annual course in epidemiology. The current project represents a practical start of this joint teaching activity and consists of (i) analysis of the course needs, (ii) development of curriculum and […]

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