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‘Science faces a manyfold mission: Searching for truth and thus reflecting the intrinsic value of enlightenment, contributing to sustainable developments – and at the same time reflecting on societal challenges with a critical distance.’ – Barbara Haering. She goes on to state that it is by transcending the inherent conflicts of these missions, that ‘science creates added value’.
With a focus on her work in science innovation, Barbara Haering, one of the most vibrant and visible figures in Swiss politics, governance and policy making in the 1990s and early 2000s will walk us through how she has remained at the heart of science innovation and policy making, examining the impact of science, security and the environment on the public forum in a country that prides itself on its unique, referendum-based democratic traditions. The session will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
In collaboration with Swissnex in India, Consulate General of Switzerland:
Barbara Haering works at the interface of strategic planning, scientific expertise, applied research, decision-making and implementation in institutions and companies. As an independent consultant to public administrations, ministries, universities and private companies, she focuses on research and innovation and public sector reform. Haering studied environmental sciences at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) where she completed her studies with a doctorate on participatory processes in local planning. She is now on the Vice-President Board of the ETH Domain.
In the past, Haering has chaired the Security Policy Commission and the Commission for Science, Education and Culture and as Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Currently, she is involved in science policy as Vice President of the ETH Board and is a member of the Swiss National Expert Group on Natural Hazards (PLANAT). In addition, she works as a lecturer at the University of Lausanne.
Founder and director of econcept AG, an international research and consultancy firm, she is dedicated to providing practicable solutions in politics, economy and society.