Science Film Academy

About

  • The Science Film Academy is founded by Swiss scientists and filmmakers, all with one passion “science communication through film”.

  • The main showcase of the Science Film Academy is the Global Science Film Festival with its first edition in 2017.

  • The Global Science Film Festival promotes constructive dialogue between filmmakers, scientists and society about global and essential challenges that we are facing as human beings

  • Since 2014, members of the Academy established educational programs for science film in nine Swiss universities and research centres

Board of Directors  (Alphabetical Order)

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Angelone is a biologist and filmmaker. He teaches “Filmmaking for Scientists”, “Storytelling Science”, “Filmmaking Marathon” and “Video-journalism for Scientists” at different universities, research institutes and film festivals. He is the founder of the Global Science Film Festival in Switzerland, and works as a jury-member for prestigious film festivals. Angelone has directed several fiction and documentary films, mainly focusing on issues relating to science and the environment. He has developed scientific research on population genetics, diseases, forensics, wildlife conservation, social media, and human-elephant conflict. Angelone holds a PhD in population genetics, and master’s degrees in film studies and film direction. MORE INFORMATION

SAMER ANGELONE

ZURICH UNIVERSITY

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Frei is a renowned international filmmaker and film producer. Since 2006, Frei has been an associate lecturer on Reflection Competence at the University of St. Gallen. From 2006 to 2009 he was presidentof the “Documentary Film Commission” for the film section of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is since August 2010 the president of the Swiss Film Academy.

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CHRISTIAN FREI

FILMMAKER

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Junier is a full professor at the University of Neuchâtel. She obtained her PhD in microbial sciences in 2004 from the University of Chile. Her main research interest is microbial ecology, using as model terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. She works simultaneously on basic and applied science. Junier has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles during her career.

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PILAR EUGENIA JUNIER

NEUCHATEL UNIVERSITY

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Hall teaches environmental humanities courses in a science-based environmental studies program at the University of Zurich.  Holding a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Hall is a historian of science and the environment, recently serving as Vice-President for the European Society for Environmental History. His research focuses on restoration, biological invasion, and disease ecology.

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MARCUS HALL

ZURICH UNIVERSITY

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Kesselring did his PhD at the the Botanical Institute of the University of Basel on phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation of alpine plants. From 2015 to 2017 he continued research as a Post-Doc at the University of Basel and focused on the mating system of common alpine flowering plants and their pollinating bees. Since 2017, he works as a freelance videographer and has worked on assignments for Museums, Universities, as well as private companies and independent films. 

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HALIL KESSELRING

FILMMAKER

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Linder obtained his PhD at the Science Faculty of the University of Geneva where he works now as professor at the Medical Faculty.He devoted part of his professional activities to outreach the large public. Some highlights amongst many other activities are the “School-University interface Bioutils”, the “Journéesde Microbiologie” at the University of Geneva, and the teaching activities organized by the Platform Biology of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences. 

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PATRICK LINDER

GENEVA UNIVERSITY

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After studying Biology at the ETH in Zurich, Sedivy has been working at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL for 3 years. She then changed to Swiss national TV SRF where she worked for 11 years producing nature documentaries for the Swiss program called “NetzNatur”. She is currently employed at the  Swiss television program called “Schweizaktuell”, where she is responsible for nature and environment related topics.

ISABELLA SEDIVY

SWISS NATIONAL TV SRF

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Thieme leads the research unit “Geography and Sustainability” at the Department of Geography, University of Bern and initiated a medialabas a co-working space for students and researchers interested at working on and with film and other media. Her inter- and trans-disciplinary research focuses on processes of globalisation and sustainable development, in particular, different forms of (im)mobilitiesin the context of education and work and governance of resources. 

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SUSAN THIEME

BERN UNIVERSITY

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