Swiss Science Film Academy
The SWISS 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
Since 2014, the Academy established educational programs for science film in eleven Swiss universities and research centres
Since 2016, the Academy established the Science Filmmaking Marathon in Switzerland
Download the Report of the Swiss Science Film Academy 2019 German
Board of Directors & Jury (Alphabetical Order)
UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH
Angelone is a filmmaker and scientist. He is the founder of the Global Science Film Festival, and works as a jury-member for prestigious international film festivals. Angelone has directed several fiction and documentary films. He teaches 'Filmmaking for Scientists', 'Storytelling & Storyboarding Science', and 'Video-journalism for Scientists' at different universities, research institutes and film festivals.
Angelone holds two PhDs in Film Studies and Biology MORE INFORMATION
CHRISTIAN FREI (Jury)
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. In 2021 the University of St. Gallen awarded Frei an honorary doctorate of social sciences. MORE INFORMATION
JANET HERING (Jury)
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF AQUATIC SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (EAWAG)
Hering is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag), Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETHZ) and Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). She is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. Hering was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 2017. MORE INFORMATION
MARKUS IMHOOF (Jury)
Imhoof studied German Literature, Arts and History in Zurich and attended the film class at the Zurich Academy of Arts. Two of his first documentaries were prohibited in Switzerland, but were awarded several times. In 1981 his feature film “Das Boot ist voll” won a Silver Bear at the Berlinale and was nominated for the Oscar. His film "More than Honey" was the most successful Swiss documentary of all time. Imhoof is member of the Academy of Arts Berlin, the European Film Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences AMPAS in Los Angeles. MORE INFORMATION
PILAR EUGENIA JUNIER
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. MORE INFORMATION
UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH
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.
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. MORE INFORMATION
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. MORE INFORMATION
SWISS NATIONAL TV SRF
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.
UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH
Schaepman-Strub is Professor of Earth System Science at the University of Zurich and Scientific Director of the Swiss Polar Institute. She is regularly out in the Siberian Arctic for fieldwork. Her research focuses on global change drivers and their interaction with Arctic biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and people.
Thieme is Professor of Critical Sustainability Studies at the Department of Geography, University of Bern. Her research focusses on justice and sustainability at the interfaces of migration, (im)mobility, work and education. She initiated and now co-leads the mLAB (https://mlab.unibe.ch/) with a main interest in transdisciplinarity and making new media, art and digital technologies an integral part of research activities and develop unorthodox coalitions of aesthetics and geography. MORE INFORMATION