Scientifica – Switzerland’s biggest science festival

Roland Baumann, Euprio Conference Poznan 2019 speaker

Roland Baumann & Theo von Däniken - Switzerland

Roland Baumann studied economics and Russian literature at the University of Zurich and went on to complete an advanced federal diploma in PR consulting. During his studies he worked as a consultant for a small business consultancy. After some years as a business consultant, he joined the Swiss National Bank's communications department. He focused on media relations, intranet and internet, and worked on various communications projects. Baumann joined ETH Zurich Corporate Communications in May 2007 where he has held roles including Public Relations team leader. Since September 2016 he has been co-heading the Content team

ETH Zurich and University of Zurich started Scientifica in 2011 as a strategic project – to reduce the barriers of entering a university among the population but also to show politicians the importance of (basic) research

The main goal of the two universities in Zurich at the launch of Scientifica in 2011 was to show how (basic) research shapes society at large and that universities are an important location advantage for Zurich.

We show the development from the written concept over the first improvised festival to the sixth edition of Scientifica in 2019, when we had roughly 25’000 guests.

We discuss the success factors, but also challenges we haven’t solved yet and will address some open questions related to the future of the event.