Seminar 2016

Seminar on Seed Money Projects with Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

As part of the exploratory activities with Latin America, on 17 November 2016, EPFL Leading House organised the Seminar: “Encouraging Swiss scientific collaboration with Latin America: How to take Seed Money projects to the next level?“.

The event gathered Swiss granted researchers, their Latin American partners, the Swiss research community and the general public interested in Swiss – Latin American research cooperation. Granted researchers and their partners presented the results of their projects and discussed their cooperation experiences and prospects with participants.

Representatives of funding agencies and experts talked about funding instruments for collaboration with Latin American countries and discussed the opportunities and challenges to take Seed Money projects to the next level.

Exploration of bilateral research collaboration with Latin America 2013-2016 – read more



Part 1:  Scientific collaboration experiences, results and prospects

Argentina: “Morphological diversity and growth in cattle and horse domestication: The Vaca Nata and the Falabella from Argentina”, Marcelo Sánchez, University of Zurich, Daniel Núñez, IANIGLA-CONICET 

“Experimental and numerical characterization of the mechanical behavior of ultra-high performance fibre-reinforced concrete under high loading rate”, (Ezio Cadoni, SUPSI), Bibiana Luccioni, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman

Chile: “Cooperating toward greater social quality: Designing a need-based intergroup contact situation”, Johannes Ullrich, University of Zurich, Tabea Hässler, University of Zurich, Daniel Valdenegro, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Colombia: “Cost-effective strengthening solutions to reduce vulnerability of new Colombian building construction typology”, (Katrin Beyer, EPFL), Joao Almeida, EPFL, Lisandro Jiménez, Universidad del Valle 

Mexico: “Urban, rural and indigenous ritual practices in Mexico between symbolism and political strategies”, Silvia Mancini, University of Lausanne, David Robichaux, Universidad Iberoamericana


Part 2:  How to take Seed Money projects to the next level? : Opportunities and challenges

Mexico: “Chemical defenses in wild and cultivated cotton plants”, Ted Turlings, University of Neuchatel

Colombia: “A pilot integrative knowledge base for the characterization and tracjing of multiresistant Acinetobacter baumannii in Colombian hospitals”, Laurent Falquet, University of Fribourg 

Stéphanie Boder-Pasche, International Cooperation, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Tristan Piguet, Programme Manager, International Funding / EUresearch, EPFL


Part 3: Wrap up and conclusions

Gabriela Tejada, EPFL Leading House