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Swiss Students Share Their GLOBE Research Projects – and Their GLOBE Story – at U.S. Embassy in Switzerland
In July 2018, a group of five Swiss students and their teacher, Andreas Schmid, from Kantonsschule Olten traveled to Killarney, Ireland, for the 2018 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) to present their scientific research projects to hundreds of other international students, teachers, and scientists.At the GLE, the group presented two environmental research projects and were one of the few groups invited to participate in a story-telling program designed to help scientists better communicate their research results to the average listener.
On 06 September 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland – as a follow-up to their experience at the GLE – invited the students to come and present their research projects, as well as impressions of their exciting GLE experience, to students, teachers, school administrators, GLOBE Swiss representatives, and U.S. Embassy staff. Their lively, and very professional, presentation provided a taste of what they experienced – and shared – in Ireland.
The Embassy event was kicked off by GLOBE Switzerland President François Gingins, who provided an overview of The GLOBE Program and reported on the objectives of GLOBE Switzerland. His presentation was focused on the importance of international collaboration, stating that student research activities and projects provide a significant value to all involved.
DCM Erath also had the opportunity to speak to the group. She explained that The GLOBE Program advances a number of U.S. foreign policy priorities, including showcasing science and technology innovations, improving understanding of the environment, promoting English language learning, and empowering diverse populations.
Guests at the event showed their enthusiasm for the students and their GLOBE efforts – and the curious students asked as many questions as they answered. The reception was extremely friendly, animated, and cheerful; it will leave a lasting impression on everyone involved.
To learn more about this event, you can read the U.S. Embassy Report by clicking here.
This Star Story was submitted by Juliette Vogel, Switzerland Country Coordinator.