Agora Forum, september 3, at blueFACTORY, Fribourg

2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of Agora, the funding instrument of the SNSF dedicated to science communication.

A full day grant writing training with experts
in science communication.

Optimus Agora

Presentation and celebration of the
2021 Optimus Agora prize winner.


Introductory Notes

Sylvia Jeney (SNSF), Bernhard Fuhrer (SNIS), Ruxandra Stoicescu (SNIS)


Iain Stewart (Royal Scientific Society), Ellen Hertz (University of Neuchâtel) , Alexandre Roulin (University of Lausanne), Hanna Wick (President Agora Evaluation Panel), Christian Du Brulle (Agora Evaluation Panel)

Communication Expert Pitch

Cornelia Eisenach, Martin Schick, Alice Sala, Shaula Fiorelli, Nicolas Kramar, Servan Grüninger




Discovery Workshop




Development Workshop



Agora Optimus Prize

Christophe Dessimoz, Marie-Claude Blatter, Monique Zahn, Natasha Glover, Andries Hannaart

Useful Documents

Discovery Workshop

Nicolas Kramar PDF (Exhibition)

Shaula Fiorelli PDF (Teaching)

Cornelia Eisenach PDF (Science Journalism)

Martin Schick PDF (Performance Arts)

Servan Grüninger PDF (Policy & Policitcs / Social Media)


Science Communication Experts


Martin Schick is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in cultural management. He developed a cultural concept inspired by Social Permaculture for blueFACTORY. Institutional practice – building and co-creating fantastic institutions – has become his passion and main occupation. On the side, he still makes unconventional art, runs a residency for resistant artists and activists, or helps others think and act outside the box.  

Martin Schick

Performance Arts


She works independently for the Swiss media. Before, she was a journalist for the science magazine and she also contributed to the science section at the Sunday’s NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung).

Cornelia Eisenach

Science Journalist


Alice Esmeralda Sala : anthropologist and video-maker.

She started playing with a camera and an editing table during her studies in anthropology and was seduced by the idea of joining social sciences analyses and a more democratic language than academic writing.

She is currently writing a PhD in economic anthropology, on the global trade of e-waste and used electronics. 

She is the co-founder of the visual anthropology association aREC, a collective exploring visual anthropology in its different roles as tool for data collection, observation or restitution of the results.

Alice Sala



He is a research fellow at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Zurich in the Applied Statistics group of Professor Reinhard Furrer. He also gives talks about science in media and trainings in science communication.

Servan Grüninger

Politics & Policy / Social Media


Nicolas Kramar’s professional path has been characterized by a double culture; in natural sciences with a PhD in geochemistry and in Humanities with a research master degree in history, philosophy and didactics of sciences. For more than 15 years, he has participated in numerous scientific mediation activities and has taken part to researches in sciences of education. Since 2013, he has been the director of the Musée de la nature du Valais. In this context, he has developed various projects including the world’s first exhibition on Anthropocene produced by a natural history museum (2016 SCNAT Expo Prize). 

Nicolas Kramar

Exhibition / Museum

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She is a Scientific Collaborator at the Mathematics Section of the University of Geneva.
Since June 2014, she is responsible for the communication of the NCCR SwissMAP.
She is also co-responsible for the Mathscope, a place where groups (schools) can visit for discovery activities and playful and interactive experiments.

Shaula Fiorelli

Teaching / Schools

Agora Evaluation Committee Members


Hanna Wick has worked as a science-journalist for over 15 years, in print for the daily newspaper „Neue Zürcher Zeitung“ as well as in radio and TV for the Swiss Public Broadcaster SRF.

In 2014 she was elected „Science journalist of the year“ in Switzerland. Currently she is tudying to become a teacher for physics and math at the University of Zurich. 

Hanna Wick



Professor Andy Miah, PhD is Chair of Science Communication & Future Media in the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford, Manchester, where he teaches on degrees in Wildlife Conservation, Science Communication, and Biomedical Science. Professor Miah is renowned for his research into ethics and emerging technologies.

Andy Miah


Christian Du Brulle is a journalist with a special interest for science, research, innovation and their societal challenges. After a career in the written press (,, he created in 2014, a digital media popularizing science.
He is the author of four books related to science, the environment and technology. 

Christian Du Brulle


Olivier Devuyst, M.D., Ph.D., graduated from UCLouvain in Brussels (Belgium) and trained in Brussels and at the Technion Institute (Haifa, Israel) and the Johns Hopkins Medical School (Baltimore, USA). He is Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) and has a joint appointment in nephrology at UCLouvain Medical School and Saint-Luc Academic Hospital in Brussels.

Olivier Devuyst


Professor Caldara has an original interdisciplinary profile in visual and social neuroscience. He is interested on how visual information is processed, integrated and differs across humans, from micro eye movements into macro neural processes. Prof. Caldara has produced a number of high-quality original publications and introduced novel methods in eye movements and EEG analyses.

Roberto Caldara


Mike S. Schäfer is Professor of Science Communication at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Director of the Center for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS) at the University of Zurich.  His research focuses on science communication, online communication, and science-related attitudes.

Mike S. Schäfer


Since 2000, Emmanuelle Giacometti has been the director of the Espace des inventions, a cultural institution in Lausanne whose mission is to awaken the interest of children and families in natural and technical sciences. Holding a physics PhD, she is passionate about scientific mediation and very much interested in exploring new approaches to arousing curiosity and interest in scientific subjects.



Markus Weißkopf is Executive Director at Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), a role he has held since January 2012. Markus studied politics and management in Konstanz (Germany) and Madrid. After working as a management consultant, he established the “Haus der Wissenschaft” (House of Science) in Braunschweig (Germany) and became its Executive Director shortly after.

Markus Weisskopf


Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

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