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NCCR MSE and Locarno Film Festival launch pioneering cooperation

World-renowned Locarno Film Festival and NCCR MSE merge expertise to initiate a unique cooperation: for its 72nd edition (August 7 – 17, 2019) the festival has invited NCCR MSE to discuss the ethical challenges of its research and to join the new ‘BaseCamp laboratory of ideas’ with a group of young scientists (PhD students and Postdocs).

On August 16, 2019 NCCR MSE will stage one of the three Locarno Talks la Mobiliare and discuss
"The ethical challenges of engineering life and the effects on human identity". Presenting this Swiss National Science Foundation project will be NCCR co-director Daniel Müller (ETHZ), human developmental biologist Barbara Treutlein (ETHZ) and NCCR ethicist Ralf Stutzki (Basel University). This event in front of live audience will also be broadcast live on the internet and traditionally attracts considerable media attention.

Friday, 16 August 2019 at 11 am
"Ethical challenges of engineering life and the effects on human identity"
Locarno Film Festival, Locarno TI
Spazio Cinema
Free entrance

In addition, Locarno Film Festival has invited a group of young NCCR MSE scientists to join the “BaseCamp” initiative from August 7 to August 17. 200 international young talents are expected to attend this lab of ideas, coming from different artistic disciplines (Music, Graphic, Photography, Interaction Design, etc.):

  • Students from the Swiss Art and Cinema Schools (HEAD, ZHDK, HSLU, ECAL, CISA)
  • Students from the best European Cinema Schools
  • Talents coming from all over the world, who have already participated in the previous Locarno Academy editions and who represent young promises of the
  • Film Industry, from directors to critics and many other fields of cinema.
  • A group of young photographers that will create a fanzine for the Locarno Film Festival.

Program includes discovering lesser-known Festival initiatives, exchange and learning opportunities, such as Filmmakers Academy screenings, professional Masterclasses, meetings dedicated to the Swiss cinema organized by the Locarno Academy for young people, artistic performances beyond the official program and much more.

BaseCamp will be a great opportunity for our young researchers to connect with visual artists from all over the world and to develop the possibilities and potential of visualizing the MSE NCCR research.

The Locarno Film Festival, founded in 1946, has a long tradition of reflecting on the future and sees its role to search for and “rediscover the value and visionary power of words and thoughts”. NCCR MSE is pleased to become part of vision and looks forward to the exchange of ideas and expertise.


Ralf Stutzki, Head Ethics