Expo Astana 2017 Future Energy
The Swiss pavilion at Expo 2017 in Astana encourages visitors to reflect on their energy use and the management of natural resources. It informs the public about energy efficiency and sustainability, with the focus on renewable energy sources. It also shows off the beauty of the Swiss countryside and promotes Switzerland as fertile ground for scientific research and innovation.
Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is host to the 2017 World Expo. The pavilions of the 115 participating countries are open to the visiting public from 10 June to 10 September. The theme of this year's exhibition is 'Future Energy' and the aim is to raise awareness about renewable energy sources, natural resource management and environmental conservation.
The Swiss pavilion makes a point of interacting with the public, designed as an organic-poetic setting in which visitors can roam around three differently themed houses. With energy transition as the common thread throughout the pavilion, the individual attractions prompt visitors to think more about their own energy use and the inherent potential of nature as a source of energy.
Inviting people to participate, experiment and get involved
Visitors' first point of contact with Switzerland is a short film that immerses them in the heart of the Alps. Here they can experience the glaciers in all their splendour, as seen from the Monte Rosa Hut - an ultra-modern mountain hut that is self-sufficient in energy. Viewers can learn about its innovative solutions for heating and solar energy and see for themselves the potential for generating energy from photovoltaic panels. The film ends with a presentation of the solar-powered aircraft SolarStratos, illustrating the many possibilities of solar energy.
This is followed by a culinary display of Swiss cuisine, with a rösti cooked in front of the visitors. The demonstration shows how our day-to-day decisions can affect the environment: for example, if we choose to buy local rather than imported products or if we use no more than the right amount of water when cooking. The point of this is for visitors to realise how each and every one of us has an impact on the environment and that even simple changes can make for a more sustainable future.
The third house in the pavilion focuses on the conflicts that exist in relation to drinking water and the importance of international cooperation in managing this precious resource. A short film presents these topics and stresses the need to get everyone involved in the discussions on managing water and other natural resources for the sake of their conservation.
In a cross-functional zone, the swissnex lab showcases the spirit of Swiss innovation and know-how in public-private R&D partnerships, particularly in energy production and use. In the special events, workshops and temporary exhibits organised by swissnex, Switzerland is presented as a thriving hub of innovation and a platform for exchange and cooperation among researchers, students and business start-ups.
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Expo Astana 2017 Activities
3-day course on “Applied DNA Technology”
The 3-day course organized conjointly by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and swissnex Lab Astana gives a technical and theoretical overview over DNA technologies and their application in various fields such as ecotoxicological studies, human disease diagnostics and putative future applications in disease therapeutics and engineering technologies. A practical laboratory course on polymorphism determination on own DNA and gene expression studies on the fish Danio rerio for ecotoxicological studies accompanies the lecture part.
Bertrand Piccard and Erik Solheim (UN director): “Options and solutions for a clean energy future”
UN Environment joins efforts with Switzerland and Solar Impulse to promote a cleaner energy future through two main engagements at Astana EXPO. Firstly, a high-level Dialogue: “Options and solutions for a clean energy future” (working title) with Erik Solheim, Bertrand Piccard and the Swiss ambassador to Kazakhstan Urs Schmid.
This interactive roundtable will allow participants to hear how smart and sustainable choices in the energy sector could contribute to the current challenges of energy security, air pollution and, more generally, sustainable societies.
This event will take place on the 24th of August in the Swiss pavilion. 50 participants - influencers in Central Asia - will be invited to attend the dialogue. The event will be broadcasted and thus accessible, live, for the broader public online. The event will be followed by a networking cocktail.
In addition to the dialogue, a working breakfast with the Kazak authorities and a lunch with selected Central Asian journalists will be organized.
Design renewable energy systems with enthusiasm
Polysun is the leading simulation software for renewable energy systems (solar thermal, photovoltaics, geothermal, heat pumps). Well-designed and technically flawless solar systems are an essential requirement for an efficient system operation and a high system yield. The interactive workshop will introduce professionals from universities and companies to the software and to renewable energy system design in general.
The course is free of charge and a temporary license will be given to the participants.
Contact Andreas Wolf (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and enrolment.