Press Review / Media Releases
The Institute of Geography in the media
28 February 2019
Small and medium-sized towns are surprisingly innovative
Small and medium-sized towns are increasingly appearing on the radar of policy makers all over Europe. Findings from a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation on the role and significance of these towns in Switzerland show that national policy and planning overlook their potential.
SNSF media release on the interdisciplinary project (GIUB: Heike Mayer) on small and medium-sized towns
© horizons (SNF), 6 December 2018
Tracking antimony in Chinese rice fields
Jaime Caplette studied antimony in the rice fields of rural China. Back in Switzerland, this Canadian geologist is looking for it near to shooting ranges.
© The Guardian, 27 April 2018
The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted
Major study finds microplastics in soil across Switzerland and scientists warn urgent research is needed into impacts on food safety as other countries may be worse affected.
The soil science group at the Institute of Geography analysed 29 floodplains from Geneva to the Grisons. This study not only led to a large media response in Switzerland on radio and television and in print media:
© Television SRF, 28 April 2018
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© Radio SRF, 30 April 2018
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© Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ, 27 April 2018
© Blick, 27 April 2018
© Luzerner Zeitung, 27 April 2018
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© 20 Minuten, 27 April 2018
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© watson, 27 April 2018
© Le Matin, 29 April 2018
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© Der Bund, 21 March 2018
Small capital cities
Capital cities that are not the dominant economic centers of their nations – so-called ‘secondary capital cities’ (SCCs). Newspaper article (in German)
© Der Bund, 11 June 2016
Climate change and migration yesterday and today
In this interview, Heinz Wanner answers questions about extreme weather events over the past years and about global climate change.
© HORIZON – The EU Research & Innovation Magazine, 5. November 2015
Is there arsenic in your rice?
Around half the rice-based products aimed at children, including baby rice, rice crackers and cereals, contain arsenic in quantities that will exceed EU limits due to come into force on 1 January 2016, according to researchers who are investigating the prevalence of the carcinogen in food.