Past events

  • confronti 2021 - "Life, Work, Travel. New economic senarios"

    Lugano, November 16th 2021

    The 2021 edition of confronti hosted a lively and interdisciplinary debate concerning the new trends in residential choices, working styles, and travel behaviour and their impact on personal well-being and the environment. The boundaries between public and private, work and leisure are increasingly blurred: new lifestyles and habits emerge, cities adapt, companies may take advantage of new business opportunities, and researchers and the public sector face the challenge of interpreting and supporting the transition.

We discussed this interesting challenge together with Roberto Badaracco, president of the LAC and director of the Dicastero Cultura, Sport ed Eventi in Lugano, Elena Cogato Lanza, architect and professor at the MER EPFL (ENAC Lab-U), Emanuele Saurwein, architect and CEO at the LANDS Studio, Elena Marchiori, scientific collaborator of the Lugano Living Lab, Romano Wyss, EPFL researcher and member of “Village Office” team, Monica Besomi, head of Sales & Marketing at the Ferrovia Monte Generoso, and Alice Mela, co-founder of the residential co-working space Remoto.

Further information on the event is available here.

 

 

  • confronti 2020 - "Performance and creativity for a resilient economy"

    Lugano, November 26th 2020

    In the next months the Swiss and global economy will have to live with the pandemic. The 2020 edition of confronti provided an original perspective by exploring the strategies to ensure economic prosperity in Canton Ticino in a world characterized by uncertainty and an increased risk of unpredictable shocks. Starting from the assumption that resilience is a key feature for any regional economy, confronti 2020 evaluated the ingredients of a successful strategy drawing from the logic of sport performance and cultural creativity.

After the welcome speech by Roberto Badaracco (president of the Ente autonomo LAC and head of the Dicastero Cultura, sport ed eventi), the discussion started with two contributions from Luciano Canova, behavioural economist and expert in sport economics (Scuola Enrico Mattei) and from Christoph Weckerle, expert in the field of creative industry (Zurich University of the Arts). The second part of the event hosted an open debate involving leading local experts and players in the two fields of creative and sport industries: Bea Lundmark (Comune di Massagno, former high jump champion), Claudio Chiapparino (head of the Divisione eventi e congressi, Dicastero Cultura, sport, eventi, Città di Lugano), Paolo Duca (sporting director HC Ambrì-Piotta, former hockey player), Gianfranco Palermo, (EVP Global Finance Bally), and Simona Zanette (managing director Hearst Digital), who helped us draw the event conclusions.

Further information on the event is available here.

 

  • confronti 2019 - "Economic choices and environmental sustainability"

    Lugano, November 5th 2019

    The yearly event of the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) focussed this time on the challenge of ensuring the shift towards a sustainable economy without endangering economic welfare and growth. Luca Mercalli, an Italian climatologist with a broad experience in scientific dissemination, and Lucas Bretschger, professor of economics at the ETH Zurich, provided their hints for a lively debate with an audience of approximately 200 students, citizens, and stakeholders. Before the debate, the event participants were also involved in three interactive games concerning the future of the energy system, the use and depletion of renewable resources, and the effectiveness of different incentives to foster green choices among travellers and tourists.

Further information on the event is available here.

 

  • IRE at EXPO 2017 Astana – Future Energy

    Astana, 10th – 12th July 2017

    On July 10th to 12th the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) set up its Energy Game at the Swiss pavilion at EXPO 2017 Astana - Future Energy.

    The Energy Game challenges the participants by letting them think at how energy production affects our lives and the environment, but also at how our beliefs shape our decisions and opinions on this topic.

    Almost 600 visitors participated in the Game during the three days. Prof. Rico Maggi and PhD student Alessandra Motz also had the pleasure of welcoming in the Game the Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer and the Genevan State Councilor Pierre Maudet with their delegations, and briefly discussing with them topics which are crucial to the future of Switzerland.

    Click here to see the results of the Energy Game and our pictures and videos.

 

  • IRE at the “National Debate 2017 – Urban mobility: how will Swiss citizens travel and commute in the future?”

Lausanne, 25-27 January 2017
Alessandra Motz, PhD candidate at the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) and project manager at the O-FPE, participated in a debate concerning the future of mobility and involving around 20 students of the Ecole des Arches in Lausanne. The debate was organized and promoted by the Science et Cité foundation, within the national project “Science & You(th)”.

Description and results of the “Energy game”

 

  • IRE at the “National Debate 2017 – Urban mobility: how will Swiss citizens travel and commute in the future?”

Bellinzona, 16-18 January 2017
Alessandra Motz, PhD candidate at the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) and project manager at the O-FPE, participated in a debate concerning the future of mobility and involving around 40 students of the Scuola Cantonale di Commercio in Bellinzona. The debate was organized by the Ideatorio (USI) and promoted by the Science et Cité foundation, within the national project “Science & You(th)”.

Description and results of the “Energy game”

 

On the occasion of the Canton Ticino days at the EXPO, on July 11th 2015 the Institute for Economic Research (IRE) had the chance of presenting two ongoing research projects and involving some EXPO visitors in a simple game dealing with energy and sustainability issues. Focus of the day was the way the citizens’ attitudes, values, beliefs and habits can favour or hinder the transition towards a sustainable and nuclear-free electric system and a sustainable transport system.