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Residency Program

National projects

The artists-in-labs program is part of the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts, Zurich University of the Arts and explores since 2033 current discourses between Art and Science.

We consider the worldwide interest on Art and Science as a specific curatorial and cultural practice. By means of exhibitions, conferences, workshops and books we intend to engage the public with this practice .

With our long-term Swiss residencies for artists in science labs we intend to deepen findings, approaches and problems and to create the necessary space for joint work and mutual exchange.


International projects

The artists-in-labs program International Residency Exchange projects aim to build up international networks in Art and Science with the goal to establish sustainable and long-term collaborations between scientific and cultural institutions worldwide. 

Our international art-science residencies in science laboratories provide artists with the opportunity to engage with scientists for several months on a global scale. The (cultural) setting and framing as well as the historical traditions are responsible for results in the sciences and in the arts. Therefore the possibility of a transcultural and transdisciplinary dialog and by juxtaposing concepts and procedures of different countries and knowledge cultures, offers a significant room to reflect on ideas and ideologies of the other, the foreign or the unfamiliar, and to explore a range of scientific topics, methods and technologies as well as the site of the laboratory, in renown science laboratories worldwide.


artists-in-labs KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange 2016

The artists-in-labs KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange 2016 is a collaboration between the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS), the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Eawag in Zurich and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia Zurich and Pro Helvetia, Cairo Office.

The artists-in-labs KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange will sponsor four residency awards in 2016:
• 2 residencies for a three-month period in scientific research groups at KAUST in Saudi Arabia, and
• 2 residencies for a three-month period in scientific research groups at Eawag in Zurich, Switzerland.


Russian-Swiss Residency Exchange

Claudia Comte (CH) and the Urban Fauna Laboratory collective (RU) were selected by the jury as artists in lab for the Russian-Swiss Residency Exchange 2015!

The Russian-Swiss Residency Exchange is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia "Swiss Made in Russia"


Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange

Documentary:

Aline Veillat - Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE) Sichuan, China

Alexandre Joly - Chengdu Insitute of Biologie (CIB) Sichuan, China

Aniu - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf, Switzerland

Liao Wenfeng - Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf, Switzerland


Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange 2011 - 2013

Documentary 2011/2012:

Surekha Anil Kumar - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf, Switzerland

Adrien Missika - National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India

Documentary 2012/2013:

Neha Thakar - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Dübendorf. Switzerland

Dominique Lämmli - National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India


Art

Artists

 

Aniu 2009/10

Project: Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange 2009/2010
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz (Eawag), Dübendorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Aquatic Ecology

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Biography

Aniu was born in 1969 in Guangdong Province and graduated from Shanghai Light Industry Institute in 1993. Today he lives and works in Shenzen (Guangdong Province). Aniu is a member of the French agency VU and has exhibited his works in China as well as in Denmark, France, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. His book “Times of Fantasy” was published in 2007.

Project

After the first months of research on the lab's topics, methods and communication, Aniu started to develop his artistic project. Observing the world of small organisms under the microscope and after extensive experiments with liquids, Aniu merged his interest for the science itself with his interest for the scientists. Inspired by the inner-lab communication network he developed a questionnaire. He distributed it to more than 300 scientists at EAWAG, asking questions on love, happiness and future. He got back one answer from each scientist participating, on small sheet of paper and in the respective mother tongue. Aniu placed each of this handwritten notes in a small dish, filled in water with small aquatic animals in it and put it under a microscope. Under the influence of the water and the animals, the messages vanished over time. The artist documented this process with text and photographs; the documentation was finally published in the book "When Small Sees Big".

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Bojanowski Marie-France 2011

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs program 2011
Institute/Lab: Native Systems Group (NSG), ETH Zürich
Scientific Discipline: Computer Science

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Marie-France Bojanowski is an artist from Montreal based in Zurich since 2006. She has been active at the crossroads of art, design, filmmaking and information technology for more than 20 years. Marie-France privileges a transdisciplinary creative process where ideas can be challenged from different human, social, cultural and scientific perspectives.
She is a founder and artistic director of Montreal-based collective Farine Orpheline (1996-2006) with who she conducted various time-based storytelling projects internationally in city neighbourhoods, derelict factories, museums, psychiatric hospital and boat. These include soundwalks, performed installations, exhibitions and media devices. Marie-France created >100 short and medium documentary films for North-American and European channels, as well as media installations for scenic purposes.

Project

Marie-France developed an immersive panoramic experience with photography and brain-interaction using EEG sensors. This led her to ideate a tangible media for haptic neurofeedback, a research project that was granted funding from the Hasler Foundation to develop a prototype with ETH engineers. She is currently pursuing this research on haptic interaction with an object aiming at enhancing our connection to the present moment.

www.mauimaus.io

Boulos Mark 2015

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs program
Institute/Lab: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Brain Mind Institute, Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
Scientific Discipline: Neuroscience

Biography

The video artist Mark Boulos lives and workes in Amsterdam and Geneva. He works across documentary filmmaking, multi-screen video installation, photography, digital interactive art, drama, animation and virtual reality.

http://www.markboulos.com

Codourey Monika 2008

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2008
Institute/Lab: The Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCI-LAB), Universität Basel
Scientific Discipline: Cognitive Psychology and Methodology

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Monika Codourey (-Wisniewska) is a registered architect in Warsaw/Poland and Berlin/Germany. She has received her degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia in Canada. She pursued her postgraduate studies in the field of Information Architecture at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich and participated in VI Bauhaus Kolleg in Dessau in Germany. The range of her transdisciplinary projects combines her interests in Architecture, Urbanity and creative and critical use of ICT (information and communication technologies) for social/urban design.

The focus of her recent works lies on the relations between changing spacio-temporal structures of contemporary city and electronic networks. These relations she understands and investigates as hybrid action, intervention and possible places for socio-cultural production of information society. In particular she investigates transformation of socio-spacial mobilities in transit spaces such airports. She creates research-based works around spaces of `kinetic` subjects of different national and social status.

www.inom.info

Della Giustina Christina 2011

Project: Swiss artist-in-labs Programm 2011
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL), Birmensdorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Ecology and Environment

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Biography

Christina Della Giustina lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied Philosophy, Art History, and Linguistics at the University of Zurich; and Fine Art and Political Theory at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht. Her trans-disciplinary artistic practice includes site-specific work with live and/or interactive audio-, video-, and light, performance, composition, drawing and writing. She focuses on translating the data from specific sites into artistic notations that are conceived to be interpreted and experienced in the form of a collective enactment of the site. The resulting performance re-creates the site as sensory event and calls for questions that cross disciplines about our ways of being with ourselves and the world, and that modify the “self” related to the site. She is currently a lecturer in Fine Art at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and enrolled in a practice-led PhD program at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.

Project

From the beginning of the residency on the artist collected the documents, imageries and ideas she gathered. Three books stem from this notes. They collect information on the three species in the form of basic scientific facts on: soil, roots, and their interactions; on stem anatomy, morphology, and architecture; and on leaves and their gas-exchange with the air. Daily thoughts and observations Christina made while working build additional layers. This collection has an experimental approach, in the overlap and intertwining of images, data, and texts from different - although related - sources, in search for yet unknown connections, relationships, and sense.

www.dg-c.org

Forcucci Luca 2009

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2009
Institute/Lab: Brain Mind Institute (BMI), EPFL Lausanne
Scientific Discipline: Neuroscience

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Biography

Luca Forcucci’s research observes the perceptive properties of sound, space and memory. The field of possibilities of the experience is explored as the artwork. In this context, he is interested in perception, subjectivity and consciousness.Please visit our website in German for more information.

Luca Forcucci achieved a PhD in Sonic Arts from De Montfort University and a MA in Sonic Arts from Queens University of Belfast. The research was further conducted at University of the Arts of Berlin, INA/GRM Paris (Institut Nationald’Audiovisuel/Groupe de Recherches Musicales) while investigating at Bibliothèque Nationale de France François Mittérand, and at the Brain Mind Institute in Switzerland to explore cognitive neuroscience of out-of-body experiences. He regularly lectures at Universities (USP São Paulo, UFRJ Rio de Janeiro, URC California, UdK Berlin, ZhDK Zürich, EPFL Lausanne, SIVA Shanghai).

Project

Inspired by a sound installation by Alvin Lucier from the 1960s, Luca Forcucci devoted himself to music production controlled through brain power. Starting from the microscope image of a neuron, Forcucci tried to convert the visuals into an acoustics. The sound sculpture "Kinetism" was created during his stay at the Brain Mind Institute (BMI), EPFL Lausanne, and investigated the perception of our daily sound spaces. It highlighted the difference between the concept of hearing, a physiological ability, and the concept of listening, a psychological act (Roland Barthes, 1985). "Kinetism" invited the listeners to follow a sound walk that makes the dialectic between the internal and external perception of space audible through sound: the sound of one's own body (internal acoustic space), which predominantly takes place unconsciously, and the noise of the city (external acoustic space). The sound installation dealt with the question of how we perceive our body and gave the visitor a sort of "out of body experience".

www.lucalyptus.com

Gindre Jérémie 2011

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2011
Institute/Lab: Geneva Neuroscience Center (CIN) and Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (ICAS), Université de Genève
Scientific Discipline: Neuroscience

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Jérémie Gindre (b. 1978) works as an artist and writer in Geneva. He studied in Geneva at the University of Art & Design HEAD. He is particularly influenced by aspects of geology, archaeology, conceptual art, neuroscience, apiculture and tourism. His mediums are diverse – novels, short stories, essays, articles, comic strips and photographic novels.

Project

Jérémie began his residency at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and the Geneva Neuroscience Center researching the scientists' core topics and scientific language. Through daily conversations with the scientists and conference visits he learnt about neuroscience, especially about perception, spatial disorders or amnesia. At this point of the residency he filled notebooks with informations, concepts and curiosities from the labs. After this first three months he wrote three short stories, one of them about Visual Neglect. This spatial disorder, often caused by a stroke, means, that the brain receives information but can't process it - the information is being neglected. The artist discussed his stories with the researchers to get feedback on certain scientific background but also on the stories itself. The exchange expanded so that Jérémie started to discuss art history and references in contemporary art with the scientists; he invited them to his studio and went to exhibitions with them. Jérémie later contributed to a book published by the lab. One of the short stories finally made it into a book, too: Un Trou Célèbre was published in 2013 at Motto, Berlin.

www.jeremiegindre.ch

Gonzenbach Christian 2009

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2009
Institute/Lab: Séction de Physique, Université de Genève / CERN
Scientific Discipline: Physics

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Christian Gonzenbach was born in Geneva in 1975, where he currently lives and works, too. He received a bachelor's degree in Design at the Haute école d'art et de design (HEAD). He subsequently earned a master's degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts in London (UAL). His work, which includes sculptures, installations and videos, consists in the transformation of ordinary things and everyday objects. As an attentive observer, he often begins his work with an everyday situation, an insignificant state, or an ordinary object. He explores the potential of these elements to create a tragic or ironically broken environment.

Project

Christian Gonzenbach explores new ways to look into everyday things. During his stay at CERN, he was interested in accesses to the unpredictable and invisible around us. He felt the incentive to initiate a perceptual change by a changing look on knowledge. This led to the question of how quantum physics can influence our everyday life. The artist created his works based on experiments and displayed them in a black room in the entrance hall of the university. Among them was the work QUARC ("Quantum Art Cloud"). This mechanical random generator symbolizes the interplay of particles with the surrounding space, creating unforeseen phenomena. The iglu-like structure of more than a hundred neon tubes, connected by 1.5 km of cable, contains in the middle a kind of brain, which is constructed of magnets and CDs and controls the neon tubes. While the mechanics of the construction follow an exact rhythm, the neon tubes are switched on and off in a random manner. QUARC's neon tubes are similar to a Newtonian movement, leading to a quantum situation.

www.gonzenbach.net

Griesmar Marie 2016

Project: artists-in-labs KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange
Institute/Lab: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST, Red Sea Research Center, Reef Genomics Group
Scientific Discipline: Red Sea Ecosystem

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Biography

Marie Grismar is an artist from Lausanne, Switzerland. In her artistic practice she focuses on water and the underwater world: the complexity and poetry of water is a major inspiration for her work. Marie has been diving since the age of nine and is a devoted observer of the marine life since then. Thanks to her diving skills she has come to understand water as a new space of creation.

Project

From the artist's website: "This project has been developed during a three months residency in KAUST, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, organized by the artists-in-labs program. My residency at KAUST has given me an invaluable opportunity to learn in detail about the habitat of corals, and therefore the necessary requirements for durable artificial coral structures. I worked closely with both the marine scientists and the lab staff, learning from their research, exchanging ideas and theories, and joining them on field trips.

What inspired me to design these sculptures is the different patterns and geometrical forms which can be observed in corals, sponges and other organisms that constitute reef environments. I analysed the shapes –from their molecular bases to their resulting final structures– and then I interpreted them into sculptures. The chosen material to build them is clay. When burnt, clay offers a great adherent surface upon which corals can prosper. Furthermore, the shapes I conceived provide natural protective spaces in which a variety of organisms can find secure and comfortable dwellings. By organizing and combining the sculptures together in space, I created a new form of an artificial reef."

http://mariegriesmar.com/

Hostettler Sylvia 2008

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2008
Institute/Lab: Centre for Integrative Genomics (CIG), Université de Lausanne
Scientific Discipline: Molecular Biology

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Sylvia Hostettler was born in Biel in 1965. She currently lives and works in Bern. She studied at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB), with a focus on sculpture. Her artistic work is devoted to the invisible or barely visible. Excursions in nature have always served her as a source of inspiration. Over the years, these journeys guided her through diverse landscapes: the Swiss Alps, Iceland, and as an artist-in-lab into the world of research. These explorations have become "performing walks" and "philosophical reflections". The cycle "Landscapes" emerged from the journeys. A main area of Sylvia Hostettler's work is the sculptural object. It is often integrated into space-encompassing installations, consisting of different artistic media.

www.sylviahostettler.ch

Huber Sandra 2010

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2010
Institute/Lab: Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG), Université de Lausanne
Scientific Discipline: Molecular Biology

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Biography

Sandra Huber is a Swiss-Canadian poet and writer. She lives and works in Montreal. She completed a Master's degree in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and was editor-in-chief of Dear Sir, an online magazine for experimental literature. In addition to short stories, the author continues to devote herself to poetry. For several years, she has dealt intensively with the theme of sleep, its history and importance.

Joly Alexandre 2010

Project: Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange Programm 2009/10
Institute/Lab: Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), Sichuan, China
Scientific Discipline: Ecology and Environment

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Please visit our website in German for more information.



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Keller Roman 2007

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2007
Institute/Lab: Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Villigen
Scientific Discipline: Energy and Environment

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Kühne Sandra  2016

Project: artists-in-labs KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange
Institute/Lab: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST, Red Sea Research Center, Integrated Ocean Processes Research Group
Scientific Discipline: Red Sea Ecosystem

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Sandra Kühne is an artist living and working in Zurich, Switzerland. She is inspired by novels, sentences and charts which describe relations and interdependence between body, space and interruption of action. In her drawings, cut outs and installations, which are mainly made from paper, Sandra leads two-dimensionality into three-dimensionality; she describes her artistic practice as a way of doing cartography.

Project

Focusing on the Red Sea coral reefs during her artists-in-labs residency at the Integrated Ocean Processes Research Group at the Red Sea Research Center, she looked for ways to show themes of interaction, balance and symbiosis through her art.

www.sandrakuehne.ch

Kumar Surekha Anil 2011/12

Project: Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange Programm 2011/12 | pilot project
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz (Eawag), Dübendorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Aquatic Ecology

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Lämmli Dominique 2012/2013

Project: Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange
Institute/Lab: Adaptation Lab, National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India
Scientific Discipline: Biology

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Please visit our website in German for more information.  

www.dominiquelaemmli.ch

Lang Pe 2007

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2007
Institute/Lab: Centre Suisse d' Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), Alpnach
Scientific Discipline: Micro- and Nanotechnology

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Missika Adrien 2011/12

Project: Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange Programm 2011/12 | pilot project
Institute/Lab: National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India
Scientific Discipline: Biology

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Mnatsakanian Alina 2009

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2009
Institute/Lab: Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale (IDSIA), Lugano
Scientific Discipline: Robotics

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

www.alinamn.com

Ottiger Nicole 2010

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2010
Institute/Lab: Brain Mind Institute (BMI), EPFL Lausanne
Scientific Discipline: Neuroscience

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Potemkina Anastasia 2015/2016

Project: Russian-Swiss Residency Exchange
Institute/Lab: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Phytopathology Group
Scientific Discipline: Plant pathogens

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Urban Fauna Laboratory is a collective formed in 2011 in Moscow by the artists Alexey Buldakov and Anastasia Potemkina. The group acts as a multidisciplinary platform engaged in the exploration of parasitic and symbiotic relationships in the urban environment and thier associated adaptations. The artists investigate cultural status of animals and plants, and the economic, architectural, and political implications of cohabitation between species in the city beyond traditional notions in ecology. Anastasia Potemkina represented Urban Fauna Lab at WSL.

Anastasia Potemkina explored WSL’s research on invasive pathogens and their effects on the ecosystem. Her artistic work emerged from the collaboration with the scientists and revolved around their main research topics, while she further explored the Urban Fauna Lab’s ongoing investigations into the social status of animals and plants. Her main focus lied on the networks of funghi and the artistic connotations. Final act of her residency was a live-cooking session and presentation with the WSL researcher Simone Prospero at the Cultural Pavilleon in Zurich.

http://urbanfaunalab.org/

Qiu Ping 2008

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2008
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz (Eawag), Dübendorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Ecology and Environment

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

www.ping-qiu.com

Ramakrishnan Chandrasekhar 2008

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2008
Institute/Lab: Native Systems Group (NSG), ETH Zürich
Scientific Discipline: Computer Science

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

Schmidt Steffen A. 2011

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2011
Institute/Lab: Service de Chirurgie Cardio-Vasculaire, Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois CHUV, Lausanne
Scientific Discipline: Cardiovascular Surgery and Research

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Strüver Hina & Wüthrich Mätti 2007

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2007
Institute/Lab: Institut für Integrative Biologie (IBZ), ETH Zürich
Scientific Discipline: Ökologie, Evolution, Infektionen

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Suvorova Nadezda 2016

Project: Research Residency at KAUST
Institute/Lab: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Innovation & Economic Development
Scientific Discipline: Knowledge and Technology Transfer

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Nadezda Suvorova is an interaction designer/artist with a background in graphic design. She lives and works in Geneva and Zurich.
Her work is often inspired by science and scientific experiments, which she likes to turn into playful and contemplative experiences.

https://www.nadezdas.com/

Thakar Neha 2012/13

Project: Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz (Eawag), Dübendorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Aquatic Ecology

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

Tolusso Claudia 2009

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Program 2009
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL), Birmensdorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Ecology and Environment

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

www.claudia-tolusso.ch

Veillat Aline 2009/10

Project: Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange Programm 2009/10
Institute/Lab: Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), Chengdu, China
Scientific Discipline: Ecology and Environment

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Ventura Pablo  2007

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2007
Institute/Lab: Artificial Intelligence LAB (AILAB), Universitity of Zürich
Scientific Discipline: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Weber Yvonne 2010

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2010
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL), Birmensdorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Egology and Environment

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

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Wenfeng Liao 2009/10

Project: Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange Programm 2009/10
Institute/Lab: Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL), Birmensdorf ZH
Scientific Discipline: Ecology and Environment

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Please visit our website in German for more information.

www.liaowenfeng.com/

Wolf Oliver 2010

Project: Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2010
Institute/Lab: Artificial Intelligence LAB (AILAB), University of Zürich
Scientific Discipline: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

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Oliver "Olsen" Wolf is currently a PhD Student at the Queen Mary University of London. He studied at the ZHdK (2005) and artist-in-lab at the Artificial Intelligence Lab (University of Zurich 2010). In 2007 he created a science-fiction group called "Sesselastronaut" to focus on how technical objects could become “antennas for the imagination” in two ways. One way is the futuristic, visionary, and euphoric qualities of techné, (automatons, cosmonautics and cognitive science research). The other way it is through the construction of sculptures, objects, and installations that play with an imaginary surplus: realities and fictions produced by the affective qualities of technological objects. His research is about ways to create an opening so we can look at technological objects as more than inanimate collections of atoms and molecules.

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APPLY NOW: artists-in-labs KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange 2017

Period: Spring or Autumn 2017

3-Months Art-Science Residencies

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Please send your application to: ail.program@zhdk.ch

Artists with Saudi Arabian citizenship and/or artists residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are invited to apply for this open call with projects that engage with the laboratory of Stream Ecology or the laboratory of Drinking Water Microbiology. Both labs are part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Eawag in Dübendorf, Switzerland. 

Eawag is part of the ETH Domain, which includes the two universities of ETH Zurich and ETH Lausanne (EPFL), the four independent research institutions of Empa, PSI, WSL and Eawag. Firmly anchored in its home country of Switzerland, but with a global network, Eawag is concerned with concepts and technologies for dealing sustainably with water bodies and with water as a resource. In collaboration with universities, other research institutions, public bodies, industry and non-governmental organisations, Eawag works to harmonise ecological, economic and social interests in respect of water usage.

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The KAUST-Swiss Residency Exchange 2017 is a collaboration of the artists-in-labs program, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology Eawag, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST and Pro Helvetia.

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Period: September–December 2016

Artists Marie Griesmar (CH) and Sandra Kühne (CH) applied succesfully for the artists-in-labs residencies at KAUST. They worked on their respective projects within KAUST research groups from mid September to mid December 2016.

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Marie Grismar is an artist from Lausanne, Switzerland. In her artistic practice she focuses on water and the underwater world: the complexity and poetry of water is a major inspiration for her work. Marie has been diving since the age of nine and is a devoted observer of the marine life since then. Thanks to her diving skills she has come to understand water as a new space of creation.
Her project at KAUST investigated the aesthetics of underwater ecological constructions in the Red Sea. She was part of the research group of the Reef Genomics Lab at the Red Sea Research Center.

Sandra Kühne is an artist living and working in Zurich, Switzerland. She is inspired by novels, sentences and charts which describe relations and interdependence between body, space and interruption of action. In her drawings, cut outs and installations, which are mainly made from paper, Sandra leads two-dimensionality into three-dimensionality; she describes her artistic practice as a way of doing cartography. Focusing on the Red Sea coral reefs during her artists-in-lab residency at the Integrated Ocean Processes Research Group at the Red Sea Research Center, she looked for ways to show themes of interaction, balance and symbiosis through her art.

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artists-in-labs residencies 2015/2016

Claudia Comte (CH) and the Urban Fauna Laboratory collective (RU) were selected by the jury as artists in lab to explore the implication of climate change on ecosystems in Russia and Switzerland.

From July to December 2015 Mark Boulos (CH) explored current research in neuroscience and psychoanalysis.

Claudia Comte at the Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology of the Ural Division IPAE of Russian Academy of Sciences in Ekaterinburg

Urban Fauna Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Birmensdorf

Mark Boulos at the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Brain Mind Institute at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL

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Swiss artist Claudia Comte explored the IPAE’s research activities in the reconstruction of past climatic conditions using ultralong tree-ring chronologies, ecological studies of the upper and polar tree-line dynamics in Ekaterinburg. Her artistic investigation evolved around tensions and forces the wood is submitted to in its natural habitat and in her artistic process with the wood as working material. Claudia joined the scientists on their field trips to the Ural region as well as explore their research in the Laboratory of Dendrochronology.

Russian artists collective Urban Fauna Lab from Moscow was represented by Anastasia Potemkina. She explored WSL’s research on invasive pathogens and their effects on the ecosystem. Her artistic work emerged from the collaboration with the scientists and revolved around their main research topics, while further exploring the Urban Fauna Lab’s ongoing investigations into the social status of animals and plants.

The Russian-Swiss Residency Exchange 2015/2016 was supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia "Swiss made in Russia"

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From July-December 2015 Swiss-American artist Mark Boulos worked as an artist-in-lab with the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Brain Mind Institute at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, where he explored the work and research of neuroscientist Olaf Blanke of EPFL and psychiatrist François Ansermet of the University of Geneva.

His artwork explores the visual and audio techniques of Olaf Blanke, and the narrative techniques of François Ansermet, to create new forms of video, cinema, and Virtual Reality inspired by both neuroscience and psychoanalysis.

The National artists-in-labs Residency 2015 was supported by the
Agalma Foundation.

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Science

Institutes/Labs

 

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory / AI Lab University of Zurich

Department/Faculty: Informatics
School/University: University of Zurich

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The main goal of the now closed (as of July 2014) Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI Lab) was to work out the priciples underlying intelligent behaviour. These principles enable on the one hand to unterstand natural forms of intelligence (humans, animals), and on the other to design and build intelligent systems (computer programs, robots, other artefacts) for research and application purposes.

Swiss artists-in-labs 2010
Artist: Oliver Wolf

Swiss artists-in-labs 2007
Artist: Pablo Ventura

Brain Mind Institute / BMI ETH Lausanne

Department/Faculty: School of Life Sciences
School/University: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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The goal of the Brain Mind Institute (BMI) at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is to understand the fundamental principles of brain function in health and disease, by using and developing unique experimental, theoretical, technological and computational approaches.

Swiss artists-in-labs 2010
Artist: Nicole Ottiger

Swiss artists-in-labs 2009
Artist: Luca Forcucci

Centre for Integrative Genomics / CIG University of Lausanne

Department/Faculty: Biology and Medicine
School/University: University of Lausanne

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The Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) is the newest department of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Its establishment was made possible as a result of the program "Sciences, Vie, Société", a tri-institutional project linking the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne and the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), which aimed to develop the life sciences as well as the humanities and social sciences in the Lémanic region.

Swiss artists-in-labs 2010
Artist: Sandra Huber

Swiss artists-in-labs 2008
Artist: Sylvia Hostettler

Chengdu Institute of Biology / CIB Chinese Academy of Sciences Sichuan (China)

School/University: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sichuan (China)

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The Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), which was founded in 1958, is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), a comprehensive research and development centre in natural science, technological science and high-tech innovation. It aims primarily at sustainable development and utilization and the effective conservation of biological resources.

Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange 2009/2010
Artist: Alexandre Joly

Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology / CSEM CSEM Alpnach

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Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), founded in 1984, is a private research and development center specializing in microtechnology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, system engineering and communications technologies.

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Artist: Pe Lang

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology / EAWAG ETH-Domain Dübendorf

School/University: ETH-Domain Dübendorf

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Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, (Eawag) is a world-leading aquatic research institute. Its research, which is driven by the needs of society, provides the basis for innovative approaches and technologies in the water sector. Through close collaboration with experts from industry, government and professional associations, Eawag plays an important bridging role between theory and practice, allowing new scientific insights to be rapidly implemented.

Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange 2012/2013
Artist: Neha Thakar

Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange 2011/2012
Artist: Surekha Anil Kumar

Sino/Swiss Residency Exchange 2009/2010
Artist: Aniu (Qing Jun Chen)

Swiss artists-in-labs 2008
Artist: Ping Qiu

Geneva Neuroscience Center and National Center for Affective Sciences / CIN and NCCR  University of Geneva

School/University: University of Geneva

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The Geneva Neuroscience Center (CIN)  is a multidisciplinarity center that regroups more than 50 research groups affiliated to several departments within Geneva University. Members of the Center conduct cutting-edge research in various areas of Neuroscience, in relation to both health and disease, for human beings (adults and children) as well as for animals.

The National Center of Competence in Research "Affective Sciences – Emotions in Individual Behaviour and Social Processes" (NCCR Affective Sciences) is one of the first research centres worldwide dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of emotions and their effects on human behaviour and society.

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Artist: Jeremie Gindre

Institute of Integrative Biology / IBZ ETH Zurich

Department/Faculty: Environmental Sciences
School/University: Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich

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The interactions among organisms, including those between host and parasite, pollinator and plant, or invasive and native species, determine the properties and functions of biological systems. These interactions are best characterized using a systems approach that integrates all aspects of the biology, ecology, and evolutionary history of the interacting organisms. The main research objectives of the Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ) at the ETH Zurich are to further the understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes that affect interactions between organisms and biological systems and to develop new approaches to address key questions related to infectious diseases.

Swiss artists-in-labs 2007
Artists: Hina&Mätti

Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment / IMHE Chinese Academy of Sciences Chengdu (China)

School/University: Chinese Academy of Sciences Chengdu (China)

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The Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE) is located at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu – a state non-profit academic institution – major in the following subjects:

  • Formation and mitigation of mountain hazards
  • Degradation and reconstruction of mountain environment
  • Evaluation, planning and sustainable development of eco-environment
  • Remote-sensing, mapping, GIS, and Agroecology.

Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange 2009/2010
Artist: Aline Veillat

Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale / IDSIA Università della Svizzera italiana

Department/Faculty: Faculty of Informatics
School/University: Università della Svizzera italiana

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Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale (IDSIA) is a non-profit oriented research institute for artificial intelligence, affiliated with both the Faculty of Informatics of the Università della Svizzera Italiana and the Department of Innovative Technologies of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland. The researchers focus on machine learning (artificial neural networks, reinforcement learning), optimal universal artificial intelligence and optimal rational agents, operations research, complexity theory, and robotics.

Swiss artists-in-labs 2009
Artist: Alina Mnatsakanian

Native Systems Group / NSG ETH Zurich

Department/Faculty: Department of Computer Science
School/University: Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich

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The Mission of the Native Systems Group (NSG) is research and teaching in integrated construction of programming language, compiler and custom systems from the ground up. The group’s research topics are programming languages and runtime systems. The researcher’s goal is the design and implementation of novel languages and system models that optimally support the development of future computer applications. Aiming at uncompromising lean designs and utmost transparence, the researchers construct software systems and frameworks that directly drive commercial or custom hardware.

Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2011
Artist: Marie-France Bojanowski

Swiss artists-in-labs 2008
Artist: Chandra Sekhar Ramakrishnan

National Centre for Biological Sciences / NCBS  Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Bangalore (India)

Department/Faculty: Department of Biological Sciences
School/University: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Bangalore (India)

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The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) is a premier research institute. Research at NCBS (a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) uses experimental and computational approaches to the study of molecules, cells and organisms.

Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange 2012/2013
Artist: Dominique Lämmli

Indo-Swiss Residency Exchange 2011/2012
Artist: Adrien Missika

Paul Scherrer Institut / PSI ETH-Domain

School/University: ETH-Domain

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The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. They perform world-class research in three main subject areas: Matter and Material; Energy and the Environment; and Human Health. The PSI works on long-term solutions for major challenges facing society, industry and science by conducting fundamental and applied research.

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Künstler: Roman Keller

European Council for Nuclear Research / CERN Collaboration with University of Geneva

Department/Faculty: Département de physique nucléaire et corpusculaire
School/University: University of Geneva

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At the Département de physique nucléaire et corpusculaire (DPNC) of the University of Geneva science takes a particular color. Especially because it is enriched by close collaboration with European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), its neighbour since more than 50 years, which is one of the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

At CERN physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter - the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.

Swiss artists-in-labs 2009
Artist: Christian Gonzenbach

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research / WSL ETH-Domain Birmensdorf/Bellinzona/Davos

School/University: ETH-Domain

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The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) is concerned with the use, development and protection of natural and urban spaces. The focus of their research is on solving problems which have to do with the responsible use of landscapes and forests and a prudent approach to natural hazards, especially those common in mountainous countries. The WSL occupies a leading position internationally in these research areas. 

Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2011
Artist: Christina della Giustina
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Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2010
Artist: Yvonne Weber
Institut für Lawinenforschung SLF, Davos

Sino-Swiss Residency Exchange 2009/2010
Artist: Liao Wenfeng
WSL Birmensdorf

Swiss artists-in-labs 2009
Artist: Claudia Tolusso
WSL Bellinzona

Human Computer Interaction Lab / HCI University of Basel

Department/Faculty: Faculty of Psychology
School/University: University of Basel

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The Faculty of Psychology has the distinction of being the youngest faculty of the University of Basel’s seven faculties. It was founded in 2003, 25 years after the creation of an Institute of Psychology. Its research profile focuses on human development and mental health, social cognition and decision-making, and neuroscience. Human Computer Interaction is a focus at the Center for Cognitive Psychology and Methodology. Human Computer Interaction Science (HCI) investigates processes, dialogues and actions of users who interact with a machine (often a computer) in a given setting

Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2008
Artist: Monika Codourey

Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois / CHUV University of Lausanne

Department/Faculty: Service de chirurgie cardio-vasculaire
School/University: University of Lausanne

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Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) is one of five university hospitals in Switzerland, together with Geneva, Bern, Basel and Zurich. Healthcare, teaching and research are central to its mission to provide state-of-the-art medicine at the service of the patient. The University Hospital of Lausanne is linked to the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne (UNIL).

Swiss artists-in-labs 2011
Artist: Steffen Schmidt

Reef Genomics Lab / RGL King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

Department/Faculty: Red Sea Research Center, Bioscience Core Lab
School/University: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

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The Reef Genomics Lab at the Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia uses a broad range of tools (genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, ecology, microbiology) to study marine ecosystems, how they are structured, how their members interact, and how they are influenced by (large-scale) physical processes. The researchers are interested in the genes in ecology and the ecology in genes: How do genes shape general, shape the biological, physical, and chemical reality? In the very essence of the word, this is a true eco-systems biology and environmental genomics approach.

Integrated Ocean Processes Research Group / IOP King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

Department/Faculty: Red Sea Research Center, Bioscience Core Lab
School/University: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST Thuwal (Saudi Arabia)

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The Integrated Ocean Processes team at the Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal (Saudi Arabia) is drawn from faculty, research scientists, post-doctoral fellows, students and professional staff from across KAUST Divisions, Core Laboratories and University Administrative Services.
Learn more about their vision for an integrated assessment of the Red Sea, the corresponding research program and anticipated impact, and opportunities for collaboration on the Integrated Ocean Processes website.

Laboratory of Dendrochonology Russian Academy of Sciences Ekaterinburg (RU)

Department/Faculty: Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology of the Ural Division IPAE
School/University: Russian Academy of Sciences Ekaterinburg (RU)

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The IPAE's (Russian Academy of Sciences Ekaterinburg) general direction of scientific investigation is the study of the main natural laws of structural organization, functioning, dynamics, evolution and the stability of living systems on a supraorganismal level; regarding population, biocenosis and ecosystems.

The Laboratory of Dendrochronology of IPAE is engaged in the field of forest ecology and dendroclimatology. It collaborates with several international institutes in the world and has profound knowledge in climate-induced dynamics of forest ecosystems in harsh environments. The Laboratory of Dendrochronology has an international reputation for its reconstruction of past climatic conditions using ultralong tree-ring chronologies, ecological studies of the upper and polar tree-line dynamics and forest successions. The research focuse extends to the ecosystems and their functions in the Ural mountains, Yamal Peninsula and West Siberian Plane.