Expo Astana 2017 Activities

Closing of the Swiss Pavilion

Closing of the Swiss Pavilion

Sunday, September 10, 2017 — 19:30

The 2017 Astana expo adventure comes at an end and it is time for the Swiss Pavilion to close. More information will be provided about this event later.

The 2017 Astana expo adventure comes at an end and it is time for the Swiss Pavilion to close. More information will be provided about this event later.

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Future livelihoods in Rural Kazakhstan

Monday, September 4, 2017 — Tuesday, September 5, 2017

In this two-day session, the progress Kazakhstan achieved as well as the challenges the country still faces are discussed in two public lectures and workshops.

Kazakhstan faced many challenges since it achieved its independence in 1991. Indeed, switching from planned economy to a free market was not an easy step.  But while the early years were a period of crisis for many of its citizens, the progress that has been made in the last 25 years is truly impressive. In particular since the early and mid-2000s an economic boom, fueled by growing revenues from the exploitation of natural resources, has benefited people all over the country.

Still, there are numerous challenges ahead and the distribution of benefits is far from uniform. Differences occur both regionally as well as along a rural-urban divide, although the latter has been bridged to some degree in recent years.

In this two-day session, the progress Kazakhstan achieved as well as the challenges the country still faces are discussed in two public lectures and workshops. The focus is set on rural areas of Kazakhstan and the difficulties as well as achievements that have been made in this regard.

The first afternoon will be spent between discussions and presentations by experts. During the second day, workshops with students and interested faculty members focus on themes related with the public lectures (development of markets, agriculture and pastoralism, social changes and regional variations, chances, perspectives and obstacles, etc.).


Schedule

Chair:              Dinara Abildenova (UZH)

Session 1

10:00 - Peter Finke & Dinara Abildenova (UZH): Introduction

10:15 - Svetlana Kovalskaya (ENU): Kazkah Nomadic Culture in the XX century: Tragic Losses, Gains and Strategies of Survival

11:00 - Gulnara Dadabayeva (KIMEP): Land Issues for Pastoralism Development in modern-day Kazakhstan

12:00 - Lunch Break


Session 2

13:30 - Dauren Oshakbayev (TALAP): Agricultural Policies, Emerging Markets and Farming Strategies in Rural Kazakhstan

14:15 - Didar Kassymova (KIMEP): Social Capital of Oralman for Rural Economics in modern-day Kazakhstan

15:00 - Coffee Break

15:30 - Peter Finke (UZH): Perspectives on Pastoralism in Central Asia

16:15 - Final Discussion


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Glacier Science Week

Sunday, August 27, 2017 — Thursday, August 31, 2017

This week is fully dedicated to glaciers. Visitors will learn more about the work Swiss and Kazakh glacier scientists do side-by-side to monitor the change and the decline of glaciers in both the Tien Shan Mountains and the Alps.

This week is fully dedicated to glaciers. With the support of the University of Fribourg, visitors will learn more about the work Swiss and Kazakh glacier scientists do side-by-side to monitor the change and the decline of glaciers in both the Tien Shan Mountains and the Alps. Accompanied by a glacier Scientists based in Kazakhstan, visitors will be able to conduct their own ice drilling and get a feeling of scientists’ daily work in the field.

At the same time, the problematic topic will be approached through a photo installation by Laurence Piaget-Dubuis called “The Refugees Glacier”.

Furthermore, during the event a new wgms Glacier App (version 2.0) for mobile devices will be launched.

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Polysun Workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017 — Saturday, August 26, 2017

The interactive workshop will introduce professionals from universities and companies to the software and to renewable energy system design in general.

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 (andreas.wolf@velasolaris.com) for more information and enrolment.

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Bertrand Piccard and Erik Solheim (UN director): “Options and solutions for a clean energy future”

Thursday, August 24, 2017 — 19:30

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.

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.

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3-day course on “Applied DNA Technology”

Monday, August 21, 2017 — Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The 3-day course gives a technical and theoretical overview over DNA technologies and their application in various fields.

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.

National Day Switzerland

National Day Switzerland

Friday, August 11, 2017 — 13:00
09:30 - 15:00

The Swiss President, Doris Leuthard, will be visiting the Swiss Pavilion to celebrate Switzerland Nation Day at the Expo.

Even though Switzerland’s National holiday is on 1st of August, the 11th is also a special occasion. The president of the Swiss Confederation, Doris Leuthard, who is also our Federal Councilor in charge of energy, is visiting Kazakhstan to celebrate Switzerland’s National Day at the exhibition. Before visiting the Swiss and the Kazakh pavilions, Mrs. Leuthard will give a speech on the National Day Stage.

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ABB Group: Temporary exhibition. Seminars list and schedule.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 — Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ABB Group: Temporary exhibition. Seminars list and schedule at Swiss Pavilion, SwissNexLab.

Seminars schedule:
8 August - ABB Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry;
9 August – Substation solutions of ABB;
10 August - Future mining;
15 August - Renewables;
16 August – ABB is a leader in innovative technology;


Time: 14:00 - 17:00 (with a coffee break)
Venue: Swiss Pavilion, SwissNex Mobile Area

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ABB Group: Temporary exhibition

Saturday, August 5, 2017 — Saturday, August 19, 2017

Swiss based ABB is a pioneering technology leader in the energy and automation markets. You will be able to learn more about ABB solutions and technologies in the Pavilion of Switzerland in August.

Swiss based ABB is a pioneering technology leader in the power and automation. ABB technologies expand the limits of possible and make the bold ideas happen.

Soon you will be able to learn more about ABB solutions and technologies in the Pavilion of Switzerland. ABB as a benchmark of Swiss quality and innovation spirit will definitely surprise you. Stay tuned and do not miss the day!