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Good morning, this is Zelda, and today I'm happy to be back with a new episode of the Geneva Solutions podcast. I'll discuss gender and technology with Girls in Tech Switzerland. And it will give us a chance to consider the changes for women in science with the story of the British astrophysicist, Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Finally, we will see that things are moving on the cybersecurity front with a call for an international Data and Security forum.

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Zelda Chauvet


Science & Technology News

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Corinne Ruckstuhl and Lisa Stähli, co-managing directors at Girls in Tech Switzerland.

👩‍💻 Girls in Tech: 'The industry needs to create a work environment where women feel welcome'. Fifteen per cent. That is the percentage of women in technology in Switzerland. A reason to act for Girls in Tech Switzerland.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

☄️ What the discovery of pulsars in 1967 reveals about the place of women in science. British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnel was the first to prove the existence of pulsars. An opportunity to revisit this incredible scientific story... and the systemic injustices of the scientific community at the time.

Heidi.news (FR)

🌐 Mastercard, SoftBank and others call on G7 to create tech group. The ‘Data and Technology Forum’ would help co-ordinate how member states tackle issues from AI to cyber security.

Financial Times (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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Very rare decay of a beauty meson involving an electron and positron observed at LHCb.

Intriguing new result from the LHCb experiment at CERN. The LHCb experiment at CERN has announced new results which, if confirmed, would suggest hints of a violation of the Standard Model of particle physics - the theory of describing three of the four known fundamental forces in the universe. The results focus on the potential violation of lepton flavour universality, the idea that all three types of charged lepton particles – electrons, muons and taus – interact in the same way with other particles.


Anticipatory reads by GESDA

Sometimes, news collide and generate fascinating questions. Like last week, when reading in the MIT Technology Review (see below) that scientists in Israel “have grown a mouse embryo in an artificial womb for as long as 11 or 12 days, about half the animal’s natural gestation period”. This advance, being part “of an explosion of new techniques and ideas for studying early development”, is described in the journal Nature which, in the same edition, reports a leap forward, by two other research groups, in creating “artificial human embryos”, which they grew for about 10 days in the lab. ”Several kinds of artificial models of embryos have been described before, writes the Review, but those described today are among the most complete, because they possess the cells needed to form a placenta.”

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A mouse embryo has been grown in an artificial womb. Humans could be next.

MIT Technology Review (EN)

Ocean protection needs a spirit of compromise. World leaders are expected to gather for meetings of the United Nations conventions on biological diversity and climate to set future agendas.

Nature (EN)

Using satellite imagery to understand and promote sustainable development. A review article with a particular focus on machine-learning approaches and artificial intelligence methods.

Science (EN)

Everyone was wrong on the pandemic's societal impact. In March 2020, a study asked experts and laypeople for their predictions. Neither group came close to being right.

Foreign Policy (EN)

Automation technologies and the future of work: policies for inclusive growth.

Enterprise for Society E4S (EN)

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This selection is proposed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA, working on anticipating cutting-edge science and technological advances to develop innovative and inclusive solutions for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.

Next on the agenda

📍25 March | Understanding the digital world. 8 round tables organised to develop solutions to concrete digital problems.

University of Geneva (EN)

📍6 April | Unpacking the EU's digital diplomacy and foreign policy. Digital foreign policy is becoming a key topic this year. DiploFoundation takes a closer look at developments at the level of the European Union.

DiploFoundation (EN)

What happened, what worked

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