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Ian Goldin: «Wir müssen weltweit viel mehr Solidarität zeigen»

02 June 2022

Krise folgt auf Krise folgt auf Krise. Wie stellen wir uns dagegen? Welche Lösungen gibt es, Pandemien, Hungersnöte und Kriege zu verhindern? Ian Goldin, Professor für Globalisierung und Entwicklung an der Universität Oxford, formuliert im Video und an der 72. Internationalen Handelstagung seine Forderungen für eine bessere Zukunft.

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Ferdinand von Meyenn: "Nutrition can prevent disease and prolong health"

1 June 2022

In the fourth part of our interview series "Food trends under the radar", Ferdinand von Meyenn gives his thoughts on the future food system. The Professor of Nutrition and Epigenetics at ETH Zurich explains why biodiversity and food technology need to be reconciled.

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How SMEs benefit from the use of artificial intelligence

31 May 2022

The use of artificial intelligence is by no means reserved for Big Tech. According to GDI researcher and AI expert Jan Bieser, SMEs could also benefit from AI-driven innovation, as more and more ready-to-use applications are available on the market. Read the pre-interview on the conference "Discovery on Steroids: How AI Will Speed up Innovation" now.

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GDI-Trendforscherin beim SRF: «Auf Fleisch zu verzichten, ist kein Hype»

02 June 2022

Immer mehr Restaurants, die fleischlose Gerichte anbieten, und immer mehr plant-based Produkte im Supermarkt: Auf Fleisch zu verzichten, ist gerade voll im Bewusstsein. Hält sich das, oder doch nur Hype? GDI-Researcherin Christine Schäfer ist sich im SRF-Interview sicher: Der Trend bleibt.

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Evgeny Morozov: ”What kind of Artificial Intelligence do we want?”

13 May 2022

Artificial intelligence is the next big technological step for humankind. But what happens to our society when machines have more and more influence on our lives? And how do we regulate this process? Evgeny Morozov, AI expert and author of "The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom", answers our questions in this interview.

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Richard Hobbs: ”The chancers and hucksters are leaving the marketplace”

13 May 2022 

There is a lot of talk about the metaverse, and the fashion industry sees a huge opportunity in it. Richard Hobbs, founder and CEO of Brand New Vision, the first marketplace for fashion NFTs, explains the trend in an interview ahead of the 72nd International Retail Summit.

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Discovery on Steroids: How AI will Speed up Innovation

A joined conference by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute, the Swiss Re Institute and IBM Research.

5 July 2022

AI has the potential to dramatically increase the quality and quantity of innovation across all domains. Emerging AI technologies allow us to radically shorten drug development cycles, accelerate the design of new materials and predict migration flows. And yet we are currently only at the beginning of this huge development. The number and types of AI applications are increasing rapidly.

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72nd International Retail Summit 

Flow Commerce: How Shifting Boundaries Reshape Retail 

8 – 9 September 2022

Smooth process flows have never been as important as they are now. Yet they have also never been as challenging. How does commerce stay in flux? A new poker for procurement has begun; new bets are being made on customer preferences.


European Foodservice Summit 2022

Time to Act! Getting ahead of the Transformation

20 – 22 September 2022

The foodservice market is on the move. On many levels, transformation processes are emerging that will have a lasting impact and change our industry. This year's European Foodservice Summit is all about these transformations.

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Die Zukunft des Arbeitsortes zwischen Ausnahmezustand und New Normal


Mitten im Anpassungsprozess hin zu einer postpandemischen Office-Landschaft soll diese Studie zur Zukunft des Arbeitsortes eine Orientierung bieten. Welche Entwicklungen werden durch den aktuellen Umbruch beschleunigt, welche gebremst? Welche Strukturen wurden zerstört, welche entstehen neu? Und was bedeutet das für die Positionierung und Gestaltung jenes Arbeitsortes, der seit einem Jahrhundert «Büro» genannt wird?


Are Smartwatches Eroding Solidarity?

Scenarios for a data-driven healthcare system


Gene sequencing, pedometers, smart blood pressure monitors – our health is increasingly translated into numbers. This datafication not only promises better prognoses of health trajectories, it also enables more control of behaviour. But how does this new transparency affect the solidarity principle of healthcare?

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European Food Trends Report 2021

The Big Entanglement: Food Between Microchips and Microbiomes


The "European Food Trends Report 2021" outlines three scenarios for the future of our food system.

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The GDI focuses its activities on the topics of retail, food and health and examines them from the perspectives of consumption, society, technology and the environment. 


Karin Frick

Head Research
Retail, Health

+41 44 724 62 40

Dr. Jan Bieser

Senior Researcher

+41 44 724 62 51

Dr. Jakub Samochowiec

Senior Researcher
Society, Health

+41 44 724 62 55

Detlef Gürtler

Senior Researcher

Christine Schäfer


+41 44 724 62 03

Zhan Li

Senior Researcher 

+41 44 724 61 11

Tanja Ineichen

Head Leadership

+41 44 724 62 09

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