Parldigi MasterClass 2021

Digital expertise for parliamentarians

Digitalisation is changing our lives and is having a major impact on our society, economy, science and our politics. Today, many political issues deal with technical questions related to information and communication technologies. We are launching the "Parldigi MasterClass" to expand your knowledge on relevant topics of digitalisation and to give you new food for thought for your political work.

What can you expect?

The Parldigi MasterClass is a series of events for parliamentarians consisting of three thematic modules and a concluding discussion event on a current political topic. Renowned researchers from the Universities of Zurich and Geneva as well as EPFL and ETHZ will present and discuss the latest scientific findings on the topics of artificial intelligence, cyber security and the Internet of the future. The continuing education morning will take place on Monday at the beginning of all four sessions in 2021 at the Federal Palace.

The presentations will be held in German, French or English, depending on the expert, and the presentation slides will be available in German and French. Upon successful participation, you will receive the Parldigi MasterClass certificate from the University of Zurich.

Dates and topics of the Parldigi MasterClass

Artificial Intelligence

Monday, 1 March 2021, 10h-12h

Technical aspects: Prof. Dr. François Fleuret, Professor of Computer Science, University of Geneva

Economic/social aspects: Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich


Monday, 31 May 2021, 10h-12h

Technical aspects: Prof. Dr. Carmela Troncoso, Professor of Computer Science, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Economic/social aspects: Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger, Professor of Law and Prorector, University of Zurich

Internet of the future

Monday, 13 September 2021, 10h-12h

Technical aspects: Prof. Dr. Adrian Perrig, Professor of Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

Economic/social aspects: Dr. Anna Jobin, Associate Researcher at the STSLab of the University of Lausanne, Senior Researcher at the Alexander Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin and new President of the Federal Media Commission (Emek).

Discussion round on current topic: Digitalisation and politics

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10h-12h

Moderation: PD Dr. Markus Christen, Executive Director of the Digital Society Initiative of the University of Zurich



Please register by January 15, 2021

We look forward to your participation!