Global Science Film Festival Screening at Swissnex in China

With the theme of “Reconnecting Science and Society”, the 5th Global Science Film Festival (GSFF) will meet the audience on 31 March in Switzerland. As a special global partner, the Swissnex network will introduce the selected films to international audiences in China, India, and Japan for the first time.

Founded by the Swiss Science Film Academy, the Global Science Film Festival brings together scientists and filmmakers who share one passion: “scientific communication through film”. This year, the simultaneous screening will feature 2 short films – Autosaurus Rex and  CaSSIS.Mars Demystified and 1 documentary film – SRF ‘Einstein’: Expedition Deep into The Glacier.

Followed by the screening of the films, a podium discussion themed “Making science accessible to the broad public” will be organized with experts from the respective locations. For the program from China, Prof. Shugui Hou, Distinguished Professor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, will join the podium discussion in Basel, and Ms. Yang Yang, Independent Documentary Film Director and Founder of Jilu Commune will join us on-site. Both experts will share their insights on the topic from their own perspectives. The audience will also have the chance to interact with the speakers and Directors of the selected films.



17:00   Registration


17:30   Welcome speech


17:35   Film Screening

Autosaurus Rex (Animation, 2022, 6 min)

CaSSIS. Mars Demystified (Animation-Drama, 2022, 7 min)

SRF ‘Einstein’: Expedition Deep Into the Glacier (Documentary, 2021, 39 min)


18:30   Podium Discussion – Making Science Accessible to the Broad Public


Einstein Co-Host: Kathrin Hönegger

Einstein Co-Host: Tobias Müller

Moderator: Vinenzo Ribi



Subhra Priyadarshini, Nature India & Science Journalists Association of India

Prof. Dr. Anil V. Kulkarni, Divecha Center for Climate Change

Prof. Dr. Arnab Bhattacharya, University of Wisconsin-Madison



Prof. Shugui HOU, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Ms. Yang YANG, Independent Documentary Filmmaker and Producer



Prof. Dr. Shin Sugiyama, Hokkaido University


19:30    Networking reception



About the films


Genre: Animation
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2022
Length: 6 min
Languages: French with English/Chinese subtitles

Among the different species that inhabit our planet, one stands out from the others by its power and its impact on ecosystems. It is the Autosaurus Rex.


Genre: Animation
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2022
Length: 7 min
Languages: English with Chinese subtitles

CaSSIS is a high-resolution color stereo camera in Mars orbit and is making remarkable images of the Red planet. What mysteries has it revealed today? Who left these dark curly tracks on Mars? Are there giant worms or devils? Together with Detective Nick and CaSSIS camera we will demystify the mysteries of Red Planet.


Genre: Documentary
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2021
Length: 39 min
Languages: German with English/Chinese subtitles

The glaciers in the Swiss Alps are melting due to global warming. As a consequence, melting water from the “Plaine Morte” glacier has turned into a threat for the mountain village “Lenk” in the Bernese Alps. This is why scientists explore the water channels inside the glacier. Presenter Tobias Müller delves into this climatic hotspot – on a daring expedition into the middle of the glacier.


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