Welcome from the Local Hosts
DescriptionBarbara Haller Rupf and Katja Baerenfaller welcome you to Davos, Switzerland.
TimeMonday, June 2610:00 - 10:15 CEST
Barbara Haller Rupf joined the Academia Raetica as its director in April 2021. She oversees policy development, operational tasks, events, services and networking. She holds a degree in geography and an Executive MBA, and previously worked in various management positions in education management and tourism research in Switzerland and abroad. Her earlier professional positions include:
• Director of Studies for "Continuing education in tourism" at the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden
• Director of Studies of the Joint Program "International Business - Tourism and Business Administration" at the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden and Shanghai University of Engineering Science
• Lecturer for Tourism and Intercultural Communication.
• Head of the NRP project "China Inbound Service" in cooperation with the Office of Economy and Tourism Graubünden and the destinations Engadin-St. Moritz and Davos-Klosters as well as with other project leaders
• Principal of the Tourism professional education institution (PEI) Luzern and Thoune
In her free time, she appreciates outdoor sports in the mountains, traveling, and intercultural encounters.
PD Dr. Katja Baerenfaller
Group leader, Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) and University of Zurich (UZH), Davos, Switzerland
Group leader and member of the Board of Directors, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB)
Katja Baerenfaller studied biology at ETH Zurich and did her PhD in the Institute of Molecular Cancer Research (IMCR) at the University of Zurich. She did her postdoc in the Plant Biotechnology Group at ETH Zurich and in parallel completed the Bioinformatics e-learning certificate programme at the University of Manchester. In 2010, she became a group leader at ETH Zurich, where she received the venia legendi in Functional Genomics at the Department of Biology in 2016. Since 2017 she is head of the Molecular Allergology group at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) in Davos, Switzerland, which is affiliated with the University of Zurich (UZH). In Davos, she became a board member of Science City Davos and of Naturforschende Gesellschaft Davos. Her work has contributed to the approval of two special professorships of the Canton of the Grisons and the establishment of the Centre for Data Analysis, Visualisation and Simulation (DAViS) at the FHGR with SIAF as the main project partner, and the Centre for Precision Proteomics at the Davos Medical Campus. She became a group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) in 2018, and since 2021 she is a member of the SIB Board of Directors.