SwissGradNet Board

Dr. Massimo Botta

Head of MAS in Interaction Design
SUPSI University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
T. +41 58 666 63 94


Massimo Botta holds a PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication from the Politecnico di Milano and is head of the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design program and head of the interaction design research sector at the Laboratory of visual culture. He carries on theoretical, research, and teaching activities in the fields of interaction design, design methodologies, knowledge organization, and information visualization. He is a board member of the Swiss Design Network (SDN) on design research, and peer reviewer—assessing university-level Italian scientific research in the design field—for the National Agency for the Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR).

Dr. Shilpa Das

Head of PhD Research Programme and Interdisciplinary Design Studies
Discipline Lead of Science and Liberal Arts
National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad
T. +91 79 26629631


Dr. Shilpa Das is a Senior Faculty member in Interdisciplinary Design Studies and Head, PhD Programme at the National Institute of Design (NID) India. She has cumulative work experience of 24 years in the education, publishing, and voluntary sectors. She has been the Founding Co-Editor of two prominent publications at NID—The Trellis, a research based publication and a magazine, D/signed. She is the editor, author and creative visualizer of the book “50 Years of the National Institute of Design: 1961-2011” (2013); and co-editor of the book, “Indian Crafts in a Globalizing World” (2017).

Dr. Federica Martini

Head of Department of Visual Arts
School of design and university of the arts Valais (édhéa)
T +41 27 456 55 11


Federica Martini is an art historian and curator with a PhD. on the history of exhibitions. She worked in the curator departments of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art (Rivoli-Turin), of the Musée Jenisch Vevey and of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts/Lausanne. Between 2009 and 2017, she directed a Master of Arts in Public Spheres and since 2018, she is in charge of the visual arts curriculum for ÉCAV/ÉDHÉA. During the academic year 2015-16, she was a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome.

Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Hans-Joachim Neubauer

Institut für Künstlerische Forschung, Studiengang Drehbuch/ Dramaturgie
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
T +49 331 620 20


Before Hans-Joachim Neubauer became a professor for Comparative Aesthetics at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg, he worked as a journalist and editor for leading German media such as Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Rheinischer Merkur. He completed his doctorate in 1993, and his post-doctoral professorship in 2000. He was the author and dramaturge of aufBruch, a Berlin group for theatre in prison. His books deal with the relation of society and aesthetics. He has published six monographs and edited sixteen literary and philosophical volumes. His book “Fama. Eine Geschichte des Gerüchts” has been translated into seven languages.

Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer

Director City Science Lab, Academic Lead UNITAC (United Nations)
University Hamburg (HCU)
T+49 40 428 27 45 29

Gesa Ziemer (Prof. Dr. phil) is professor for Cultural Theory and Practice and acts as Vice President for Research at the HafenCity University (HCU), Hamburg. At HCU she is also the director of the City Science Lab, a cooperation with the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, that focusses on the topic of digitalisation of cities. She ist member of the Scientific Council of Germany and on the advisory board of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art – Art & Design.