Society Switzerland Bhutan

    SSB General Assembly 2024

    Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich (PHZH)

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    More than 70 members and guests attended the General Assembly of the Society Switzerland-Bhutan on 25 March.
    The members elected Tina Roner and Claudio Zingg as Co-Presidents of the SSB for the period 2024 - 2026. Markus Wild was elected as a new member of the Board.

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    After the annual report by President Claudio Zingg, Ambassador Tenzin Rondel Wangchuk gave an interesting presentation on "Current Issues in Bhutan".

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    In the afternoon grogram of the General Assembly of the Society Switzerland-Bhutan on 25 March, 3 PhD students from Bhutan studying in Switzerland presented their topics.
    Karma Sherub (ETH Zurich) PhD in Environmental Systems Science. Topic: Environmental DNA (eDNA) Analysis to explore Biodiversity from Water.
    Pema Wangchuk (University of Basel) PhD in Epidemiology, Public Health and One Health. Topic: Neglected Tropical Diseases focused on Zoonotic Infections
    Tshewang Nidup (ETH Zurich) PhD in Civil Engineering. Topic: Exploration and Performance Assessment of Viable Timber Building Systems for Bhutanese Condition


    Dasho Karma Ura (President Centre of Bhutan & GNH Studies)

    Radical Migrations: From Eastern to Western Bhutan and beyond

    Songtsen Hous Zurich, 12.1.2024


    Dasho Karma Ura shared his insights on the recent trends of Bhutanese migration within Bhutan and outside Bhutan to Australia and the Middle East and its implications for Bhutan’s development, culture, and identity.

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    Emanuel Flückiger: Re-Electrification of Monasteries and Dzongs in Bhutan - Highlights and Challenges

    Songtsen House Zurich 1.12.2023


    In conversation with SSB President Claudio Zingg, SSB member Emanuel Flückiger gave an insight into his various projects in Bhutan.

    Emanuel Flückiger has been involved in major projects in Bhutan for several years as an expert in electrical systems. With enormous personal commitment, he has re-electrified and illuminated two of the most important historical buildings in Bhutan: The Tiger's Nest (Taktshang) and Punakha Dzong.

    Royal Academy of Performing Arts Bhutan at the International Percussion Festival

    Opéra Lausanne 18.11.23


    The artists from the Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) performed the classical Drametse Ngachamm (Drum Dance of Drametse) at the Lausanne Opera on 18 November 2023 as the main event. Drametse Ngacham is inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and is one of the most spiritually treasured mask dances of Bhutan. The participation of the cultural troupe from the Royal Academy of Performing Arts at the festival was coordinated by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations in Geneva and supported by Percussions Festival International Lausanne. 

    Swiss-Bhutanese Concert in Bhutan

    Royal University of Bhutan Hall Thimphu 19.10.23


    Musicians from Switzerland and Bhutan united at a concert in Thimphu to exchange the diverse cultures of both countries. In what was called a cultural harmony beyond borders, the concert celebrated traditional songs and classical music. The concert of the two well-known Swiss musicians Maurice Steger (flute) and Sebastian Bohren (violin) was sponsored by the SSB member Monika Kramer. The seven Bhutanese artists who performed together with the two Swiss musicians were Jigme Dukpa known for his traditional folk songs and the musicians from the Blind Music Training Institute Thimphu. Our sister organization Bhutan Switzerland Society (BSS) organized the concert.

    Training Cheesemakers from Bhutan in Switzerland 11.8. - 21.9.2023

    The training in Switzerland for Chimi Dema, Sherub Dorji, Sonam Tshewang and Sherab Dorji was a real success. Producing cheese, ice-cream and even herding Yaks and milking cows were part of their experience.


    Thanks to my colleagues from the Society Switzerland-Bhutan and Mountain Grassroots Association Tina Roner and Ruth Schwitter for the great teamwork in organizing the study trip and the events.

    A big thank you to the people who were conducting the trainings: Plantahof Landquart, Chascharia Val Müstair, Alpläserei Tschingelfeld Brienz, Glatsch Balnot Surava, Alpgenossenschaft Muttner Alp, Sennerei und Milchbetrieb Splügen, Berglandwirt Jürg Wirth Lavin und „Kalte Lust" Olten

    19.8.2023: Special Event: Barbecue Residence of the Bhutan Mission in Geneva

    A big thank you to Ambassador Tenzin Rondel Wangchuk and his team for the wonderful invitation for a barbecue with the 4 cheesemakers from Bhutan at the residence of the Bhutan Mission in Geneva. A great opportunity for a lively exchange between the Bhutanese community and SSB-members.

    26.8.2023: Special Event: Excursion „Bio Käserei Prättigau“ and „Graubünden Vivonda AG“ Jenaz

    Visiting Jenaz with the the four cheesemakers from Bhutan and members of the „Society Society Switzerland - Bhutan“ and „Mountain Grassroot Association“. A big thank you to the „Bio Käserei Prättigau“ and „Graubünden Vivonda AG“ for the interesting guided tours and last but not least thank you Chimi Dema and Sherub Dorji (Gogona), Sonam Tshewang (Bumthang) and Sherab Dorji (Khemdro) for the excellent presentations about your work in Bhutan and your future plans .

    Dr. Françoise Pommaret: The Artistic Heritage of Bhutan and its Vitality

    Thursday, 6.7.2023, Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich (PHZH)


    Dr. Françoise Pommaret was giving a talk in Zurich about „The Artistic Heritage of Bhutan and its Vitality“. For example, she was explaining how traditional arts like weaving textiles for Gho and Kira are influenced by new fashion trends and influencers. Another obvious example are the developments in the art of painting, where Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu (VAST) has had a big influence on developing new ways of expressions based on the roots of Bhutanese culture.


    A Movie by our member Marie-Noëlle Frei-Pont

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, 31.5.24, 19:30

    Movie: BUELWA – An Offering (Bhutan, 2023, 91 minutes)

    Q&A with the Film Director Charmi Chheda

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    Songsten House Zurich,
    Gubelhangstrasse 7,
    8050 Zürich Oerlikon

    Thursday, 6.6.24, 19:15

    Talk by Lhaki Dolma: : “My experience as a Politician and the Future of Women in Politics in Bhutan”

    Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich (PHZH), Lagerstrasse 2, 8001 Zürich
    Building LAA, Seminarraum K020

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    Saturday, 29.6.2024, 10:20 – 15:20

    Excursion to Wyssen Skyline Cranes at Reichenbach im Kandertal

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    Meeting Point Reichenbach Station



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