Science Policy and Chocolate: A Recipe for the Perfect Alternative Spring Break Trip

This past Spring Break, a group of twelve Techers consisting of undergraduates, graduate students, and Caltech Y staff with various backgrounds were able to go to Geneva as part of the Caltech Y’s inaugural global science policy trip. This Alternative Spring Break trip consisted of one week in Switzerland with meetings and discussions with policy leaders at various international organizations including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO), and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Geneva, and a day of sight-seeing at Bern, a UN designated World Heritage Site.

A particularly memorable and informative session was at CERN where we learnt about CLOUD, the chamber they have constructed to study cloud formation, and their connections to Caltech as well as the involvement of the United States overall with CERN endeavors. Our discussion at the