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How Mobility Fosters Innovation

13 December 2017
University of Neuchâtel, Aula des Jeunes-Rives

As a small country in the heart of Europe and with no natural resources, Switzerland needs to be innovative in order to stay competitive and to be able to face the many challenges of digitalisation. In recent years, Switzerland has regularly appeared at the top of international innovation rankings, not least thanks to considerable investment in R&D activities. At the same time, innovation needs mobility, since international exchange fosters creativity and competitiveness. Switzerland has a strong international research community, a key factor in providing a fruitful environment for innovation.

Hosted by the University of Neuchâtel, the swissnexDay’17 will be inaugurated by State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio. It will explore the strong links between the mobility of researchers and a country’s innovative capability.

In two panel discussions, distinguished experts and high-level representatives of the Swiss education, research and innovation landscape will address the current and future challenges facing Switzerland in these fields. The participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the direct experience of some mobility success stories between the two discussion sessions.

In addition, in three networking breaks participants will have the opportunity to connect with the swissnex representatives and the Swiss science counsellors, and with more than 200 representatives from Switzerland’s education, research and innovation community.

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10:45 Registration
11:30 Welcome words
Moderated by:
Mauro Moruzzi, Ambassador, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation
Kilian Stoffel, President, University of Neuchâtel
Fabio Bongiovanni, President, Town of Neuchâtel
Jean-Nathanaël Karakash, State Councillor for Economics and Social Action, Canton of Neuchâtel
Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
12:15 Stand-up lunch
13:30 Panel discussion
Moderated by:
Maria Conti, CEO swissnex Brazil
Daniel Kraus, Chair of Innovation Law, University of Neuchâtel
Gianni D’Amato, Director, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies / nccr – on the move
Sandy Wetzel, CEO Neode Parc technologique et industriel SA
14:45 Mobility success stories
15:15 Networking break
16:15 Panel discussion
Moderated by:
Alessandra Apicella, Head of Science Office, Swiss Embassy in Seoul
Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
Luciana Vaccaro, President, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland HES-SO
Nicola Thibaudeau, Innosuisse Board Member and CEO MPS Micro Precision Systems
17:00 Apéritif and networking

This event will take place in English given its international nature.

Good to know: On the same day, the University of Neuchâtel will also host the ERASMUS-Day. This event is organised by Movetia, the Swiss agency for exchange and mobility. More information and registration here.

You want to know more about previous editions of the swissnexDay? Find all the information here.