How Mobility Fosters Innovation

December 13, 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 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 students and 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.


Registration to follow.

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Draft program


10:45  Registration

11:30  Welcome words

12:15  Stand-up lunch

13:30  Panel discussion

14:45  Mobility success stories

15:15  Networking break

16:15  Panel discussion

17:00-18:30 Apéritif and networking


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