Workshop on the Swiss Research Landscape: Internationalization and Academia-Industry Collaboration
The Swiss delegation to the STS forum 2014 (see previous blog-entry) joined forces and held a 90-minutes workshop on the internationalization of the Swiss Research Landscape, as well as on academia-industry collaboration.
In a first part, the focus was put on the internationalization of the Swiss universities. After three brief opening presentations by Prof. Gerhard Schmitt (ETH Zurich), Prof. Louis Schlapbach (Empa/ Nims) and Prof. Rik Eggen (Eawag), moderator Boris Dongelmans lead the discussion on the challenges and the reasons for the (even further) internationalization of the Swiss research institutes.
During the second part the challenges and benefits of academia-industry collaboration was discussed by Prof. Joel Mesot (PSI), Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth (IBM Research Zurich) and Dr. Georges Kotrotsios (CSEM). The audience actively participated in the discussions.
An added interactive feature to the workshop was the live-scribing done by Banana Studio‘s Trân Tran who followed the discussion remotely from Lausanne and drew pictures according to what was discussed.
The approximately 40 participants then very actively networked and exchanged business cards during the reception held at the Residence of the Ambassador to Switzerland. Hopefully, many new Japanese-Swiss collaborations will emerge and blossom.
A highlight of the evening was definitely the happy announcement during the “kampai” speech by Dr. Yuko Harayama (CSTI, Cabinet Office) of the three Japanese researchers having been awarded the Physics Nobel Prize 2014!