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Switzerland-Japan Committee: since 2016, the Swiss National Science Foundation has supported 152 research projects involving Japanese researchers
Since 2016, the Swiss National Science Foundation has supported 152 research projects involving Japanese researchers

On 30 January 2023, Martina Hirayama, Secretary of State of the Swiss Confederation, inaugurated the fifth Joint Switzerland-Japan Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation, which was attended by the Secretariat of State for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The meeting focused on Swiss-Japanese cooperation in research and innovation.

On this occasion, it Swiss Polar Institute (SPI) signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Polar Research Japanese.

The Swiss delegation, made up of high-level representatives of promotion agencies and institutes of the university and research sector, received in Bern the delegation of the Rising Sun, made up of representatives of the Japanese Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as well as the most important research institutes and research promotion agencies in Japan.

After the opening speech by State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Martina Hirayama, the delegates discussed the latest developments in the research and innovation landscape in Switzerland and Japan.

The talks focus on bilateral cooperation and on the various possibilities of intensifying and expanding existing cooperation between researchers, research institutes and promotion agencies of the two countries.

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Switzerland-Japan Committee: Fifth Swiss-Japan Joint Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation launched, with focus on polar research and the OSAKA 2025 World Expo
Fifth Swiss-Japan Joint Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation launched, with focus on polar research and the OSAKA 2025 World Expo

231 Japanese scholars helped by the Confederation from 1962 to today with scholarships

The Helvetic Confederation sees in the Japanese Empire one of the main partners of the Asian area in the field of scientific cooperation.

The two countries are currently exploring several research areas of common interest, including an aging society, energy transition and digitalisation.

In the 2008 Federal Polytechnic of Zurich has assumed the leading role of leading house in the collaboration of Swiss scientific actors with Asia and has developed various cooperation instruments.

Since 2016, the Swiss National Science Foundation has supported 152 research projects involving Japanese researchers.

From 1962 to today, 231 Japanese citizens have received a scholarship of excellence from the Swiss Confederation for foreign researchers and artists.

During the talks, the Swiss Polar Institute signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan's National Institute of Polar Research in order to further deepen cooperation in the field of polar research.

The Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud has also signed a memorandum of understanding with its Japanese counterpart, Teikyo University in Tokyo.

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Switzerland-Japan Committee: the signing in Bern on 30 January 2023 of the memorandum of understanding between the Swiss Polar Institute and the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research
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Switzerland is already present in Japan with a Science & Technology office at the Embassy in Tokyo.

The opening of a new consulate in Osaka marks another milestone in the expansion of Swissnex, the Swiss network for education, research and innovation.

This new key venue, operational since the first half of 2022, but which will officially open in the autumn of 2023, is located in Kansai, a particularly dynamic region that will be the backdrop for the Universal Exposition of OSAKA 2025.

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Switzerland-Japan Committee: Fifth Swiss-Japan Joint Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation launched, with focus on polar research and the OSAKA 2025 World Expo
Fifth Swiss-Japan Joint Committee for Science, Technology and Innovation launched, with focus on polar research and the OSAKA 2025 World Expo