Switzerland and Austria between university education, research and innovation

The outcomes of the fifth Bern-Vienna exchange of ideas and information on bilateral cooperation in training and scientific development

Switzerland and Austria: Martina Hirayama and Martin Polaschek
Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, and Martin Polaschek, Minister for Education, Science and Research, led the fifth Swiss-Austria bilateral meeting on innovation issues

On 17 October 2023, the fifth exchange of ideas and information between the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) took place in Bern ).
The talks focused on bilateral cooperation in education and research and related collaboration at European level. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Austria in 2025.
Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, and Martin Polaschek, Minister for Education, Science and Research, subsequently led the bilateral meeting and expressed their appreciation for the intense collaboration between the two States on training, research and innovation.
The two high-ranking delegations also discussed the Federal Council's objective of joining the Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programmes.

A dangerous plastic snowfall in the Austrian and Swiss Alps

Switzerland and Austria: Austrians in Bern on 7 October 2023
On 17 October 2023, the fifth exchange of ideas and information between the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) took place in Bern )

At the center are “Professional Bachelor”, “Professional Master” and generative artificial intelligence

Other topics on the agenda included the population's trust in science, the experience Austria has gained so far with "professional bachelors" and "professional masters" and, lastly, the use of generative artificial intelligence in teaching and research.
Austria, as a neighboring country, is one of Switzerland's main partners in the field of education, research and innovation.
Under the European framework program for research and innovation Horizon 2020, running from 2014 to 2020, the two countries have collaborated on around 800 projects, while under the current Horizon Europe program (2021-2027) they have cooperated so far about 180 projects.
It should also be underlined that between 2028 and 2020 the Swiss National Fund supported just under 650 projects in which Swiss and Austrian researchers worked side by side.
Austria therefore occupies eighth place among the 145 SNSF partner countries.

There is innovation at the center of the talks between Austria and Switzerland

Switzerland and Austria: Martina Hirayama and Martin Polaschek
Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, and Martin Polaschek, Minister for Education, Science and Research, led the fifth Swiss-Austria bilateral meeting on innovation issues

From the bilateral Eureka initiative to joint activities at CERN and, towards space, ESO and ESA

Also regarding the partners of the bilateral Eureka initiative, Austria ranks fourth with 124 joint cooperation projects.
Eureka, carried out by 50 countries, is one of the independent initiatives of the European framework programs for cross-border cooperation in market-oriented technological research and development.
Other important instruments of the Swiss-Austrian collaboration include research organisations, such as the CERN of Geneva, the European Organization for Astronomical Research (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA), of which both countries are members.

The retreat of glaciers could create new ecosystems by 2100

Switzerland and Austria: “Horizon 2020” and “Horizon Europe”
Under the European framework program for research and innovation “Horizon 2020”, running from 2014 to 2020, Austria and Switzerland have collaborated on 800 projects, while under the current “Horizon Europe” (2021-2027) 180 of them cooperated