Switzerland and Korea forge a strong scientific cooperation

Switzerland and Korea forge a strong scientific cooperation

At the third meeting of the joint committee set up under the agreement on scientific and technological cooperation of 2008, the delegations decided to launch a joint call for projects in 2014

These projects, covering a three year period, will enhance cooperation between researchers and research promotion agencies in the two countries. The topics will be chosen in the course of the ongoing year and will focus on the main strengths of the two counties in the fields of science and technology. The possibility of launching a joint flagship project under a National Centre of Competence in Research has created great interest.

Direct partnerships are existing between Swiss research institutions, they are actively involved with leading Korean partners, such as the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), ins is role as Leading House for cooperation with Korea. It highlighted the importance of the “Science Days”, which have been held alternately in both countries since 2010. The next meeting dedicated to neurosciences will take place in autumn in Korea. The University of Geneva (associate Leading House) has for its part announced the opening of a coordination office on the premises of the prestigious Korean Yonsei University and vice versa. The Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) AND THE Federal Laborator8ies for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA) have also intensified their collaboration with two partners of global importance, namely the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) AND Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).

The Republic of Korea (ROK) is one of seven non-European countries designated as priority countries in the Swiss federal Council’s ERI Dispatch 2012-16. Its great scientific potential, supported by significant investments in R&D, its world renowned universities and its conglomerates which are extremely active in the field of innovation, generate significant interest on the part of researchers. Relations between Korea and Switzerland in the area of education, research and innovation prove to be excellent.

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