Science Diplomacy in the 21st century - How swissnex connects the dots around the globe

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Sebastien Hug (Switzerland)

Sebastien Hug is Scientific Advisor at the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, responsible for coordinating swissnex – the Swiss global network for education, research and innovation. Previously, he worked as a Project Leader for Higher Education and Partnerships at swissnex Boston, USA, and as Science and Technology Counsellor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. Sebastien Hug studied Contemporary and Modern History, Political Economics and Public Administration at the University Fribourg (CH), University of Ottawa (CA) and the Université Paris-Sorbonne (F).


This session will explore Switzerland’s approach to Science Diplomacy by presenting swissnex – the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research and innovation around the globe. The presentation will look at some examples of how swissnex collaborated with universities, start-ups, multinational companies as well as foundations, among others, in identifying and reaching out to potential partner institutions and getting insights into latest science and technology trends. The session will allow for discussion and sharing experiences among participants on best practices in fostering international collaboration.

The swissnex network is composed of five swissnex main locations in Boston, Bangalore, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai and their offices in New York City, Sao Paolo and Guangzhou. Furthermore, around 20 Science and Technology Counsellors are based in embassies in the most innovative regions around the world. swissnex is managed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation in partnership with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.