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Bern and London are strengthening their research collaboration

Switzerland and the UK have signed a memorandum of understanding to reaffirm their research collaboration.


The essentials in a nutshell

  • Switzerland and Great Britain want to work more closely together on research.
  • The two countries are planning a joint innovation forum for 2023.

Switzerland and Great Britain agreed to intensify cooperation Research and innovation agreed. Research Minister Guy Parmelin and George Freeman, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, signed the MoU on Tuesday in London.

With an MoU between the Secretary of State for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the British Department of Economic Affairs, Energy and have industrial strategy A good partnership already will be further strengthened. This was announced by the Department of Economics, Education and Research (WBF) on Thursday.

Focused artificial intelligence

Networking and cooperation between the two countries is desired Research and innovation communities Focus on quantum technology and deepening Artificial intelligence. The focus is also on the commercialization of innovative concepts such as science and innovation policy and diplomacy.

EAER wrote that there are lively interactions and many collaborations between researchers and institutions in both countries. Great Britain and Switzerland are planning a joint innovation forum in the coming year.

An important partner for Great Britain

Measured against joint projects within the framework of EUIn the research program Horizon 2020, Great Britain is the third most important Swiss partner. From October 2017 to September 2022, the Swiss National Science Foundation approved more than 1,100 grants that involved joint contributions with British researchers or were carried out in Great Britain.

Switzerland is not yet fully aligned with Horizon 2020’s successor, Horizon Europe. Switzerland is considered the third country since then Federal Council In May 2021, negotiations with Brussels in the company Framework Agreement Cancelled.

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