State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI   link
Location: Bern - Bern region
Einsteinstrasse 2, 3005 Bern

Discipline: Research Management, Innovation
Affiliation: Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
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The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is the federal government’s specialised agency for national and international matters concerning education, research and innovation policy. The SERI is responsible for the ETH domain (ETHZ, EPFL, Eawag, EMPA, PSI, WSL). The SERI is also partly responsible on the federal level for the cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and various research centers. The SERI is part of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

Research Management - Politics - Jul 4
State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Martina Hirayama, will travel to Berlin on 5 July for a bilateral meeting with Jens Brandenburg, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research.
Research Management - Politics - Jul 4

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), will visit South Africa from 5 to 8 July with a large delegation representing economic and scientific stakeholders. During the mission, he will hold talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as sign a memorandum of understanding and meet with multiple government ministers. The mission aims to deepen bilateral economic relations while reaffirming Switzerland's commitment to cooperation in economic and scientific activities and in the field of labour and employment.

Research Management - Politics - Jun 28

On 28 June, Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, opened the SwissCore Annual Event in Brussels. During her visit, the State Secretary also held talks with Flemish Minister Jo Brouns and representatives of the Faroe Islands.

Research Management - Jun 23

On 23 June, Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, travelled to The Hague for talks with Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director General for Higher and Vocational Education, Science and Emancipation, Feite Hofman, and Deputy Director General for Enterprise and Innovation, Michiel Sweers. The trip also included a visit to the Quantum Delta NL Foundation. Talks focused on cooperation between Switzerland and the Netherlands in the areas of higher education, research, innovation and quantum science and technology.

Research Management - Politics - May 30

State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Martina Hirayama is visiting Morocco from 30 May to 1 June 2022. During her visit, the State Secretary will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation (MESRSI) to strengthen cooperation in the fields of research and innovation.

Innovation - May 17

On 17 May 2022, State Secretary Martina Hirayama and Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between Switzerland and the ESA establishing a joint Centre of Excellence at the Paul-Scherrer Institute (PSI).

Research Management - Jun 28

The deputy director of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), Rémy Hübschi, spoke at the International Technical and Professional Education and Training (TPET) Conference on 28 June at the invitation of the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore. During his visit he also held official talks, accompanied by Barbara Fontanellaz, director of the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training (SFUVET). The itinerary included visits to local and Swiss institutions involved in Singapore's VET efforts under the broad-based Skills Future programme.

Politics - Research Management - Jun 23

Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, attended the Eureka Ministerial Conference in Lisbon (Portugal) on 22 June. Eureka is an initiative of 47 countries aimed at fostering cross-border cooperation projects in market-oriented research and development independent of the EU-s framework programmes. State Secretary Hirayama also took the opportunity to talk with German education minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger, UK science minister George Freeman and South Korean deputy trade minister Soosung Hwang.

Innovation - Research Management - Jun 22

Greater support for knowledge and technology transfer for start-ups can be achieved by improving the regulatory framework. This conclusion was drawn in an assessment report of test mandates, which was submitted to the Federal Council on 22 June 22. Proposed measures include clear policy guidelines on the handling of intellectual property at universities, providing start-up financing to cover patent-related costs, and including entrepreneurship training in university study programmes.

Continuing Education - May 24

Neuchâtel, 24.05.2022 - In 2021, 45% of the population took part in continuing education. This share is relatively high, but compared with the last survey in 2016, it corresponds to a decrease of around 17 percentage points. This is largely explained by the COVID-19 pandemic. As in 2016, people attended one or more continuing education courses primarily for professional reasons. Participation depends on labour market status and education attainment level, among other factors. This is shown by the first results of the 2021 Swiss Adult Education Survey from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Research Management - Innovation - May 4

Switzerland is currently considered a non-associated third country in Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. On 4 May 2022, the Federal Council adopted extensive measures to bridge the gap arising from this situation.




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