From 30 September to 3 October, the State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, Martina Hirayama, will visit Japan with a high-ranking scientific delegation. The inauguration of the new Swissnex site and consulate in Osaka on 30 September will be one of the highlights of the trip. Several meetings at ministerial level are on the agenda. Ms Hirayama will also take part in the Science and Technology for Society Forum in Kyoto. On 1 October, the visit will culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation to strengthen existing ties between Switzerland and Japan in all areas of research.
The opening of a new Swissnex site in the dynamic Kansai region is an important step in consolidating scientific relations between Switzerland and Japan, not least in view of the next World Expo, which will be held in Osaka in 2025. Swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting Switzerland and the world 20th in education, research and innovation. One of the aims of the new consulate will be to support more projects between universities, research institutes and start-ups in the two countries in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow. The inauguration ceremony will take place on 30 September, with Ms Hirayama and numerous Japanese representatives attending. It will focus in particular on innovations and trends in sustainability, and will feature nine Swiss start-ups.
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