A glimpse at some ongoing projects
An important topic on which we are working at the moment is life sciences. In the first week of January 2013 we will have different activities related to this domain. Together with Swiss RE, Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer, the swissnex network is organizing a conference tour on the topic of The Future of Human Longevity. The tour started at our sister office in swissnex Boston, continued with an event in September at swissnex Singapore and will have its final stop in Shanghai on January 10, 2013. The topic of the conference here in Shanghai will be Stem Cells. Distinguished guest speakers from leading Chinese Universities and Swiss Re experts will discuss different aspects and news of Stem Cells research. More info about the program you can soon find on our webpage.
Furthermore a delegation from the Bioinformatics Institute will come to visit Shanghai in January and we also plan to organize a public lecture with the Swiss experts to let them interact with their peers here in China.
The Future of Human Longevity conference in Boston (picture swissnex Boston)
After bigger events such as the Future Cities Conference in 2010 at the World Expo, the topic of urban sustainability has remained on the top of our topic list and we have been connecting different peers and discussing new projects in this domain. In late September we welcomed Joy Yong Ding from Global Energy Basel, a global non-profit foundation dedicated towards promoting sustainable infrastructure financing practices. Global Energy Basel is also aiming at intensifying the Sino-Swiss connections in this field and counts on swissnex China’s support to get connected with universities and spin-off companies. Our next activity in this field is the “Swiss Technology for Water Management” on November 23 in Guangzhou.
The last "Swiss Technology for Water Management" event in Beijing, April 2012
Part of our mission is also to promote the excellence of Swiss Higher-Education System in China. While we are informing through different communication channels such as social media, we are also present at Exhibition Fairs, visit universities and also discuss with other experts in this fields: Swiss Alumni living in Shanghai. On the occasion of the visit of State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio in September, we organized a roundtable discussion with some Swiss university Alumni, to discuss how we can improve the knowledge about Swiss Higher Education in China, how we can attract young talents from China and how to create opportunities for graduate students interested to gain first professional experience in China together with Swiss companies based in China.