Sciex Closing Conference

"Preparing young researchers for the Europe of tomorrow"

September 25th 2015, 9:30 – 16:00

ETH Zürich – AudiMax

"We have to learn to collaborate with the NMS on equal footing in Switzerland and I think this is one out of many major achievements of the Sciex Programme (…) A programme that calls for a continuation"

Prof. Dr. Guido Vergauwen
President of the Sciex Steering Committee



10:00    Welcome address | Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella, President of the ETH Zurich (CH)

10:20    Opening statements

  • Importance of the relationships between Switzerland and the New Member States of the European Union | Prof. Dr. Gilbert Casasus, Chair Department for European Studies, University of Fribourg (CH)
  • Achievements of the Sciex Programme | Prof. Dr. Guido Vergauwen, President of the Sciex Steering Committee

11:00    Sciex: A stepping stone in the scientific career of the Sciex Fellows

4 Sciex Fellows share their experience (fltr)

Dr. Alexandra Palla, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics (ROU) / PSI, Dr. Vaidas Jurkevicius, Mykolas Romeris University (LTU) / University of Geneva, Dr. Katja Gentinetta (Moderation), Dr. Michal Jenicek, Charles University (CZE) / University of Zurich, Dr. András Jakab, University of Debrecen (HUN) / ETH Zurich

12:15    Sciex: A creator of scientific progress and innovation

Poster Session

13:45    Sciex: An accelerator of scientific networks between researchers

An institutional perspective | Prof. Dr. Andreas Mortensen, Vice-provost for Research, EPFL (CH)

5 Sciex Mentors share their experience

15:00    Round table: Sciex: How to benefit from the potential in Europe? (fltr)

Prof. Dr. Guido Vergauwen, President of the Sciex Steering Committee, Dr. Evelyne Glättli, Deputy Head of the Division International Co-operation, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), HE. Richard Jones, Ambassador of the UE to Switzerland, Dr. Katja Gentinetta (Moderation), HE. Dr. Meglena Plugtschieva, Ambassador of Bulgaria to Switzerland, Prof. Eng. Adrian Curaj PhD, General Director, Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding

15: 45   Conclusion and Perspectives | HE. Dr. Thomas Greminger, Vice-Director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

16:00    Poster Session

Moderation: Dr. Katja Gentinetta, Political Philosopher and Advisor


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