Switzerland and Denmark strengthen relations in higher education, research and innovation

Press releases, 20.03.2024

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and Denmark’s Minister of Higher Education and Science Christina Egelund signed a memorandum of understanding in Copenhagen on 20 March to enhance cooperation between the universities, researchers, innovation stakeholders and funding bodies of both countries.

The signing took place following a joint scientific committee meeting between Denmark and Switzerland. The memorandum of understanding reaffirms both countries' commitment to further strengthen their already close and diverse relations. It focuses on the areas of quantum sciences and technologies, life sciences, climate and sustainability, energy, information and communication technology, artificial intelligence, materials science and engineering, space, and the humanities and social sciences.

Switzerland and Denmark are world leaders in life sciences and also play an important role in the field of quantum science. Greater cooperation will help to maximise the high potential of these technologies in both countries.

Denmark is an important European partner for Swiss researchers. Under the last EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), Swiss and Danish researchers worked together on over 600 projects. EUREKA, the initiative for cross-border innovation promotion in Europe, has supported over 60 cooperation projects with partners from both countries since it was founded in 1985.

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