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» Switzerland: European Innovation champion

April 04, 2014 @ 12:46 PM

» Empa grants an insight into its research activities

April 01, 2014 @ 1:54 PM

» Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth, Director and Vice President IBM Research – Zurich, participates in the conference as keynote speaker

March 26, 2014 @ 2:44 PM

» Gala dinner at the Europe’s largest waterfall

March 12, 2014 @ 5:12 PM

» Abstracts have been reviewed

March 06, 2014 @ 6:33 PM


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IM+io is the leading magazine for innovation, organization and management in the German-speaking area. Focused on IT issues, the scientific journal provides key insights into concepts, methods and technologies of information management and contains interesting content about the latest trends concerning innovation, high tech as well as management and leadership. IM+io is published by professor Scheer and professor Schönsleben.

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The Enterprise Europe Network is a key instrument in the EU's strategy to boost growth and jobs. Bringing together close to 600 business support organisations from more than 50 countries, we help small companies seize the unparalleled business opportunities in the EU Single Market. Our member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, research institutes and development agencies. Most of them have been supporting local businesses for a long time. They know their clients' strengths and needs - and they know Europe.

As members of the Enterprise Europe Network they are linked up through powerful databases, sharing their knowledge and sourcing technologies and business partners across all Network countries. But they are also closely linked with the European Commission, which enables them to keep abreast of EU policies and to feed small companies' views on them back to Brussels.

Supporting small business is a cornerstone of the EU's drive for growth and jobs. Because 99% of all EU companies are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for 67% of jobs, what's good for SMEs is good for Europe's economy.

We are co-financed through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP, 2007-13), an EU funding programme designed to make European companies more competitive. Our services are tailored to SMEs but are also available to all other businesses, universities and research centres.

The Enterprise Europe Network was launched in February 2008 by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. It builds on the former Euro Info Centre (EIC) and Innovation Relay Centre (IRC) Networks, established in 1987 and 1995 respectively.

Swiss Institute of Service Science (SISS)

The Swiss Institute of Service Science (SISS) is a collaboration network of professionals both from industry and universities, who work jointly together to push forward service innovation in Switzerland, and to strengthen the Swiss service sector by innovation.

The unique approach of SISS is based on a scientific approach, known as “Service Science”, and is focused on the application and implementation of this approach in companies and public service providers.

The SISS cultivates an interdisciplinary and holistic view of services, integrating the three basic dimensions of services: the business dimension, the technological dimension, and the human dimension.

The SISS transcends the borders of the classical disciplinary silos of IT specialists, business people, and customer-focused anthropologists by bringing professionals from different disciplines together in interdisciplinary project teams. Together, they develop new services and improve existing services, thus creating both innovative and successful solutions for the 21th century.


Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Empa’s research and development activities are oriented to meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry, and science and society.

Thanks to its years of experience in the field, Empa is able to offer its industrial partners solutions tailored to meet their specific needs. This encourages companies to think and act in innovative ways and at the same time helps to improve the quality of life for all of us. Safety, reliability and sustainability of materials and systems – these are the watchwords which form a common thread running through all Empa activities. In this respect the institution plays a key role in the Swiss educational, research and innovation scene.

Empa comes into its own in its efforts to disseminate its hard won know-how at various levels of teaching and technology transfer activities. In doing so it makes a significant contribution to the process of creating marketable products from innovative developments.


Euresearch is the Swiss network mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation providing targeted information, hands-on advice and transnational partnering related to European research and innovation programmes. The network is composed of a Head Office in Bern and Regional Offices in each University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Euresearch provides you with an overview of the European research and innovation programmes and information. We help you find the most appropriate funding scheme or partner search tool for your and your institution and company.

Euresearch advises you on how to proceed with your proposal application according to your programme selection. We advise you on project and cooperation support. We can also give you feedback on your proposal before you submit it to the European Commission thanks to our pre-screening service. If your project is accepted - we have no influence and cannot help during the evaluation phase - we will then support you with the negotiation and management of your project.

To collaborate in research and innovation in Europe, having the right partners on board is crucial. You will need partners to build up the best consortium possible in order to maximise your chances of getting funded but also once the project is finished in order to use the innovation technologies. What about partners to solve technology and know-how problems? This is also a service offered by the Enterprise Europe Network.


The Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) promotes science-based innovation in Switzerland by providing financial resources, professional advice and networks. The CTI operates on the principle of subsidiarity through a number of closely linked funding areas, helping when innovations cannot be launched or their market potential remains untapped. The CTI helps to improve the competitiveness of Swiss companies, especially of SMEs, and to increase the performance of organisations serving the Swiss public. Promoting sustainable values and a strong Swiss economy.

The CTI promotes entrepreneurial thinking among young scientists and business people. Training and coaching programmes provide young entrepreneurs with professional support in putting their business ideas into practice. The focus is placed on knowledge-intensive and technology-based companies with considerable market potential.

The CTI helps innovations to achieve their breakthrough by co-funding research and development projects run jointly by companies, public agencies or non-profit organisations with entitled research institutions. With a focus on new technologies and findings, projects which promise rapid results tend to receive support, especially in the fields of life sciences, micro- and nanotechnology, engineering and enabling sciences.

The CTI promotes knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) between universities and industry in order to boost innovative projects and start-up ideas. Innovation mentors provide information on funding opportunities and support in drawing up project applications. The national thematic networks (NTN) help to form links between companies and public research institutions in thematic areas which are of particular interest to Switzerland. Interactive and physical KTT platforms provide an opportunity to form contacts and share experiences.