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The 46th GIST Seminar
"Science Diplomacy: The swissnex Model"

The 46th GIST Seminar<br>
Lecturer Dr. Felix Moesner (Director, swissnex Boston / Consul, Consulate of Switzerland)
Time 18:00-19:30, Wednesday, 17th April, 2013 (19:30 - Networking)
Place Research Meeting Room 4A, GRIPS (Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Sponsorship GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST)
Language English

Presentation Overview

1) Swiss initiatives in science diplomacy: background, current situation, future vision and challenges;
2) Aims, strategies, and detailed activities of swissnex Boston and its position in Swiss national S&T and diplomatic policy

swissnex Boston, established as the world's first "science consulate" in 2000, is part of a global network of five knowledge outposts including San Francisco (2003), Singapore (2004), China (2007) and India (2009). The mission of swissnex Boston is to promote knowledge exchanges between Switzerland and North America in higher education, technology, innovation, science and the arts. By enabling research collaborations, innovation promotion, best-practice exchange and skills training, swissnex Boston fosters the idea-generation and cooperation inherent in modern-day science diplomacy. As a public-private partnership, swissnex Boston thrives on collaborating with and learning from the partners, who range from Switzerland's top universities and multinationals to high-tech startups and groundbreaking researchers.

Simplified personal history

Dr. Felix Moesner is the Director of swissnex Boston and the Consul of the Consulate of Switzerland in Boston since September 2011. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, Boston chapter. Felix Moesner is a Master and Doctor graduate from ETH Zurich and the University of Tokyo. As engineer and scientist, he majored in robotics, MEMS and nanotechnologies. Dr. Moesner worked in two consulting firms (IT & executive search) and two blue chip companies (high-tech & financial industries) at senior management level before joining the Swiss Knowledge Network. Before accepting his position in Boston, Dr. Moesner was the head of the Science and Technology Office Tokyo at the Embassy of Switzerland in Japan since 2003, promoting Swiss Science, Technology and Education in Japan and interfacing between Swiss and Japanese governments, universities, R&D institutions and companies. Together with the US Embassy, he also held the presidency of the Science and Technology Diplomatic Circle, which is comprised of 80+ diplomatic missions and affiliates such as NSF or NASA in Tokyo since 2005. He also was the Special Advisor to the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. Several awards and grants underline his proactive commitments.

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