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swissnex China July 2019 Newsletter      EVENTS NEWS RECAP PARTNERS SNX NETWORK
VENTURE LEADERS CHINA 2019  |  Follow #VLeadersChina for LIVE updates!
June 24 - July 5 |Hong Kong - Shenzhen - Shanghai - Changzhou - Dalian (WEF) - Beijing

For the 6th consecutive year, swissnex China is proud to co-organize with Venturelab a bootcamp tour & pitching roadshow with 10 top Swiss startups that will span 10 days and 6 cities in China. The dynamic roadshow offers the startups unparalleled exposure and insight in China, along with learning about growth opportunities, how corporate affairs work, pitching to investors and getting insights from experts. The startups are already signing deals while roadshowing! Learn more about the programme and register for the pitching event at the World Economic Forum (Dalian) and Beijing!  ➠

EVENTS | Our events in Shanghai and beyond
EVENT  |  EPFL TURNS 50! Celebrations with Nathalie Fontana
July 12 | swissnex China, Shanghai

2019 is a very special year for EPFL – it is the school’s 50th anniversary! To commemorate this exciting milestone, we will be hosting an informal gathering with the Director of Philanthropy EPFL Nathalie Fontana. The event provides an opportunity for EPFL Shanghai alumni to learn about the most important activities around the 50th anniversary, some strategic developments including the 50 Fifty Campaign.  Learn more  ➠
EVENT|Sustainable Investment Along the Belt & Road: Comparative Perspective
June 16|swissnex China, Shanghai

This lecture explores challenges and opportunities in the information ecosystems that power ESG investing in China and Europe, and suggests case studies and routes forward to making ESG’s information ecosystem more robust and effective in channeling capital toward corporate purpose in the short, medium, and long-term. We invite Jan-Alexander Posth and Allegra G. Fonda-Bonardi to compare and discuss their perspectives on ESG along the BRI. Learn more and register ➠

CAFE DES SCIENCES|From Architectural Anthropology to Digital Fabrication
June 18|NEXTMIXING, Shanghai

For the 7th Café des Sciences Lecture we will connect with two young architects graduated from ETH Zurich, and have a glance at two interdisciplinary research fields of architecture studies: architectural anthropology and digital fabrication. Yifan Wang will focus on the history and share her research project on the urban community of the ancient city of Quanzhou while Hao Hua will look into the future and share his insights into computational design.  Learn more and register ➠

JOB NOTICE|We are hiring!
PR & Communications Coordinator

Are you an ambitious and self-driven marketing & communications genius looking to connects the dots between Switzerland and China and boost your career? Join our dynamic team in Shanghai!

PR & Communications Coordinator (Full-time Position)

Deadline:  Aug 1, 2019 | Start: Aug 15, 2019  or based on avail.
swissnex China, Shanghai | Learn More  Apply  ➠

NEWS & RECAP | The latest scoop from swissnex China
June 11-13| Shanghai New International Expo Centre

The #SwissTech Pavilion comprising 22 leading Swiss startups had a dynamic and intense three days of pitching, networking and showcasing their cutting-edge innovations today at CES Asia - the biggest tech expo in Asia! With the largest-ever country pavilion to date and featuring the CES ASIA awardees in 6 out of 20 categories, the 2019 edition of the Swiss pavilion at CES ASIA left no doubt as to Switzerland’s Number One position in Innovation.  Learn more  ➠
RECAP|Drone Racing @ Swiss Innovation Days
June 14|Embassy of Switzerland in China, Beijing

In collaboration with DGP, swissnex China organized the first-ever drone race at an Embassy during the Swiss Innovation Week at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing. The race unfolded during the evening as the race track is illuminated by LEDs and lights, allowing the public to experience a exhilarating spectacle. This exhibition match connects Swiss and Chinese pilots for a friendly drone race and was broadcasted via livestream on CCTV2 (more than 1.37 million viewers!) and CGTN. Stay tuned for more exiting highlights! 
Learn more ➠

RECAP|Fireside Chat on Medtech with Urs Mattes
June 4|swissnex China

On June 4, Dr. Urs Mattes came to swissnex China for a presentation entitled Opportunities and Challenges in the Chinese Medtech landscape. Having lived in the region for two decades, Dr. Urs Mattes, Director Asia-Pacific at Cendres+Métaux SA, is a well-established University of Zurich alumnus in China. He has accumulated extensive cross-functional expertise and has been a board member of several medical and non-medical Swiss companies.  Learn more ➠

RECAP|Café des Sciences: Synthetic Biology & Bio-Art
Jun 20|Chronus Art Center, Shanghai

Co-organized with Chronus Art Center, swissnex China presented the 6th Café des Sciences Lecture with the focus on Synthetic Biology. Prof. Mario Andrea Marchisio, Post – Doctor graduated from ETH Zurich gave a glance at his research on engineering microbes as living sensors. During his talk, he explained his research on realizing biosensors in the yeast S. cerevisiae and shared with us the outcome of the current research phase that anti-CRISPR proteins can work efficiently in S. cerevisiae cells. Learn More  ➠

RECAP|Young Swiss Talents Explore Chinese Innovation Landscape
June| swissnex China, Shanghai

In the scope of its academic activities, swissnex China often welcomes delegations from Swiss universities. At the end of May, we received two universities in our space and as always always it was a big pleasure to exchange with the dynamic students who came to China with great curiosity: We first welcomed 20 students from the MBA of the Berner Fachhochschule (BFH) on May 30 and on May 31, swissnex China received six highly motivated HESAV healthcare students specializing in fields such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Learn More  ➠

DELEGATIONS|In July we look forward to welcoming delegation visits from University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Italian Switzerland (SUPSI) EMBA & MTECH, HEID-VD as well as sabbatical visit from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).
  • RANKING|QS University Rankings|Swiss Universities have made significant gains in the newly-released QS University Rankings, led by ETH Zürich securing #6 spot in Top Ten - comfortably overtaking the University of Cambridge and claiming the position of #2 best university in Europe. EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, moved up an impressive 4 positions to #18. University of Zurich Switzerland's largest university, takes rank 76, +2 from the previous year. University of Geneva (#110), University of Bern (#123), University of Basel (#151) and University of Lausanne (#153) are also prominently listed amongst the top 200 best universities in the world. Learn more  ➠
  • RANKING |Switzerland - Top Innovation Leader Europe |The Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS 2019) is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS 2019), assessing the innovation performance of European regions. Switzerland’s strong performance stems from being the best performer on seven indicators. In both the Human resources and Attractive research systems dimensions it has the best performance on two out of three indicators (New doctorate graduates and Lifelong learning, and International scientific co-publications and Foreign doctorate students).  Learn more  ➠
  • NEWS | Huawei Looking to Create 1000 Research Jobs in Switzerland |The Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei intends to create one thousand research jobs in Switzerland. In this context, Huawei is also looking to invest several hundred million Swiss francs in research centers. Learn more  ➠

PARTNERS | News from our friends and networks
  • PARTNER|Innokick Competition| 31 students from HES-SO Innokick Master program, together with 15 Chinese students of ShanghaiTech University will attend a competition organized by HES-SO and ShanghaiTech in the afternoon of July 7th. Dr. Felix Moesner Science Consul & CEO of swissnex China will join as jury at the event.
  • PARTNER|China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC)| EPFL's China Hardware Innovation Camp (CHIC) challenges students to go from a blank sheet of paper to the functional prototype of a connected device. In mid-July they fly to Southern China (Shenzhen and Hong Kong) to finalize the devices at a local prototyper’s factory (Seeedstudio) and pitch their projects in front of incubators, accelerators and Chinese makers. The final semester provides the opportunity to dig deeper into one dimension of the project (e.g., machine learning). Learn more  ➠

swissnex around the World
  • swissnex Boston|How to Perfect Your Pitch - 7 Tips from Experts in the HealthTech Industry.
  • swissnex Brazil HACKATHON SNX.VR: From August 16th to the 18th swissnex Brazil will bring together artists, programmers, musicians and designers in a Hackathon that aims to create new features and extend the experience within the virtual world of HanaHana.
  • swissnex IndiaSwiss Science Slam 2019: Get creative with your research, and win a ticket to Switzerland.
  • swissnex San FranciscoOpening Night: An Eye Unruled: Join swissnex San Francisco to celebrate an opening night of collaborations between artists and machines creating imaginary worlds.
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