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Discover the three pillars of our program on Swiss innovation at the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Frontier technology for a positive impact

Swiss Innovation at Expo 2020: three pillars

The content of Swissnex at the Swiss Pavilion is designed to provide a Swiss interpretation of the Expo focus weeks, which are linked to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. It is divided into three transversal pillar: circular economy, frontier technology and social innovation. Let’s us give you a snapshot of our programme on frontier technology.

Frontier technology

Switzerland was ranked first in the world when it comes to innovation, according to an index by the World Intellectual Property Organization. In Dubai we want to demonstrate how this applied technology is a cornerstone of sustainable development. Visitors will be able to engage with transferable technology designed to benefit society as a whole and achieve the SDGs.

In October our focus on Achieving the S(patial) Development Goals will expose advances in space, where the EPFL Space Center (eSpace) is positioning Switzerland as a global powerhouse in sustainable space activities. This includes research on sustainable space logistics which trickles down to help observe and mitigate social and environmental issues. In addition to this we will present Swiss technology being used to the fight the issue of space debris. ClearSpace-1 shall put forward its technologies for capturing and deorbiting space junk, launching a debate on how to sustainably explore our universe.

In January our team will shed light on Swiss innovations in the field of Mobility 4.0: Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). Our main partners will be the EPFL Middle East. IGLUS, one of their research centres, is set to host a series of workshops on the future of mobility in partnership with Emirati universities and companies.

Finally, January will also be the time of our events. Our focus will present a triangle between sustainable development, innovation and entrepreneurship. The EPFL EssentialTech Center is set to demonstrate success stories applied to a humanitarian context, such as a robust incubator for newborns set to withstand adverse conditions. Seedstars, the Swiss organisation supporting thousands of young tech entrepreneurs from emerging markets, will also take part.