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

Social innovation to improve life quality

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 us give you a snapshot of our programme on social innovation.


Social Innovation

Swiss education and research are essential infrastructures behind Switzerland’s high quality of life. At Expo our pavilion wants to share these achievements with the world. We also seek to be inspired by our hosts, the UAE, and the entire world by exchanging best practices in these fields.

In November our Swiss partners will share strong approaches towards the expo thematic week Tolerance and Inclusivity in a series of events named Education from the past and for the future. The University of Lausanne will present the Collart-Palmyre Project, a virtually reconstructed temple which was destroyed in Syria. It will be exploring how inspiration from the past can safeguard tolerance in our societies. The Pavilion is also partnering up with Rafisa ICT, a Swiss organisation offering vocational education to people of determination in the ICT field, helping them to take an active role in society.

In December the Pavilion will present the focus #Learningtomorrow. Switzerland’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system will be featured, including by hosting young TVET alumni who will be able to share their success stories with our visitors. To supplement this our team is setting up talks and panels, discussing TVET’s role in giving young people the agility to keep learning throughout their life and obtain crucial transferable skills. The Pavilion will serve as a platform, where our guests will learn and exchange about how TVET can enable youth to succeed in the 4th industrial revolution.

In February 2022 the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) will lead the way thanks to our focus entitled Public Health and the 17 SDGs: a Swiss Perspective on Research and Acrobatics. They will explore all 17 SDGs through the lens of human wellness thanks to their pioneering multidisciplinary research and … acrobats! Indeed they are partnering up with the Accademia Teatro Dimitri from Ticino. Their students will interpret artistically public health and the SDGs, delivering a unique combination of science and art.