The Swiss Pavilion is hosting a swissnex Mobile to present Switzerland as a leading nation in education, research, and innovation. The content of the swissnex Mobile reflects the Expo 2020 focus weeks, linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Innovative solutions for realising the SDGs will be shown through interactive activities.

Swiss universities, start-ups and innovative companies will showcase their research and inventions through small exhibits and presentations designed for the wider public. This will take place within the exhibition space of the pavilion. Panels, workshops, demonstrations, pitch contests and networking events will also take place at the event space of the pavilion, on the rooftop terrace.

The swissnex Mobile aims at not only promoting the know-how of its Swiss partners, but also connecting them with equivalents from the UAE and the wider region, hence facilitating the creation of valuable relationships and contributing to joint solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

Mission of the swissnex Mobile

  • Inspire and engage through transdisciplinary projects, creating platforms for knowledge exchange and supporting international academic programmes.
  • Connecting scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders with inspiring peers and new ideas.
  • Inform and advise our academic and innovation stakeholders in their international strategies and collaborative partnerships in the region.

Content overview


The swissnex Mobile will present solutions for a more circular economy: how to analyse climate change, mitigate CO2 emissions and adopt smart urban recycling and waste management infrastructures. The pavilion will also feature technology applied to other fields of sustainability, such as food, agriculture, mobility and biodiversity.

Social Innovation

Social innovation is another central theme. Our content on sustainable finance will present practical solutions to achieve the SDGs. It will also explore how viewing public health through the 17 UN sustainable goals is vital for social wellbeing.

Frontier technology

Visitors will also experience high tech with a focus on transferring it to benefit society as a whole. We will showcase breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, medical technology and also outer space, where Switzerland’s efforts to explore our universe in a sustainable way will be featured.

The swissnex Network

The swissnex Mobile is part of the swissnex Network, a Swiss global organisation connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. The swissnex Network supports the outreach and active engagement of Swiss universities, start-ups and innovative companies in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent. It thereby contributes to strengthen Switzerland’s profile as a world-leading innovation hotspot.

As part of Switzerland’s official network abroad, the swissnex Network cooperates closely with other Swiss organisations, including embassies and consulate generals, Presence Switzerland, Swiss Business Hubs (Switzerland Global Enterprise), Switzerland Tourism, and Pro Helvetia Liaison offices.

The swissnex Network is an initiative of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and is part of the Confederation’s network abroad managed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The swissnex activities are based on a collaborative approach and rely on public and private partnerships and funding.


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