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Switzerland and Greece Strengthen Research Cooperation

On 19 July, Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, held official talks in Athens with the Minister for Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis, and with the Minister for Education and Religious Affairs, Niki Kerameus. She also visited the an excavation site of the Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece (ESAG), which has received federal support since 2008.

2022-07-19 16:45:12
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Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, held talks in Athens with the Minister for Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis, and the Minister for Education and Religious Affairs, Niki Kerameus. The meetings aimed to commend the bilateral cooperation between Switzerland and Greece, particularly in research and innovation.

The two countries have collaborated on over 700 projects as part of Horizon 2020, with a focus on information and communication technologies, European infrastructures, and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Switzerland and Greece are both member states of various international research organizations, such as CERN and the European Space Agency.

Discussions were held on Switzerland's association to Horizon Europe and Erasmus+, as well as bilateral relations in education, research, and innovation. The Swiss School of Archaeology in Greece (ESAG) has been excavating and studying the ancient city of Eretria on the island of Euboea since 1964.

The ESAG, based at the University of Lausanne, is the only permanent Swiss archaeological institute abroad and receives financial support from Switzerland. A research project was launched to locate the sanctuary of Artemis Amarysia near Amarynthos, and the ESAG was able to prove the discovery in 2017.

During her visit to the excavation site, State Secretary Hirayama interacted with responsible personnel, Swiss and Greek students, and observed the efforts made by the ESAG to promote young scientists and enhance teaching and research..

(Quelle:Swiss Federal Council modified with ChatGPT)

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