Swissnex is a network of science and technology outposts aimed at connecting Switzerland with the world’s innovative hubs. The network is managed by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). There are currently six Swissnex branches: Boston (2000), San Francisco (2003), Singapore (2004-2015, ceased operations), Shanghai, China (2007), Bangalore, India (2011) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013).
Since 2003, the network has relied on public and private funding (one third from the SERI and two thirds from other sources). Each Swissnex branch offers a variety of services to Swiss companies, academics, policy-makers, and others.
The SERI also maintains and develops a worldwide network of science and technology counsellors sharing the Swissnex mission. For the moment, twelve science and technology counsellors work at selected Swiss embassies.
Recognised among politicians and administrators, the network is very present on the front of innovation and technology cooperation.
For the African continent the Science Counselor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Pretoria maintains swissnex relationships.
Embassy of Switzerland in Pretoria
PO Box 2508
0075 Brooklyn Square, 225 Vaele Street
New Muckleneuk, Pretoria