Cutting-edge research

Il presidente della Confederazione inaugura il grande impianto di ricerca SwissFEL

President inaugurates new large research facility SwissFEL

On Monday, 5 December, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann inaugurated the Swiss Free Electron X-Ray Laser (Swiss FEL) at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Würenlingen. The president hailed the new large research facility as an outstanding example of how the work of the PSI and the entire ETH Domain benefitted the economy and society.

ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Lucerne

Switzerland hands over co-chairmanship of ESA Ministerial Council

Switzerland hands over co-chairmanship of ESA Ministerial Council

The Ministerial Council meeting of the European Space Agency ESA in Lucerne on 1 and 2 December will serve to set the future course of Europe’s space policy. Switzerland is handing over the co-chairmanship of the Ministerial Council, that it has shared with Luxembourg for four years, to Spain. It has contributed to ESA since the outset, not only financially, but also in terms of scientific research and industrial products.

Gulf region

President of the Swiss Confederation visits Kuwait

President of the Swiss Confederation visits Kuwait

On 28 November, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann was received by Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s head of state, for an official visit. The visit by the Swiss president forms part of an intensified series of diplomatic visits to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and Kuwait which began in 1966.

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In Focus

National diary

05.12.16 | Villigen | SwissFEL inauguration

08.12.16 | Zurich | Zürich.Minds

11.12.16 | Geneva | Escalade

International diary

04.12.16 | Geneva | Ministerial Meeting EGA

08.12.16 | Bern | Meeting with Iranian Minister M. Nahavandian

12.12.16 | Berne | Meeting with Algerian Minister  A. Bouchouareb

17-20.01.17 | Davos | World Economic Forum


The President

Welcome to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs,
Education and Research!

President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann.