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Presentation, reflection and anticipation of the questions: How can Innovation make Switzerland safer?

How does the Swiss Ecosystem for Defence Innovation look like? Are we optimally organized to facilitate and support innovation in areas, technological and other, that are critical for security?

There are opportunities to consider and maybe things to change to better protect the know-how build in our universities and start-ups, as they are creating the building blocks of tomorrow technological disruptions.

Speakers

Dr. Hansruedi Bircher

Director of Research

armasuisse S+T

Colonel Jean-Christophe Boeri

Deputy Director

Agence de l’innovation de défense

Mrs. Malin Borg

Head of Unit

Mme Annelise Eggimann

Director

Innosuisse

Dr. Ulf Ehlert

Office of the Chief Scientist NATO HQ

Mr. Fritz Gantert

President

Société Suisse Technique et Armée (STA)

Prof. Detlef Günther

Vice-President

Mr. Panagiotis Kikiras

Head of Unit Technology and Innovation

Dr. Quentin Ladetto

Research Director Technology Foresight

armasuisse S+T

Divisionnaire Claude Meier

Chief of Armed Forces Staff

Swiss Armed Forces

Mr. Ruedi Noser

Council of States

Canton Zürich

Dr. Thomas Rothacher

Director

armasuisse S+T

Mr. Osher Shapira

Deputy Chief Technology Officer

IMOD

Major General Rolf A. Siegenthaler

Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Command

Swiss Armed Forces

Major General Thomas Süssli

Head of Armed Forces Command Support Organisation

Swiss Armed Forces

Dr. Oliver Thränert

Head of Think Tank

Center for Security Studies (CSS)

 Brig. General (Retd) Erich Vad

Strategy & Security Advisor

Prof. Martin Vetterli

President

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne

Translation and Interpreting Service

Mrs Maria Neversil

Owner

inotherwords.ch

Program

08:30 Registration & Coffee

09:30 Introduction

Dr. Thomas Rothacher

Director

armasuisse W+T

Dr. Quentin Ladetto

Research Director – Technology Foresight

armasuisse S+T

09:45 Panel 1 – Defence Innovation

How innovation is organised within the armed forces can be influenced by the requirements and the missions the forces have to fulfill. Given the size of the country, the economical and political organisation, different solutions can be contemplated.

Language: English (Live-Übersetzung in Deutsch wird bereitgestellt.)

Dr. Hansruedi Bircher

Research Management Director

armasuisse S+T

MODERATOR

Colonel Jean-Christophe Boeri

Deputy Director

Agence de l’innovation de défense

Dr. Ulf Ehlert

Office of the Chief Scientist NATO HQ

Mr. Panagiotis Kikiras

Head of Unit Technology and Innovation

Major General Rolf A. Siegenthaler

Deputy Chief of Joint Operations Command

Swiss Armed Forces

 Brig. General (Retd) Erich Vad

Strategy & Security Advisor

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11:00 Coffee & Networking

Live presentations and demonstrations of innovative products will take place inside and outside of the building (weather allowing). Don’t hesitate to interact with your neighbour!

11:30 Panel 2 – Defence Innovation in Switzerland

As a clear consequence of the academic system and institutional stability, Switzerland is presented as innovative in many areas. To what extent do these innovations benefit the country’s defence and security?

Language: German (Live translation in english will be provided.)

Dr. Oliver Thränert

Head of Think Tank

Center for Security Studies (CSS)

MODERATOR

Mrs. Annelise Eggimann

Director

Innosuisse

Mr. Fritz Gantert

President

Swiss Society of Defence Technology (STA)

Major General Claude Meier

Chief of Armed Forces Staff

Swiss Armed Forces

Mr. Ruedi Noser

Council of States

Canton Zurich

Dr. Thomas Rothacher

Director

armasuisse S+T

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12:45 Lunch & Networking

Live presentations and demonstrations of innovative products will take place inside and outside of the building (weather allowing). Don’t hesitate to interact with your neighbour!

Demonstration by Wingtra of a VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) drone flight with image capture.

Where?:  
Public parking on the other side of the road

14:00 Panel 3 – Future Swiss Defence Innovation Ecosystem

On the way to a national research program for defence and security?

Language: German (Live translation in english will be provided.)

Dr. Quentin Ladetto

Research Director – Technology Foresight

armasuisse S+T

MODERATOR

Mrs. Malin Borg

Head of Unit

Prof. Detlef Günther

Vice-President

Mr. Osher Shapira

Deputy Chief Technology Officer

IMOD

Major General Thomas Süssli

Head of Armed Forces Command Support Organisation

Swiss Armed Forces

Prof. Martin Vetterli

President

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne

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15:30 Conclusions and Way Forward

15:45 Aperitif & Networking

Live presentations and demonstrations of innovative products will take place inside and outside of the building (weather allowing). Don’t hesitate to interact with your neighbour!

17:00 End of the day

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  • Registration deadline:  November 2nd 2019

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Cyber-Defence Campus

The Cyber-Defence Campus represents the link between VBS, industry, academy and hacker communities in all cyber-relevant topics through its broad know-how and its international competence network.

The CYD Campus will work closely with academic institutions such as ETHZ and EPFL to keep pace with the rapid developments and threats in the cyber field.

Wherever possible, industry will also be involved.

Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre

The ‘Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre‘ (SDRZ for short) of armasuisse in cooperation with the Swiss Armed Forces has extensive expertise and infrastructure for testing and evaluating unmanned systems and robots, especially for their use in security and defence.

The centre bundles competences for the assessment of opportunities and risks of unmanned systems for applications on the ground and in the air as well as for their defence. This is done by our own specialists and a broad network of experts via numerous national and international research projects and cooperations.

Innovative Exhibitors

Place of Venue

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Thun
Seestrasse 68
CH-3604 Thun

http://www.kkthun.ch

Bus Line: 1 oder 55
Bus Stop: KK Thun


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