Swiss Australian Academic Network (SAAN) in Western Australia
The Swiss Australian Academic Network is committed to identify, develop and improve networking opportunities
between Swiss and Australian academics for the purpose of expanding collaborative research, increasing
bilateral exchanges and lobbying government and industry in the two countries. SAAN aims to reciprocally
raise awareness and profile of Australia and Switzerland throughout the academic, industrial and
business sectors covering life sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts. SAAN has a track record
of organising regular events and lectures that directly link industry, academia, and other stakeholders
such as universities, governmental departments, research organisations and funding agencies.
The current goals of SAAN
First SAAN wants to actively promote the establishing of a bilateral agreement between the major Swiss universities and the Group of Eight (Go8) leading universities in Australia to establish and resource short-term exchange programmes for postgraduate academics. Second, SAAN wants to facilitate the creation of dedicated fellowships for the exchange of students and postdoctoral fellows between the two countries as part of a reciprocal agreement between the Swiss National Science Foundation/Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNSF/SN) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) and/or National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.
SAAN Western Australia
SAAN WA has been initiated in early 2010 with the aim to promote SAAN and its activities in Western Australia. Apart from local activities such as the organisation of public lectures we also represent Western Australia within the SAAN board.
Are you an academic based in Western Australia with Swiss roots or Swiss links and want to stay informed or
get involved in SAAN activities?
Contact us here to become a member and we will keep you updated and involved. SAAN mempership is open to academics working in Australia or Switzerland and is free of charge.